Unlike the iPhone or Galaxy, the Z30 is solid in your hands and weighs 6oz. It has a 5″ super AMOLED touch display, Dual Core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960T Pro CPU, 2GB of memory with 16GB of flash storage and is 4G LTE ready which we can attest to working just fine at that speed. It has 1280×720 resolution with 295 ppi, is capable of 1080P video, accepts a 64GB SD card, and has just under 2 days of battery life with normal use on its 2880 maH battery. This is a huge jump on the Z10 and slight boost over the Galaxy. It is also quad band and supports LTE, HPSA, UMTS, GPRS, EDGE, and GSM and guess what else… It’s unlocked!
The 8MP camera is rather unique as it has such features as image stabilization and HDR (high dynamic resolution) to even out those bright backgrounds, but also, BB 10 has something called Time Shift. With Time Shift, several pictures are taken in succession within tenths of a second, and these allow you to eliminate such things as blinking or that wrong look. Simply pick what picture is best by moving the scale left or right to the perfect shot. This is an incredibly useful feature.
There are no buttons on the face of the Z30 and the power button can be found top center. On the right, there are two volume buttons with a voice activation button between them. On the left side, you will find a mini-HDMI port, along with micro-USB for the USB connector cable to a PC, or for charging. With it’s smooth glass touchscreen edge, rear carbon fiber style cover and solid feel, most would agree that the Z30 is easily the victor in build and appearance.
APPS AND WORLDWIDE USE
Perhaps listening to the public outcry for the availability of Apps, BB10 has upgraded the OS to 10.2.1 which allows for the installation of most Android Apps. Such places like the Amazon Store, APK Train and SNAP APK Downloader make downloading just about any Android app quick and easy…just about. Unfortunately for us Canon EOS users the one app that doesn’t work is the Canon EOS Remote App which provides for remote shooting and viewing of pictures on the smartphone.
With our trip to Taiwan came the biggest hiccup with the Z30 and the BB 10 OS. Unlike IOS and Android, BlackBerry cannot get both phone and data on the same card, at least in Asia where we used it in Taiwan and China on data plans only. It took our standing in line at the cell counter for 20 minutes for 3 different companies to confirm what the first told us in the first place. In the end, we were relegated to data only and, surprisingly, there wasn’t a hitch whatsoever as Skype seems to have improved reception significantly.
REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
When we quoted the BlackBerry Z30 as being a smartphone without competition, that is because we believe it. There are simply so many features that make this smartphone stand above the rest that we couldn’t fit them into one article. Impressive things such as multitasking, the ability to separate work and personal use, time shifting photos, great battery life, the ability to install and use Android apps, as well as the fact that this phone is available totally unlocked, makes the BlackBerry Z30 purchase a no-brainer. As much as I would never have believed it, it remains to be my choice in smartphones. Editor’s Choice!