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  • Reception and call quality Sound and reception is phenomenal! Best quality sound of all phones I have tried or owned. great!
  • Display The display is very bright and crisp. I know it has a lower ppi, but no complaints about the clarity. good
  • Battery life 5 hours of conference calls, ran a webex session using the cisco app for 2 hours with a blue tooth headset... and the battery level has barely moved. Awesome!! great!
  • Camera Decent. No complaints on quality or function, but my iPhone and S3 had better quality. Hasn't stopped me from snapping 500 images in only a few days. good
  • Ease of use Love the UI! I can navigate to messages instantly! By FAR the most functional OS ever. One hour with bb10 and you will hate having to use anything else! great!
  • Design and form factor Sleek looking and eye catching. It has been the talk of the lunch table all week. Even the note3 and HTC one owners keep asking me to hold it! great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Solid device! Well balanced and best quality feel in the hand of all devices. A tad heavy for some, but I like it. great!
  • Media support Love the music and video player. Access all my content using BlackBerry Link and stream to my 60". Doesn't get any simpler or cooler then that. great!
  • Durability It's a BlackBerry. I dropped my 9900 a 100 times and just kept going. IPhone screen had 2 replacements in one month. This thing is as tough as a Sherman tank. great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) 10.2.1 is able to run almost every android app I need (minus MS OneNote). Shouldn't be any complaints when it's released officially January 28. good
Detailed review
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 allows me to be very efficient and never miss a beat.

I am dumbfounded by some of the 'professional' reviews and what criteria they used for their assessments. I consider myself a professional user of Technology and the simple fact is that the Z30 is by far the best all around mobile device for getting things done in my business life and family life. I feel this is an objective review that I can support with measurable data.
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knaidoo

Are you still using your z30 as your main phone.? Got mine 2 weeks ago and I can't believe how good this phone is!
ja392003

I am still using the Z30 and LOVE it! I tried a Galaxy S5 as a second phone (travel between US and Canada), but I was not able to be very productive with the S5. I simply swap sim cards when crossing the border and use the Z30 exclusively. You simply cannot beat it for being productive and getting things done.

I am excited about the Passport that Blackberry just announced. Definitely looks like a game changer!
knaidoo

I am going to pass on the passport :) I am loving the z30 but am also using the Q10 as my personal device for typing out longer texts. I have the q10 in a holster and z30 in my pocket or out on desk. People can't believe it's a blackberry. I have the white model which looks beautiful. I take pics on my q10 while biking and transfer files with nfc with a tap on the back it's such a seamless profess and transfers in a second with wifi direct. I wish blackberry was better at marketing there are so many wonderful things this OS can do that nobody knows unless you dig for it. Crackberry is a great resource.