Will Canadians eat up the BlackBerry Z10 on February 5?

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      The tech world is abuzz about the launch of BlackBerry 10. In a year, we'll probably be talking again about the downfall of Research In Motion—I mean, BlackBerry (the Waterloo-based company's renamed itself)—but why not let them enjoy the moment.

      Today (January 30), CEO Thorsten Heins showed off the admittedly snazzy BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.

      BlackBerry introduces the Z10.

      Aimed at iPhone and Android users, the touchscreen Z10 will be released in Canada on February 5 before landing in the U.S. in March. BlackBerry says it will sell for about $149.99 with a three-year contract in Canada. The U.K. will get the Z10 before everyone else on Thursday (January 31).

      BlackBerry introduces the Q10.

      With a physical keypad, the Q10 is expected to ship globally in April. This one's more for the BlackBerry loyalists, the corporate types who have hung on to their BlackBerry devices despite all the doom and gloom.

      Apps for BlackBerry 10.

      The Canadian media seems to be rooting for BlackBerry, but that won't be enough to save the beleaguered company. That depends on whether you and me are willing to part with our Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxys.


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      Jan 30, 2013 at 12:10pm

      I'm going back to blackberry after Apple failed in its promise to me that its Appstore approved Apps wouldn't steal my address book and sign up everyone in it to spam e-mails

      I was told that the only fix was to upgrade to iOS 6 which required an iPhone 5, which in turn would force me to buy an all new set of Lightning port accessories

      They were asleep for a while, but they never did me wrong

      Billie Wang

      Jan 30, 2013 at 12:17pm

      I'm a developer and I love BB10. I can use every framework that I want, apply some finishing touches, and produce apps about twice as fast compared to Android or iOS. Plus it's easier to port over to Linux, Mac OS X, and even Windows for as long as people need to use that.

      Can't wait to unlearn the muscle memory in my thumb where you have to tap a button at the bottom constantly. Once you stop doing it you realize how jarring and annoying that interruption is.