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BlackBerry Z10 vs. Android top devices

Gene S. (translation)
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The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are the Canadian manufacturer’s last stand. Should this launch prove to be anything less than a hit, we will be very likely to see BlackBerry devices restricted to museums in the near future. Can the new phone hold its own against Android’s top devices? We have compared the Z10 to Nexus 4, Galaxy S3 and Sony’s brand new Xperia Z.

Everything is “touch” tailored

The first immense difference is in the operating system. The upgrade from the black and white BlackBerry 7 to the new BlackBerry 10 is as dramatically significant as Nokia’s abandonment of Symbian in favor of the Windows phone. This is a wholly new operating system that has nothing in common with it’s predecessors. The system is good at multi-tasking, perfect for the touch experience and has an innovative touch-keyboard.

However, it doesn’t outperform any others, should it be Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS or Microsoft’s Windows phone. One new feature that the Z10 has and the others don’t is the all new BlackBerry balance, a function that splits the operating system. One can have two separated user interfaces with different apps, widgets and settings. In theory a user could have a personal and a business UI which would be completely separated and would probably serve employers who could have their employees using their own devices without security risks.

So that’s a point in favor of BlackBerry but is it really enough? How many of us actually work in an atomic power plant, Langley or any other place that would make use of this option? Other factors are no less important than the OS, e.g. apps and hardware. Certainly “software rules” but what use is a great system when the phone can’t execute certain tasks or when the browser stutters? Again, we let the new BlackBerry flagship Z10 challenge the top Android phones and checked what else it can do better than the Nexus 4, Galaxy S3 and Xperia Z.

Better than the Nexus 4, Glaxy S3, Xperia Z?

Well, not much really. Notable are only Z10’s HDMI port and exchangeable battery. But does an extra battery makes sense if it quickly runs out of juice? Concerning display and processor, neither earns a spot among the top of the top. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to slam the device’s functionality, but considering the extremely competitive world of smartphones and the projected price, one would expect something more unprecedented. At 600 USD the Z10 is in range with the very top-tier devices.

Meanwhile, more than 150 carriers have already signaled that they will host the new BlackBerrys in their catalog.

So what do you say, does Blackberry stand a chance?

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  • Rhett wooten Feb 2, 2013 Link

    According to the galaxy s3 specs I found online, they differ a bit from this article. Not sure why?

    4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280 x 720)
    Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    Dimensions: 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches
    Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU
    Weight: 4.73 ounces
    2GB RAM
    16GB Internal storage
    Up to 64GB expandable memory (microSD)
    2100mAh battery
    Bluetooth 4.0
    MicroUSB
    4G LTE / HSPA+
    8MP Camera w/ LED Flash (4x zoom)
    1.9MP Front-facing camera
    S Beam capable

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  • james aguilar Feb 6, 2013 Link

    I think information is posted here for Samsung Galaxy S lll, which is somewhat right but you can find complete specification information about it on http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3/specifications.html.

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  • Kabir Mia Feb 6, 2013 Link

    Onda Tablets The screen is great and the tablet feels good quality when you hold it and use it. The tablets main downfall is compatibility. Onda have released the firmware upgrade, available on their website Admin edit: **links are forbidden**

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  • L v H Feb 6, 2013 Link

    Android 4.2 also allows you to create multiple user accounts with their own apps, widgets, screen background, etc. Even a different lock code.
    In essence: Android also has that already and before RIM :)

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  • Zuher Manji Feb 6, 2013 Link

    I am really sick of this one sided reviews, but then I should not expect an Android forum to have a favourable review for anything but a device with an Android OS.
    Funny enought.. I have been through the whole circle with these devices over the last year. Had an Iphone, then a Android, and a Windows and a now I am on an old Blackberry waiting for the new one.
    Every review I have heard compares the same old thing, like ability to change batteries and the processor being dual core and the apps available which on most of the smart phones are the same. What is NOT compared is how BlackBerry has had a workflow that is awesome, it works the way most Business people use it and how most people that use it for non-business purposes should use it, something that none of the other manufacturer's have caught on too. For instance it allows me to see all my corresspondence in one box, be it email, text, missed or answered calls, BB messages etc. It allows me to flag an item and add it to a todo list with a time to completion or add it to my calender eaisly without haviing to go to one app, copy, and take it to another app and like the calender or hotlist and paste iIt has a little light that flashes blue to tell me I have a blue tooth connection and red for messages, it has sleep features that proivide awesome battery life, the security is unparralleled and I have never had it come up and say this "app has stopped working, force close? "And the only way to make it work again properly is to reboot your device.
    My android devices were excelent when they worked properly but these little convinent features are much more important and this is what makes the Blackberry stand out from all the other devices,.

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  • Peter Raffaelli Feb 7, 2013 Link

    I wholly agree with Zuher. Apart from the numbnuts who have a "smart"phone for entertainment only, the Blackberry has been my mainstay for years, along with iother phones I have also purchased for use with my businesses.

    The woeful Apple will never darken my doorway again after the abysmal offering of the 4S, however the windows based Nokia 820 and 920 that we also use is quite an effective phone.

    I wonder if the bashers ever got off their bandwagon and actually lived with other phones for a while, probably it is that it's easier to sit back and whinge.

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  • Shelley Jay Feb 7, 2013 Link

    With more than 100,000,000 (that's 100 million) people suffering from hearing loss, you never NEVER EVER include volume as one of the features to consider when you compare products. The ONLY phone that has ever produced enough volume for me to hear a phone call without using an amplifier is the Motorola.

    Wake up and smell the garbage. Volume is a major factor for purchasing phones for more than 100,000,000 people!!!

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  • PJK2011 Feb 7, 2013 Link

    This is like when I was selling Atari computers and had to convince PC and Mac people that the Atari could do everything those computers could do, and often do it much better. Well, after years of battle, in the end, they couldn't and Atari went the way of the dinosaur. If there isn't something compelling about Blackberry that makes it the phone to use, they aren't going to be able to make a minority OS last any longer than Atari did.

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  • Ahmed Kotha Feb 26, 2013 Link

    Android is best. But Over the past year Samsung has become a dominant force in smartphones but it look as though expectations for March 14th are now being downplayed. It could see the first reverse
    Admin edit: **links are forbidden**

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  • Kabir Mia 8 months ago Link

    Good post!!I am always following your site. I am very much pleased with your presenting style. Thanks.keep blogging.
    Admin edit: **links are forbidden**

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