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I'm loving my Q10. Needless to say, this ain't your old BlackBerry. Perhaps my adjustment is easier because I have not been using a BlackBerry for almost two years, having knuckled under my desire to find something even better (an unending quest for me). First it was the Palm Pre and my mania for an ever better mobile experience was strong enough to convince me to port my service to Sprint just to get it. Two loser decisions stacked on top of each other! A flirtation with Android ended when I succumbed to Cupertino's Reality Distortion Field and bought an iPhone 4S. Seemed like the thing to do since I'm a life long Mac user. But now I'm back with a BlackBerry and I have Verizon as a provider. Boo-yah!
So what features do folks think the Q10 is missing? Glaring omissions or minor annoyances, list 'em all. Here's a couple things I'd like to see:
1. Keyboard shortcuts. Man, I really miss those! Changing the profile from Normal to Silent with a single key press from the home screen was great. Opening an app with a key press was also great.
2. The ability to have my BlackBerry wake upon receiving a new message. In the absence of a keyboard shortcut to turn the screen on, having to press the power button on top is a minor annoyance.
3. Smarter contact entry. When the cursor is in the zip code field the Alt key should be activated by default. BB10 already does this when the cursor is in the phone number field. If your selected default language is English then chances are the zip codes you enter will be all numbers. In my case, over 95% of my contacts are domestic. For the few international contacts I have I can put up with using the Alt key manually in the zip code field to enter letters for Canadian addresses.
One of the things I loved most about using BlackBerrys (which I did for 10+ years before trying other platforms) was the efficiency you could attain with a purpose-driven design and shortcuts. I'm not a gamer or an app hound. What I crave is having a mobile device that works with me, the way I work, and makes communicating easier and more efficient. My three feature requests are seemingly minor things but they would improve my user experience and make me more efficient.