We’ve been skeptical about BlackBerry 10, and whether it’ll be able to compete against the likes of Android and the iPhone. And for good reason. After countless delays and a large executive shakeup, RIM had a huge task ahead of itself as other companies continued to move forward. But RIM has something special on its hands, something we’ve seen with our own two eyes, up close and personal. And you know what? We’re more excited than we’ve ever been.

There are five features in particular that have us anticipating the arrival of BlackBerry 10. From the BlackBerry Hub, to Balance, to the experience of the onscreen keyboard, Research In Motion has obviously put a lot of time and effort into creating a truly next-gen BlackBerry experience—at least it seems that way. The company’s big day, Jan. 30, is almost here, and we can’t wait. Finally we’ll get to lay our hands on a device with a good QWERTY keyboard.