Blackberry Z30 Review


Blackberry has recently rolled out their first 5.0 inch display phone. They are stepping into some tense territory with HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 already settled with large market shares with their full HD displays. And yes it is more than just that. The hardware on both of them seems much promising. Let’s check this phone out and see if Blackberry Z30 is worthy of your money. Irrespective of that, it always will be a good stepping stone.

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The phone looks more or less looks like the Blackberry Z10, but yeah larger. And this is what many other companies have followed, nothing new but the same old boring. Rather the built quality on the Blackberry Z10 felt much better. Blackberry Z30 has this rubbery flat back, it feels really average and nothing great. The textured back is what is bothering me, maybe it is just a personal gut that is bothering me. The speakers give you top quality sound, really clear and distinctive. The front does remind me of a HTC One.


Blackberry Z30 Display
Though they have stepped into tense territory, they have provided you with a 5 inch display but it is not full HD. It has a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. Well now obviously people will prefer the 1080p 5 inch displays, no matter how awesome this 720p display will be, it will not play full HD content like the galaxy S4 or the HTC One and the others having the same. Blackberry Z30 has a really clean display. It certainly is of high quality, it has really sharp detailing and great colors. Gaming experience and video watching is really great. I can stare at this display for forever and not be bored but be star struck. I do wish it was a full HD display though.


Blackberry Z30 takes really amazing photographs. The 8MP rear camera takes really sharp images. The user interface is not that intuitive compared to that on the GS4 or the HTC One but it is nice and simple. In idea conditions, it takes colorful photographs which are detailed really well. But get out of that comfort zone and the images will become grainy and the camera will not be able to focus properly. Night shot, do not even get me started. The 2MP front facing camera does a fine job. Video on the 8MP sensor is captured in full HD quality and it looks under saturated.


Blackberry 10.2 OS on Blackberry Z30
Blackberry Z30 runs the Blackberry 10.2OS. It is another OS that focuses on being social just like Windows Phone 8’s philosophy. Actually in many ways it is like WP8 but I would not go there. The user interface is really nice but you will take some time to get around it. It does not offer any great customization and their app story is still building up. BB is a ship ready to sink in this case.


This phone operates and gets its juice from the Snapdragon Pro 1.7 Dual Core processor. Many of you would not like the sound of it but believe me, with BB 10.2 OS, it works really fine. Perfect harmony I would say. But yes, considering raw power, it does not have that. It would not run the heavy games as good as the GS4 and HTC One. There is 2GB of RAM on board. Blackberry Z30 also gives you 16GB of internal memory and is expandable to up to 32GB. The battery life is pretty nice- 13h of talktime on 3G.

Final Thoughts

See the Blackberry Z30 is a really nice phone but the truth is, it is just not there. Not in terms of display, not in terms of performance, not in terms of camera, nothing. I would easily close my eyes and buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One over this phone for simple and obvious reason- most of it is better than the Z30. The BBZ30 is certainly wow in quality but it fails to diliever.

Blackberry Z30 comes for Rs. 38500

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 / 800
4G Network LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
Announced 2013, September
Status Available. Released 2013, October
BODY Dimensions 140.7 x 72 x 9.4 mm (5.54 x 2.83 x 0.37 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inches (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization
Secondary Yes, 2 MP, 720p@30fps
FEATURES OS BlackBerry 10.2 OS
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960T Pro Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 320
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS integration
– HDMI port
– BlackBerry maps
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 2880 mAh battery
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 384 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 25 h (2G) / Up to 18 h (3G)




Author: Sinha

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