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BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

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Interface and Functionality:

Putting these two side-by-side, there is one noticeable similarity between the two platforms – the grid-like styling of their app panels. However, that’s where it pretty much ends. Now here’s the thing, it’s yet again a matter of personal choice when it comes to picking out the preferred platform experience. As usual, we always draw back to the simplicity and intuitiveness seen with the iOS experience of the iPhone 5. It’s just so easy to comprehend and navigate, especially for first-time users. Oppositely, there’s a higher learning curve with the BlackBerry 10 experience of the Z10, but at the same time, we prefer how it better makes use of the touch experience with its various gestures. Furthermore, there’s more eye-candy with the BB10 experience, as it makes good use of various transitions and animations.

The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The new UI of BlackBerry OS 10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Sure, iOS might appear static in the face of BB10’s glitzier presentation, but despite that, we see that it’s the more mature platform. Needless to say, we appreciate how notifications are all handled by the BlackBerry Hub on the Z10, but it’s a process on its own getting there – and simply, it’s not as quick as the pull-down menu of iOS. When it comes to multi-tasking, we can’t complain about either execution, since they’re practical and make plenty of sense. Maturity is undoubtedly on the side of Apple’s platform, as both its home brewed Apples Maps and voice control service in Siri are light years ahead of the BlackBerry Maps and barebones features set of BB10’s voice control service.

Keeping your emails organized is a simple experience with the two, seeing that setup is a breeze and their layouts adhere to our stringent requests. However, when it comes to the messaging experience, we’re digging what BlackBerry has done. Always a praised item, we continue to rave about the fantastic on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 5, but we find the BB10 keyboard better. In fact, we like how it employs swipe gestures to quickly switch between layouts. And even though its predictive text feature can be a bit slower in terms of input rate, its auto-correct feature rivals that of the iPhone 5.

Email on the BlackBerry Z10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Email on the BlackBerry Z10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Email on the BlackBerry Z10 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

The Email app of the iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Email app of the iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The Email app of the iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5


Processor and Memory:

Would you look at that? There’s nothing but smooth buttery goodness seen with the performance of the two smartphones. Seriously, we can forget about what they’re running under the hood, since they execute all tasks with finesse and ease. If you must know, the Z10 is packing a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset with 2GB of RAM – while the iPhone 5 is outfitted with a dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A6 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

As we know, the iPhone 5 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants, which are all separated by $100 increments. On the other hand, the Z10 is stuffed with 16GB of internal storage, however, it’s packing an always-useful microSD card slot to complement its capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

With 4G LTE in tow, there’s no arguing the kind of peppy data speeds they’re capable of achieving. However, you get that slight desktop-like experience with the Z10, since its browser has support for Adobe Flash. Aside from that, we love the two for their instant page rendering, fluid navigational controls, and sharp visuals with their high-resolution displays. Moreover, they boast a “Reader” function for easy column view reading, and the ability to share pages with social networking accounts, email, and more.

The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
The BlackBerry 10 web browser - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5
Browsing the net with iPhone 5 - BlackBerry Z10 vs Apple iPhone 5

Depending on which version of the handset you select, they’re available in both CDMA and GSM flavors – with each offering 4G LTE connectivity as well. As always, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi are all in for the ride with these two beauties. However, the Z10 is blessed with NFC to give it that modern touch.

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