Comments on: BlackBerry Z10: The empire strikes back http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: phenz http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442904 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:17:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442904 Either you just don’t care and hence a pitiful example of a journalist, or you are intentianally trying to mislead people now. You have been shown time and time again that your comment on the HUB is incorrect, yet the only correction to your article is the change from 4 swipes to 3 swipes, when in fact it is one gesture. Seeing the HUB and navigating to the HUB are the exact same thing! You can peek at the HUB to see if the message is of any use, if it is then you continue the gesture to open the HUB entirely and respond. If the message is of no consequence, you simply return to your current task. As other users have noted, you are simply hardwired to “your” way of doing things, and didn’t bother to try and use the system for more than 30 minutes to hunt out all the things you could say that you didn’t like.

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By: ACross http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442856 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:23:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442856 Until a couple weeks ago I was still using my trusty old Samsung flip phone of five years. I had, from time to time, played around with the smartphones (iphone, galaxy…etc) of my friends, but never felt compelled to buy one myself. But…I finally decided to get with the times and picked up the Z10. So far it’s been great.

What I don’t understand is how anyone has difficulty figuring out the OS. Sure, my swiping was a little exaggerated at first, and I’m still learning some new tricks… but I figured out the basics in the store on the day I bought it. It’s not hard at all… and counting clicks vs swipes seems like a rather silly attempt to quantify the phone’s attributes.

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By: TheoRadu http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442561 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:21:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442561 @johncabell,

1. On the iPhone you have to swipe from the right to expose the delete button first and then tap it. That’s 2 actions. As said before, the confirmation modal can be disabled on the Z10 from the Hub settings, which means the number of taps/actions will be the same as on an iPhone.

2. If it’s not a problem with the device/OS then why put it in the review? Any new browser will have the same problem for the first few months until website owners update their settings.

3. From the downloads page within the BlackBerry World app YOU CAN launch the app you’ve just installed. Trust me, I do this all the time.

4. You also have 3 slots available in the phone app for contacts you call frequently. If you admitted you are wrong, why haven’t you updated the review?

Also, The Hub IS one swipe away from any app. Everyone here said the same thing and you don’t even want to spend 10 seconds to try it. I’ll explain this again: when in an app (or a page on the homescreen) all you have to do is swipe up and to the right (like an upside down and rotated L) in one movement to open the hub. TRY IT!

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By: Scalaris http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442543 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 21:40:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442543 I’ve had my Z10 for a week now, having got tired of my iPhone 4G and not wishing to move up to the iPhone 5 which offered little real change. The Z10 is fantastic, feels great, great call quality, access to apps is superb and the messgaing hub works a treat – the author of this article is either deliberately misleading (i.e lying) or has not spent any meaningful amount of time (2 hours would do it) with the device prior to writing this article.

I won’t be back if this is the best that Reuters can offer.

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By: winter_hat http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442542 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:39:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442542 Wow, did you actually use the phone? Some things are baked into this OS that the others will have to use sloppy patch code to duplicate. One of those things is the Hub. Anytime, from any app, you can look at it with one swipe up and respond if you swipe right. And the response is from within the Hub, not opening another app. Then swipe back and there’s your app, still running. Not check notification, close app your in, open response app, respond, close response app, reopen original app. It’s genius and will make this the most brutally efficient communication device in history. It will save seconds per communication and for active users that will be hundreds of times per day. BB underestimated the popularity of fart apps…iOS and Android underestimated this OS. Believe me they now know they are actually BEHIND in several key areas (Hub, Balance, keyboard, browser, etc)

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By: developit http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442540 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 18:15:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442540 This review is disappointingly ill-informed. Like everyone else mentioned – you’ve basically picked up a brand new flagship phone, checked to see if your iOS-ingrained UI patterns still applied, and then written it off in the cases where BlackBerry actually innovated and deviated from the massive roster of iPhone clones we have to sift through these days.

Don’t dismiss your readers as blackberry zealots either – I typed this in Notes on my iPhone. I had to type it in Notes because the browser crashed twice while I tried to enter my comments directly there.

It’s just sad to see how much all these so-called “tech reviews” depend on pre-conceived notions to make long-winded assessments.

Perhaps you should spend a few extra days with a brand new device or actually look at the manual before writing it off because of your own lack of knowledge.

PS: the Telus store showed me the BlackBerry Hub and homescreen gestures within 30 seconds of showing me the Z10. Most consumers buy their phones at phone stores, rather than being sent free ones in the mail.

By the way – this site is virtually unusable on iPhone. It hangs after about 20 or 30 seconds and I have to quit and re-launch the browser.

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By: sonbuster http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442538 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 14:34:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442538 I’ve read a lot of customer reviews and everybody loves it. i’m reading the same thing here in the comment section and happy to know there are still so many supporters. I can’t wait to get my Z10.

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By: 456Acer http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442537 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 14:07:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442537 The Hub errors have already been mentioned in the commenbts. What about the typing experience with the intelligent learning of the User? And the word suggestion? The OS it uses actually surrounds us all in every day life. Blackberry has become innovative once again. Some of the others shoud try it. And you should try putting a little more effort into your journalism. Not all your material has to come from crooked Marketing based blogs.

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By: Maurice2u http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442534 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:29:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442534 It would appear that the utilization of new ‘gesture commands’ created somewhat of a feature block for the reviewer.

As far as I know, none of the android phones use vertical swipes for any action other than maybe unlock. Additionally, most iPhone users don’t realize a vertical swipe will open up a summary page with weather, stocks, messages, and most frequently used apps.

The Blackberry Z10 uses not only the standard left/right swipes for navigation, along with vertical navigation, but adds to the mix what I refer to as ‘turn navication’. IE: You move up and to the right (right turn), or up and to the left with your swipe (left turn) to access previews in some cases … and to altogether jump to somethings by completing the motion (the HUB), fully bypassing any other menus/apps that would normally need to be scrolled through by a back button or gesture.

This is a solid additional feature in my opinion, but will ofcourse have a learning curve associated with it since the two current major players (iPhone and Samsung) don’t utilize it.

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By: JackieParker http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/02/08/blackberry-z10-the-empire-strikes-back/#comment-442533 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 03:36:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36279#comment-442533 Looking back at the relatively negative and condescending media coverage of blackberry 10 I think the comments here reflect an authentic disconnect between real world users and analysts whose job it is to report in an informative and unbiased manner. users of bb10 are beginning to call out and expose on shoddy and incorrect information as users are slowly gaining experience with on platform.

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