A video with not quite final software for the BlackBerry Z10 offers a side-by-side comparison with the Apple iPhone 5. Perhaps for the first time, looking at the video allows you to see how competitive BlackBerry will be in 2013, and we have to say it is looking good for RIM. The video shows the specs of both phones being compared. The Apple iPhone has the 4 inch Retina display vs. the 4.2 inch screen on the BlackBerry Z10. The 356ppi pixel density on the latter beats out the 326ppi on Apple's device. Another difference is the removable 1800mAh battery on the Z10 compared to the non-removable 1440mAh cell on the iPhone. Keep in mind that while 1800mAh would be considered somewhat lacking in the Android world, BlackBerry has always been able to get optimal battery life from its cell. Also, the Z10 has a microSD slot, unavailable on the Apple iPhone.
The BlackBerry Z10 and the Apple iPhone 5
The video showed both BlackBerry Voice Control up against Siri, dictating an email. Apparently, Siri had some trouble with the message. The BlackBerry Z10 had the message correct and was said to be faster. Other differences were pointed out in how a user of each model is notified of a text message, and how the Z10 allows for a quick peek at a text message and lets the user quickly resume his prior activity. Going from one active app to another appears quicker on the BlackBerry as multitasking requires fewer steps on RIM's new OS. When it comes to the browser, the video showed that the BlackBerry Browser was quicker than mobile Safari. The early buzz has been to expect a world class browser on BlackBerry 10, and it seems that RIM has achieved this.
The last feature shown is BlackBerry Balance which allows you to have a different home page and apps for business. The Apple iPhone does not have anything like this, and we have to give kudos to RIM for taking advantage of the BYOD trend that is cropping up in the enterprise. Requiring a password to get into the business part of the phone, apps must be enabled by BES which allows the IT department at work to have some control over your device while still giving you full access to BlackBerry App World at home.
Is BlackBerry back? we won't be able to say for sure until we see how consumers react to BB10, but we must say that at this stage, the new OS seems quite impressive.
I think the industry has become accustomed to benchmarking their device against the iPhone. Although that is starting to change as long as Apple exists it will still be. However, I think they really need to produce a better benchmark against another device
notification lights in android have gotten the short end of the stick. that is one thing I really wanted when i transitioned from the old blackberry storm to the thunderbolt, i wanted an awesome light. the note 2 has a substaintial light and that works great for me though i still cannot customize it like i did on blackberry.
Its one reason I like Motorola Android phones. I havent seen any other Android phone do as good or it better yet. My current phone is a Maxx HD and I havent compared it to any other recent Android phones.
Nice to hear Samsung is doing better in that dept.
I want this to be awesome. I think its clear that RIM really has put a serious effort into being more than just a memory or footnote in smartphones history. Competition is going to get tight and I cannot wait to see such work coming from BB10.
15.lyndon420(Posts: 3987; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Why is the iphone even used in benchmarks anymore? When a new device comes out it should be compared to the best the market has to offer. The iphone5 was outdated the day of release by phones that were already available for at least a year or more. Apple hasn't had the best of anything for awhile now.
I like BB and I would want to get this if only I don't find it too bulky for a 4.2 screen phone. Look how big it next to a 4" iphone.
Perhaps if it were 4.5 I would get one without a doubt.
Too much space wasted on Z10! I'll wait for next BB10 models.
I'am over tired of these fruitless benchmarkings. Why Bb10 against apple!!!( which by the way is useless and overpriced). Please tell the reviewer that we are freaking bored with all these apple benchmarks. Was he sleeping and did not see the heavenly adorable sexy S3 or Note 2 or even the droid Razr!!
People are ditching blackberry for IPhone so what better way to show that Rim is up with the rest. Also people who already wanted a SGS3 or any Android phone already have one. This is towards the the people waiting for Blackberrys release before deciding which phone they want.
Alan F. has done it again,the same hypocrite and misleadine headline when compared to the article.The headline says blackberryz10 appears competitive against Apple Iphone 5 but the reading of the article states that the Z10 has everything better than the Iphone .How can something be competitive and better at the same time when competitive means the same level and better means above ,he even have bloggers making the wrong comment based on their misunderstanding of the article and the headline.GSMARENA says z10 beats Iphone 5 in both headline and article as compared to PHONEARENA article by ALAN F.whose articles are always in favour of Apple even when they are at the losing end. MR alan f . unbiasely z10 is better Iphone 5 whether u want to face the reality or not and so are Android top phones.GOOD DAY........