BlackBerry Z30

AKA: BlackBerry A10

Available at: Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus

8/10 AVG.
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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  
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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 28 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.

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

Battery
2800mAh

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

Prices (Where to Buy)

140

NEW BlackBerry Z30 STA100-5 - 16GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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140

BRAND NEW IN BOX BlackBerry Z30 - PENTABAND. BLACK (UNLOCKED)

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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140

BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5) - 16GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone

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  • Condition: Refurbished
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 28 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.

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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Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)

Functions perfectly, and its use is intuitive

from Notebookcheck (5 months 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 memory... More

  8/10

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

from What Mobile (5 months 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 manages... More

  7/10

A big step up from the Z10

from Digital Versus (10 months 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.

  8/10

Unquestionably the best touchscreen BlackBerry to date

from Digital Trends (10 months 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.

  7/10

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

from NDTV (10 months 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. Sadly,... More

Large screen and improved design

from Phone Scoop (11 months 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 handles... More

  5/10

The Z30 truly is the all-rounder

from UnleashThePhones (11 months 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

Looks mediocre but it does the job quite well

from The Mobile Indian (11 months 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

  8/10

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

from TechRadar (12 months 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

  7/10

A well-designed smartphone running a decent OS

from PC Advisor (12 months 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 friends... More

  8/10

Underrated

(2 months 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.

  9/10

The Media Couldn't Cloud the Quality of BB Z30

(5 months 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... More

  10/10

Blackberry Z30 is a great and attractive phone.

(9 months 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!

  9/10

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

(10 months 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... More

  10/10

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

(10 months ago)

  10/10

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