So before anyone gets the knee-jerk reaction to flame me for writing this up, or sing joys of praise because you agree, hear me out. I love the design of the newest leaked BlackBerry 10 London
photo. I prefer it's thin slab design over the first leaked London photo
. However, there are some glaring flaws that I wanted to address about the image. I've pointed these flaws out in the image above, but I'd like to expand a bit more on each one down here:
1. Uneven corners distorted -
Corners are one of the hardest things to repair in graphic work. The fact that there are two corners on the image that look distorted, and one badly smudged, usually suggests some patch work.
2. BlackBerry logo distorted -
This one is also a obvious eyesore. The very bottom white dot on the BlackBerry logo is half darkened out. However, this could also be due to image loss and the logo being very close to the shadow. But then again, it's not that far into the shadow for such a dramatic change.
3. Shadowing looks incomplete -
If the light was coming from the font angle to leave that dark shadow on the back of the device, I suspect there wouldn't be vague shadowing going in another direction. Depending how one looks at it, I could be wrong, but shadowing just looks off.
4. Screenshot not showing any OS goodies -
Usually when a fully legit leak comes out, we get a screenshot that reveals something about the OS running on the device, or a homescreen shot. This screenshot seems to be of a opened media app and therefore cannot be confident that the screenshot is not made up. Plus the image doesn't really go with the "dramatic UI shift" description.
5. Image quality is low to hide mistakes -
Perhaps THE signature to creating a fake is to release a image that is low quality with plenty of Jpeg artifacts. This is evidence that some image quality may have been distorted purposely to hide mistakes. To show I didn't purposely distort the image any further when I added the writing to it, I saved it as a quality png file.
I'm not here to bash anyone or anything, but on a scale of 1 -10 on the fake-meter - 1 being NO and 10 being YES, I give it a 8.5. The only thing going for this image is that it resembles the PlayBook in a way, which corresponds to statements made by Lazaridis and Saunders
about what the device will look like. Down to brass, any graphic designer with a bit of experience could chug this out in a couple days or less. Even my graphic-savvy amature-ish self was able to hack out a mediocre mock up of the future BB 10 device
, with OS and all, in only a couple days.
Grain of salt, folks.
Something else I noticed is the image laying on it's side, behind the image standing up, is too short. It should be longer and sticking out beyond the image standing up.