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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Call quality and reception are best of any phone I've owned. great!
  • Display Had a Z10 and this display is much better on the Z30 great!
  • Battery life Compared to to Z10 the battery on Z30 lasts at least 50% longer. I easily get through an entire day without charging! great!
  • Camera Camera is very good for a smartphone but not best of class. good
  • Ease of use 1 week learning curve for BB10 but worth it. The functionality of this smartphone is outstanding . great!
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) It's a little heavy compared to Z10. It's worth the weight though and you get use to it quickly. good
  • Media support With Android support now - nothing to complain about. great!
  • Durability Blackberry has always made durable phones and this is no exception . great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Android app support, great cases, etc. great!
Detailed review
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 November and video chatting with friend on his Z10 while allowing him via screen share to view all my photos - awesome feature! The battery life is second to none - eat your heart out IPhone users. I start my day at 6am and routinely have 30-40% remaining by 11pm after using all day. My friends with iPhone and Samsung are stunned by the battery life. Everything else about this Smartphone is outstanding . I would give iPhone the advantage in the camera department especially in low light environment . The browser is lightning fast on Z30 and the high resolution screen is stunning . If you decide to buy one, you will be pleasantly surprised with this hidden gem of a smartphone .