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BlackBerry Z30 hands-on

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BlackBerry Z30 hands-on
BlackBerry has been relatively quiet, right? Here in the US, BlackBerry smartphones like the Z10 and Q10 have been making the rounds for some time, giving consumers that brand spanking new BlackBerry 10 experience. And then after all of that hoopla, some markets got in with the entry-level BlackBerry Q5. Considering that we’ve seen several high-end, ginormous sized smartphones of late, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1, and the LG G2, it’s somewhat refreshing that BlackBerry has something in the pipelines that’s taking form in the BlackBerry Z30.

Wow! It’s about time that we’re seeing a giant-sized smartphone from BlackBerry’s camp. Briefly holding and checking out the handset, we have to admit that it employs the same design language currently found in BlackBerry’s stable of handsets. Essentially, it reminds us of a stretched out version of the BlackBerry Z10, but it seems as though it’s a smidgen thinner. Still, it’s a wide handset that requires a fair amount of stretching with our hand to grasp it properly, well, that’s unless you have really large hands to begin with. We can’t complain about its look and feel, seeing that it has a pleasant contrasting appearance with its black front casing with a silver accented lip. In the rear, however, it’s sporting a flip cover of some kind – so we’re unable to see what the rear casing looks like.

Catching our attention even more than the design is the handset’s display, which is a 5-inch 720p AMOLED display. At first glance, we don’t believe it’s an AMOLED panel, mainly because its color reproduction doesn’t have the same distinctive over-saturated tones that are prominent with the display technology. Instead, it looks like it’s a bit more subtle, which we find to be less straining to the eyes under lower lighting situations at full brightness. As always, viewing angles are rock steady with this one, as it doesn’t distort much at wide angles. In this day and age, 720p resolution on a 5-inch display might seem dated, but frankly, it’s hardly noticeable from a normal viewing distance. In fact, our eyes tell us right away that it’s a sharp looking one.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to go through the BlackBerry 10.2 experience – so we can’t say how the handset performs with various functions. Like what we’ve seen already with previous BlackBerry 10 smartphones, we’re fairly confident that this will perform handsomely. Thankfully for the Waterloo based company, this is shaping up to be their driver for the upcoming and crucial holiday season. Who knows whether it’ll have the star power to match the competition, but this is basically THE BlackBerry smartphone to check out for the next few months – unless something else magically comes along. No doubt, hardcore BlackBerry users will take notice of this beauty, but in a world of super spec’d smartphones, like the Galaxy Note 3, Xperia X1, and LG G2, the BlackBerry Z30 might not have enough gas in the tank to keep up with the competition. Maybe the price will be just right to warrant a purchase?

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posted on 19 Sep 2013, 23:46 4

1. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

OMG!!! Where can I get that Wave/Cookie Monster Wall paper?!?

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 23:57

4. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)

I want it too! lol

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 00:52 2

6. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1615; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

If you literally search "wave cookie monster" in google you will find it in the images section:


posted on 19 Sep 2013, 23:52 1

2. dax0330 (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)

Interesting phone even if 720 screen or dual core cpu. Wish i had the extra dough to consider buying it..

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 23:54 4

3. GTR722 (Posts: 268; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

Z10 is a fantastic phone, I recommend people to try one. This Z30 looks even better.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 00:28 3

5. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

imo phones with blackberry OS 10 are actually better than wp8 i would take this over any other wp8 phone but the problem is price they insanely overpriced

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 02:14 2

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1489; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

BB10 has its own advantages as do WP8

BB10 got very nice features like great multitasking and i heard it also support flash not sure though And nice gesture based UI
and your right they are insanely overpriced.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:01 2

8. taikucing (unregistered)

Good luck BB. I hope this Z30 will make you success

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 08:35 1

9. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)

Hey blackberry: unlock bootloader, create a BB10 UI overlay for android, allow dual boot. Perfect tie in with blackberry balance. Companies who want blackberry security can have it, even install a BB10 ROM on android hardware. People who like SD card slots and nice hardware will be able to buy your equipment without giving up android apps.
Price your phones reasonably... maybe stay in business.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 19:52

13. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

so sad they have too much pride to do so

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 09:22

10. toyboyz (Posts: 207; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)

I gotta admit it's a nice phone. Still needs more screen real estate and less bezel.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:16

11. pradeepreddy (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)

"Maybe the price will be just right to warrant a purchase?"


posted on 20 Sep 2013, 14:03

12. GeekMovement (unregistered)

is that an S cover for the blackberry?

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