Analysts say BlackBerry Z10 off to better start than Nokia Lumia 920

Analysts say BlackBerry Z10 off to better start than Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 got off to a strong start. You might remember that in France, pre-orders for the Windows Phone 8 device topped those for the Apple iPhone 5. Then came news that in the U.K., retailer Clove three times in a row, sold out of its inventory of the phone before they could get any units in the store. Before that occured, long lines were seen snaking around a Nokia Store in Shanghai not once, but twice. The first time they were put on sale in the store, the Nokia Lumia 920 sold out in two hours. The second time, the yellow version of the phone was all gone in twenty minutes.

What brings up these stories of the Nokia Lumia 920 are reports from a couple of analysts, Bernstein's Pierre Ferragu and Barclays’ Jeff Kvaal, that suggests that the BlackBerry Z10 is off to a strong start with Kvaal saying that the Z10 is off to an even faster start than the Nokia Lumia 920. And that is obviously saying a lot, based on how strong sales of Nokia's flagship model had been in its early days. We mentioned Ferragu's comments yesterday, when his decision to upgrade BlackBerry stock helped lead to a 15% rally in the shares. Kvaal's people in the U.K. basically told him that sales were solid with some stores sold out and others with limited inventory, basically repeating what other analysts had said on Monday.

To say that the BlackBerry Z10 is off to a faster start than the Nokia Lumia 920 is obviously a big deal for BlackBerry. Still, we should have a better idea of how this opening week turned out for the company when official numbers are released. In the meantime, you can imagine the backslapping and high fives taking place in Waterloo, because for the first time in years, BlackBerry is relevant again.

source: AllThingsD

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67 Comments

1. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Z10>920 or 920>Z10?? you choose....

5. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I choose

25. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

z 10 ? not even in a Zillion years

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I choose Nokia Lumia 920.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

For example let's look at articles about BlackBerry on PhoneArena.com (the same situation is also and in the other sites), usually we can see only few comment, what that may mean? I think it means that people are not really interested in BlackBerry. If people even not bother to write some comment about BlackBerry, then it is obvious that they don't feel any excitement about it and won't start to spend money for BlackBerry.

23. wendygarett unregistered

Wanna know why lumia920 has hundreds of comments? Because there are too much troll and hater enters and bash the wp8 that's why... There are not actual serious comments to me :(

11. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

I choose.. Both! Currenty a happy owner of Lumia 920, but can't wait to replace my BB 9900 with the Z10!

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What propelled the 920 to the spot is not just WP8 but the whole offering. If i might say, it's because of the OIS, rich recording and some other features that comes with it...and it is justified. However, i can't digest the fact that the Z10 has surpassed the 920's demand...analysts at play?? I don't believe this...i won't believe it even if it says the Z10 has stomped the iPhone 5 in demand.

28. Dastrix unregistered

I totally agree. I don't believe it either. There is no justifiable reason to switch to the Z10 unless you're a die-hard BB fan. Its specs are nothing compared to the L920 and it does not even stack up to the iPhone 5. But then again, analysts are humans.

46. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

The Lumia 920 is an awesome device! I applaud Nokia for making that handsome phone. However, WP8 has some limitations that might win Z10 (Blackberry 10) some edge. Eg: - No unified notification. The Livetiles might not be enough, - No File manager. You have to use PC to browse your files - No Replaceable battery. Where Nokia has better design IMO, the Z10 is more flexible that you can replace the battery - No Extendable SD Card. Another example of the Z10 more versatile. - Not True Multitasking - Apps are paused instead of truly running. - No Universal Search - The Search function is only to seach apps. Not words, notes, etc. - WP 8 and Nokia Music Playlist is difficult to edit. Adding 1 song to Playlist is difficult. Arranging playlist needs a PC. The Z10 also Slimmer than the Lumia 920. Some people consider Lumia 920 heavy. I have no problem with the weight, but some people do. Nokia also has some advantage over the Z10 - It due more about Nokia than WP8 to be honest: - Awesome unibody Design, with more choices of colors - Subjective I know. But this one cost versatility - no removable battery/SD Card. - Excellent Camera, especially in low light. - Excellent Camera apps on board. - Nokia Maps are much better than Blackberry Maps. At this point of time, I think it's a pretty tight race between Blackberry 10 and Windows 8. Both OS are fresh and give new experience to us. I do think Blackberry has the more 'complete' OS, but WP8 - especially Nokia has the better hardware. The choice is ours

52. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Nice to see constructive opinion based on arguments. Respect! +1

60. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I recommend this for post of the year. Very fair and precise.

19. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Lumia 920. Wish BB well but I wish WP more success. I own a Playbook though and can't wait for the BB10 update. The BB10 OS looks cool but in the end I love the Metro look of my 920.

35. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

lol thats easy z10... its simple i like to have options 2 screes filled with squares doesnt do it for me i also like innovation if one more person brings up how awesome the lumias camera is im gonna scream bfd i bought a cell phone with a camera not a camera that makes calls. (fyi not even a huge bb fan) nothing about windows is exciting betting money the blackberry will out sell wp and gain a larger market share very shortly

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

they will be more than "relevant" again.....give em time.....that is as long as they keep making all the necessary moves and keep their ears and eyes open to what the blog sites are saying .......if they can stay on that track then 3rd spot will be obtained before the end of this year! no doubt

3. harsh_doshi

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

but I don't see Z10 in top 10 sellers in any of the UK retaliers sites..seems odd doesn't it? I noe tht doesn't mean everything but it seling better than 920 atleast it should be somewhere in the lists because the 920 was all over the charts when launched

4. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

L920>Z10.. by hardware WP8 News OS by microsoft The software giant ...and BB10 new OS by BlackBerry now it's easy to choose between this 2 OLD players...

8. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

920 > Z10 Hardware wise... No Contest... Z10 > 920*100 when Hardware + Software wise... So well given a choice i would pick the Z10...

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Z10 > 920*100 when Hardware + Software wise..." Could you explain, please?

20. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Yes please do tell. Okay the BB10 interface has a notification center. MS has already said they ran out of time with Portico so in order to not release a half assed notification center they plan on releasing it in a future update. That's about where BB10 beating WP in software ends. Live Tiles, can't believe I'm using this but more Apps, Better Ecosystem (XBOX and Windows integration), Zune/XBOX music pass, Office suite built in (I use One Note quite often), a quick view of notifications (text, emails, FB, etc) which you can tap to go straight to messaging a person back or jump right into an app, information on the lock screen from apps that support it and the live lock screen). This is just a small list.

36. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

windows with xbox integration isn't that big of a deal when the apps on other os do the same thing the app presence is very temporary seeing as how bb is starting strong and is in talks with apps that windows has yet get on bored with certain app devs. lets also look at keyboard bb keyboard shows innovation windows is nice but turn it over and THEY DONT GIVE FULL SCREEN REALESTATE -_- WTH but also set up of the home screen the voice assistant is very nice unlike limited windows. its just more personal more fun lock screen has info on it windows has live for what photos and stock news feeds i guess i need more to drain my battery. and 90% of the phones now a days can use office apps thats not a win for me working in a phone store the only windows advocates are the elderly at times kids that see xbox and people who had the cheapest android and hate it

53. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

You got one thing right, BlackBerry is only in talks. They've been in talks FOREVER with Netflix for example. Which I'm still pissed about that situation BTW. WP has had Netflix since day 1. For the KB, I never even noticed that about rotating the KB. The KB works just fine. There isn't a need to stretch the KB out in landscape. Also the BB KB is innovative? Just because you slide words up? IMO any auto text is slower than typing it out. even on my WP which has great predictive text. I really wouldn't slide words up. Setup of the homescreen? What are you on about? Voice Control. Windows Phones voice control works just fine for me. It's a feature I would rarely use even if Siri was on board. I really think this is a niche feature. Yeah you definitely don't seem like you know the full extent of the Windows Lockscreen. Battery drain? As lone as I don't have GPS on (which I've seen kill many different phone from many manufacturers) my phone last me all day with plenty of live tiles active. You argument here is bunk. Lastly yawn! When your points aren't that strong you resort to name calling. I'll just leave the name calling to you. I actually like BB and I own a BB Playbook so I can't wait for the update for it. As for phones nothing can get this Lumia 920 out of my hands ATM.

10. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I ordered one today (in Canada) and it's already OOS. They admittedly had limited quantities. To everyone who says BB10 is late, it's honestly not much later than windows 8, yet BB already has a stronger presence in the mobile space. I don't see why it couldn't surpass Windows phone 8.

12. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

we still dont have it here in southeast asia :( im patiently waiting!

14. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Sorry I just don't see BB10 really helping RIM. No one here even brings it up, meanwhile we sell Lumia 920's like hot cakes.

37. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

ive had more people enter my store about bb10 and the z10 than ever about any of our windows phones honestly since releasing the wp8 we have sold a total of 7 and 3 were returned so its not a matter of not pushing more its capability.

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Your store is not a global indicator.

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Great. And it would be really great if BB licenses the OS, and kicks Microsoft out of the game

16. Buddhikawi

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

BB10 is eyecandy which is a better copy of Meego which came to light two years back. But i think WP is a better, unique stable OS wich brings some refreshed change to the boring raws of icons which we are used to ...!

18. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Those tiles look mad stupid ...BB10 has real live tiles and the icons which make for a perfect combo

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