A couple readers sent us a video of a test Mashable performed with their BlackBerry Z10. They put it in the hands of 5 people who had never picked one up and wanted to see how easy it would be to figure it out. Mashable obviously took the line that the BlackBerry 10 OS is unintuitive because people cannot figure out how to use it in a minute. By that same reasoning the iPhone and Android were both “unintuitive” at launch because people did not know how to use them. What makes things "intuitive" from one OS to another is how they mimic each other. For example, Linux is considered "unintuitive" unless it looks like Windows. In short most of this "intuition" that Mashable was testing is just what they are familiar with.
What Mashable was really testing, but didn’t realize they were, was how innovative the BlackBerry 10 OS is. The reason people can pick up a Android after an iPhone and figure some things out is because they copied those concepts from each other. BlackBerry decided not to be yet another copy cat in the vein of Android and create something new. Once you give someone a 5 minute demo of BlackBerry 10 they will ask why their iPhone does not have gestures.
Check out the video below. I love how the blond figures it out first. Maybe that will put an end to blond jokes?