BlackBerry Z30 Review
BlackBerry Z30 Review
Introduction


With the largest screen of any BlackBerry phone so far, large battery, and good processor running the latest BB 10.2 OS, the Z30 is the Canadians' undisputed flagship, taking the torch from the 4.2” Z10.

It also features a premium build with metallic accents, plus the awesome BlackBerry keyboard, but will those be enough to entice the ever-shrinking suit and tie target market of the company? Read on to find out...

In the box:

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design


BlackBerry Z30 Review
BlackBerry Z30 Review
BlackBerry has done a pretty good job with the design of the Z30, introducing metallic accents, soft-touch plastic and solid build quality. Everything looks and feels fine, except the weight, which, at 6.00 oz (170 g), is rather heavy, if you are comparing with a typical Android flagship.

The side rim transitioning into a brushed metal plate underneath the display looks very good, though, and the heft and girth give the phone a solid feel in the hand. Moreover, the tapered back is covered with a nice soft-touch plastic in carbon fiber pattern that doesn't slip, making the phone sit very well in the hand. This back cover is removable, revealing a sealed battery compartment underneath, and a micro SIM slot on the left sitting on top of a microSD one.

The phone leaves a very ergonomic impression when handled – the power/lock key at the top, for instance, is situated right smack in the middle, where your index finger naturally resides. That button, and the volume keys on the right feel extremely solid, and have great, clicky tactile feedback. Even the small button between the volume ones that calls the voice assistant is very easy to feel and press without looking, with a prompting brushed metal notch on top of it.


BlackBerry Z30

BlackBerry Z30

Dimensions

5.53 x 2.83 x 0.37 inches

140.7 x 72 x 9.4 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

Dimensions

5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches

130 x 65.6 x 9 mm

Weight

4.85 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

Dimensions

5.08 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

BlackBerry Z30

BlackBerry Z30

Dimensions

5.53 x 2.83 x 0.37 inches

140.7 x 72 x 9.4 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

Dimensions

5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches

130 x 65.6 x 9 mm

Weight

4.85 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

Dimensions

5.08 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display


BlackBerry Z30 Review
The vibrant 5” Super AMOLED display on the BlackBerry Z30 comes with 720x1280 pixels of HD resolution, which is lower compared to other platforms' Full HD flagships. BB 10 icons don't look jagged from normal distance with the 295ppi pixel density, and neither does text in the browser.

The display exhibits oversaturated, flashy colors, which make BB 10's painting scheme look rather appealing. The viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical, are excellent, as can be expected from an OLED screen.

Its brightness could be a bit higher, compared to some LCDs out there, but the anti-reflection coating on the Z30 is pretty good, and we had no trouble viewing the phone's screen outdoors, even in direct sunlight.



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41 Comments

1. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

LOL 7.5 :)

10. phonebuddy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

"Well, that leads us to the hardest gesture to master – the one that gets you into the BlackBerry Hub, which.... ....Essentially, it’s a swipe up from the bottom bezel, then while your finger is still touching the screen, you swipe right to uncover the BlackBerry Hub." - how hard do you think is it? I mastered my alphabet before going to school and I think the 26 letters in the alphabet have so much more stroke than the one going to the hub.

24. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Yeah guys 7.5 is really low 9 would be justified

25. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I don't know what's wrong with galaxyarena

26. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

The app count doesn't.make sense Don't you know it can download android apps

29. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

This is an amazing device The "howdowerate" is junk 7.5 for this beast It must get at least get 9 and the z10 must get 8.5 Both are fantabulously awesoming

19. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

This is very good looking and well built device. I don't know whats wrong with iPhonearena. Just a little advise BB, let other hardware manufacturers us your BB10 platform.

31. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

And who told PA that wp8 is better than bb os Wp8 looks well in laptops but not in smartphones This is my fifth continuous comment...lol

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

2 cons at 7.5. Wtf is up with PA reviews this past month seriously?

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The second con is a huge one. Blackberry's low app count is a major reason it's not a compelling platform. Granted, low app count hasn't affected their reviews before (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, PALM PRE REVIEW)...

30. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Commentator, this is not football This device is amazing

4. papss unregistered

Hmm this review seems off. I don't like bb at all but come on

5. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Great phone ...now using it with Z1...no cpmplains

6. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

cmon PA BBs are great phone. It should be atleast 8.

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The good battery life is amplified by the fact that, unlike Androids and iPhones, there's so little you can do on a BB that it'll stay in your pocket most of the time.

9. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

You don't get any instant messages or emails? Even from work? You should get some friends and maybe a job or something.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

In your pathetic attempt to belittle me, my joke went way over your soft little head. My joke (which apparently you need to be explained to you) is that if you were worried about your battery not lasting long enough throughout the day, because you were constantly using it to play Angry Birds or Words With Friends, or chatting with Snapchat, or sharing pictures with Instagram, or watching videos on Netflix, well... You don't have to worry about that because you can't do any of that on a BB. Email and messaging don't take much battery juice, so your battery will last a good long time, because your BB won't be much use for anything else (not anything fun, anyway).

22. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

No. Your passive aggressive snide "joke" was not missed.

32. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

WOW! you are a complete dummy lol I have a Blackberry Z10 and it can do all those things.. I don't need Netflix cuz I get much better movies and load it to my phone and watch it from there.. Are u serious? A BB can do all those things and more.. With this multi tasking beast u will find me doing a few things at a time with such ease.. No phone can match up to this lol

11. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

The score should be closer to 8.5. Blackberry is for business. Lot of people don't need apps, music, videos, movies or games, nor should they pay for that trivia on business phones.

13. phonebuddy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

exactly! you are buying this phone because of the built in features that it posses and not the apps that you can install later

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That logic makes no sense. The Z30 costs as much as flagship Androids or iPhones, yet is severely limited by its woeful app selection. Same data plan charges as well. Would you pay complete-package prices for cable/satellite TV for ony the basic channels? Would you pay the price for a 42 function Swiss Army Knife for one that only has 12 functions? $500 on a blender with only one speed when you can get a Blendtec? You talk about built-in features? Android and iOS have the "built-in" feature of hundreds of thosands of apps and games, whereas BB has a scant fraction of that, and is missing most of the popular ones. What can you do on a BB that you can't do on an iPhone or Android? Oh yeah...BBM. But that's coming soon anyway.

33. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Wrong! I use my phone for entertainment all the time.. who are u kidding? BB has it all now.. and makes it so much easier with the fantastic keyboard and multi tasking that beats them all.. On top of that we got a play button.. and can easily change tracks without opening the screen.. why is it that no phone has these options? so sad.. and don't tell me S4 has better options cuz I've seen them and it's a joke haha

34. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

no you're a joke.. you've "seen" the s4.. but not used it.. so shut up.. don't embarrased yourself..

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2522; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Isn't it at least worth a mention that you can side load a fair amount of Android apps in order to help with the overall low app number issue?

16. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Use a PlayOn client and server if you want more media like Netflix. The volume buttons work as a camera shutter key. I consistently get better signal reception on my Z10 than my friends with Android and iPhone and stay on LTE. And the Z30 adds ParaTek technology for even better reception but that was not even mentioned. Gestures are not hard just different than poking buttons. I hope there is a landscape dock for this like I have for my Z10.

17. toystore

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

it has 1.7 GHz dual core not 1.5 GHz, PA don't even know the spec and try to reivew phone. LOL

18. toystore

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

PA 2013 standard point system, Android flaghip device 9 to 10 Mid tire Android 8 to 9 iPhone 9 to 9.5 Windows Phone 8 to 9 blackberry 7 to 7.5 rest 7 and below They rated Moto X 8.5 which has same spec as Z30 lower build quality and Android 4.3 which is not even close to BB 10.2

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Moto X clearly is overall a better phone... I still think the Z30 should have received at least a 8.5 considering you can side load apps from Android.

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2522; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I wouldn't say "clearly". I think that there is enough give and take between the two devices that it mostly comes down to personal preference and what you need from your handset.

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Z30
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2880 mAh

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