BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

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!


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.

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.

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.


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.

BlackBerry Z10 360-degrees View:

Apple iPhone 5 360-degrees View:



73. sajid.shah517

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 02, 2018

Z10 Whatsapp Issue But the actual display size of both phones are same.dont you think so.

72. smartphoneuser_21

Posts: 1; Member since: May 05, 2014

Personally I think the z10 is the best phone iv used had an iPhone 5 thought it sucked had galaxy note 2 which I loved, iPhone is just full of restrictions and to the person who said iPhone is better optimised has no idea the z10's os is so smooth never crashed once however I phones do it quite regularly only way I think iPhone beats the z10 is the amount of apps however I still have my galaxy note 2 and because android has a better app store I have the best of both worlds

70. alex09

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Visit find out where to get best price and deals for BlackBerry Z10

68. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Great review John V ! :)

66. xXDevilsXcryXx

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

howcome each time the iphone gets compared to any other phone it just magically wins ? in this site the blackberry clearly is listed with high amount of battery capacity 1800 mAh and has more talk time 3G than the iphone with 1440 mAh capacity ... is it that they paid you guys to do this biased review or you guys just are iphone fan boys ... and also the blackberry has a better processor and double the ram on the iphone oh and for the micro SD users it still has these in it you guys seriously made me make this account to point out ur biased review ... stop making these kinds of misleading reviews .. just be fair for the love of god ! ...

69. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Its not the capacity of the battery , its the optimizations done to the software to make use of the capacity . Its also not the clock speed or dual or quad core type of the processor that makes a device fast , its the optimizations made to the software that make a device slow or fast . Eg : A quad core processor in the One X or One X+ is still not faster than the iPhone 5 because the iPhone 5 is optimized to take advantage of that dual core A6 chip & the One X is not quite optimized . I'm not an Apple fanboy , I own a Lumia 920 , but don't just say the review is biased because it is fair & true . The iPhone 5 may not be the best phone in the world , but it is better than the Z10 & thats what John V is trying to convey here .

64. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Hmmm.....the camera sucks, the battery sucks. What happens if you're actually using the video camera quite a bit? The battery dumps instantly before you're done uploading the video to YouTube?

63. chad16

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

The one thing in this comparison that really bothers me is the mention of apple's map app being better than blackberry's. Are you kidding me? Did you forget when the iphone 5 came out how inacurate their native map app was, how many ppl complained and they had to switch back to google? Yes, blackberry's map app is "barebones"...what ever the hell that means, but it's absolutely accurate, and that is what I need out of my app map. Not pretty graphics while I'm driving off a cliff due to wrong directions like iphone5s. Check your facts before you make stupid claims.

62. BitterTruth unregistered

BB10 anyday!

61. BitterTruth unregistered

BB anyday! From 1st iPhone to last the iOS looks same! :|

59. melvineus

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I still prefer britney spears over christina... lol

60. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Christina Bella?

58. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Next time a reviewer who has an unbiased point of view should do the review. More and more I read this, I get a sense that this reviewer sleeps with his iPhone 5 in his bed.

57. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Expect the BB app store to grow at an extreme rate. Re-coding for the QNX is apparently a breeze. One programmer ported a high end game (Galaxy on fire 2 Valkyrie) from iOS to BB in one day!

56. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

There for it be all plastic the Z10 has better functions and features then the Iphone 5. Why the Iphone 5 will attract more interest even now?!! John V, don't drink so much because in this review you are drunk, drunk with the Iphone 5. I think the Iphone 5 hasn't nothing of special. For me seems with its features a feature phone. Why the reviewers of this site are always talking well of the Apple phones and tablets and putting deffects in the smartphones of the competition, especially in the Samsung smartphones and tablets? I see a promising future in the BB10 and Z10 with its features, it resembles with Android.

55. onethreealpha

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Thankyou for this OPINION piece. I think amongst all the personal viewpoints and preferences, there may have actually been 1 or 2 valid comparisons. The reference to, multitasking with iOS is a joke. The total failure to highlight the many features that are standard on BlackBerry's first iteration device, while iphone users have suffered for years with something as old as a crippled bluetooth function? The complete bypassing of BB balance as a feature...... Even though iOS can't even compete with it. Of course I forgot about all those fart apps and the thousands of ebooks and rss links that are also classified as "apps" in the great walled garden.... Yep, iphonearena does it again.

52. Crackberry

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Whatever you may say about BB / BB Z10 . Well. its really a great start for BB having BB 10. Today's generation BB 10 takes revenge on Iphone, Android whatsoever... Canada's pride takes place over US products. Iphone is SLUGGISH, Low Camera Quality, although Iphone has much apps and games, but the Developers of BB are making much apps, games etc. You must try BB 10 before judging both phones, well Im not forcing but atleast you try. But i really prefer BB. BB rocks, Canada, Philippines, Saudi, India, indonesia etc, even America. Try to visit BlackBerry.

51. Lakuta1978

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

iphone 5 of course....

45. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Wowza the BB front looks just like a Moto Droid X!

41. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

have used iPhone 5 its really a great phone, Jailbreak made iPhone more excellent.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wanna jailbreak mine


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

ahm nice comparison i agree in some point just like the music player but i think the review failed to give some emphasis on Z10's main feature as well as advantage no doubt IP5 has the advantage in camera department( but z10's time-shift is quite impressive)and apps as well as built quality but when it comes to messaging i think BB's z10 nailed it keyboard, the screen sharing, video chat in bbm, and the BB balance where you can separate personal and work related stuff. is downright very convenient. how i hope it has given a small potion to be notice and commend in the review over all nice review decent and fair at some point but could have been better...

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I thought the Iphone had too much bezel, but man the z10 has a ton of it.

26. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Thanks for nice comparison ... actually i want to know more about BB Balance, Flow and Timeshift on Z10.

23. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The backside of the Z10 looks like the front side of the iPhone 5.

18. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

a suggestion. When comparing displays of both phones, would you please choose the same wallpaper/background. I think it may affect the display at some point. Also, I see no difference on the viewing angle which made me conclude that the viewing angles are almost on the same level.

12. jade272727

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

BlackBerry Z10 wins hands down

9. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Too bad the battery life on the z10 was bad

46. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I dont know why iphonearena is complaining about Z10 battery Is all bullcrap... I got my Z10 which I ordered from day one delivered yesterday and I really don't understand iphonearena anymore...battery life by far has been fantastic its in the same league with my galaxy s3 of which I sold and shipped that same yesterday on Amazon after listing it there for about two weeks. .check out the link below this is from an iphone strict site.​y-z10-vs-iphone-5-hardware-comparison/

48. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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