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BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Interface and Functionality:

Putting these two side-by-side, there is one noticeable similarity between the two platforms – the grid-like styling of their app panels. However, that’s where it pretty much ends. Now here’s the thing, it’s yet again a matter of personal choice when it comes to picking out the preferred platform experience. As usual, we always draw back to the simplicity and intuitiveness seen with the iOS experience of the iPhone 5. It’s just so easy to comprehend and navigate, especially for first-time users. Oppositely, there’s a higher learning curve with the BlackBerry 10 experience of the Z10, but at the same time, we prefer how it better makes use of the touch experience with its various gestures. Furthermore, there’s more eye-candy with the BB10 experience, as it makes good use of various transitions and animations.

The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10


iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5


Sure, iOS might appear static in the face of BB10’s glitzier presentation, but despite that, we see that it’s the more mature platform. Needless to say, we appreciate how notifications are all handled by the BlackBerry Hub on the Z10, but it’s a process on its own getting there – and simply, it’s not as quick as the pull-down menu of iOS. When it comes to multi-tasking, we can’t complain about either execution, since they’re practical and make plenty of sense. Maturity is undoubtedly on the side of Apple’s platform, as both its home brewed Apples Maps and voice control service in Siri are light years ahead of the BlackBerry Maps and barebones features set of BB10’s voice control service.

Keeping your emails organized is a simple experience with the two, seeing that setup is a breeze and their layouts adhere to our stringent requests. However, when it comes to the messaging experience, we’re digging what BlackBerry has done. Always a praised item, we continue to rave about the fantastic on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 5, but we find the BB10 keyboard better. In fact, we like how it employs swipe gestures to quickly switch between layouts. And even though its predictive text feature can be a bit slower in terms of input rate, its auto-correct feature rivals that of the iPhone 5.

Email on the BlackBerry Z10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Email on the BlackBerry Z10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Email on the BlackBerry Z10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Email on the BlackBerry Z10


The Email app of the iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Email app of the iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Email app of the iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

The Email app of the iPhone 5



Processor and Memory:

Would you look at that? There’s nothing but smooth buttery goodness seen with the performance of the two smartphones. Seriously, we can forget about what they’re running under the hood, since they execute all tasks with finesse and ease. If you must know, the Z10 is packing a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset with 2GB of RAM – while the iPhone 5 is outfitted with a dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A6 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

As we know, the iPhone 5 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants, which are all separated by $100 increments. On the other hand, the Z10 is stuffed with 16GB of internal storage, however, it’s packing an always-useful microSD card slot to complement its capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

With 4G LTE in tow, there’s no arguing the kind of peppy data speeds they’re capable of achieving. However, you get that slight desktop-like experience with the Z10, since its browser has support for Adobe Flash. Aside from that, we love the two for their instant page rendering, fluid navigational controls, and sharp visuals with their high-resolution displays. Moreover, they boast a “Reader” function for easy column view reading, and the ability to share pages with social networking accounts, email, and more.

The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

The BlackBerry 10 web browser


Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Browsing the net with iPhone 5


Depending on which version of the handset you select, they’re available in both CDMA and GSM flavors – with each offering 4G LTE connectivity as well. As always, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi are all in for the ride with these two beauties. However, the Z10 is blessed with NFC to give it that modern touch.

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posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:17

1. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


the actual display size of both phones are same.dont you think so.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:19 18

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


But again I still prefer iPhone 5 :)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:54 9

10. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


i prefer none of them :)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:00 7

11. wendygarett (unregistered)


Then why are you comment? :)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:11 8

13. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


because i can. LOL

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:14 8

14. wendygarett (unregistered)


Whatever... IPhone5 I choose you!!!!!

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:02 3

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good choice Wendy more like great choice

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:05 1

34. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


and again I still give dislike ^^

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 12:08 4

42. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Wendy is a mystry. Loyal to iPhone and holds a HTC One X which she hates for being "PLASTICKY" and a ton of Red Thumbs Down. LOL

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 20:35 1

49. cheetah2k (Posts: 1594; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


PMS??

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:21 1

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes agreed

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 17:31 1

47. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


The screen height is the same but the width is different...The BB Z10 has a slightly wider screen.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 08:34

65. SkurtMcGurt (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Overall, Iphone 5 camera wins..hands down

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 22:31

53. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Z10 screen is way better. It is a decent shape and has a great aspect ratio for portrait.

The Iphone 5 on the other hand, let's just say it should have stuck to a 3:2 aspect ratio. 16:9 really does not go well with a screen that is already super tall and skinny. 16:9 works well with short and fat screens though.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:20 4

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


BB has promise, but the ip5 is more solid in the key areas

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:23 5

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


True, but you have to give BB credit for a strong start. The only real thing it's missing is apps and a few features, otherwise it's a very solid platform for starting a comeback.

The multitasking and notification methods BB brought are second to none. BB centralized their OS around multitasking, and I personally think the notifications system is better than any other platform has right now.

All BB10 needs is the developer support, then it'll be a top competitor. For a brand new platform, BB did a spectacular job.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:50 3

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I think it's a great start

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 07:48 4

31. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Blackberry did not start with the Z10. It ends with it.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:02

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok...

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 19:05

67. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


Yes blackberry has a very strong start and remember its only v.1 of Blackberry 10 os. who knows how much the BB10 os will improve.The only thing more solid about iOS is that it have many apps that we can use.But in every other aspects, I think Z10 is on par with iPhone 5

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 07:46

30. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


are they brothers................. or step brothers...........

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:25 10

5. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


"but if you’re a power user and prefer an established foundation, stick with the iPhone 5"

although I agree iPhone 5 is better established (only if you are talking to the extent of apps) what makes you say a power user should go for iPhone 5 when it lacks multi-tasking and a better notification experience ?

It takes absoluetly ages to close all apps on ios whereas BB10 is keenly focused of multi-tasking. Why would a power user prefer ios then ? (No offence intented)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:34

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Loading...

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:37 1

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


And the apps make the iPhone a serious power user device too

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:39

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Tech have u ever really worked with the ip5 hands on for a good amount of time?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:16 4

37. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


I have and it sucks when it comes to multi tasking...Textin on it sucks too

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:04

40. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I love the accuracy of the keyboard, and the fast multitasking

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:20 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 22014; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The iPhone has multitasking, it just does it in its own way. Better notifications is subjective, people will prefer one thing to the other, I feel that the notifications in iOS simply lack quick settings but other than that its great, again that's subjective. Multitasking is the ability to do two or more things at once, and leave an app and return to it the way u left it. The iPhone does that.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:36 7

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The iPhone doesn't have multitasking. After closing out of an app, it's given about 5 seconds of background time (but may have a 10 minute extension if there is a big task) then goes into a suspended state; that isn't multitasking. Multitasking is running multiple things at once, and if apps are put in a suspended state, that means they aren't running, and thus not multitasking. Only a few apps in iOS can run in the background constantly; mainly music/podcast and social networking apps.

MacWorld did an article on this a while ago, and unless Apple changed the way iOS multitasks in iOS 6 (which I highly doubt), it still holds true.

http://www.macworld.com/article/1164616/how_ios_multitasking_really_works.html

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:54 5

20. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Symbian and Meego are the other true multi-taskers that have been commericalized (and killed) by Nokia. Meego, in particular, delivered the unified messaging hub and full gesture based UI that the media is currently praising BB for "developing".

Apple and Microsoft have both chosen the suspended app approach probably to address battery life for their high overhead OS's.

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