The BlackBerry Z10 is unlike your typical Android or iOS smartphone in many ways.
The BlackBerry Z10 has no Home button (similar to the upcoming Ubuntu smartphone) and it has many new smartphone usability features that are not found on Android or iOS. Such as the “Hub”.
It’s also proving to be a RIM debut success. Please note, we do emphasize debut, as it still has a long way to go to being a complete success for RIM.
In Canada the feedback is pouring out on the Internet. One blogger in Toronto, Canada wrote, “they are sold out all around Toronto and my IT guy has worn out his shoes looking for them. I need some Z10′s”. Another one in Ontario, Canada wrote, “I have a friend who was invited to the talk by Rogers and BlackBerry CEO’s downtown Toronto on Tuesday morning, then he had to go to his job at a Canadian Bank. from 6pm till 7:30pm he tried without success to track down a BlackBerry Z10 from a Rogers Store in the GTA between Bay&Front to Oakville.” Reports gathered elsewhere from Bloomberg tell that Rogers Communications had sold out of the Z10 by 11 a.m. Also, BCE, Canada’s No. 2 carrier, said Z10 orders topped any previous BlackBerry model. BlackBerry says that the Z10′s Canadian launch, which was just 2 days ago, was the “best day ever” for a RIM product launch in Canada.
In Indonesia, a Twitter report by Solarix found that Indonesia led the world in Twitter conversations with about 900,000 tweets regarding the BlackBerry 10 between the day before its launch until Feb 2. Those figures translate in into Indoneisan Tweets accounting for 15% of all BlackBerry 10 related tweets.
The Z10 is selling out in the U.K. as well where reports are coming in that the RIM is seeing close to 3 times their previous best performance for the first week sale of any BlackBerry phone.
Not all BlackBerry fans are rushing out to purchase the Z10 though. One blog commenter wrote that, “My current device is the 9810, and while I was anxiously awaiting the new platform to become available, I’m sticking with it until they introduce the equivalent of the 9810 on the new platform. My fingers are too “jumpy” to use a screen keyboard”. We suppose he’ll have to wait until the Q10 arrives.
The BlackBerry Q10 isn’t expected to arrive until about May of 2013, which is disappointing some people, but it may be the final key RIM needs in their 2013 annual report. The Q10 can either bolster the earnings report with strong RIM market growth across all quarters, or it can possibly pick up RIM figures if Z10 sales turn sour somewhere down the road.