BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Introduction:

Crazy to imagine it nonetheless, but we finally have a hotly contested BlackBerry smartphone that’s worthy of being pitted against the greats in the industry. Although it’s still a while before it makes its presence in the US, the BlackBerry 10 trotting Z10 is making some noise of late, and knowing that, it’s bound to catch the iPhone 5’s direct gaze. Call it fate or maybe something else, but if we recall, it was Apple that was the underdog back in 2007, as BlackBerries were regarded as the premier force in the smartphone world. Well, now it’s the other way around, as BlackBerry is on the outside looking in, as Apple relishes its glory. Enough with the pleasantries between these competitors, let’s see which one will reign supreme!


Design:

As we’ve noted in our review, the first thing to come to mind looking at the BlackBerry Z10’s design was none other than the iPhone 5. Rightfully so, these two look like long lost siblings from the front, but that’s where it all end. Quite simply folks, the Z10 can’t match the kind of quality and love that’s seen with the iPhone 5’s design. Not only is Apple’s pride and joy thinner and lighter, but for a $200 on-contract smartphone, it’s undeniably worth every penny thanks to its premium choice of materials. Heck, it’s an all-plastic bland design with the Z10, which is hardly a head turner amongst other things – so that’s why the iPhone 5 will attract more interest even now.

Hardly a shocker, we find their earpieces, light & proximity sensors, and front-facing cameras above their displays – albeit, the Z10 packs the slightly higher 2-megapixel snapper, whereas it’s a 1.2-megapixel one on the iPhone 5. Sure, you can snap those pretentious self-portraits, but they both can also shoot video in 720p. If there’s one thing we surely appreciate seeing on the Z10, it’s the LED notification light that’s nearby.

BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Front cameras and sensors - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Front cameras and sensors

Platform keys - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Platform keys


Although their power buttons and volume controls are springy to the touch, we prefer the iPhone 5’s set more because of their prominent feel. Checking out the rest of the stuff around their trims, it’s pretty much the ordinary gang of ports – such as their 3.5mm headset jacks, speaker grills, microphones, and charging ports. Yet again, we appreciate the fact that the Z10 opts to use a more favorable microHDMI port for quick video-out functionality.

Bottom edges - The sides of the BlackBerry Z10 (botom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Bottom edges

Left - The sides of the BlackBerry Z10 (botom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Left

Top - The sides of the BlackBerry Z10 (botom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Top

Right - The sides of the BlackBerry Z10 (botom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top) - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Right

The sides of the BlackBerry Z10 (botom) and the Apple iPhone 5 (top)


In the rear, they’re undeniably regarded as high-end smartphones with their 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras with LED flashes. Well, it’s worth noting that Z10 employs an f2.2 lens – while the iPhone 5 has an f2.4 lens and a backside illuminated sensor. Beyond that, they both share the same 1080p video recording capability. Yet again, some will no doubt like that the Z10 features a removable back cover, which gives us access to its battery and microSD slot – the latter of which is seemingly becoming a rarity for some strange reason amongst top-tiered devices.

BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Backs - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Backs

Rear cameras - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Rear cameras



Display:

On paper, the Z10’s 4.2-inch 768 x 1280 LCD display delivers the higher pixel density of 356 ppi, but honestly, we’re hard pressed to visually see its superiority against the 326 ppi pixel density of the iPhone 5’s 4-inch 640 x 1136 IPS-LCD based Retina Display. From a normal viewing distance away, their displays ooze with plenty of sharp details – especially in a zoomed out view in the web browser. However, there’s a hint of warmth attached to the color production of the iPhone 5’s Retina Display, which ultimately gives it some prominence over the colder tones of its rival. Although the two are visible in outdoor settings, the iPhone 5 is able to maintain its clarity thanks to its better viewing angles.

Viewing angles of the BlackBerry Z10 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Color production - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Viewing angles of the BlackBerry Z10 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Color production - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Viewing angles of the BlackBerry Z10 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Color production - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Color production - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Color production - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Color production







BlackBerry Z10 360-degrees View:



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73 Comments

1. Techsplash

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

the actual display size of both phones are same.dont you think so.

2. wendygarett unregistered

But again I still prefer iPhone 5 :)

10. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

i prefer none of them :)

11. wendygarett unregistered

Then why are you comment? :)

13. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

because i can. LOL

14. wendygarett unregistered

Whatever... IPhone5 I choose you!!!!!

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good choice Wendy more like great choice

34. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and again I still give dislike ^^

42. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Wendy is a mystry. Loyal to iPhone and holds a HTC One X which she hates for being "PLASTICKY" and a ton of Red Thumbs Down. LOL

49. cheetah2k

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

PMS??

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes agreed

47. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

The screen height is the same but the width is different...The BB Z10 has a slightly wider screen.

65. SkurtMcGurt

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Overall, Iphone 5 camera wins..hands down

53. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Z10 screen is way better. It is a decent shape and has a great aspect ratio for portrait. The Iphone 5 on the other hand, let's just say it should have stuck to a 3:2 aspect ratio. 16:9 really does not go well with a screen that is already super tall and skinny. 16:9 works well with short and fat screens though.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BB has promise, but the ip5 is more solid in the key areas

16. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

True, but you have to give BB credit for a strong start. The only real thing it's missing is apps and a few features, otherwise it's a very solid platform for starting a comeback. The multitasking and notification methods BB brought are second to none. BB centralized their OS around multitasking, and I personally think the notifications system is better than any other platform has right now. All BB10 needs is the developer support, then it'll be a top competitor. For a brand new platform, BB did a spectacular job.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think it's a great start

31. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Blackberry did not start with the Z10. It ends with it.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok...

67. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Yes blackberry has a very strong start and remember its only v.1 of Blackberry 10 os. who knows how much the BB10 os will improve.The only thing more solid about iOS is that it have many apps that we can use.But in every other aspects, I think Z10 is on par with iPhone 5

30. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

are they brothers................. or step brothers...........

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

"but if you’re a power user and prefer an established foundation, stick with the iPhone 5" although I agree iPhone 5 is better established (only if you are talking to the extent of apps) what makes you say a power user should go for iPhone 5 when it lacks multi-tasking and a better notification experience ? It takes absoluetly ages to close all apps on ios whereas BB10 is keenly focused of multi-tasking. Why would a power user prefer ios then ? (No offence intented)

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And the apps make the iPhone a serious power user device too

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tech have u ever really worked with the ip5 hands on for a good amount of time?

37. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

I have and it sucks when it comes to multi tasking...Textin on it sucks too

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love the accuracy of the keyboard, and the fast multitasking

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The iPhone has multitasking, it just does it in its own way. Better notifications is subjective, people will prefer one thing to the other, I feel that the notifications in iOS simply lack quick settings but other than that its great, again that's subjective. Multitasking is the ability to do two or more things at once, and leave an app and return to it the way u left it. The iPhone does that.

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The iPhone doesn't have multitasking. After closing out of an app, it's given about 5 seconds of background time (but may have a 10 minute extension if there is a big task) then goes into a suspended state; that isn't multitasking. Multitasking is running multiple things at once, and if apps are put in a suspended state, that means they aren't running, and thus not multitasking. Only a few apps in iOS can run in the background constantly; mainly music/podcast and social networking apps. MacWorld did an article on this a while ago, and unless Apple changed the way iOS multitasks in iOS 6 (which I highly doubt), it still holds true. http://www.macworld.com/article/1164616/how_ios_multitasking_really_works.html

20. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Symbian and Meego are the other true multi-taskers that have been commericalized (and killed) by Nokia. Meego, in particular, delivered the unified messaging hub and full gesture based UI that the media is currently praising BB for "developing". Apple and Microsoft have both chosen the suspended app approach probably to address battery life for their high overhead OS's.

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