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BlackBerry Z30 Review

Call quality

The voices come in with decent quality in the earpiece of the BlackBerry Z30, but its maximum volume is comparatively low, so you might have trouble hearing the caller in noisy environments. The handset's noise-canceling mics weed out the ambient sounds and relay our voice pretty loud to the other side, but make it sound a bit hollow and distorted, so overall we have an average call quality on the BlackBerry Z30.


BlackBerry placed its largest ever 2880 mAh battery pack in the Z30, which is closing in on what the best Android 5-inchers offer. With BB10, a frugal display panel, and software optimizations, you can squeeze much more battery life out of the handset that with flagships on other platforms. BlackBerry cites 18 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is 50% higher than the average, and indicate you can expect about two days of endurance from the Z30 with normal usage.


If your company's IT department is invested in the BlackBerry universe, and your colleagues are mostly on BBM, the Z30 is your best bet. It folds all the security and messaging features of the BlackBerry platform you are used to, into a consumer-centric big screen phone with premium design and decent specs.

The BlackBerry Z10 is a natural competitor to the Z30, but its 4.2” display is no match for the pretty Super AMOLED 5-incher on the Z30 in terms of typing, browsing or media consumption, despite the lower price.

Other than that, a pragmatic person would be hard-pressed to acquire the BlackBerry Z30 at the $600+ price it commands off-contract, considering that's the tag for flagship handsets on mobile platforms that are more proven than BB 10, and have a lot higher app count. Unless you are bored with the Android/iOS/WP mafia, that is, and want to explore a fresh new interface take like BB 10.

Choices, choices.

Software version:


  • Premium build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Ergonomic on-screen BlackBerry keyboard


  • Camera is mediocre for a flagship
  • Low BlackBerry World app count

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