BlackBerry Z10 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

History buffs be aware! Some of us might forget it, but 2008 surely turned out to be a banner year in the history of smartphones. At the time, BlackBerry smartphones were hotly sought out by people for both their consumer and enterprise features, but when Android officially launched on a device in the fall of 2008, it signaled a changing of the guard of some sorts. Fast forward to the present, the Samsung Galaxy S III has seemingly become the prized darling for the mature platform – while the BlackBerry Z10 is intent on starting yet another revolution of its own. Will BlackBerry’s flagship have what it takes to sway people from the mighty features set found with the Samsung Galaxy S III?


Knowing the size disparity between their displays, we’re somewhat surprised to see that the Galaxy S III is just a teeny bit larger in footprint than the Z10. Interestingly enough, the Samsung Galaxy S III is both skinnier and lighter too. Holding them in our hands, we’re still digging the design of Sammy’s baby more than the Z10 – primarily due to its rounded corners, which delivers a more natural feel in the hand. Indeed, their build qualities are similar to one another, since they sport all-plastic bodies that are clean looking, but it’s ultimately the Galaxy S III getting the nods with its more comforting and approachable design.

Taking a tour around their bodies, it’s quite evident that they share many commonalities – like their 3.5mm head jacks, standard microphones, noise-cancellation mics, microUSB ports for charging/data connectivity, earpieces, light & proximity sensors, and LED notification lights. However, we prefer the Galaxy s III’s set of physical buttons, the power and volume control, since they’re more distinguishable to the touch – whereas, it’s flatter in feel with the Z10. Still, we appreciate that the Z10 offers easy video-out functionality with its separate microHDMI port, which is better than purchasing an additional MHL adapter for the Galaxy S III.

On the front, the Z10 is packing along the slightly higher 2-mgeapixel front-facing camera – while the Galaxy S III has a 1.9-megapixel one. Flipping them over, they’re outfitted with 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras with LED flashes, which can shoot videos in 1080p. Sharing yet another commonality, we love that they feature removable rear covers to gain access to their batteries and microSD card slots.


Everybody appears to be going BIG with their displays, but that’s not quite the mentality we see yet out of BlackBerry’s camp. Then again, it’s a matter of personal preference. With the BlackBerry Z10’s 4.2-inch 768 x 1280 LCD display, it’s no doubt sharp looking with its pixel density of 356 ppi, but seriously folks, it’s not all that evident to the naked eye versus the larger 4.8-inch 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED panel of the Galaxy S III – and that’s despite its PenTile matrix arrangement! In terms of colors, they’re more on the neutral side with the Z10, but you can’t quite forget about the wow factor established by the vibrant and saturated tones produced by the Galaxy S III’s display. Outdoors, there’s no question that the Z10 is more viewable.

BlackBerry Z10 360-degrees View:

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-Degrees View



1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

my vote goes for S3.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

without even reading it my vote goes to the gs3. Not enough blackberry

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

My vote also goes to Samsung Galaxy S III (even if I don't like OLED based displays).

37. metalpoet unregistered

i have the gs3 but id take a bb z10 over an iPhone 5 as my 2nd smartphone :)

41. ReaperChief

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'd either take a Note 2, Nexus 4 or an Xperia Z as my 2nd phone.. And, if I were to pick another OS for a second phone, I'd pick an iPhone 5 and then a Lumia 920.. Finally, a Z10 would be the final option.. Of course, these picks will be final this summer when we will have all the major competitors..

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I see S3 is the winner. If so, how can the Z10 compete with the Galaxy S4, Xperia Z, HTC M7 or the new coming soon legendary Lumia !!. The way is tooooo tough Blackberry.

38. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That is the problem for BB. They have come to the 2013 market with a 2012 solution. What makes them more special than say, a Sony Z, Sammy GS IV, HTC One (or whatever they end up calling it) or the next Nokia L940?

40. Mindmeld

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Firstly, this is someone's opinion and not fact (like a movie review). John likes (although he keeps saying 'we') GSIII and that's cool. You are right, though, Z10 most likely will not be able to compete with the next generation phones although we have no idea what the specs are going to be. On the other hand, will these upcoming phones be able to compete with the BB Aristo that is rumored to be coming out sometime at the end of this year? Maybe a moot point, however, since all these phones are vapor ware until they are officially announced (and none have been - just rumors).

4. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

No real competition here the Galaxy S3 pimp slaps this Blackberry 10 software and features especially. But it's great to see BlackBerry stepping up it's game to remain relevant in this they must come stronger.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Pimp slaps! LMAOOOOO

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I can see the winner miles away... Sad to see a phone from '12 slapping another from the future.

6. cocote177

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Want a comparison with the Lumia 920. Those are the real competitors

26. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Again another fake comparison in terms of battery life...iphonearena you so disappoint me..​-z10-vs-iphone-5-hardware-comparison/......take your time folks and read..

27. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

7. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Wow, the display is weak on the Z10.

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

you mean the S3 with its blueish tint??

17. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If it not better than the s3 then it certainly isn't going to be the iPhone 5.....

19. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Dyslexia? I think you got some words mixed up there.

21. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

No, he was talking about the Z10 with it's dimness in comparison to the S3. Stacks up pretty well against the iPhone 5 though (See comparison)

23. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, wrong person replied too. Fail on my part. I did however get a chance to play with the's actually not bad at all. If it came out last year it would be excellent. It's really hard for a new is to come out now without a major financial backing.

28. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Weak as in dim. Like Jonathan41 said.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BB stacks up well with the s3


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

S3 wins but it might beat the iphone 5.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It mite

11. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

willing to see BB Z10 white version compare to SGS3, but only my opinion ... with home button sgs3 looks so old.

13. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

not even close, the differences are like heaven and hell bb still has a long way to go

16. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

The SG3 is the clear winner in the capabilities and specs department. Blackberry is super late to the party but, the Z10 is a Okay starting point. I predict the Z10 will grant Blackberry back a fair amount of it's customers who went to the iPhone.

18. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Thinking aloud here... I don't think the Z10 has to be the best. The iPhone didn't have to be (though it may have been briefly) because of its walled garden ecosystem (just like the iPod benefited.) Sammy has to be a leader because it is only offering hardware, so the phone has to stand on its own (although they're doing things like tying in other Samsung phones and offering SmartTV's). BB has its service offering going for it. As long as that's on the table BB just has to be "good enough."

20. Techsplash

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

ow! too much motivational dialogues.

22. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Clearly the S 3 walks out with an easy win.. but I really like the potential beneath the BB OS. BB should focus on licensing it out, because they obviously cannot cope with the best on the hardware front

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