In a world where more and more workers buy their smartphones to use for work, this dual persona approach, also called containerization, is becoming popular with many mobile device management providers, and BlackBerry seems to be staying competitive with its Balance offering.
For photographers, BlackBerry 10 has an interesting feature called Time Shift, which allows you to make sure the people in your photo are posed correctly -- for example, with eyes open rather than caught in a blink. When you activate Time Shift, it actually takes a short video that is made up of different frames. You can then tap on each person's face on the touchscreen display to produce a circle around the face. A knob on the circle can then be dragged to find the frame with the best shot of that person. (It's kind of a spooky app, since you are creating an image of a point in time that actually never occurred. )
The pre-loaded Maps app on the Z10 is provided by TeleCommunication Systems, which built the maps app for some Verizon Wireless phones as well. It seems to be a fully reliable mapping and traffic information app, but it is not as fully functioning as Google Maps, which has mass transit information built in.
At a Glance
BlackBerryPrice: Not yet availablePros: Superior display, fast and innovative navigation, great voice control, vastly improved browserCons: Dull-looking body styling, slow boot time, acceptable but limited number of apps
Whether Google would ever want to provide Google Maps for the BlackBerry 10 is questionable, but look what Google did for the iPhone 5. Stranger things have happened.
Much has been made of the shortage of apps in the BlackBerry World app store, although BlackBerry is boasting that it will keep adding more and more every day. But the BlackBerry store already includes many of the major apps that I care about. I probably only really use 30 or fewer apps on a regular basis, and probably just around 10 on a given day. Not a lot, in other words.