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The BlackBerry Z10’s Time Shift camera rocks!

Posted on February 26, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I have been using my Z10 for 3 weeks now and when showing it to others, they are blown away by the Time Shift feature on the camera.  For example, I was out with six friends in a rather dimly-lit restaurant.  We were taking pictures of each other, then the waitress offered to take one.  I handed her my Z10 and told her to tap the screen to take the picture.  She looked nervous but did so (she had never seen a Z10 before, it was clear).  When we looked at the picture, it was blurry as she had moved the camera while tapping it.  I told her not to worry, that it was a BlackBerry and could fix that.  🙂  My friends watched as I slid the bottom slider from left to right to find a time when she had held the phone still, then adjusted individually for the best smiles of my friends and, voila!  A beautiful picture of our evening to share.  The relatively low light was not a problem despite the fact that the flash does not go off during Time Shift photography, undoubtedly because of the multiple rapid exposures necessary for the Time Shift feature.


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How to customize the BlackBerry 10 Touchscreen Keyboard

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , |

How to customize the BlackBerry 10 Touchscreen Keyboard

Thanks to Inside BlackBerry Help Blog, here are some tips on using and customizing your Z10 keyboard.  I’ve found that the more I’ve used it, the more it has learned my style and the common words/phrases I use and now its suggestions are almost creepy in how it “knows” what I’m about to say!

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Posted on February 15, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , |

Sync Outlook with your BlackBerry Z10.

Inside BlackBerry

Do you use Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2007 or 2003 to store your contacts and calendar on your computer and want to wirelessly synchronize these items with your BlackBerry Z10, but your email provider doesn’t support these features? If so, today I’d like to show you how to you can sync these items wirelessly between your BlackBerry Z10 and Outlook using and the Microsoft Outlook Connector.

We’ll use your existing Microsoft account or connect Outlook with your BlackBerry Z10 using the new service from Microsoft. The reason for doing this is simple as well; these accounts support wireless synchronization with your BlackBerry Z10. Since Outlook makes it easy to manage multiple accounts, you can enjoy the benefits of wireless synchronization with your email provider as well as wireless synchronization of your contacts and calendar.

Read more at the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog »

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Posted on February 14, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Inside BlackBerry

Peek into your favorite BlackBerry 10 apps

I’m excited about the new BlackBerry 10 devices and I hope you are too. Definitely one of my favorite features and one we’ve highlighted often is the “peek” functionality to view emails, your calendar, or other apps.

To give you a better idea of how the “peek” functionality of BlackBerry 10 devices can help make it easier for you to get things done, I wanted to share a typical situation we often face: coordinating hangout time with a group of friends.

Usually you begin by opening your email, or BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) creating a new appointment, returning to the email “home” screen to check your email, clicking through to return to the appointment, finishing creating the appointment, and then sending it to your friends. If you also have to look up their contact information, that’s even another step.

I’ve found this is all way easier on a BlackBerry 10 device…

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Posted on February 12, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , |

For all the physical keyboard lovers!

Inside BlackBerry

Top 5 things about the BlackBerry Q10

The BlackBerry Q10 is the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to feature a classic BlackBerry hardware physical keyboard. This device combines the iconic BlackBerry keyboard and the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform to bring you what we consider the best smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard on the market. Since I previously showed you five highlights of the BlackBerry Z10, I wanted to share five things you need to know about the BlackBerry Q10 experience.

  1. The keyboard is bigger and better. The BlackBerry Q10 features a straight keyboard design, and is wider than earlier BlackBerry smartphones. The metal frets between the keys are also bigger, offering a more visual appeal while helping to eliminate errors while typing on the go.
  2. The BlackBerry Q10 has the largest battery of any BlackBerry smartphone, ever. The BlackBerry Q10 battery is 2100 mAh in size, which means, well, you can talk, work…

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My new BlackBerry Z10!

Posted on February 10, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

First, I had to give up my beloved Bold 9900.  It was the best device I have ever used, and the gamut of my previous devices runs from a Samsung flip feature phone to a Kyocera 9100 (a rudimentary smartphone) to an iPhone 4.  I thought each device was great at the time but after some time with them there was always something lacking.  With my final device before the 9900, the iPhone, I disliked the touch keyboard and its annoying autocorrect until I had to turn it off, thus making numerous errors every time I texted so having to retype some words.  I also disliked the fact that I could not modify the device the way I wanted to as modifications were the perview of Apple.  As a person who regularly modifies my desktop computer (both hardware and software), I found this very annoying.  So when Bell kindly informed me that I was eligible for a hardware upgrade, I immediately went to the store and got a shiny new BlackBerry Bold 9900.  A friend had shown me her older Bold but the small keys were too small for my fingers.  I was very happy when I saw the 9900’s bigger keys, touch screen and overall size.


I knew, however that “the BlackBerry 10” as it was then called, was coming out in the near future but could not wait before getting the 9900.  It was love for a good 8 months.

Then January 30, 2013 and the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 devices.  I had seen the videos on BlackBerry’s YouTube page, followed developers on Twitter and Google+, even attended a BlackBerry consumer forum.  I wanted to try an all-touch device again.  As I wanted to buy the Z10 outright (since my contract was only 8 months old), I was very disappointed when I was told that retailers were not selling the Z10 outright for weeks after release.  I then decided to give my 9900 and the Bell plan to a family member and take on a new contract from Rogers as their salespeople seemed to know more and be more supportive (to me) of BlackBerry.

On February 4th, the day before release, I went into the Rogers store near work an hour before closing–plenty of time, I thought, to order my Z10 in white and be able to pick it up the next morning before work.  But by the time Bell could port the family member’s number from her old Wind account to my 9900, set up a dummy account for Rogers to then port my number to them, it was a few minutes to close.  The Rogers salesman reassured me that all would be finished that night, which was a great relief.  At 9:00 p.m. February 4th, all was set up for the morning.

February 5th–release day

I arrived at the Rogers store (luckily I work in the same mall) 20 minutes before opening.  There were already 5 people lined up and more joined us as it got closer to opening time.  When the store opened, our names were taken to be called in order.  I could see my salesman already sitting at a table with a Z10 box and papers.  I went over to him and we went through the final processing–or tried.  His computer kept crashing and he eventually took down all the information needed on paper.  What was supposed to be an easy in and out procedure ended up taking an hour.  That’s what happens when you go release day, I suppose.  😀


Z10 in its lovely box.  Very well crafted–I like the large blue “Z10” on the black box!


My Z10 booting up for the first time!


Installing software update.


Tutorial screen on gestures.


Screen showing minimizing apps.


Bold 9900 (left) and Z10 (right) ready for the device switch.

Now time to play!  No, no, no, no!  Time to be serious.  There were three devices involved in my Z10 purchase:  my daughter’s BlackBerry Curve 9360 (a beautiful device, she had just grown out of it–she also wanted a BlackBerry 10 device but is waiting for the Q10), my 9900 and the new Z10.  First, to switch devices from the OS 7.1 9900 (which used BB Desktop Manager) to the Z10 (which was incompatible with DM).  Hmmm.  Luckily, after fiddling around a bit, I found that I could use the Switch Devices on BlackBerry Link (the upgrade to BB Desktop Manager) to switch from the 9900 to the Z10.


BlackBerry 3FD6 (soon renamed for my computer “BlackBerry Z10”) hooked up to the computer and labelled…Drive Z!  😀


Initial set-up for syncing.  First, backed up the 9900 using Desktop Manager and used Device Switch to upload all files and data.  Then hooked up the Z10 and used BlackBerry Link to sync the 9900’s data to it.

All good.  At first.  Had a few hiccups during which I got the screen below.  It looked like my media files were not syncing as this same screen displayed for 10 minutes.  Not good!  I disconnected the Z10, pulled the battery and rebooted.  Then connected both devices at the same time and re-did the device switch, this time with only BlackBerry Link.  That time it worked!  All previous media files were safely on my Z10!


Now to set up my social networking accounts–Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, some of my e-mails.  (I decided not to set up one of them as it is my “garbage” e-mail–the one I give retailers when they want to send me coupons, etc.  Notably, it is the only one that gets spam–I don’t exactly need Viagra lol being a female!  But I digress.).

I checked my contact list and it was set up just like I’ve seen in the videos!  All known contact info eg phone, address, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and BBM (even some who I hadn’t known had BlackBerrys–who immediately got BBM requests) were all together in one group for each person.  If I had never had their info (eg Twitter contacts), it also respected their privacy and didn’t send me anything (eg e-mails) I didn’t have before.  The only new info it pulled in were people who were on LinkedIn.  I liked seeing all the information in one place–not wondering whether I had the info but just somewhere else and had to hunt for it.  If I was privy to their info, I had it gathered together in the contacts.  Great job, BlackBerry!  A very efficient use of my time.

Now to play and use all those awesome features I had only just seen in the videos!


My BlackBerry family!  Looking forward to the BB10 upgrade for my PlayBook!

More blogging later as I use my Z10.  I’m sure there will be hiccups along the road but it is an awesome device and I know that we will get along fine.  😉

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