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

  • Display 4.2" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I would hope a phone that isn't even released yet would beat a phone that has been out for months lol... Should shoot for higher goals

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly that just shows how good the iPhone actually is. It's still a benchmark device, and the next one will b even better.

13. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I think the industry has become accustomed to benchmarking their device against the iPhone. Although that is starting to change as long as Apple exists it will still be. However, I think they really need to produce a better benchmark against another device

27. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Most of the benchmarks get iPhone has a higher score compare to others devices. That's why they did it with iPhone.

21. MeoCao unregistered

Come on. when you want to show girls how strong you are you surely will try to find a boy you think you can beat to bully. That's why so many phones want to compare with (bully) the iPhone.

29. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

a different corner

34. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I agree. When sitting on the "bench" with a permanent "mark" makes you stale, you wonder you are left behind?

41. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Who cares. The main point they are making is that it's not just competitive with the hardware but also the software which in my opinion is way better than iphones outdated one

2. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Blackberry 10 looks amazing. I can't wait to try it!

4. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

blackberry yes look at it !!!

5. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

me too i hope i come lower price

37. spasticpat

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

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

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok got my

7. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

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

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!!

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.

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: 1415; 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 963; 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.

20. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

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

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.

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.

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