Z30by BlackBerry

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
70%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Z30 has a premium build quality that feels good in the hand.
  • The virtual keyboard sticks to BlackBerry's roots, offering one of the best keyboards in the business.
  • Battery life will consistently exceed your expectations.

CONS

  • BlackBerry 10 needs some help in the application department--as in, good luck finding key apps you want to use.
  • The camera is passable, but not great.
  • Performance hiccups and slowdowns are all too common.
BlackBerry's Z30 is the bigger brother of the Z10, the first BlackBerry 10 device. It's equipped with a 5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 2880 mAh battery, and a dual-core processor. As far as camera capabilities go, the Z30 has an 8MP auto-focus camera with 1080p high-definition video capabilities. The Z30 runs BlackBerry 10, which features the BlackBerry Hub for managing all your communications.
NameZ30PRIVPassportBlackBerry Classic
ManufacturerBlackBerryBlackBerryBlackBerryBlackBerry
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List Price$240$699$700$323
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Although I found the Hub occasionally slow to update with messages as well, it's still a useful tool, as is the Attachments view that makes …

Although I found the Hub occasionally slow to update with messages as well, it's still a useful tool, as is the Attachments view that makes it easy to find files.

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75%

With BB10, a frugal display panel, and software optimizations, you can squeeze much more battery life out of the handset that with flagships…

With BB10, a frugal display panel, and software optimizations, you can squeeze much more battery life out of the handset that with flagships on other platforms.

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70%

The first thing we noticed when taking the BlackBerry Z30 out of its box was how solid the device feels.

The first thing we noticed when taking the BlackBerry Z30 out of its box was how solid the device feels.

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70%

So the BlackBerry Z30 feels really solid in its build. There are no creaks or flex from the body, it's just a well put together package.

So the BlackBerry Z30 feels really solid in its build. There are no creaks or flex from the body, it's just a well put together package.

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70%

That big screen means a bigger version of BlackBerry's already-excellent virtual keyboard.

That big screen means a bigger version of BlackBerry's already-excellent virtual keyboard.

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70%

Sadly for BlackBerry, these are cutting edge specs from more than a year ago; it simply hasn't been able to keep up with the pace set by the…

Sadly for BlackBerry, these are cutting edge specs from more than a year ago; it simply hasn't been able to keep up with the pace set by the leading Android manufacturers...

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70%

You get 16GB of internal storage, and to be frank that’ll probably do the trick unless you want to store music or videos (given there are so…

You get 16GB of internal storage, and to be frank that’ll probably do the trick unless you want to store music or videos (given there are so few games for BlackBerry 10 phones).

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62%

Moreover, BlackBerry 10 is well-suited to a bigger display and the 5-incher here is a good one.

Moreover, BlackBerry 10 is well-suited to a bigger display and the 5-incher here is a good one.

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60%

For all BlackBerry's efforts to breathe life into its smartphone platform, it can't hide the lack of many popular apps gracing its virtual s…

For all BlackBerry's efforts to breathe life into its smartphone platform, it can't hide the lack of many popular apps gracing its virtual store shelves.

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The best thing about the Z30 is the handset's excellent touch-screen keyboard.

The best thing about the Z30 is the handset's excellent touch-screen keyboard.

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Again that’s not to say it’s particularly bad, simply that there’s better out there if what you want out of a smartphone is above-average ca…

Again that’s not to say it’s particularly bad, simply that there’s better out there if what you want out of a smartphone is above-average camera performance.

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All told, the hardware in the Z30 is a great improvement over that in the Z10.

All told, the hardware in the Z30 is a great improvement over that in the Z10.

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