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BlackBerry Z30

BlackBerry Z30

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62 Engadget Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
62

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable to hold
  • BB10 well-suited to a big screen
Cons
  • Buggy, crash-prone software
  • Middling camera
  • Expensive
62 Engadget Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
62

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

62
 

User Reviews

90
coneng96
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
JanezDemsar
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
ChadL
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
Product Review
CNET
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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Pocket-Lint
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 and fast, although obviously we need to spend more time testing it to see how it performs in daily use.
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TechRadar
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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ZDNet
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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CrackBerry
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
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
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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phoneArena
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
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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Gizmodo
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.