The CTO expressed his proclivity for physical keyboards "I've never liked touchscreens," he said yet found himself preferring the touchscreen Z10. "The predictive typing is amazing," and works as fast as the standard BlackBerry keyboard, he said. (In the system, which RIM began demonstrating last year, word suggestions appear on the virtual keyboard and users flick them up into the text field.)
However, he said, application availability could be a roadblock for mainstream adoption of BlackBerry 10. The firm hasn't heard from any legal technology vendors, he said. Perhaps, he observed, that despite the success of Samsung and its Galaxy-branded devices, "I think what stands in the way are people who get something into their head that BlackBerry has failed and other devices are better."