I don’t even know where to start with my BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A device, there’s so much to say and show users exactly what this device is capable of, which is a lot more then many will know.
I took possession of this #BB10 developer device when I registered for BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for June 21, 2012, at the Westin Harbor Castle, where a very large gathering of hard core BlackBerry developers, & diehard users appeared on that special day.
I’ve been using this device since the beginning, and for people who have no idea what is a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha , check out the inserted link , courtesy of Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog @BlackBerryDev
At the same time last year, right up to present day, I’ve owned a BlackBerry Torch 9810 OS7 device, BlackBerry Bold 9900 OS7 (used), BlackBerry Curve 9380 OS7, then another BlackBerry Bold 9900 OS7, which was bought brand new from a private seller after having a neutral experience from the used Bold 9900.
People be careful when purchasing a used anything, especially a smart-phone, at times they can be guaranteed dropped (or worse, liquid contact) from careless and irresponsible users.
Ok, back to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device, over time, numerous OS updates have been released by BlackBerry to fix bugs, and/or add support.
The best BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha OS Update could arguably be the most recent release on January 30, 2013, which has brought along some very exciting improvements for those to perfect their BlackBerry 10 core applications.
Most of us always wanted to test out the phone feature, which in the past, was not available, and limited in their functionality.
Same goes for SMS texting, and the most exciting anticipated feature of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, the BlackBerry Hub.
The Hub is the main central point where you can see all your e-mails, BBM, SMS text messages, and call notifications; that is beyond incredible, courtesy (formerly known as R.I.M. Research In Motion) now known as @BlackBerry.
There is so much to blog, or talk about when it comes to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device, but recently I had to make a very difficult decision 24 hours ago.
I decided to sell my BlackBerry Bold 9900 device, for reasons when the time came to receive my BlackBerry 10 Z10 or Q10 device, I won’t have to worry about selling it after & at a price far less when the imminent time approaches.
Now with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 sold to the next owner (in a record time of 2.5 hours online with offers), he/she will certainly enjoy it as it has been taken care of by a mature original owner, & by a diehard BlackBerry user, so I can focus on my BB10 Dev Alpha with a certain sense of fulfillment.
As you can see below, since upgrading to OS10.9.10.35, I now have BlackBerry Hub, phone and map features which is now accessible.
I then used a special tool (Micro SIM card cutter) which can be found via @eBay for approx US$2-US$20 (plus adapters) to precisely cut that same @Bell_Mobility SIM card to a micro sized SIM card, inserted the micro SIM card into the supplied Dev Alpha’s SIM tray (pay attention to the diagram on the back on your Dev Alpha’s device as inserting the SIM tray incorrectly will damage the tray, and/or the device).
These 3 pictures were taken tonight Feb 1, 2013, 10:30 PM, at a resolution of 2592 x 1944 via my friend’s BlackBerry Bold 9790 device.
Once you have successfully inserted your micro sized SIM card into your BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device, you will notice that your device’s Network Connections will now show your mobile carrier network!
Please Note: if you notice your SIM card isn’t showing any activity, the best solution is to reboot your Dev Alpha device.
You will be able to configure your Mobile Network settings, change “Data services while roaming”, “Network Mode”, and “Network Selection Mode”.
Below shows info about your SIM card ID, Carrier, and your Phone Number.
If you ever need to go to your BlackBerry Hub settings, simply press the three dots located on the far bottom right, you will see this screen below where you can make all the changes to your Display Style, configure what’s included in the main view of the Hub, Texts, Email accounts, and other related changes.
This is the main screen of my BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, where I wanted to show you how I organized it the way I wanted, not everyone will have their main screen like this obviously, but I thought it would be nice to show.
As you can see top right of the main screen, my Wi-Fi is enabled & connected, and my Mobile Network in on and connected to Bell Mobility BIS mobile data plan service.
Everyone pays a different price for their BlackBerry BIS data plan, it comes down to what your needs are, in my case, I decided to go with the “Social Plan” which gave me unlimited BBM, Gmail, WLM, MySpace, incoming/outgoing texts to Canada/USA, and some other minor features for a great price CDN$25.00 per month.
I have so much more to say, but I decided to focus on the BlackBerry Hub, and the fact that I totally feel in love with the Dev Alpha more now that I can ever remember from the beginning I had it in my hands.
When it came to the keyboard, that is certainly a personal decision only you can make, this all touch keyboard is by far the best on the market hands down.
Many users have given great thought to BlackBerry 10 devices, with the keyboard being one of the bigger decisions.
Whether they’ll buy the Z10 all touch, would be best for a user who has been with other all touch devices the majority of their mobile life.
What about BlackBerry user’s who always had a keyboard device for many years, could they go to an all touch device, or will they continue their keyboard loyal habits with the latest BlackBerry 10 Q10 device?
I’ve personally spoken to many Bold 9900/9930/9790, and Curve 9360 users last few weeks who have said to me it’s very hard for them to choose, some said they’ll go with the Z10, some say Q10, others say they’ll buy both devices, but what they say now, and what they actually do with their money is two different things, but one thing is for sure – BlackBerry 10 is the word on the street.
On the subject of battery, on a full battery charge, I could get a full day no issue, even almost 2 days, but remember people…. this is a Dev Alpha, it’s an evaluation unit…what I do on one day I may not do the same the next.
So, in conclusion;
In 4 days from today, I truly feel it will be pandemonium with line-ups all over Canada, for whomever is officially releasing the Z10 devices on that specific day.
Ultimately, it will be up to you, the user to make that decision.
I hope my blog will help guide you to make the picture clearer for current OS7, Dev Alpha users, and future BB10 owners.
If you have a minute to spare, please post below any suggestions, ideas, even concerns via your gorgeous Dev Alpha or BB10 Z10/Q10 and say thank you in the comment box below.
@furiousguido Dev Alpha A owner
Note – I may update it later as soon as I have more practical hands on time with my Dev Alpha, now with an active SIM card to make & receive calls, plus other things.