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Blackberry Z10 & Q10...

This is the first, but likely not the last of my (crotchety) technology reviews. As a decision-maker in the IT arena, I’m not comfortable recommending solutions I haven’t in some way made an effort to expose myself to first. This rant is fueled by having used each of the two new devices as my only device for about a month. The most striking observation was unrelated to the salable features, but in the brokenness of the basics. The Blackberry 10 family of devices was a long overdue and a highly anticipated revamp of Blackberry’s flagship devices. Having previously owned the BB Bold 9900 (among many many others) I was hoping RIM’s Blackberry’s new contribution would live up to the Bold legacy. The 9900 was a great device, it had a great keyboard (until an OS update caused it to start repeating characters), was relatively quick, introduced type-to-search (just start typing the thing you want, contacts, email address, phone number, no menu selection required), was relatively stable, had a reasonable browser, and was tough as nails.  What it lacked was a decent camera. Camera-wise, this fell way way way behind the pack. In an attempt to slim down the device, BB opted for fixed-focus lens. I have no idea why anyone would ever do this. Ever. This feature failure combined with the mediocrity of the camera sensor meant that if you moved the phone far enough away from a subject such as a newspaper that it was relatively in focus (about a foot and a half), the camera was in no way sufficient to capture enough detail to make the text legible, if you moved it close enough to capture the detail on the sensor, all you got was out-of-focus fuzz. Needless to say, this was next to useless....