BlackBerry OS 10

72
Engadget
Score
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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BlackBerry 10 OS review

Summary

BlackBerry 10 is fast, intuitive and far more modern than the dated OS it replaces. But, its tardiness and limited selection of quality apps make it a bit of a hard sell for those already on iOS, Android or Windows Phone.

Pros
  • Powerful, intuitive gestures
  • BlackBerry Hub aggregates everything
  • Great stock keyboard
Cons
  • Maps application feels unfinished
  • Hub can quickly get overwhelming
  • Limited selection of quality apps
BlackBerry 10 OS review

For years now, the BlackBerry OS has occupied something of a special state, almost feeling as if it were thrown down into a pit and locked into a bar of carbonite, preserved in stasis for future generations to see. Want to show your kids what using a smartphone was like in 2006? You just needed to find a Bold on display at the local electronics store and let your little ones gaze wide-eyed at a sea of menus and tiny buttons. BB7, then, was a disappointment for many, feeling like a bare-minimum update to those versions that came before rather than the complete QNX-based retooling we'd all been waiting for. The PlayBook showed us what was possible with a clean-sheet approach to a BlackBerry OS, and we wanted that on a phone. Now, two years after the release of that tablet, here we have it. It's BlackBerry 10. It's a wholly new experience, very different even than the PlayBook, and in general it's quite good. But is it good enough to thrive in a world dominated by iOS and Android? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

72
 

Breakdown

Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
5.6
Configurability
6.7
Speed
8.0
Openness
8.0
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

OS

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Architecture
32-bit
Source model
Closed
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Specs

OS

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Architecture
32-bit
Source model
Closed
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Windows 10

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91
 

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8.2
 

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iOS 9

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8.7
 

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7.7
 
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OS X El Capitan

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8.7
 

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9
 
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5
 

User

4.8
 
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