12 Hours Later after receiving my BlackBerry Z10

This innovation is incredible. I just want to gloat about the hardware now that I can say yes I’ve got my hands on a complete BlackBerry Z10! The popular Zed10 is the perfect companion to a tech enthusiasts hands. I took some time trying out different cases from iSkinz, OtterBox, Case-mate & BlackBerry. It didn’t take long before I knew that BlackBerry had finally made a device that I preferred in it’s raw form. The soft black battery door feels perfect in my large hands. It’s a very soft piece of plastic that clips nicely into the back of the Zed10.

Let’s rewind just a bit as I did have a nice stack of accessories from BlackBerry. Find everything here. A few of the L-S1 Batteries, 1 Z10 Battery Charger Bundle, 1 Z10 Flip Shell Cases (white) & (black), 1 Z10 Transformer Hard Shell, 1 Z10 Leather Pocket and 1 Z10 Microfiber Pocket (grey) cases. I tried most of them on and plan to carry the Microfiber Pocket & Flip Shell Case tomorrow. BlackBerry really did think of every little detail. The cases look and feel almost as good as the phone itself. I can’t wait to break these in a bit more and of course share some giveaways with users.

Now before I wrap up this quick post about my first 12 hours I’d like to give AT&T a knock for having really great service out here. I remember thinking and telling users that I was impressed with the 4G LTE they provided us during the Alpha stage. But those SIM’s did not provide the ability to text or make phone calls. This final BlackBerry Z10 is rocking speedy on AT&T’s network. I’ll have more to say in the next couple days as I spent most of my time downloading my apps, games and moving some of the data from the Alphas.

In closing let me just say I couldn’t be happier for BlackBerry right now. The blood, sweat, tears, joy, compassion, support, social media they put into this was truly everything. It’s all riding on these BlackBerry 10 devices doing well. They need to hear that what they’ve done for the user is incredible. I know I’ve waited so long just to hold one that you can almost go a little batty waiting for that moment. Stay tuned for more from Berryfication, myself and the other bloggers on their thoughts, favorite products, features, accessories etc.

[Review] Phantom themes w/ alt wallpapers by BerryGlowDesigns

Developer BerryGlowDesigns stepped up with one of our favorite new themes. His Phantom themes are now available in 5 delicious colors! You may have seen one or two available and recently featured in App World, and that was just the beginning. Now BGD has a color for just about everyone.

I’ve been a strong supported of BerryGlowDesigns since the first day he and I met. He’s always kept a lot of the BlackBerry default look present while adding simple accents, highlights, changes you can’t take your eyes off of. And I’d still use any one of his themes. But this one, these Phantom themes are truly unique. I’ve gotten more 2nd looks and comments from these themes than most others I’ve shown in the past month. Every change is delicate. The colors look amazing on my Bold. Job well done Dragos, I know you prefer I don’t use your name but you’ve come a long way and for me it’s personal. It’s always personal when I can’t stop gawking over a product.

[FREE] Sharp! Ice & Pink by BerryGlowDesigns – Now 9900/9930/9981 Compatible

Hey it’s been a while since BlackBerry 7 users have gotten to enjoy one of BerryGlowDesigns vibrant themes. Actually it’s been since we all rocked BlackBerry 6.0, since these and 2 of his premium themes (Silv3r & Naturize Clean v5.0) are his ticket back into our Berry’s. Silv3r is also spending some quality time on my 9930.

The Sharp! themes keep things simple with attractive glossy banners, distinct focus, semi-transparent menus and maintains stock OS 7 icons. It truly makes a great difference to bring change to these components of the BlackBerry theme (screen). Custom wallpapers look fantastic with both of these themes as well.

[Review] Mireo DON’T PANIC for BlackBerry 10

Wow! Did you even know Navigation apps could be this good? I honestly hadn’t even given Mireo’s DON’T PANIC a second look until the developers reached out to us. Had I known it was a navigation application I would have picked it up on day one. DON’T PANIC is already a well established navigation app for companies moving cargo or fleet, as well as Web Maps, of course smartphones like Samsung, iPhone, Android all found here & now BlackBerry 10! Read on for my thoughts..

FEATURES

  • Supported Devices: BlackBerry Z10 running BlackBerry 10
  • Try the fully operational 7-day free trial with no obligation.
  • Download DON’T PANIC Try & Buy through BlackBerry App World and evaluate it for yourself.
  • Choose cool add-ons and enhancement like TMC Traffic Alerts, Comedian Voices and Premium POI through the app itself and purchase them securely through your BlackBerry App World account.
  • Get unlimited map updates on all maps.

Leebo FREE by Wu-Wei

Doing my rounds in some of my favorite forums, sites, and Developer blogs the other day for some reason I clicked on page 2 at BerryReview and found one of the best gems I’ve seen in a very long time. Leebo by Wu-Wei is a FREE minimalist theme with more than 25 versions to choose from!!

Word is Wu-Wei may export to Torch 9800 in the future but for now it’s only for the one screensize listed. Leebo is a Wallpaper theme. You have walls it wants them. The different versions available allow you quick access to many of our favorite applications, hidden today, no today, Weather spot, in the middle, on the left, the right. A pink version (icons). Versions that hide the stock battery meter so your BatteryEx meter shows as the main and only one. Just be sure to check out all the different versions before settling on one. You can’t have multiple installed at once. If you don’t like something about one version, the next version will install over the existing.

Exclusive Interview with SocialScope CEO Amit Kumar

I don’t think SocialScope needs much of an introduction, but for those of you who are curious let me spell it out for you. SocialScope is the one true social inbox for your BlackBerry. Connecting Twitter (1-2 accounts), Facebook, Foursquare, and flickr into one super client.

This actual product is actually in private beta, and has been now for nearly 3 years. I’ve been using SS now for about 2 & 1/2 years. There’s a huge cult following of this product unlike anything else in the BlackBerry Community.

After a few scheduling conflicts he and I finally found a day that worked for us both. Friday, May the 20th, 2011 at 2pm I sat down and started rattling an aresenal of questions off to Amit, and got some provoking answers, some unexpected answers and a lot of unanswered questions. Let’s get into it shall we!

Cocky Culture introduces the Berryfication Theme!

A while back we asked Tony of  what he thought about making a Berryfication theme and much to our surprise he was honored. There’s no words to explain how proud we are to have this product for you. We won’t say it’s the best site theme cause then we’d be tooting our own horns. But it is pretty remarkable. Originally we had the 4.6 to 5.0 versions only but because of Theme Studio 6 beta-2 we have all the 6.0 versions available as well. This includes 91xx, 93xx, 9650, 9670, 9700, 9780 and 9800 OS 6.0. So hurry up and grab one

BlogBerry by Walker Themes

In a time when so many are flocking to New devices, giving up on our beloved BlackBerry, there comes a man, a guy they call Walker of Walker Themes.. He arrives holding a future of tricked out ideas. A bag of funk. And now his funk is spilling all over BlackBerry Smartphones. His latest, BlogBerry takes a idea never perfected and he redefines it.
Sharing is sexy… oh yes, it is. Everyone likes to share.. or is it receive.. no maybe it’s give.. hm I don’t know but Walker Themes is cool. I do know that. And BlogBerry is one HOT Theme.

When he shot me a screen a couple weeks ago I quickly snatched it up and saved it for future reference. Little did I know it would turn out this good. When Walker Themes introduced himself to us I must admit I wasn’t sure what to make of him. I hadn’t heard of him nor seen him anywhere before.. then he showed us a theme that was well made but I wasn’t positive where he would take us afterwards.

Well fast forward about 6 weeks and here we find ourselves with a highly complex, yet easy to use new Blog-like theme with many different possibilities for user customization. BlogBerry is nothing short of amazing.
Graphics, stunning, check. Menu’s and buttons, unique/functional, check. Creativity, and personality, check. Options, user defined customizations, check. Ability to surprise rezn when all I expect from people anymore is a swift move to some sort of fancy new Droid phone.. oh yeah Check!! So this is proof that even though so many are disappointed or expect more, want more, basically have proven that they want everything their way like the world owes them all something, have no clue what’s lurking below.. Walker Themes emerges with a strong will to thrive in the world of BlackBerry and his true thrill for the style and culture shows in the product. Sorry Droid using BlackBerry theme makers but your themes aren’t and won’t be this fun if you don’t love the product your building for. It’s like selling Toyota’s and driving Subaru’s, or something. But you should get the drift.

There’s so many neat options and ways to set up this theme, you’ll have to get one yourself to truly understand it. But don’t take my word make your own. If this looks slick to you then follow the link on through. Everything is in it’s proper place and functional, speedy, visually eye opening are included. Clearly Walker loves his BlackBerry too and so he should. That’s why we’re here too!

Berryfication Exclusive News & tidbits – week ending Feb 4th, 2012

Hello world of BlackBerry, rezn here this is our first of many posts titled “Beryfication Exclusive News & tidbits.” Every week ending we will throw this post up. Hopefully instead of keeping all the dev news to myself we can begin to share more with the world every week!
We do believe we have an official release date for the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0! Yes you read that right. No names will be revealed but our sources are some of the very best. So there’s that.

The first little tidbit is about Kisai Labs very popular Twitter client for PlayBook – Blaq! Since the last version [1.6.0] hit BlackBerry App World, Jerome & Co have been working very diligently to bring some awe-inspiring features to the PlayBook tablet. We’re not going to ruin the surprise. But a couple features we’ll let you know about are:
*TweetMarker – this is a feature that place a very attractive blue ribbon on in your timeline to bookmark last tweet across Twitter clients. and the other feature is
*Portrait View – this is a great addition, one of the most popular new features users have been asking for. There’s plenty of cosmetic changes and oodles of new treats, some better than you can imagine!

Next up is Cocky Culture. I’m sure your all familiar with the name. Tony & Co are behind many classic themes including our own exclusive Berryfication theme. Lately Tony has been working on some awesome applications (read: games) for iOS and BlackBerry PlayBook. The first game is..
*Pocket Ninjas – Your Ninja Lair is under attack! Too bad for them you’re the baddest Ninja there is. Swipe your finger across the screen to hack and slash your enemies while dodging shurikens, ditching Geisha, and ducking bad Sushi! This game is already available for iOS now here, and will be coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet post OS 2.0. The other game is already 20 levels deep, and will hit the PlayBook first!
*Love Birds – Not all birds are angry! A physics based game I’m working on. Hopefully drops sometime in February! Actually Tony did let me know he hopes for a VDay release, even if the game only launches with the 20 levels that are ready to go! Pretty darn cute and fun mechanics! See the YouTube video of Love Birds for BlackBerry PlayBook here.

The third treat we have for you is about the BlackBerry PlayBook ..Well PlayBook tablet OS 2.0 [official]. There’s a lot of talk about it launching soon. I’ve been scouting around, listening carefully and can’t help but notice how little BlackBerry exclusive apps have come out lately, even the BlackBerry Beta Zone has been a ghost town. This is great news actually! I think RIM is pulling all resources into the PlayBook and the official release date will be..

BQC: Quelos theme

Blue business surrounding the wide open spaces that make up the four corners of Quelos theme. TodayPlus shaded into the clear canvas. Navigation like GPS precisely taking you through each of the necessary icons. Each hover cuts a square from the center window-slider displayed at home. Mixing business with pleasure for the high end user. Style doesn’t have to be made only for the madonna’s anymore, suits can enjoy this playground of icons as well.

Due to the high quality of product expected to leave the hands of this Developer we have brought a fraction of the score down. Most of the build up behind our intentions was for a more abstract product to reach our BlackBerry Devices therefore we must consider this and weigh in.

Allocated RAM took a small hit with the aftermath of the OTA download. Performance remains quick. Total FLASH seems untainted after 72 hours of activation. Business user approach may fall on deaf ears in an industry that is always in window-seat daydreaming of newer technology.