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.



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.


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Notebookcheck

Functions perfectly, and its use is intuitive

from Notebookcheck

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.

 ... Full review

What Mobile

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

from What Mobile

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

Digital Versus

A big step up from the Z10

from Digital Versus
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... Full review
Digital Trends

Unquestionably the best touchscreen BlackBerry to date

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

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

from NDTV
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... Full review
Phone Scoop

Large screen and improved design

from Phone Scoop

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

UnleashThePhones

The Z30 truly is the all-rounder

from UnleashThePhones
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... Full review
The Mobile Indian

Looks mediocre but it does the job quite well

from The Mobile Indian
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... Full review
TechRadar

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

from TechRadar
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... Full review
Tech Advisor

A well-designed smartphone running a decent OS

from Tech Advisor
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... Full review

Mark A Platt

Pleasant Surprise

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. Less
Kelsey Skaret

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.
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

Underrated

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. 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 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. 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!
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... 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. Less

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



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 10.2 (Update Available: 10.2.1)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8960T Pro Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB Flash
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.77 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 720 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 454 minutes
3G Surfing Time 454 minutes
4G Surfing Time 454 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
840 minutes (2G)
1080 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.1 x 7.2 x 0.9 cm
(5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 170 grams
(6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 295 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser BlackBerry Browser
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Blackberry)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 5x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Time shift mode, HDR, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom 3x digital
Additional Front Camera Info Image stabilization
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry A10

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