The BlackBerry Z30 Has A Lot of Promise – Yes, We Said it: Review
31 July 2014
Summary: We’re not sipping the koolaid, the BlackBerry Z30 is a very fine phone. Are we giving up our iPhones anytime soon? We’re not, but you could easily make a case for switching. BlackBerry was always the working persons phone, and they’ve done a fantastic job on optimizing around productivity, messaging, and notifications. It makes us realize how badly iOS and Android need a “hub”. The fit and finish is well done; it’s a sleek device with a smooth interface.
Pros: Beautiful, large, responsive, polished UI, and very efficient/productive to use. BlackBerry Hub is the best for managing messages and notifications. Screen is gorgeous. Lots of features, supports Android Apps, long-lasting battery, and great specs. HDMI output, unlocked, durable, real carbon fiber backplate and great speakers/sound quality.
Cons: Still lacking some of the best apps. On the heavy side, (detailed above)
Summary: From 10 to 30 within a year. After the Z10's launch, the Canadian manufacturer takes a shot with its new Z30 model. BlackBerry uses hardware and software from the same source - thus meeting the demands on both is all the more difficult a task.
Pros: Battery runtime, Performance, Contrast and black level, Build quality, The screen has very good qualities and can also be read well outdoors. Furthermore, the battery life is incredibly good.
Cons: App availability in the "Blackberry World", Screen resolution, Weight, The hardware is impressive, but the software affects the overall impression. The limited availability of apps is frustrating.
Conclusion: BlackBerry’s Z30 is an excellent feature phone for anyone stuck in the past. Two years, even a year ago, and the Z30 would have been a contender. But it’s 2014 now (the Z30 launched September 2013), and overpriced, buggy phones like this are unacceptable. While BlackBerry is capable of making some truly decent BB OS 10 phones like the Z10 and Q10, it isn’t going to resurrect its fortunes with this solidly-made, yet messy device.
Conclusion: Leave the continuing struggles of its parent company out of the picture, and the BlackBerry Z30 is a pretty good alternative to the iPhone or your many Android phones, particularly if you’re looking for a device that’s focused more on messaging and long battery life than apps or excellent imaging abilities.
Excerpt: Does a bigger device make for a sweeter BlackBerry 10 experience? That’s what the Canadian smartphone maker is hoping with its new flagship phone - the BlackBerry Z30; which brings to the table more powerful hardware and a larger display than any previous handset in the company’s history. BlackBerry is billing the Z30 as the replacement to its current all-touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Z10 and it’s easy to see why.
Pros: Great battery life, Great connectivity, BlackBerry Hub is excellent
Cons: Bulky and heavy construction, Poor choice in BlackBerry App World, No Full HD display
Summary: If the BlackBerry Z30 is the Canadian company's last gasp, it will go out with more of a bang than a whimper. We're fans of the Z30's large display, multitasking capabilities, touch-screen keyboard, security features and very strong battery life. However, the lack of a comprehensive app ecosystem will continue to weigh on any BlackBerry device, no matter how good the hardware.
Conclusion: From a reviewers perspective I could recommend this device to anyone who doesn’t really care about applications but absolutely lives to communicate with their friends and family because for that reason the BlackBerry 10 devices are so much better than Android, iOS and Windows Phone so I would say it’s worth the money if you are that type of person, If you enjoy your media though its quite difficult to recommend as although it has a 5 inch 720p display the pixel density...
BlackBerry Z30 Is Audio King: Whips HTC One And Samsung Galaxy S4
11 November 2013
Excerpt: If you have followed my articles on the BlackBerry Z30, you must know by now how I am absolutely wowed by the its sound production . Awesome is the word. I have been longing to pitch the BlackBerry Z30 against the HTC One, especially in the audio department. Both of them pack stereo loudspeakers and a comparison would just be great.