Saturday, March 16, 2013

Back in Black! (BlackBerry By Choice Part II)

Back last September I asked a good friend of mine (long time BlackBerry user who switched) to leave her iPhone4s behind and attempt to use a BlackBerry Bold 9900.  Read about it here.

Needless to say the experiment failed, as I had anticipated it would.  I was questioned by people asking why I didn't wait for BlackBerry 10 to arrive BEFORE asking her to come back to #TeamBlackBerry. It was quite simply a matter of opportunity.  I had a spare 9900 lying around, and she was getting tired of typing on her iPhone :-)

Now here we are again!  BlackBerry 10 is here and guess what?  She's trying again!  A brand new shiny Z10 is all set up and delivered to her.  I think this time around things will be better.  We now have BlackBerry Link to sync her iTunes quickly and easily, and the form factor of the Z10 is very similar to the iPhone4s.  To me it is a much more equal comparison this time around.  There are also lots of games in BlackBerry World for her to entertain her child.

Will she stay this time around?  Or will she once again go running back to the dark side?  Time will tell.  I know I will enjoy having her back on BBM, if only for another couple of months :-)

Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Butt dialing with your Z10 (and save battery life too)

 I was speaking to a client the other day who had just upgraded from his old BlackBerry 9000 to a brand new Z10. I was asking how he liked it and one of his "complaints" (aside from getting used to OS 10) was that he keeps butt dialing people. Now me, having used a holster (yes uncool) for my entire BlackBerry life have never ever butt dialed anyone. When I asked if he used a case or holster he quickly replied no. So basically he was placing the device in his pocket, and the movement in his pocket would unlock the device and dial the phone.

Here's how I solved his problem. BlackBerry 10 has a unique swipe to unlock feature that I personally really like. But it can be turned off, allowing unlocking of the device using ONLY the top power button. To do this, swipe down the main settings screen. Tap display and the toggle off "Allow gestures when Locked".

 That's it! I have read some people mentioning that this will also help battery life a bit too. Let us know in the comments if it works out for you.