Gestures are one of the many things I love about the PlayBook. Once learned, they become second nature to navigation. I have heard too many tech reporters who have picked up a PlayBook or BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A or B and dismiss the gestures as confusing before taking the 30 seconds to learn what they are. I think the gestures are awesome. They add to the magic of the UI and keep the hardware free of unnecessary buttons.
Since BlackBerry 10 devices will not have a trackpad, similar to the PlayBook, we will use gestures to navigate around. I’m guessing there will be a tutorial when users are setting up their devices and probably a help menu or prompts in demo mode reminding users about the gestures.
N4BB posted some shots from a PDF obtained from the BlackBerry website that shows what the gestures will be on BlackBerry 10 devices. Check out the pictures below and tell us what you think of the BB10 gestures. Would you add or change anything? I always liked the idea of a bezel scroll gesture where you can scroll through a webpage or document by swiping the bezel outside of the screen. Or maybe half on the screen and half off. That might reduce the number of accidental taps on ads and stuff. Just a thought. What do you think?
The keyboard gesture on the PlayBook (bottom left corner bezel diagonally into screen) will still work on BB10 devices to allow for one hand navigation.