Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Stakes High as BlackBerry Z10 Launches in U.S.
Stakes High as BlackBerry Z10 Launches in U.S.

By Adam Dickter
March 21, 2013 2:40PM

    Bookmark and Share
BlackBerry needs a break with its Z10 smartphone to get back some of the share it lost to Apple and Samsung in recent years. BlackBerry had just a 5.3 percent share of the market in January, down from 7.8 percent last October, according to comScore.The star of the show for the Z10 is the BlackBerry 10 operating system, years in the making, with its intuitive interface.
 


The company formerly known as Research In Motion kicks off its quest for a second life Friday, as U.S. sales begin for BlackBerry's Z10, a phone that looks a lot more like an iPhone or Android-powered device than the keyboard-prominent devices that launched the smartphone era.

The BlackBerry Z10 has a 4.2-inch, 1280x768 screen with a resolution of 356 pixels per inch. It accesses 4G, high-speed, long-term evolution data speed, where available, and packs a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It also can perform as a mobile hotspot for connecting up to eight other devices to the Internet.

Time Shift And Active Frames

With 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, the Z10 offers voice control and has an 8-megapixel camera with an innovative TimeShift function that captures images over several seconds. That way, a user can pick the frame that has everyone's best facial expressions.

But the star of the show is the BlackBerry 10 operating system, years in the making, which has gained notice for the easy touchscreen interface that can suggest words when typing and allows functions with swipes. Blackberry 10 also features Active Frames, similar to the Live Tiles of Microsoft's Windows Phone, which allow up to eight applications to run simultaneously, displaying information on the home screen but minimized.

The Z10 has no physical keyboard. But a second device, the Q10, also announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, throws a bone to fans of the classic BlackBerry with a full QWERTY keyboard. It will be available in the U.S. late next month.

"They have a large mountain to climb," wireless industry analyst Ken Dulaney of Gartner Research told us. "That said, the iOS interface does need improvements. Its simplicity is clearly a benefit but also a liability as users want to do more."

AT&T is the first U.S. carrier out of the gate with the Z10. It hits the No. 2 carrier's shelves Friday for $199 with a two-year contract. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are taking pre-orders and will sell the Z10 over the counter on Monday. It is already available in Europe.

Much Ground to Cover

The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone-maker needs a break to get back some of the share it lost to Apple and Samsung in recent years. BlackBerry had just a 5.3 percent share of the market in January, down from 7.8 percent last October, according to comScore. Blackberry's devices were the first to allow business users to access and send e-mail while on the go. But both Android and Apple have gained in that realm.

Enterprise cloud storage company Egnyte recently reported that iOS devices were accessing its services 68 percent of the time -- 28 percent for iPhones and 40 percent for iPads -- while Android devices used the cloud 30 percent of the time.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins recently said he was optimistic that people were getting tired of the iPhone because its interface was 5 years old.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Mobile Tech
1.   BBM Now Available on Windows Phone
2.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
3.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
4.   Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
5.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Threat
Say Apple-IBM alliance can't hurt them.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.