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A good BlackBerry device, but not worth switching from the competition

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BlackBerry’s first entry into the small tablet/big phone market gets about half of the key decisions right, but a high price, poor call quality and crash-prone software ultimately make it an also-ran.

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Critic reviews

6.5
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.6
  • Display
    7.1
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Camera
    7.2
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.0
  • Media support
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    4.8

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User reviews

9.1
15 reviews
6.0
Engadget Oct 11, 2013

BlackBerry’s first entry into the small tablet / big phone market gets about half of the key decisions right, but a high price, poor call quality and crash-prone software ultimately make it an also-ran.

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7.0
Computerworld Nov 11, 2013

Current BlackBerry users should definitely try it out, and even Android and iPhone users might want to play with a Z30 at the nearest Verizon store to see what they're missing.

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6.0
CNET Nov 1, 2013

The BlackBerry Z30 lives up the promise of a flagship phone, but it's too little, too late for all but the most committed BlackBerry users.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 3, 2013

The BlackBerry Z30 is the best Blackberry 10 model so far, bringing the benefits of a large display, plenty of power, a much improved design compared to the Z10, and solid battery life that has seen us through the day ... But all of these positives are set to the context of uncertainty. What's going...

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6.0
CNET UK Oct 11, 2013

With its big, bold screen, the BlackBerry Z30 is the smart phone for you if you like watching movies, but refuse to leave BlackBerry. Its abysmally stocked app store, however, means you'd have a more pleasant experience overall looking at similarly sized Android phones.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Oct 4, 2013

The BlackBerry Z30 is a great phone for someone who wants lightning-fast access to every stream of communication under the sun ... However, it suffers from a poorly-stocked app store, a problematic camera and an OS that looks a little drab in parts.

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7.0
GSM Arena Nov 6, 2013

Some things could've been better obviously but there's good stuff too. To begin with, the handset somewhat fails to deliver the unapologetically premium look and feel one has every right to expect from a Blackberry. But it's a solidly built and well-handling phone. A bit too heavy perhaps.

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CNET Sep 20, 2013

I can also confirm that the Z30's display produces vivid, saturated colors and has high contrast ... Physically the BlackBerry Z30 didn't strike me as overbearing despite its large display. Even using an optional flip cover case, the Z30 unit I handled was relatively lightweight.

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ZDNet Sep 26, 2013

BlackBerry's big screen Z30 is an elegant device that arrives at a painful time for the once all-conquering company.

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Gizmodo Sep 19, 2013

We'll have to reserve judgment until we've had a chance to feel out for failures. But even if it's amazing, the Z30 will be fighting a battle against the public perception that Blackberry is on its way out.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 25, 2013

In the hand, it feels like a great quality device, bettering the Z10's design, running the glass up to incorporate the ear speaker and the front camera for a nice seamless finish ... Returning to the display and first impressions are pretty good ... our first impression is that BB10 is pretty slick...

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TechRadar Sep 26, 2013

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.

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phoneArena Sep 19, 2013

The BlackBerry Z30 might not have enough gas in the tank to keep up with the competition. Maybe the price will be just right to warrant a purchase?

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Phone Scoop Sep 19, 2013

The user interface is of course BlackBerry OS 10.2. It looks and runs more or less exactly like that on the Z10 and Q10. It appeared to function without trouble and I didn't see any problems with the operating system.

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CrackBerry Sep 27, 2013

Ergonomically, I think the Z30 blows the Z10 out of the water, thanks mostly to the gradual curve around the back. The larger size is perfectly comfortable, though my giant hands are what you might call a mistake of nature.

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The Next Web Sep 25, 2013

The Z30, on first impressions, strikes me a solid follow-up to the Z10 and strays into the 5-inch screen territory for BlackBerry for the first time. It’s a move that brings it closer to parity with rivals on store shelves and makes the it seem less ‘different’ than others on the market.

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Expert Reviews Sep 26, 2013

BlackBerry smartphones certainly aren't for everyone, but often business professionals aren't given a choice in the matter when assigned a handset by their IT department. We certainly wouldn't be ashamed to get the Z30 out in public based on our first few hours with it.

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9.0
ja392003 ja392003

I have owned this device for a week now and I can't imagine using any other device. This thing is solid and reliable. None of the others come even close to help me manage my day, respond to messages and simply get things done. I have stopped carrying a laptop on many business trips as the Z30...

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10
Carguy1972 Carguy1972

This is by far the best Blackberry ever made and for my needs the best Smartphone on the market today. I use for work 50% and 50% personal. I've always loved BBM and voice/video chat is a fantastic addition. The screen share feature is very undersold - it is incredible! I was in Mexico in...

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9.0
AckNak AckNak

Great form factor, great battery, Ease of use is the best in the industry. Ecosystem growing and the phone is capable of eating google apps now. BBM can not be underestimated as a messenger service that is secure. Best of all... best security in a phone.

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9.0
scroberts scroberts

I primarily use my phone for communications, web browsing, playing music and movies and as a GPS. The currently limited apps available in the app store are not an issue for me. The stand-out here is the sound and the touch keyboard. The touch keyboard is the best I've ever used.

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10
peter0328 peter0328

This is honestly the best phone on the market. Give it a try for at least a month. Read Crackberry.com for more information.

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10
freddysrevng freddysrevng

- iTunes and Outlook "Sync Friendly" .... rare combination these days... - 2 Days + on a battery charge.... Equals 4-5X the battery life of iPhone 5S and most Android Phones - 6 external speaker "Natural Sound" is Superior to HTC "Beats Technology" for Music, Hands Free Calls, Gaming, Video Calls...

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10
wolfgangw wolfgangw

Awesome battery life, and with latest OS 10.2.1 it has about all the features I want. Android apps now possible, so I can make it running all I need.

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10
Tethys Tethys

This is not a bad phone and I feel reviewers were too harsh on it, just for the fact that it is meant to be a 2013/2014 flagship and that it is underspecced compared to its competitors. The phone has not been sufficiently judged under its own merit, where one will find that it is a decent...

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6.0
lol3caring lol3caring

Unless you need the best in security and battery life, stay away. Not because it's a bad phone itself, its the ecosystem that messed up Blackberry's revival. Developers rightfully so have very little reason to develop for it very few people own Blackberry 10 phones. It's a endless cycle.

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10
deptech deptech

This device has many qualities that makes it the best device I've ever owned. All your communication can be easily accessible with a simple gesture from within any application, true multitasking, native BBM, loud crisp speakers, battery that lasts all day and most of the day after.....ji can go on

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7.0
adityan adityan

This is the best Blackberry 10 phone yet. Finally, a large screen from Blackberry is refreshing. The hardware truly matches the best in the industry. Software is the least user friendly OS in the market. You will have to be a diehard Blackberry lover not to switch.

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