After years of hype and months of anticipation for what could
be the comeback of the decade, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:
) has brought its first next-generation handset to the United
States. Dubbed the Z10, the new handset comes with a dual-core
1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 4G LTE, an 8MP rear
camera and a 4.2-inch display. The most important feature,
however, is the new operating system -- BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry enthusiasts have praised the OS for its inventive
ideas, the seamless implementation and the elimination of
buttons. Critics have also been impressed, but they all seem to
share similar concerns.
"…The gestures aren't hard, but they are also not intuitive at
wrote in his review. "Hand the Z10 to someone and they'll have no
idea how to do anything."
Jessica Dolcourt seemed to be one of those people. "The Z10's
unintuitive gesture paradigm creates a learning curve, and a long
list of OS inefficiencies and omissions sour the experience," she
wrote in her review.
Joshua Topolsky had some criticism of the interface as well,
saying that it "zigs when you expect it to zag." However, he was
ultimately satisfied with some of BlackBerry's creations.
"I think BlackBerry's concept of the upward swipe to take you
home works as it should -- I didn't find myself wishing for a
home button," Topolsky wrote in January. "Actually, it reminded
me in a rather distinct way of webOS, and when I went back to
other phones, I found myself wishing for the gesture."
Reviewers' comments may have been mixed, but they could not
keep some Americans from lining up at Best Buy (NYSE:
) to buy the Z10.
Unlike Apple (NASDAQ:
), which typically releases its products at 8:00 a.m., BlackBerry
began selling the Z10 at midnight last night.
interviewed the first buyer at one Best Buy location, who said
that he was a "BlackBerry fanatic" and is "glad to be the first
guy" to buy the new handset.
The Wall Street Journal
is conducting a poll to gauge consumer interest in the device,
asking, "Will you buy the BlackBerry Z10?"
Of the roughly 4,000 people that have voted thus far, 52.8
percent (2,077) said "yes," versus 34.6 percent (1,360) who said
"no." The remaining 12.6 percent (497 votes) remain
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins told the
that the numbers from both the enterprise and consumer markets
are "looking good."
"I call this a trend because I want to get a few more data
under my belt before I really call it a substantial success, but
right now all indicators are looking green and really good," he
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
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