Make sure that you take advantage of your BlackBerry 10 device’s built-in video editing capabilities the next time you shoot a video. To edit a video that you’ve just recorded, tap the preview option that appears in the bottom-left corner of the Camera app, followed by tapping Edit in the toolbar. You also have the option to edit previously recorded videos. Open the Videos app, select the video you’d like to edit, tap the three dot icon in the bottom right and select Edit.
After tapping Edit, you’ll have access to the following video editing options:
To remove a change you just made, such as the brightness level, tap on the three dot icon in the bottom-right corner followed by Remove Enhance. You’ll also notice an option to Restore Original, which will remove all edits.
After selecting your desired edits, tap Done in the top-right corner of your screen and a copy of the edited video will be saved to your device.
To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit www.blackberry.com/support for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.
Struggling, that’s one word out of many that can be used to describe BlackBerry’s current state of affairs. I just don’t understand how a company that was so dominate at one time failed to innovate and make the necessary adjustments in order to continue to solidify themselves as major players in the consumer smart phone game.
So many missed launches, failed promises and flat out bad decisions have cost this company to a point that now its future existence is seriously in question. What should have been done months ago is now being addressed in the form of an open letter to the public. Now, I am a true believer that if a company has made a mistake, they should always own up and address whatever issues and concerns needed by an open letter and or a simple video presented to the media.
BlackBerry has now put out an open letter to its customers that will be printed in 30 different publications covering 9 different countries. I have provided the open letter below for you to read and take away from it what you want.
Let us know what you think?
To our valued customers, partners and fans,
You’ve no doubt seen the headlines about BlackBerry. You’re probably wondering what they mean for you as one of the tens of millions of users who count on BlackBerry every single day.
We have one important message for you:
You can continue to count on BlackBerry.
How do we know? We have substantial cash on hand and a balance sheet that is debt free.
We are restructuring with a goal to cut our expenses by 50 percent in order to run a very efficient, customer-oriented organization.
These are no doubt challenging times for us and we don’t underestimate the situation or ignore the challenges. We are making the difficult changes necessary to strengthen BlackBerry.
One thing we will never change is our commitment to those of you who helped build BlackBerry into the most trusted tool for the world’s business professional.
And speaking of those dramatic headlines, it’s important that we set the record straight on a few things.
Best in class productivity tool.
We have completely revamped our device portfolio this year with the launch ofBlackBerry 10. We have four BlackBerry 10 devices – two all touch and two hybrid (touch and QWERTY) – and all are running the third update of our new platform. If what you care about most is getting things done – taking care of your business – we have the best range of devices for you. And we continue to offer the best mobile typing experience – no ifs, ands or buts about it.
Best in class security.
Governments all over the world, global corporations and businesses that simply cannot compromise on security choose and trust BlackBerry. Security is our heritage, and the industry recognizes that BlackBerry is the most secure when it comes to the device, server and, of course, our global data network. Have no doubt that you can continue to trust us to keep your communication safe and private.
Best in class enterprise mobility management.
We changed with the market, embracing BYOD because we understand that as iOS and Android devices become common in the workplace, businesses still need to manage all of these different platforms seamlessly and securely.
This is not a trivial task. While there are a number of startup companies that make bold claims, BlackBerry has more software engineers and the most resources dedicated to developing the most innovative solutions to address this complex challenge.
And our customers know it. Over the past quarter, our BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 server base grew from 19,000 to more than 25,000. Corporate clients are committed to deploying and testing the latest enterprise technology from BlackBerry.
We are committed to evolving with our customers. That will never change.
Best in class mobile social network.
We are bringing the most engaging mobile messaging platform to all, with our BBMlaunch for Android and iPhone.
There are already around six million customers pre-registered to be notified of our roll out. This number is growing every day, and speaks to the tremendous opportunity we have to expand BBM beyond BlackBerry smartphones to make it the world’s largest mobile social network.
Yes, there is a lot of competition out there and we know that BlackBerry is not for everyone. That’s OK. You have always known that BlackBerry is different, that BlackBerry can set you apart. Countless world-changing decisions have been finalized, deals closed and critical communications made via BlackBerry. And for many of you that created a bond, a connection that goes back more than a decade.
We believe in BlackBerry – our people, our technology and our ability to adapt. More importantly, we believe in you. We focus every day on what it takes to make sure that you can take care of business.
You trust your BlackBerry to deliver your most important messages, so trust us when we deliver one of our own: You can continue to count on us.
The BlackBerry Team
The BlackBerry Q5 was announced at BlackBerry World 2013 in Orlando, Florida. The smartphone bills itself as an affordable and modern QWERTY smartphone that has all the apps you expect on BlackBerry 10, coupled with the productivity and ease of messaging that BlackBerry is known for. So does it live up to expectations? Read on and see.
3.1″ Touch display
8GB Internal storage
5MP Camera (Rear Facing)
1080p HD video recording
4G LTE Ready
720 x 720 resolution, 329ppi
Up to 14 days standby time (3G)
Up to 12.5 hrs talk time (3G)
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
The hardware on the BlackBerry Q5 is everything you would expect from a decent QWERTY smartphone. It’s reminiscent of the legacy BlackBerry devices such as the 9700 in that it feels sturdy, does what you need it to, and it will likely never break. Seriously, this thing feels so strong, you could probably run over it with a truck.
In terms of the specs above, you get almost everything you expect to get, except an HDMI port which comes on the Q10 and it’s too bad it didn’t make it on the Q5 for the same price. Other than that, you get NFC, front and back cameras, HD video, keyboard and full touch display.
DISPLAY AND MEDIA
Generally, the display on the Q5 is a solid, 3.1″, 720×720 resolution at 329ppi. This is enough for everything you need in terms of email, apps and general web browsing. The problem, is a lack of HDMI output and landscape mode, means your media watching experience is very limited.
The above is a screenshot of the free Crackle app playing Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.. As you can see, not having landscape mode does terrible things to the media watching experience. Coupled with the fact that you can’t output the video to a TV via HDMI, means you aren’t getting much of a media experience.
The above picture is a sample of what you can achieve if you have the right lighting, patience and distance. If you don’t have the right conditions, or you even try taking a picture with zoom, you’re going to end up with some awful pictures such as the following:
This problem isn’t just with the BlackBerry Q5, this is a problem with the Z10 as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a problem with BlackBerry 10 in general. The more I use BlackBerry 10, the more I become convinced that hardware is less important than software in terms of making pictures beautiful. The camera on the Z10 and Q10 is good in terms of megapixels, but as you can see from the above picture, any movement or zoom renders the photo barely visible.
When I reviewed the BlackBerry Z10, I wrote about how awesome the BlackBerry Hub is and the great things it does for mobile productivity. The downside, was that the OS felt like it was 93% complete. Since writing that review back in April, 2013, BlackBerry 10 hasn’t actually come that far. At the time of writing this review, I’d say BlackBerry 10 feels like it’s 94% complete. The OS still does some really odd things when it comes to the browser and everyday use. In July of 2013, I wrote about just 13 of those BlackBerry 10 bugs that I discovered. Having switched over to the Q5, some of those bugs still exist. Below is an example of one of these bugs, with a screenshot taken the day before publishing this review.
An example of the type of bug that still plagues BlackBerry 10.
It seems like BlackBerry is spacing its updates out and bundling everything in a big OS 10.2 update that should be arriving any day now. This makes sense as it gives the company more time to test, but as a consumer, I wish these updates would just flow out of the company on a more regular basis. Instead, we’re left with OS updates that differ from carrier to carrier and only for certain devices. This is definitely where BlackBerry can take a page out of Apple’s playbook (no pun intended).
One of the biggest advantages of BlackBerry was supposed to be the fact that device fragmentation would be all but nullified, and making an app for BlackBerry 10 would mean it could run on all devices. So why do apps like the CIBC Mobile Payment app run on the Z10 but not on the Q10 or Q5? This problem extends beyond supporting the Q10 and Q5, it also includes supporting OS 10.1 and 10.2. The fact that there are certain features such as Custom Fonts that are supported in 10.2 but not 10.1, means developers have to juggle multiple builds or leave out certain users while building their apps. It seems the fragmentation issue is basically unsolvable.
KEYBOARD AND MESSAGING
The keyboard and messaging is the number one feature of the Q5 that sets it apart from every other smartphone on the market. The keyboard is so great, you don’t even need to look at the screen to type. The entire keyboard and messaging platform is so good in fact, it makes you wonder why BlackBerry even bothers to produce any other type of smartphone. It’s sort of like the story the Globe and Mail published where Frank Boulben and Kristian Tear tried to convince Mike Lazaridis the market for QWERTY devices was dead.
“In the board meeting, Mr. Lazaridis pointed to a BlackBerry with a keyboard. ‘I get this,’ he said. ‘It’s clearly differentiated.’ Then he pointed to a touchscreen phone. ‘I don’t get this.’”
Mike Lazaridis is on to something and in a market completely saturated in touchscreen phones, BlackBerry’s ability to differentiate with a world-class keyboard should be focused on. That just seems like basic business 101.
PERFORMANCE AND BATTERTY LIFE
Battery life is key these days. You can have the most powerful, awesome smartphone, but if the battery only lasts a few hours, what good is it? The BlackBerry Z10 had an awful battery life. The Q5 is better but it’s still not a full day. I can go from 9AM fully charged to 5PM but it’s dead by 6PM. I’m probably not the average user, and I definitely use my phone more than the typical use case, but it’s still disappointing to not be able to make it a full 24 hours or more.
According to the official Q5 specs, the battery life should get you:
Up to 12.5 hours talk time (3G)
Up to 14 days standby time (3G)
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 on a full battery would get you:
Up to 5.2 hours talk time (GSM)
Up to 18 days standby time (GSM)
As well as:
Up to 33 hours music playback time
Up to 6.3 hours video playback time
Notice how BlackBerry no longer displays the video and music playback times? While it looks like there has been a significant upgrade in talk time, BlackBerry is no longer reporting media playback which seems to have been reduced significantly. Back in the day, we did an experiment to see how long the 9700 battery would last, even under intense usage, and the results were spectacular. It seems those days are gone.
Let’s just start by saying: I love the BlackBerry keyboard. I love it so much. It is the one thing that BlackBerry can provide me that no other smartphone can provide. Here are just a few ways it makes my life better:
1) Typing emails is simply easier with a keyboard. It makes my life easier and that’s the essence of what technology should do.
2) Typos make you look stupid and with a BlackBerry keyboard, you’ll never make them.
3) I take pride in my writing and when I write something that seems like a typo, it’s not and the keyboard doesn’t try and correct me. Writing anything colloquially is incredibly difficult on a touchscreen.
The problems I have with the BlackBerry Q5 seem routed in the split personality that is affecting BlackBerry. Is it an enterprise device or a consumer product? The worst parts of the BlackBerry Q5 are rooted in the device being an inferior consumer product. Poor camera, lack of apps, sub par media experience and a less than satisfactory batter life. On the other hand, what makes this device great, is the enterprise and professional side of things. The BlackBerry Hub, keyboard, messaging, and app integration, are all excellent features.
So who should buy this device? Well if you’re looking for a fun device with games and a great media experience, the Q5 is not for you. If you’re a professional that does a lot of messaging, this device is awesome, especially at the price. Consider going Q10 if you have the cash to spare.
At GTEC 2013, Citrix’s Chief Security Strategist, held a session titled “MDM: How to Develop and Implement Policies to Manage and Secure Mobile Devices”. There was a lot of really interesting discussion around the changing pace of mobile adoption and how IT should handle common problems such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and CYOD (Choose Your Own Device).
One of the more interesting quotes from the session was: “the app that scares me the most is Evernote”. This quote came from a discussion around apps and how to protect data given the explosion of consumer apps and data storage fragmentation. Why does it scare IT so much? It’s actually a very pragmatic reason.
The reason Evernote is such a concern for IT is simple. It’s a powerful note taking tool, used by mostly executives, with notes synced on multiple devices, outside of IT’s control, in a cloud storage system that’s unapproved.
Imagine the kind of data that could exist on Evernote that could leave an organization vulnerable. Passwords, memos, files, and information that could seriously compromise an organization are all potentially stored on Evernote and IT has no insight.
Now, this problem doesn’t apply to Evernote specifically, but it highlights a major problem with the app economy. If IT can’t keep up with the pace of startups and productivity tools, executives are inevitably going to break the rules and put data where it doesn’t belong. Eventually, IT will have to come up with a blanket solution for all apps and hardware, that protects the organization while giving executives the tools they want to use.
— Nick Dawson (@nckdwsn) October 7, 2013
BlackBerry was at GTEC 2013 in Ottawa, talking to its most loyal customer: government. In terms of enterprise mobility topics, BlackBerry is focused on BES 10, Multi-Platform Enterprise Mobility Management, security and BlackBerry 10.
One of the more interesting tidbits at the show was during a presentation on enterprise mobility by a BlackBerry employee who was promoting BES 10. This employee told the crowd that BlackBerry is the only smartphone on the market that’s NSA-proof. The presenter claimed that the NSA has put out an official statement that BlackBerry is the only platform they haven’t been able to monitor. This statement seems to be completely undocumented because I haven’t been able to find it (perhaps a reader can point to it). Completely contrary to this statement, Der Spiegel and The Guardian (via Snowden) have all pointed to the NSA having easy access to both BES and BIS.
Speaking of BES, BlackBerry is doing a great job of moving in the direction of multi-platform device management. Currently, you can manage BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices on a secure network. At the conference, we were told that the company is working on integrating Windows Phone into the platform, but that it’s not guaranteed to end up on the roadmap. Some good news regarding BES is that 90% of the Canadian government has upgraded to BES 10.
“Some good news regarding BES is that 90% of the Canadian government has upgraded to BES 10.”
When discussing BlackBerry 10 and BES, you can’t help but bring up the PlayBook. The PlayBook could still fit a product niche, being one of the few tablets that has government and defense department approval, so why did they stop production? The reason is simple economics. According to one BlackBerry employee at the conference, when you include the bill of materials, labour, and sales overhead, a PlayBook costs the company about $350. When you’re selling the PlayBook at $100 and you can buy a 7″ Android tablet for $129, there’s not much of a reason to be in the market.
With the announcements around BlackBerry’s ability to manage multiple platforms on BES, as well as the many different systems that integrate with BB10, one can’t but help but wonder if it’s too much. Even if the company drops BlackBerry 7 and below entirely, right now, it still has a pretty big product portfolio, as well as an even bigger potential portfolio through BB10 and QNX. Should BlackBerry even be talking about cars right now?