I have seen lock screens from scores of mobile phones on every smartphone platform. The BlackBerry Z30 runs BlackBerry 10.2 OS and the lock screen is the most functional and beautiful that I have seen yet.
The lock screen on the Z30 lets you see at most three lines of any incoming messages without unlocking the phone and opening the relevant app. Whether it is email, SMS, WhatsApp, BBM, or LinkedIn, you are able to see what the message is about right from the lock screen. This is such a convenience.
Living and Working in the Hub
No; not CcHub. I mean BlackBerry Hub. On unlocking the Z30, you can swipe to the right to access BlackBerry Hub. This gives you convenient access to a list of all your messages and notifications.
You can reply to your email, SMS, Twitter DM, Twitter mentions, Facebook comments, Facebook messages, WhatsApp messages, BBM chats, LinkedIn messages and more right from the BlackBerry Hub. You can check your upcoming events there too, and you also receive notifications for scheduled events in there as well. If you receive an email with details of an event, you can create a calendar item for it from the email right there in the Blackberry Hub too. Best of all, you can peek at the Hub from anywhere on the device. it doesn’t matter what you are doing. Peek, and if necessary, dive in. From anywhere. Did I say how convenient this is? Convenient and brilliant. This is the most seamless and most user-friendly user interface that I have used on any mobile platform. The integration is commendable.
What this means is that for the most part, the time I spend on my Z30 is split between the lock screen and BlackBerry Hub. I step out of those areas to browse a webpage or launch a music track or watch a video. But for the rest of the time, I even have no need to unlock the phone – and when I do, it is almost always straight to the Hub.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.