RIM's BlackBerry 10 OS showcased in 100 new screenshots

RIM's BlackBerry 10 OS showcased in 100 new screenshots

It feels odd to be just a week and a bit away from BlackBerry 10's launch – almost as if after such a long wait, RIM's all-new era feels out of place being just a matter of days away.

But days away it is, and for the BB faithful counting down the sleeps until January 30, BGR has a real treat: 100 screenshots showing just about every detail imaginable from the final version of BlackBerry 10.

Supposedly the work of “a close source at BlackBerry”, the screenshots are taken from the gold master version of BB10, taken from a BlackBerry Z10 handset. That's the full-touch launch handset RIM will be unveiling in New York City on January 30, along with the QWERTY X10 and of course the platform itself.

From tutorials to settings screens, app grids and menus to walkthroughs and options, it drills down to the nuts and bolts of BB10 in a way we haven't seen before now.

Overall, it certainly looks cleaner and slicker than BB7, and fully embraces the full touch experience in a way that makes the current RIM platform look embarrassingly dated.

But here's the thing: those who've been waiting patiently for BB10 all these months were never going to see anything to make them doubt their decision even in 1,000 screenshots.

And similarly, the Android and iOS faithful probably aren't now looking at their current handset of choice in disappointment.

That may sound like a criticism. It isn't. What RIM has somehow managed to do is keep the majority of its die-hard supporters onside through the process of creating BB10, and they're ready to jump on board the new platform and nail their colours to the mast all over again.

All along, comparisons have been made (and are still being made) with Nokia's migration over to its own new era on Windows Phone. And it has to be said, RIM has taken far better care of its “true believers” than Nokia has.

And who knows, that may just mean more bodies on board when the ship goes down, but for now at least, most of them are no doubt feeling quite a bit better than for the majority of the past 12 months.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 21, 2013 at 22:50

I actually think a few current Android and iOS users will convert. People who would have loved the Pre 3 or N9 as finished products will find the Z10 very appealing.
The various leaked photos and hands-on videos show a more consistent UI than both webOS and "MeeGo" - and one that is faster judging by the side by side video of the Z10 vs iPhone 5.

I have enjoyed my N9 for quite a while now but I wouldn't recommend it to any casual gadget user. And the Pre 3 was an even bigger mixed bag.

RIM clearly looked closely at webOS and so-called MeeGo - and took their time (something Nokia's and Palm's devs didn't have).

richto  Jan. 21, 2013 at 22:59

This is DOA. Windows Phone already overtook RIM to become 3rd in handset sales...Too little too late....

timy  Jan. 21, 2013 at 23:24

Totally agree with Jan... I have a Nokia N9 at the moment ( 2 in fact) and the Z10 is the only thing that interests me enough to change.
I think BB10 will do well.

salmonmax  Jan. 22, 2013 at 01:39

Not sure about that Rich, as the article says RIM has kept a lot of fans (I think RIM fans probably seem the more fanatical even than the Android or iOS ones) and whilst I've seen a lot of "can't wait to get rid of my BB" posts, they seem to be from people who feel forced to use them via their work rather than those who've been with em since the beginning and are intensely loyal.

I myself have been fairly happy to bring myself into the Microsoft ecosystem, but have held off the next phone purchase until I see what RIM launch. (I also half suspect that MS have delayed their 7.8 upgrade until around the BB launch just to stir the waters)

the current QNX/playbook interface is one of the best (IMO) and interested in seeing it across the phone and tablet devices and I am very keen to see what Blackberry Balance brings to the mix and really can't understand why that one feature wasn't brought to us by MS who you'd think would understand the requirement.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 22, 2013 at 08:21

There are currently 89 million active BB users. 1 brand. Plus people who use stuff that isn't iOSDroid for various reasons... Including early WP adopters who've been screwed out of Apollo.
I think RIM have a good shot. Yes, I want them to at least offer a viable alternative because I don't see 2012 brought any real innovation - faster and bigger aside. I like variety and choice beyond colour and screensize

mrew42  Jan. 22, 2013 at 09:56

This year has the potential to be very exciting in terms of what is coming along. We've got Ubuntu, Firefox, Jolla Sailfish and BBX. iOS is 'mature' and Android is ... well my current platform of choice, but I'm haven't sold my soul to Google or anything.
Handset spec is reaching quite frankly ridiculous heights now (8 cores? really?) yet as has been shown, not everything needs it. (Windows Phone ferinstance - slick as hell even if its operationally and functionally not my cup of tea).
If I could extend the life of my existing handset by putting another O/S on it, I absolutely would. In fact my original HTC Sensation, came with Android 2.3 and clocked at 1.2Ghz now runs Jellybean @1.7Ghz with no impact on battery life or temperature , and now I feel like I have a new phone anyway. Quadrant /Antutu scores went from 2083/6666 to 3219/8617 - yes I know benchmarks aren't everything but I'm impressed nonetheless. There is nothing that I want of another handset that mine doesn't do perfectly well.
I also have a Blackberry WHICH I DESPISE WITH ALL MY BEING, but it's a work device so I HAVE to use it. my main beef with it is the keyboard, which doesn't suit my fat fingers. Now a nice touchscreen Blackberry? that could be interesting.
I wish O/Ss could be more hardware agnostic, I wouldn't mind paying for an O/S if I didn't have to fork out hundreds for the phone......

Stelph  Jan. 22, 2013 at 13:52

Looks very nice, RIM certainly are ploughing ahead with the release of BB10 and are (to me) saying a lot of the right sort of things, like ensuring the docking ports are all standard (REALLY ANNOYING APPLE) and working hard to ensure there is a large developer support.

I actually picked up a second hand Playbook (again) last week as I am finding more and more the need to have some way of working on office documents sent to my work blackberry, which the playbook offers and i especially like how the BB phone and playbook communicate (so I dont have duplicate emails on both devices).

Looking forward to BB10 on the playbook and may even get a BB10 smartphone IF the pricing is reasonable, as im concerned they may price it around iPhone prices rather than, id hope, around £299 (considering the Nexus 4 starts at £239)

mightyforest  Jan. 22, 2013 at 18:19

how many of the BB population are kids? my 11 yr old has one and so does everyone else his age, mainly because of just one thing BBM. will this appeal to them? will the price put it out of there reach?. i know a lot of businesses have left BB inc mine and i work for one of the biggest in the uk and this unfortunately wont bring them back


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