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Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look

Crazy to believe it folks, but we’re still only in March, and already, we’ve been bombarded by a handful of flagships. Even crazier to believe, BlackBerry was the first one to out its brand spanking new flagship, which felt so long ago already! And just yesterday, we witnessed Samsung delivering its next big thing in a fancy filled event in the Big Apple – in fact, it was on a grander scale than BlackBerry’s shindig in the city earlier in the year. With the Samsung Galaxy S 4 taking center stage yesterday, we were curious to see how the BlackBerry Z10 can stand to this larger than life smartphone.

Design

Just looking at the two, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is by far more immense in size than the BlackBerry Z10. To tell you the truth, the size is more of a preference choice, but beyond that, Sammy’s flagship just still comes off as the more attractive one. In fact, it’s both skinnier in frame and lighter in weight than the Z10. However, if there’s one thing going for the Z10, it’s the cleaner finish that the handset is flaunting – whereas Sammy’s beauty is a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. Despite that, we appreciate the sparkly look of the Galaxy S 4, as it’s able to shine more radiantly under the light than BlackBerry’s pride and joy.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look


Display

Obviously, it wasn’t too long ago that we reviewed the BlackBerry Z10, but already its display seems so yesterday – so when it’s placed side-by-side to the Galaxy S 4, there’s just a huge disparity in almost every single category. For a BlackBerry, the Z10 has a “large” screen with its 4.2-inch 768 x 1280 LCD display. Indeed, it’s pleasant to look at and sharp, but glancing upon the significantly larger 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S 4, it simply just doesn’t compare. Between the two, Sammy’s flagship is flaunting the sharper and more detailed display – and it show unequivocally just by looking at the two. Moreover, the sheer wow factor that’s radiated by its wider viewing angles, stronger contrast, and vibrant color reproduction, Sammy’s new display is remarkably the more attractive one.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look


Software

As we’ve seen, BlackBerry took a gamble by starting over with its latest venture, as the Z10 is running the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 platform. Needless to say, it’s a huge leap in terms of functionality and presentation from their previous iterations, but it lacks the comprehensiveness that Sammy’s new pride and joy is bringing to the table. Let’s get the obvious out of the way! Frankly, the Galaxy S 4 blows away the Z10 in terms of personalization, as its latest TouchWiz Nature UX experience running on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean provides for an endless amount of personalization. In comparison, the BlackBerry 10 experience is a nice leap forward for BlackBerry, but it’s still far from reaching Android’s totality.

Secondly, there’s no arguing that Samsung just demolishes the competition with its tertiary set of functionality. From the new Air Gestures to the plethora of health related experiences that S Health offers, the Galaxy S 4 is equipped in juggling every section of our daily lives. Sure, the BlackBerry Hub is a nice centralized spot for all our productivity and social needs, but the platform just lacks the cool elements and features that the new TouchWiz carries along. We won’t get into too much detail here folks, but rest assure, the Galaxy S 4 is light years ahead of its rival.

Expectations

Despite our short time with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, it’s already looking as if it’s going to take more prominence over the BlackBerry Z10. Certainly, consumers in the US won’t have to wait much longer to experience the Z10, but it begs the question whether they should simply wait out the storm and pick up the Galaxy S 4 whenever it lands. As much as we’d like to determine it’s going to be a close race, we kind of feel as though it’s going to be a downright one-sided battle. Until we see a final product from Sammy, only time will tell.



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posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:38 24

1. xq10xa (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I don't think these devices should be compared to each other. GS4 is just in another class compared to the Z10 :(

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:05 10

8. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


i agree. this is ridiculous to even compare the two. slap in the face.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:11 3

25. bucky (Posts: 2704; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


It's just to compare sizes! Don't get so butthurt!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:44 9

32. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Yes, the Z10 is one class above GS4

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:39 9

2. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


design and built quality it goes to BBZ10 and the rest goes to SIV!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:42 11

3. Aeires (unregistered)


Except the screen on the S4, love that small bezel and what I've seen so far, the SAMOLED is even better than before.

Love the build quality of the Z10 too.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:14 5

30. dynamo.one (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


That thing is no match for this galaxy..

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 13:18 1

55. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i didnt say that it will match the SIV esp when it cames to specs...but just accept the FACT that Z10 is a good PRemium Looking device than Samsung SIV..

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:45 4

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


METALLIC ARMOR POWER UP. This is a nice comparison between the two devices. But still the GS IV still perform better than the BB Z10

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:57 9

5. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


the balckberry desgin is better than samsung it looks very cheap and ugly.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:00 5

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Black berry is getting better

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:04 8

7. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Lumia 920 vs GS4 !

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 23:23 3

38. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Xperia Z vs GS4

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 04:34

44. zhiae (unregistered)


my ass vs gs4 are cedden me why compairing with nokia 3310 same happend with s3

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:32 2

10. Izoe (Posts: 131; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


would have like to see the htc one beside it

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:32 3

11. Andrewtst (Posts: 643; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Putting together showing much more ugly of S4.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:41 2

12. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i'll say its just to harsh on the Z10, when it can't really go on head with the Sg3

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:03 1

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 2461; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Please change the title to:

Samsung Galaxy S 3 vs BlackBerry Z10

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:16 3

14. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


lol sorry but z10 and nokia 920 are not on the level of recent phones.

GS4 should be compared to HTC One, Xperia Z, Iphone 5 and anything else that comes out in the future.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:27 2

15. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


iphone 5 same class as those? :')

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:35 1

17. Sven (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Feb 2009)


Obviously NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:42 5

20. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


haha

anyways,,, most people here are tech-savs only looking at highest specs
for me i think the L920 is more bout experience.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:40 1

19. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I wouldn't by an iphone 5 because the screen is too small/vertical for me, but you're kidding yourself if you don't think the iphone is a great phone.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:51 4

24. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


whats so special bout the iphone5? its same as the 2010 iphone... just streched out and beefy specs nothing more

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:13

26. bucky (Posts: 2704; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Camera, App Store, battery, cloud, screen, responsiveness, speed, accessories, support, customer service, storage choices, looks, music.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:42 6

27. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


lol

- Camera inferior to L920
- app store? nothing new... we all know it has most app so what... same like 2010
- battery 1430mah, iphone 4 1400 mah
- cloud, nothing special here
- screen inferior to L920
- responsiveness, imo cant compare to android
- accesories what has to do with this? lol
- support bulls**t
- CS ^
- store choices doesnt make a product better.
- LOOKS? HAHAHAH SERIOUSLY?! stretched iphone 4
- music? dafuq?

plz shushhhhhh

SHHUUUUUUSHHHH ok!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:25 1

31. bucky (Posts: 2704; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


You actually said nothing of value there. And if you're comparing it to the 920 you're an even worse fanboy than you think.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:20

40. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


so ur saying the old iphone 4 is also in the same class as those? ;) same app store cloud accesories support cs store choices looks music all same =)

nah no fanboi, just being realistic

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 19:52 1

33. SleepingOz (unregistered)


As I know so far, the ip5 camera is better than the one on the L920(Portico update).. Except may be in low light conditions.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 08:02 1

47. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


If you are saying that after reading PA's comparisions, then to make you aware, it is no more phonearena.com...
It is now iGalaxyArena.com...

Better view post Portico reviews of gsmarena, techbuff or pocketnow, or engadget or something
and yeah surely not on theverge, techradar and PA

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