Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs BlackBerry Z10: first look


Crazy to believe it folks, but we’re still only in March, and already, we’ve been bombarded by a handful of flagships. Even crazier to believe, BlackBerry was the first one to out its brand spanking new flagship, which felt so long ago already! And just yesterday, we witnessed Samsung delivering its next big thing in a fancy filled event in the Big Apple – in fact, it was on a grander scale than BlackBerry’s shindig in the city earlier in the year. With the Samsung Galaxy S 4 taking center stage yesterday, we were curious to see how the BlackBerry Z10 can stand to this larger than life smartphone.

Design

Just looking at the two, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is by far more immense in size than the BlackBerry Z10. To tell you the truth, the size is more of a preference choice, but beyond that, Sammy’s flagship just still comes off as the more attractive one. In fact, it’s both skinnier in frame and lighter in weight than the Z10. However, if there’s one thing going for the Z10, it’s the cleaner finish that the handset is flaunting – whereas Sammy’s beauty is a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. Despite that, we appreciate the sparkly look of the Galaxy S 4, as it’s able to shine more radiantly under the light than BlackBerry’s pride and joy.



Display

Obviously, it wasn’t too long ago that we reviewed the BlackBerry Z10, but already its display seems so yesterday – so when it’s placed side-by-side to the Galaxy S 4, there’s just a huge disparity in almost every single category. For a BlackBerry, the Z10 has a “large” screen with its 4.2-inch 768 x 1280 LCD display. Indeed, it’s pleasant to look at and sharp, but glancing upon the significantly larger 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S 4, it simply just doesn’t compare. Between the two, Sammy’s flagship is flaunting the sharper and more detailed display – and it show unequivocally just by looking at the two. Moreover, the sheer wow factor that’s radiated by its wider viewing angles, stronger contrast, and vibrant color reproduction, Sammy’s new display is remarkably the more attractive one.



Software

As we’ve seen, BlackBerry took a gamble by starting over with its latest venture, as the Z10 is running the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 platform. Needless to say, it’s a huge leap in terms of functionality and presentation from their previous iterations, but it lacks the comprehensiveness that Sammy’s new pride and joy is bringing to the table. Let’s get the obvious out of the way! Frankly, the Galaxy S 4 blows away the Z10 in terms of personalization, as its latest TouchWiz Nature UX experience running on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean provides for an endless amount of personalization. In comparison, the BlackBerry 10 experience is a nice leap forward for BlackBerry, but it’s still far from reaching Android’s totality.

Secondly, there’s no arguing that Samsung just demolishes the competition with its tertiary set of functionality. From the new Air Gestures to the plethora of health related experiences that S Health offers, the Galaxy S 4 is equipped in juggling every section of our daily lives. Sure, the BlackBerry Hub is a nice centralized spot for all our productivity and social needs, but the platform just lacks the cool elements and features that the new TouchWiz carries along. We won’t get into too much detail here folks, but rest assure, the Galaxy S 4 is light years ahead of its rival.

Expectations

Despite our short time with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, it’s already looking as if it’s going to take more prominence over the BlackBerry Z10. Certainly, consumers in the US won’t have to wait much longer to experience the Z10, but it begs the question whether they should simply wait out the storm and pick up the Galaxy S 4 whenever it lands. As much as we’d like to determine it’s going to be a close race, we kind of feel as though it’s going to be a downright one-sided battle. Until we see a final product from Sammy, only time will tell.



Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
Z10
  • 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)

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61 Comments

1. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I don't think these devices should be compared to each other. GS4 is just in another class compared to the Z10 :(

8. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

i agree. this is ridiculous to even compare the two. slap in the face.

25. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

It's just to compare sizes! Don't get so butthurt!

32. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Yes, the Z10 is one class above GS4

2. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

design and built quality it goes to BBZ10 and the rest goes to SIV!

3. Aeires unregistered

Except the screen on the S4, love that small bezel and what I've seen so far, the SAMOLED is even better than before. Love the build quality of the Z10 too.

30. dynamo.one

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

That thing is no match for this galaxy..

55. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i didnt say that it will match the SIV esp when it cames to specs...but just accept the FACT that Z10 is a good PRemium Looking device than Samsung SIV..

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

METALLIC ARMOR POWER UP. This is a nice comparison between the two devices. But still the GS IV still perform better than the BB Z10

5. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

the balckberry desgin is better than samsung it looks very cheap and ugly.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Black berry is getting better

7. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Lumia 920 vs GS4 !

38. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Xperia Z vs GS4

44. zhiae unregistered

my ass vs gs4 are cedden me why compairing with nokia 3310 same happend with s3

10. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

would have like to see the htc one beside it

11. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Putting together showing much more ugly of S4.

12. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

i'll say its just to harsh on the Z10, when it can't really go on head with the Sg3

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please change the title to: Samsung Galaxy S 3 vs BlackBerry Z10

14. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

lol sorry but z10 and nokia 920 are not on the level of recent phones. GS4 should be compared to HTC One, Xperia Z, Iphone 5 and anything else that comes out in the future.

15. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

iphone 5 same class as those? :')

17. Sven

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Obviously NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

20. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

haha anyways,,, most people here are tech-savs only looking at highest specs for me i think the L920 is more bout experience.

19. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I wouldn't by an iphone 5 because the screen is too small/vertical for me, but you're kidding yourself if you don't think the iphone is a great phone.

24. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

whats so special bout the iphone5? its same as the 2010 iphone... just streched out and beefy specs nothing more

26. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Camera, App Store, battery, cloud, screen, responsiveness, speed, accessories, support, customer service, storage choices, looks, music.

27. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

lol - Camera inferior to L920 - app store? nothing new... we all know it has most app so what... same like 2010 - battery 1430mah, iphone 4 1400 mah - cloud, nothing special here - screen inferior to L920 - responsiveness, imo cant compare to android - accesories what has to do with this? lol - support bulls**t - CS ^ - store choices doesnt make a product better. - LOOKS? HAHAHAH SERIOUSLY?! stretched iphone 4 - music? dafuq? plz shushhhhhh SHHUUUUUUSHHHH ok!

31. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You actually said nothing of value there. And if you're comparing it to the 920 you're an even worse fanboy than you think.

40. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

so ur saying the old iphone 4 is also in the same class as those? ;) same app store cloud accesories support cs store choices looks music all same =) nah no fanboi, just being realistic

33. SleepingOz unregistered

As I know so far, the ip5 camera is better than the one on the L920(Portico update).. Except may be in low light conditions.

47. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

If you are saying that after reading PA's comparisions, then to make you aware, it is no more phonearena.com... It is now iGalaxyArena.com... Better view post Portico reviews of gsmarena, techbuff or pocketnow, or engadget or something and yeah surely not on theverge, techradar and PA

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