BlackBerry Z30

Specifications

BlackBerry Z30Notebook: BlackBerry Z30
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 320
Display: 5.0 inch, 16:9, 1280x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.2kg
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Average Score: 78.5% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 61%, performance: 80%, features: 80%, display: - % mobility: 96%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the BlackBerry Z30

80% BlackBerry Z30 review - useful flagship BlackBerry smartphone that will suit business users
Source: PC Advisor English
There isn't the app ecosystem of the big two competitors but we can see the BlackBerry Z30 as a useful compromise of the needs of businesses that rely on BlackBerry's security model, and users who'd like something with the touchscreen power of iPhone-based handsets. This big handset deserves to win friends from anyone that can value its secure and robust features.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
60% BlackBerry Z30 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The inherent security benefits of BES10 and BB10 mean for pure business use the Z30 is a very solid, albeit costly option. However, as we found with the Z10, as a BYOD device, its consumer offering is significantly less developed than competing ecosystems', like Android and iOS. This, combined with the fact the Z30 offers at best comparable and at times worse internal specifications than similarly priced Google and Apple smartphones, makes it hard to recommend the Z30 for anything but pure work use.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Blackberry Z30 Review
Source: Think Digit English
Buy the BlackBerry Z30 if you are or have been a BlackBerry user and are looking to stay with the company. If watching movies or having the latest apps comes second to using social networking and messaging apps, and you aren't already invested in any other mobile OS, in that case too, the Z30 will suit you. For the rest who want the latest apps and the best possible multimedia and gaming experiences on a smartphone, there are better alternatives to consider than the Z30.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
65% BlackBerry Z30 Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
After spending a good week with the Z30, we find that it’s nothing more than an iterative update to the Z10, with a larger display. There are some welcome hardware additions like better sound, Wi-Fi Direct and bigger battery but most of the changes are software based so the asking price of Rs 39,990 seems a lot. With the Z10 now selling at a more sensible price, we fail to see why one would spend such a premium on the Z30, also considering one can get the G2 or the S4 in the same price range. Both flagships have a vastly bigger feature set, are more powerful and have access to a better app ecosystem. The Z30 makes a good buy if the price drops to about Rs 30,000 but for now, it’s too expensive, even for enterprise users.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 65%
Hands on: BlackBerry Z30 review
Source: Techradar English
The BlackBerry Z30 appears to be a capable, if unappealing smartphone, although it's never going to try and win the hearts of the masses. BlackBerry's core focus now is on the business sector and while consumer sales will continue to trickle through, most people will walk straight past the Z30 as they eye up the cheaper HTC One and Galaxy S4 or shiny new iPhone 5S. We're not sure this is the big hitter we were hoping for when making a sequel for the Z10, and while the Z30 ups the power this could be one of the final devices we see from BlackBerry in its current guise.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/26/2013
BlackBerry Z30 review - hands on with BlackBerry's latest consumer touchscreen smartphone
Source: PC Advisor English
The BlackBerry Z30 is like the BlackBerry Z10: a well-designed piece of hardware with a fairly fresh, app-deprived smartphone operating system. That means it won't be enough to bring new BlackBerry users into the fold, and it definitely won't be enough to resuscitate this dying company.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/24/2013

Foreign Reviews

83% Klassiker im neuen Kleid
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 44% mobility: 96%
100% BlackBerry Z30
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%
85% BlackBerry Z30
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%
85% BlackBerry Z30
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%
Premium-Smartphone mit innovativem Betriebssystem
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: very good battery runtime; high quality workmanship; extraordinary keyboard; innovative software
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2013

Comment

Model:

The Blackberry Z30 is a head turner, with a 5 inch AMOLED screen, updated software and a battery that will last. Blackberry has not gone for a safe design here. It has the biggest screen from Blackberry so far and a nice 720p HD resolution. Colors look good and the viewing experience is overall nice. With the surprising addition of speakers with pumping bass, Blackberry have chosen to stick with their target demographic and advertise it as being ideal for video conferencing and presentation purposes. The black plastic body is lightweight and built well, as is expected from Blackberry.

On the inside, a 1.7GHz processor works in tandem with quad core graphics. That is all that Blackberry have let slip about specs, but the result is a responsive phone that won't be likely to throw up stutters or lags. One of the best things about the BlackBerry Z30 is the improved message handling, which is part of the updated OS. The Priority Hub displays all messages across all platforms in one place. It intelligently uses usage data to predict, which conversations will be a priority to the user, and displays them accordingly. According to Blackberry, it is possible to eke out 25 hours of use. For most users this means that it will easily last at least a full day of moderate use. Overall, Blackberry Z10 fans will be happy with this latest offering, and it may even be worth a look for those used to other operating systems.

Qualcomm Adreno 320: Integrated graphics card using unified shaders and supporting OpenGL ES 3.0

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Snapdragon MSM8960T: High end dual core SoC (Krait cores) including an Adreno 320 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


5.0": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.2 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


78.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Notebooks from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» HTC Butterfly
Snapdragon APQ8064A

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus PadFone Infinity
APQ8064T, 0.7 kg

Notebooks with the same GPU

» Yota Devices Yotaphone
Snapdragon MSM8960T, 4.3", 0.146 kg
» ZTE Grand Memo LTE
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 5.7", 0.197 kg
» HTC One Dual Sim
APQ8064T, 4.7", 0.2 kg
» HTC One Max
APQ8064T, 5.9", 0.22 kg
» LG G Pad 8.3
APQ8064T, 8.3", 0.338 kg
» Motorola Droid Mini
unknown, 4.3", 0.2 kg
» Motorola Droid Ultra
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 5", 0.2 kg
» Sony Xperia ZR
APQ8064T, 4.5", 0.2 kg
» Motorola Moto X
Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960DT, 4.7", 0.13 kg
» Google Nexus 7 2013
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 7", 0.29 kg
» Sony Xperia SP
Snapdragon MSM8960T, 4.6", 0.155 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505
APQ8064T, 5", 0.13 kg
» Sony Xperia ZL
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 5", 0.151 kg
» LG Optimus G E975
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 4.7", 0.145 kg
» HTC One
APQ8064T, 4.7", 0.143 kg
» Sony Xperia Z
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 5", 0.146 kg
» Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 10.1", 0.5 kg
» Google Nexus 4
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 4.7", 0.139 kg
» Asus Padfone 2
Snapdragon APQ8064A, 4.7", 0.135 kg

Laptops with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Huawei Ascend G740
Adreno 305, Snapdragon MSM8930
» Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, MSM8974
» HTC One M8
Adreno 330, Snapdragon 801 adMSM8974AC
» Lenovo IdeaPhone P780
PowerVR SGX544, MT6589
» Nokia Lumia Icon
Adreno 330, MSM8974
» Archos 50 Titanium
Mali-400 MP, MT6572
» Sony Xperia Z1s
Adreno 330, MSM8974
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-09-27)