- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint
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.
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.
Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)
Functions perfectly, and its use is intuitive
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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A barren app store, odd features and a monster price tag may kill what could have been a competitive device
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 a... Full review
A big step up from the Z10
Unquestionably the best touchscreen BlackBerry to date
Build quality is great and the battery life is excellent but the camera is a let-down
Large screen and improved design
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 Black... Full review
The Z30 truly is the all-rounder
Looks mediocre but it does the job quite well
A solid phone for calls and it has real staying power thanks to that big battery
A well-designed smartphone running a decent OS
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.Less
Great comeback for BlackBerry
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.Less
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.Less
The Media Couldn't Cloud the Quality of BB Z30
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.Less
Blackberry Z30 is a great and attractive phone.
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!Less
Best phone in the Industry - A Multi-Media/Gaming/Communications Monster
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.Less
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