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How BlackBerry 10 stacks up against the competition

Business Today compares BlackBerry's latest operating system with rival platforms from Apple, Google and Microsoft.

twitter-logo Nidhi Singal        Last Updated: February 4, 2013  | 18:40 IST

On January 31, Canadian telecom company Research in Motion renamed itself BlackBerry, after its well-known brand. But the real highlight of the day was the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which the company hopes will help it take giant strides in the smartphone market it once dominated.

BlackBerry has some interesting devices on the BB10 operating system. But that may not be enough for it to challenge the dominance of devices that run on iOS (Apple) and Android (Google).

Here, BT looks at how the BB10 stacks up against the iOS 6, Android Jelly Bean (JB) and Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 (WP8) operating systems on parameters we think matter the most in a smartphone.

Parameters

BB10

iOS 6

Android JB

WP8

Winner

User Interface

Single finger use with peek capability, negating the need of a home screen

No home screen. Grid-based interface with four static icons at the bottom. No app launcher

Grid-based interface. App launcher with all apps. Icons remain static at the bottom

Live, tile-based interface. Customisable tiles on the home page. List-based menu for apps access

WP8

Messaging client

BBM now supports video

iMessage for text messaging. FaceTime for video calls

Gtalk, Hangout for video calls

Messaging hub

BB10

Camera Interface

Time Shift: Can capture a shot and select the best settings manually

 

iSight: supports Panorama, HDR Capabilities.

Photo Sphere: Allows users to snap pictures in every direction and fuses them into incredible, immersive photo spheres

Download lenses from the app store to put themes, effects, and more in camera's viewfinder, edit photos

BB10/Android/iOS

Social Networking integration

BlackBerry Hub: a single place for personal or work email, BBM messages, social media updates

 

Twitter and Facebook integration

Preloaded by manufacturers. No integration, apps available for installation

Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook integration

BB10

Browser

BlackBerry 10: supports HTML 5 multiple tabs. Private browsing and reader mode

Safari: supports HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. iCloud tab. Offline reading list. Media uploading

Stock Browser: supports HTML 5, JavaScript, vertical text, including Ruby text and other vertical text glyphs

Internet Explorer 10: supports HTML4, built-in webpage sharing, tabs and favourites

Android JB

Apps

Claims to have all the top apps (70,000)

Exclusive apps and top apps available (App Store: 650,000+)

All top apps available (Google Play: 700,000+)

A few 'top' apps available (Windows Marketplace: 120,000 +)

iOS 6

Physical Keyboard

Yes

No

No

No

BlackBerry 10

Processor

Dual-core

Dual-core

Quad-core

Dual-core

Android JB

Multi-tasking

Real time multi-tasking

Not real time. Freezes the state of the apps in the background

Real-time multi-tasking

While switching between apps, the app's state is preserved, enabling quick resumption later

BB10/ Android JB

Security

Secure

Secure

Prone to malware

Secure

iOS, BB10


Note: We have used all the operating systems, except BlackBerry 10, which is expected to be launched in India by the end of February.

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