BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 calendars

Next up in our guide for those coming to BlackBerry 10 straight from OS 7 is the Calendar. There are a few things about the calendar that will look new and operate differently from the legacy BlackBerry experience, and we’re happy to highlight those differences for new Z10, Q10, and Q5 owners that are still finding their footing.

In addition to the usual views, there’s a new People-based view, which shows you who you’re seeing on a given day. This is often as important (if not moreso) than the particulars of when and where you’re seeing people. One nice little touch is that from the month view is that the bigger the numbers are on each date, the busier your days are. You can shut that off in the options if you find it annoying, though. There’s also an additional long-term view when looking at the month; just swipe down for the next four months, then left for more months beyond that.

BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 calendars

Creating new appointments is nearly identical. The only real difference is that the location field now has a shortcut to the maps app so you can reference places already saved there. You can also create calendar items from e-mails in the Hub just as before in Messages. You’ll find a lot of the same options available for BlackBerry 10 calendars as before, including changing calendar colors, setting the default view, meeting length, reminder time, and snooze duration. You can still pick and choose which calendars to display, as per the old Select Calendar menu option, only now you have to swipe down from the top in BB10 and tap the Manage icon.

If you find yourself zooming into the future and are having trouble getting back to today, it might seem tricky without the Go to Today menu option. All you have to do for that is tap the icon of your current view at the bottom of the screen and it will hop back to where you started. Tasks and alarms aren’t as integrated into the calendar as they have been previously. You’ll need to check out the Clock and Remember apps separately to handle that stuff. Oddly, Remember still has due dates for tasks if you need them, but no times.

BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 calendars

In BlackBerry 7, you’ll be used to seeing upcoming calendar appointments in the notification area. That’s been shifted into the Hub, where all of your incoming messages are. Just scroll up past the top of your latest incoming message, and you’ll see everything coming up for the next two days. You also get a glance of your next meeting from the lock screen.

That’s a quick comparison between BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 calendars. We’ve got a few extra tips and tricks that should help you get moving on BB10 calendars, plus step-by-step instructions on how to set up your calendar accounts in the first place.

Those of you already with a BlackBerry Z10, Q10, or Q5 - how are you finding the calendar so far?