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Of course, to a certain extent, neither the phone nor the apps selection matters much if the software isn't any good. So how good is the software, exactly? Well, over at CNET, Jessica Dolcourt finds a whole lot of quirks and "perplexing omissions." But she also finds a lot to like.
"With its richly designed graphical interface," Dolcourt writes, "BlackBerry 10 is a mobile OS for grown-ups. Its spin on the virtual keyboard gives RIM plenty to boast about, its enhanced BlackBerry Messenger app is exactly as it should be, and the innovative BlackBerry Balance feature will be a certain type of business user's dream."
"BB10 is all about swiping to navigate. You swipe up to wake the devices, swipe right to check out BlackBerry Hub and view your notifications, swipe left to access your currently running apps and the home screen, and swipe down to check out both system-wide and app-specific settings," he writes. "Overall, while it’s different, it’s a surprisingly intuitive experience, and one that exceeds the tacked-on touch experience of BB OS 7 and earlier."