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BlackBerry Z10 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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BlackBerry Z10 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Love talking a lot on the phone? Well, if you do, then you’ll be glad to know that you can go with either device, since voices on both ends are audible, noise-free, and clean toned. However, all is not perfect in the speakerphone department, as the Z10’s output is strained in tone – while the Galaxy S III tends to exhibit some over-sharpness with voices.


Bigger screens tend to be battery hogs, but in this comparison, we actually find the Galaxy S III to put out the better battery life. Of course, we can argue that it can be attributed to its larger 2,100 mAh battery, but in any event, we’re able to get by through a day of normal usage with it. In comparison, the 1,800 mAh battery of the Z10 allows us only 10 hours of normal usage before it requires a recharge.


Can BlackBerry do what Google did to it back in 2008? Although some might be quick to draw a foreseeable demise to BlackBerry, there’s still hope, of course, especially when Google made it on top. Needless to say, it’s funny in how some things turn out. No one said it would be easy to start fresh (again), but as long as BlackBerry can push out timely updates to enhance its new experience, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, but then again, we all know how webOS turned out.

So what device should you call your own right now? Seeing that these two are priced at $200 on-contract, it’s not all that difficult to point out the extensive set of features you’re going to get with the Samsung Galaxy S III. From the various software enhancements attached to its TouchWiz Nature UX experience, to the way Android as a whole adheres to the needs of power users, there’s a whole lot of bang for the buck put out by Sammy’s flagship. Still, if you opt to go with the BlackBerry Z10, there are some compromises that you’re going to make. It’s not perfect, obviously, but when there’s a minimum expectation, it’s hard to find valid arguments to point out the Z10’s superiority. Nevertheless, there’s always hope, hope for a better tomorrow.

BlackBerry Z10 vs Samsung Galaxy S III:


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posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:31 28

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1139; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

my vote goes for S3.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:33 21

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

without even reading it my vote goes to the gs3. Not enough blackberry

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:18 13

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

My vote also goes to Samsung Galaxy S III (even if I don't like OLED based displays).

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 16:32 1

37. metalpoet (unregistered)

i have the gs3 but id take a bb z10 over an iPhone 5 as my 2nd smartphone :)

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 11:11

41. ReaperChief (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I'd either take a Note 2, Nexus 4 or an Xperia Z as my 2nd phone.. And, if I were to pick another OS for a second phone, I'd pick an iPhone 5 and then a Lumia 920.. Finally, a Z10 would be the final option.. Of course, these picks will be final this summer when we will have all the major competitors..

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:33 22

3. Johnnokia (Posts: 533; Member since: 27 May 2012)

I see S3 is the winner.
If so, how can the Z10 compete with the Galaxy S4, Xperia Z, HTC M7 or the new coming soon legendary Lumia !!.

The way is tooooo tough Blackberry.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 21:44

38. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5904; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

That is the problem for BB. They have come to the 2013 market with a 2012 solution. What makes them more special than say, a Sony Z, Sammy GS IV, HTC One (or whatever they end up calling it) or the next Nokia L940?

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 22:11

40. Mindmeld (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Firstly, this is someone's opinion and not fact (like a movie review). John likes (although he keeps saying 'we') GSIII and that's cool. You are right, though, Z10 most likely will not be able to compete with the next generation phones although we have no idea what the specs are going to be. On the other hand, will these upcoming phones be able to compete with the BB Aristo that is rumored to be coming out sometime at the end of this year? Maybe a moot point, however, since all these phones are vapor ware until they are officially announced (and none have been - just rumors).

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:46 5

4. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

No real competition here the Galaxy S3 pimp slaps this Blackberry 10 software and features especially. But it's great to see BlackBerry stepping up it's game to remain relevant in this they must come stronger.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:11 3

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 12269; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Pimp slaps! LMAOOOOO

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:57 4

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I can see the winner miles away...
Sad to see a phone from '12 slapping another from the future.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:04 3

6. cocote177 (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Want a comparison with the Lumia 920. Those are the real competitors

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 16:18

26. slaggyb (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Again another fake comparison in terms of battery life...iphonearena you so disappoint me..http://www.todaysiphone.com/2013/02/blackberry​-z10-vs-iphone-5-hardware-comparison/......take your time folks and read..

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 17:34

27. slaggyb (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:18 6

7. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Wow, the display is weak on the Z10.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:19 7

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

you mean the S3 with its blueish tint??

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:37

17. bucky (Posts: 1556; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

If it not better than the s3 then it certainly isn't going to be the iPhone 5.....

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:53 1

19. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

Dyslexia? I think you got some words mixed up there.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:57 3

21. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

No, he was talking about the Z10 with it's dimness in comparison to the S3. Stacks up pretty well against the iPhone 5 though (See comparison)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 12:52

23. bucky (Posts: 1556; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

No, wrong person replied too. Fail on my part. I did however get a chance to play with the z10...it's actually not bad at all. If it came out last year it would be excellent. It's really hard for a new is to come out now without a major financial backing.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 21:24

28. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Weak as in dim. Like Jonathan41 said.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 09:28 6

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12269; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

BB stacks up well with the s3

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:02 8

10. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

S3 wins but it might beat the iphone 5.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:19

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12269; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

It mite

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:11 4

11. x78_nothing (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

willing to see BB Z10 white version compare to SGS3, but only my opinion ... with home button sgs3 looks so old.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:12 4

13. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

not even close, the differences are like heaven and hell
bb still has a long way to go

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:51 4

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

The SG3 is the clear winner in the capabilities and specs department. Blackberry is super late to the party but, the Z10 is a Okay starting point. I predict the Z10 will grant Blackberry back a fair amount of it's customers who went to the iPhone.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:48 3

18. TheMan (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Thinking aloud here...

I don't think the Z10 has to be the best. The iPhone didn't have to be (though it may have been briefly) because of its walled garden ecosystem (just like the iPod benefited.) Sammy has to be a leader because it is only offering hardware, so the phone has to stand on its own (although they're doing things like tying in other Samsung phones and offering SmartTV's).

BB has its service offering going for it. As long as that's on the table BB just has to be "good enough."

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:57

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

ow! too much motivational dialogues.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 12:33 1

22. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Clearly the S 3 walks out with an easy win.. but I really like the potential beneath the BB OS.
BB should focus on licensing it out, because they obviously cannot cope with the best on the hardware front

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 13:58 4

24. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

this place is filled with fandroids, and a few ifans like wendy garett and ray s, iphones arent bad but there are like 15 phones better than i5, android has lots of freedom but lots of malware, specially on gigerbread, it also lags and bugs and apps dont work fine on all androids, wp8 is all around good but lacks customization
bb10 is safe,doesnt lag, and has qnx as its kernel (the best kernel), so, dont bash and troll bb10 and wp because ios and android arent perfect, nothing is perfect, everything has pluses to put in the arena
its a real fail that nokia didnt invest on apps for symbian and meego

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 21:28

29. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Some people have reported stuttering in the UI. It was something about how parts of the phone were written in Adobe Air which supposedly makes it lag.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:56 1

25. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Blackberry has a HUGE road ahead of them if they ever want to even come close to competing with Android and IOS, hell even Windows 8. I am really hoping they do well as competition is always a good thing for the consumer.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 21:47 1

30. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)

how about lumia 920 vs Z10? compare it on each platform

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 00:31

31. mouhammed200 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)

galaxy s3 is awesome fortunately i can get it free at gadgets.kudosnetwork.co.uk/11506

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 03:18 1

32. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

its amazing to see the S3 which was released nearly 10 months before z10 defeats its hands down when it comes to performance and design

Think about S4 vs z10..............................

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 03:24 1

33. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I am aware of amoled charateristics (I still own N8) but compared to S III's screen blackberry looks dim and ugly

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 06:55 2

34. Armor (Posts: 49; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Blackberry Z10 all the way. This review is bias!!!!!

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 07:39 1

35. omar98 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)

I wanna watch Lumia 920 vs. BB Z10

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 19:32 2

36. drdaly (Posts: 38; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)

BB wins for me,
the reviewer was biased to the famous phone and afraid of the fan-base, sad to say so but it's true :(

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 02:00

39. BitterTruth (unregistered)

Different phones for different peoples.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 04:32

42. ceci22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

I like Z10 more, I will buy it later.

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 06:55

43. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2054; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

As usual . a great comparison from John V .

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 11:27

44. stash (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

Lots of comments based on assumptions without experience. I have a Galaxy S3. Great phone. However, tried and bought a Z10 and happy now to get rid of the S3, which despite all the technical "superiority", still stalled, and was sluggish especially with the camera. Then Z10 is by far superior when it comes to the OS and efficiency in getting anything related to communications done. Once more apps start appearing then it shall be even better, and as a first release new OS, BB has ticked all the right boxes and launched a complete OS, something the current leaders didn't do when they started out.

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