The BlackBerry Z30 is the best Blackberry 10 model so far, bringing the benefits of a large display, plenty of power, a much imporved design compared to the Z10, and solid battery life that has seen us through the day.

- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 30 reviews

The Z30 is Blackberry’s fourth smartphone based around the BB10 operating system. It features a larger screen than its predecessor, measuring in at 5 inches. The screen itself offers 1280 x 720 resolution which, while HD, is not quite as high as some other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Despite the slightly lower quality, most reviewers agree that the screen offers crisp details and excellent viewing angles. While Phonearena does mention that the screen could be a tad brighter, they go on to say that the display offers excellent visibility in direct sunlight and excellent contrast.

With the larger screen comes slightly larger dimensions as well. The Blackberry Z30 measures in at 5.53” x 2.83” x 0.37” and weighs 170 grams (5.99 oz). Many reviewers find that the dimensions are actually quite comfortable in hand and fit well in most pocket sizes. Engadget does note, however, that it is difficult to use the device one-handed due to some design decisions such as not having a dedicated home button. Users must rely on the up-swipe gesture to work or shift hands in order to hit the sleep/wake button.

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Under the hood, the Z30 sports a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Although most experts agree that the specs aren’t entirely impressive, they do note that the phone generally excels at multi-tasking though they have also noticed a couple glitches that require hard restarts to fix.

One of the most impressive features of the phone is its battery. According to BlackBerry, the battery should last 25 hours of mixed use and 16 days on standby. One downside noted by ZDNet was the positioning of the charging port which they found to be in a bit awkward position. They also noted that the battery itself takes a long time to charge.

In addition to hardware upgrades the Z30 also offers new software, most notably the BlackBerry Priority Hub. According to BlackBerry, Priority Hub will learn over time what messages are important to you and highlight them for quick access. Forbes notes that this feature could “prove useful to the busy Z30 user.” Aside from the BlackBerry’s homegrown software, the Z30 still suffers from a lack of apps available to users such as Netflix and Instagram.

Most reviewers agree this is a solid phone that offers more than its predecessor, the Blackberry Z10. Crackberry notes that “it’s a perfectly capable, strong device so long as you don’t care about missing a few token apps.” Engadget is a bit more reserved with their recommendation noting that it “isn't a bad device by any means, just one that falls short of what we expect from a 2013-2014 flagship.”

The Good: Excellent battery life, ergonomic design, excellent display viewing angles.

The Bad: Very few native apps, low screen brightness, difficult to use one-handed.


Specs summary

Screen
5"

The BlackBerry Z30's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8960T Pro Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 10.2 (Update Available: 10.2.1) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 1080 minutes (3G), 454 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 30 reviews

The Z30 is Blackberry’s fourth smartphone based around the BB10 operating system. It features a larger screen than its predecessor, measuring in at 5 inches. The screen itself offers 1280 x 720 resolution which, while HD, is not quite as high as some other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Despite the slightly lower quality, most reviewers agree that the screen offers crisp details and excellent viewing angles. While Phonearena does mention that the screen could be a tad brighter, they go on to say that the display offers excellent visibility in direct sunlight and excellent contrast.

With the larger screen comes slightly larger dimensions as well. The Blackberry Z30 measures in at 5.53” x 2.83” x 0.37” and weighs 170 grams (5.99 oz). Many reviewers find that the dimensions are actually quite comfortable in hand and fit well in most pocket sizes. Engadget does note, however, that it is difficult to use the device one-handed due to some design decisions such as not having a dedicated home button. Users must rely on the up-swipe gesture to work or shift hands in order to hit the sleep/wake button.

Show more

Under the hood, the Z30 sports a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Although most experts agree that the specs aren’t entirely impressive, they do note that the phone generally excels at multi-tasking though they have also noticed a couple glitches that require hard restarts to fix.

One of the most impressive features of the phone is its battery. According to BlackBerry, the battery should last 25 hours of mixed use and 16 days on standby. One downside noted by ZDNet was the positioning of the charging port which they found to be in a bit awkward position. They also noted that the battery itself takes a long time to charge.

In addition to hardware upgrades the Z30 also offers new software, most notably the BlackBerry Priority Hub. According to BlackBerry, Priority Hub will learn over time what messages are important to you and highlight them for quick access. Forbes notes that this feature could “prove useful to the busy Z30 user.” Aside from the BlackBerry’s homegrown software, the Z30 still suffers from a lack of apps available to users such as Netflix and Instagram.

Most reviewers agree this is a solid phone that offers more than its predecessor, the Blackberry Z10. Crackberry notes that “it’s a perfectly capable, strong device so long as you don’t care about missing a few token apps.” Engadget is a bit more reserved with their recommendation noting that it “isn't a bad device by any means, just one that falls short of what we expect from a 2013-2014 flagship.”

The Good: Excellent battery life, ergonomic design, excellent display viewing angles.

The Bad: Very few native apps, low screen brightness, difficult to use one-handed.

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Functions perfectly, and its use is intuitive

from Notebookcheck (2 years ago)

The Canadian manufacturer does not give up, and consistently tries to establish itself on the smartphone market. That is certainly not easy considering the strong competition and their short product cycles. The Z30 has grown by 0.8 inches, its processor has been upgraded to 1.7 GHz, and the working... More

The Canadian manufacturer does not give up, and consistently tries to establish itself on the smartphone market. That is certainly not easy considering the strong competition and their short product cycles. The Z30 has grown by 0.8 inches, its processor has been upgraded to 1.7 GHz, and the working memory has also been expanded to 2 GB. The hardware is compelling because the smartphone features a high-quality build, and the properties of the Super AMOLED screen is satisfactory. However, not much has changed compared with the Z10, and profound innovations are not discovered.

 

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8.4/10

A barren app store, odd features and a monster price tag may kill what could have been a competitive device

from What Mobile (2 years ago)

BlackBerry can be pleased with the phone’s looks all-round. Considering a failure to adapt its designs caused BlackBerry to fall away so dramatically, the Z30 is a very attractive handset. Many phones are criticised for falling into the generic ‘black slab’ archetype but the Z30 ma... More

BlackBerry can be pleased with the phone’s looks all-round. Considering a failure to adapt its designs caused BlackBerry to fall away so dramatically, the Z30 is a very attractive handset. Many phones are criticised for falling into the generic ‘black slab’ archetype but the Z30 manages to take an ordinary oblong design and put an interesting BlackBerry spin on it.

One of the greatest strengths of BB10, the latest version of BlackBerry OS, is that it doesn’t use dedicated navigation buttons. But it can also be a nuisance. When inside an app, you minimise it and return to your homescreen by sliding your digit up from the bottom of the screen. This doesn’t always work first time, and if you’re playing a game, you can do it by accident.

If you’re a die-hard BlackBerry fan, none of these flaws will matter to you. You’ll regard the Z30 as BlackBerry’s finest hour (possibly). This is a well- specced touchscreen smartphone and its flaws are inherent in almost every BlackBerry handset. If you could overlook them in the past, you can certainly overlook them now – except, perhaps, that dreadful display brightness.

The device looks good, it feels good, and for the most part, it works as well as any other phone out there. But if you’re used to an unlimited choice of apps on Android or iOS, stay away.

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7/10

A big step up from the Z10

from Digital Versus (2 years ago)

The Z30 is definitely a step up from the Z10, but it isn't quite enough to conquer the market. It does everything it's supposed to and has enough battery life to please Berry lovers as well as a few newbies along the way.

The Z30 is definitely a step up from the Z10, but it isn't quite enough to conquer the market. It does everything it's supposed to and has enough battery life to please Berry lovers as well as a few newbies along the way.

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8/10

Unquestionably the best touchscreen BlackBerry to date

from Digital Trends (2 years ago)

Long battery life and solid OS improvements are much appreciated. But the as the company’s troubles continue worsen, it’s hard to recommend.

Long battery life and solid OS improvements are much appreciated. But the as the company’s troubles continue worsen, it’s hard to recommend.

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7/10

Build quality is great and the battery life is excellent but the camera is a let-down

from NDTV (2 years ago)

When the BlackBerry Z10 came out, late as it was in the smartphone race, we were willing to excuse some of its shortcomings, given that BlackBerry 10 was a brand new platform. We hoped BlackBerry would build upon a promising release with quick, timely updates that would fill in the missing gaps. Sad... More

When the BlackBerry Z10 came out, late as it was in the smartphone race, we were willing to excuse some of its shortcomings, given that BlackBerry 10 was a brand new platform. We hoped BlackBerry would build upon a promising release with quick, timely updates that would fill in the missing gaps. Sadly, that never happened, and while the updates, which have been anything but frequent, have added a few new features, BlackBerry is clearly nowhere near the likes of iOS and Android as far as maturity of the OS as well as the ecosystem are concerned.

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Large screen and improved design

from Phone Scoop (2 years ago)

The BlackBerry Z30 is clearly a step up from the Z10. It is more pleasing to look at, and feels better to hold and use even though it's bigger. I wish the larger screen made similar improvements, but it doesn't quite hold up when compared to competing hardware from other manufacturers. The Z30 handl... More

The BlackBerry Z30 is clearly a step up from the Z10. It is more pleasing to look at, and feels better to hold and use even though it's bigger. I wish the larger screen made similar improvements, but it doesn't quite hold up when compared to competing hardware from other manufacturers.

The Z30 handles the smartphone basics well. Battery life is solid, network performance is commendable, it's an able communications device, and it can run tens of thousands of apps. It falls flat in terms of call quality and media playback, however, and the battery isn't removable (a mainstay BlackBerry feature since time eternal.) The camera is average, but it's nice to have a microHDMI port.

I'd easily recommend the Z30 over the Z10, but it's harder to say the Z30 is a better buy than the similarly-priced Apple iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G2, or HTC One. All of these competing devices offer better app selection, better screens, better cameras, and better media options. For $200 on contract, the Z30 does all that other smartphones do, but choosing BlackBerry OS over Android, iOS, or Windows Phone is a tough call. If you're a BlackBerry diehard, then perhaps it makes sense. If you're on the fence about BBOS, jump back down into one of the other smartphone camps 

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5/10

The Z30 truly is the all-rounder

from UnleashThePhones (2 years ago)

Overall, the BlackBerry Z30 is an impressive device. With a unique Mobile OS, and an innovative user experience, along with the security features you would expect from BlackBerry, the Z30 truly is the all-rounder. However, if you’re one who wishes to have all the latest apps available, you may... More

Overall, the BlackBerry Z30 is an impressive device. With a unique Mobile OS, and an innovative user experience, along with the security features you would expect from BlackBerry, the Z30 truly is the all-rounder. However, if you’re one who wishes to have all the latest apps available, you may want to re-think it, though keep in mind that Android app compatibility will see the vast majority working, to a degree at least.

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Looks mediocre but it does the job quite well

from The Mobile Indian (2 years ago)

There was a time when BlackBerry's name used to reverberate words like perfection, premium, best of the best etc. But the Z30's experience does not leave any such memories. True it is beautifully crafted; its OS is much more sophisticated; but a bit of hardware alternative would make it more user fr... More

There was a time when BlackBerry's name used to reverberate words like perfection, premium, best of the best etc. But the Z30's experience does not leave any such memories. True it is beautifully crafted; its OS is much more sophisticated; but a bit of hardware alternative would make it more user friendly.

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8/10

A solid phone for calls and it has real staying power thanks to that big battery

from TechRadar (2 years ago)

Make no mistake, the BlackBerry Z30 is a good smartphone, but in today's competitive market, good simply isn't good enough. Like some of Nokia's recent offerings, the Z30 feels like a solid piece of hardware that's let down by the software running on it. We enjoyed our time with the Z30, but it... More

Make no mistake, the BlackBerry Z30 is a good smartphone, but in today's competitive market, good simply isn't good enough. Like some of Nokia's recent offerings, the Z30 feels like a solid piece of hardware that's let down by the software running on it. We enjoyed our time with the Z30, but it won't be too difficult to say goodbye.

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7/10

A well-designed smartphone running a decent OS

from PC Advisor (2 years ago)

There isn't the app ecosystem of the big two competitors but we can see the BlackBerry Z30 as a useful compromise of the needs of businesses that rely on BlackBerry's security model, and users who'd like something with the touchscreen power of iPhone-based handsets. This big handset deserves to win... More

There isn't the app ecosystem of the big two competitors but we can see the BlackBerry Z30 as a useful compromise of the needs of businesses that rely on BlackBerry's security model, and users who'd like something with the touchscreen power of iPhone-based handsets. This big handset deserves to win friends from anyone that can value its secure and robust features.

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8/10

Pleasant Surprise

(10 months ago)

Blackberry is back in the game with the Z30. The sound quality of the phone is excellent. Texting a is as good as any Samsung or iPhone I have tried. The Z30 excels with the reliable long battery life which is critical in an office setting. The web browser is as quick as any I have used on any c... More

Blackberry is back in the game with the Z30. The sound quality of the phone is excellent. Texting a is as good as any Samsung or iPhone I have tried. The Z30 excels with the reliable long battery life which is critical in an office setting. The web browser is as quick as any I have used on any cell phone. I frankly don't care if the phone doesn't have mind boggling screen resolution, it is a phone not a camera, and is more than adequate.

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8/10

Great comeback for BlackBerry

(about 1 year ago)

Although mine only has an above average battery life, I found the HUB and swipe much more fluent than other phones I've had. The browser is very fast and it surprised me by the quality of the screen. All in all, I would defiantly recommend this phone to friends and colleagues alike.

Although mine only has an above average battery life, I found the HUB and swipe much more fluent than other phones I've had. The browser is very fast and it surprised me by the quality of the screen. All in all, I would defiantly recommend this phone to friends and colleagues alike.

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10/10

Underrated

(about 1 year ago)

If you are looking for a communication device rather than a camera then do not overlook the Z30. The upgraded platform is app friendly and I love the Hub, where I can get all my messages in one convenient spot. Most of all, being a Canadian, I get to support a national company.

If you are looking for a communication device rather than a camera then do not overlook the Z30. The upgraded platform is app friendly and I love the Hub, where I can get all my messages in one convenient spot. Most of all, being a Canadian, I get to support a national company.

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9/10

The Media Couldn't Cloud the Quality of BB Z30

(2 years ago)

So many amazing little details that BB looked after. Everything is so organized and has it's own little place. Super fast, 4g, memory heat sensors in key pad that remember where you put your fingers where you type. THE SWIPE AND WORD PREDICT IS AMAZING AND ALWAYS RIGHT. Color coded messaged, you c... More

So many amazing little details that BB looked after. Everything is so organized and has it's own little place. Super fast, 4g, memory heat sensors in key pad that remember where you put your fingers where you type. THE SWIPE AND WORD PREDICT IS AMAZING AND ALWAYS RIGHT. Color coded messaged, you can play youtube in one tab while searching other things and exiting browser(and it's not glitchy), great battery. I drop my phone everyday, by some means of luck and it runs smoothly. I bring it into the shower and play music and still works perfectly. Owner since it came out.

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10/10

Blackberry Z30 is a great and attractive phone.

(2 years ago)

I just replaced my Blackberry Bold with Z30 and think that the Z30 is awesome. I like it a lot. It handles great, and looks nice although I haven't used its camera yet. I am glad that I bought it!

I just replaced my Blackberry Bold with Z30 and think that the Z30 is awesome. I like it a lot. It handles great, and looks nice although I haven't used its camera yet. I am glad that I bought it!

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9/10

Best phone in the Industry - A Multi-Media/Gaming/Communications Monster

(2 years ago)

Though I enjoyed the Z10, this Z30 is not only BBRY's best smart phone out to date, but its also one of the most highly competitive versus the competition, with BB10 OS taking it to the next level with the most advanced mobile OS ever released on a smart phone. The Z30's shape, size, the fluidness... More

Though I enjoyed the Z10, this Z30 is not only BBRY's best smart phone out to date, but its also one of the most highly competitive versus the competition, with BB10 OS taking it to the next level with the most advanced mobile OS ever released on a smart phone. The Z30's shape, size, the fluidness of the OS, the smoothness, the pro look and feel this has is nothing but amazing. I relate the Z30 as a Multi-Media/Gaming/Communications Monster. And I nickname it Monster Smart Phone.

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10/10

Black berry is the greatest phone.This phone is far more greater than i phone

(2 years ago)
10/10