BlackBerry Z30 

Released October, 2013
  • Blackberry OS 10.3
  • 4G
  • 5"
  • Dual core 1.7 GHz
BlackBerry has done a pretty good job with the design of the Z30, introducing metallic accents, soft-touch plastic and solid build quality.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
The BlackBerry Z30 is the best Blackberry 10 model so far, bringing the benefits of a large display, plenty of power, a much imporved design compared to the Z10, and solid battery life that has seen us through the day.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)

Features Key features of the BlackBerry Z30

screen size

BlackBerry Z30
5"

screen resolution

BlackBerry Z30
1280 x 720
Passport
1440 x 1440
HTC One
1920 x 1080

memory

BlackBerry Z30
2 GB
Passport
3 GB
iPhone 5
1 GB

processor

BlackBerry Z30
Dual core
Passport
Quad core
HTC One
Quad core

camera resolution

BlackBerry Z30
8 MP
Passport
13 MP
Galaxy S4
13 MP

Reviews Word on the street for the BlackBerry Z30


8.0
Even better, the 720p display and dual core CPU don't impose big demands, so we had absolutely no trouble making it through a full day on a charge (8am to 10pm).

7.5
Well, if you’re wondering about that, it’s worth mentioning that BlackBerry 10 currently has about 70,000 apps in BlackBerry World.

7.0
It's not the very best display out there and set it against something like the HTC One's LCD and you'll find that the viewing angles aren't as impressive and the whites aren't as clear and bright.

7.0
If you don't like the BlackBerry browser then there are a number of alternative browsers in BlackBerry App World, but sadly you won't find any big names like Chrome or Dolphin.

Overall

7.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

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.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
Sure, the sharp looking display aids the experience, but it doesn’t have the same wow factor as some other handsets.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
In good lighting, it takes lovely shots with pleasing colors and good contrast.
by MobileTechReview (Jan, 2014)

Apps

The Games app allows you to tie in your BBM account so you can compete with friends more easily.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
It's easy to share your favourite photos directly from the app via BBM, email, or other social media accounts.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The apps on offer are getting better and some of the early troubles with apps have now been resolved, so BB10 is a better offering than it was earlier in the year.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)

Video

Likewise, we can say the same thing about its 1080p video recording quality – with nothing that really jumps at us.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
You can also opt to have the flash stay on for recording in the dark and switch between 1080p or 720p quality.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
You can edit videos with tools to crop, enhance, and shorten available via Edit in More options.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Camera

The camera boasts a 5-element f/2.2 lens and back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)
It's an 8 megapixel camera with BSI, HDR, a fast f/2.2 lens and an LED flash.
by MobileTechReview (Jan, 2014)
The camera is relatively fast and we captured some good shots with it.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Battery

Whatever it is, we're happy with the battery performance it offers.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)
But like all smartphones, a busy day full of calls, photo snapping and using the maps will see the battery deplete at a fair rate.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)
It should certainly see you through a normal day's use with change, and you may even make it a couple of days between charges.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super AMOLED
Size 5"
Resolution 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 293 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. HSPA (unspecified)
  3. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  6. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,080 min
Standby time 23,040 min
Capacity 2,880 mA·h

form factor

Weight 170 g
Thickness 9.4 mm
Size 72 x 140.7 x 9.4 mm
Numeric keypad None
Keyboard None
Is waterproof No

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Blackberry OS 10.3
Multitasking Yes
App store BlackBerry App World
Adobe flash support No
App store size 120,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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