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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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92
Average user Score
 
90
coneng96
06.04.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
JanezDemsar
03.07.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
ChadL
01.13.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
Tethys
10.21.14
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 performer with a very intuitive and forward thinking user-interface, a market-leading keyboard which learns your words and where users can flick up to complete words quickly that rivals the useability of Swype/Swiftkey, and a powerhouse when it comes to multitasking and Flash performance. Chief amongst its advantages, and one that many users of Android and iOS have told me they wish they had, is the extremely useful integrated hub to answer and respond to my four connected e-mail accounts (work, personal, side-business and spam), along with messages on SMS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, BBM, WhatsApp and WeChat. No opening of each individual app is required. The "no apps" comment is no longer valid or applies to BlackBerry 10, as users with just a little work can install Android apps directly onto the device through a method similar to just by simply downloading through Google Play. Like I would with an Android phone, the first thing I did on the device was install the apps I wanted. Now, with OS10.2.1, I have both the BlackBerry app store to choose from as well as the Google Play store, and I can access the likes of Instagram, Netflix, Skydrive and Tumblr which are not natively available.The phone is not perfect, and falls short in several categories compared with the leading phones of Android and Apple. iOS's ecosystem is by far the most mature and the 5S is a gorgeous and luxurious device to behold. Android flagships have some of the most cutting edge smartphone technologies available and the best integration of Google services. Apps, while largely resolved in 10.2.1, are still not BlackBerry's forte because of the weak integration with Google/Apple ecosystem services, i.e. Chromecast just doesn't work as well as it would on Google or on iOS. The camera also leaves something to be desired. Despite these flaws, this phone is a solid 9.0 for useability and messaging-focused smartphone users, and I have edited the review to give it a 10.0 as I find the "expert"/"professional" reviews to be heavily biased in favor of iOS/Android devices and they honestly haven't given this phone the legitimate shot it deserves. There is a lot to like about BlackBerry 10, and smartphone users tired of iOS or Android should not be dissuaded from trying it from a few negative comments they find online. Given that apps should no longer be the issue, prospective buyers should weigh whether a good keyboard, multitasking, gestures and the integrated hub is worth the switch to BB10 and the Z30.
 
90
jrainey1986
07.28.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Duane
06.27.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
cuong48d
04.23.14
This is great phone.
 
100
deptech
02.12.14
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
 
100
Carguy1972
02.06.14
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 .
 
60
lol3caring
01.26.14
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.