BlackBerry Z10 appears competitive against Apple iPhone 5

BlackBerry Z10 appears competitive against Apple iPhone 5
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 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.

source: Telekom-Presse (translated) via Crackberry

Related phones

Z10
  • Display 4.2 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh
  • OS BlackBerry 10.3
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1440 mAh
  • OS iOS 10.x

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40 Comments

40. keyeon

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Hope the battery will be awesome thats all i ask;) hope it will be simple but a little complicated..

39. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

why are his hands shaking lol

38. amirata_xman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

I want this to be awesome.

35. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

seems to have eliptical bias to me, but anyway, all these statements are true, so z10 > i5

33. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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........

32. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Now I want to see some pic samples of day and night shots, the system runs flawlessly way more smoother than iOS, RIM release this phone now!

30. cheeseaddict

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

bravo rim bravo.. it's worth the wait!

28. mariosraptor

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

he is using a Sammy phone for him self. smart guy.

26. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Looks really good. I wonder how much customization there is.

25. loganryan

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Looks good. If rim could add better support to run android app on bb10 it would be smash hit, i think...

24. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

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!!

36. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

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.

22. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Loving my Lumia 920 but I wish RIM well. I hope they do great with this device.

20. joey18

Posts: 694; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

the size es ok the cellphone allways has tobe a phone not television phone

19. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

If iphone 5 is the worst phone in the market, why compare it in the first place with any other phone?

31. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Simple. It is popular and easy to beat. What a way to introduce your phone showing it is better than a phone some people hold in high regards.

18. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I gotta admit blackberry might pull through and beat Apple iphones b/c features wise BB10 is better visual and like I said more functions.

16. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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.

12. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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.

11. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I love it. Since very first idea of BB10 till now, now I am very pleased to see what is coming. RIM really did it and did good.

10. keyeon

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Have you notice his iphone 5 doesnt have a logo on the back..

23. Topcat488

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

If you stop the video at 0:57 and a half seconds you can see where they partially scratched off the Apple Logo, and then at 0:58 seconds it's gone completely... This is the size the iPhone5 should have been... They both look like iPhones too me. @Keyeon

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Nice and bright notification light.....nice. I think that will be a requirement for all my phones. A notification light...a good one too.... is under rated IMO.

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And it doesnt have a physical keyboard. I hope ppl realize it doesnt have to have one to be considerd a serious phone for work. My kids mother had to use my Droid X1 instead of some old Blackberry she had a few years ago for college work because the browser was better on my Droid X1. Seems like RIM is really being serious about staying in the mobile race. Looking good RIM!!

7. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

well it look like blackberryZ10 will kick some ass and stating wiz apple phone ^-^

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok RIM....you got my attention....lol.

5. joey18

Posts: 694; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

me too i hope i come lower price

37. spasticpat

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I heard w/2 year contract less than $199 which is awesome...

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