Analysts claim that BlackBerry's days are almost over but the way that Indian-arm of Canadian-phonemaker is trying to figure out past mistakes is commendable at this stage. Is it too late to launch a 5-inch phablet device when other manufactures are coming up with gigantic 6-inch FHD phones? Did it really makes sense to launch a 5-inch HD handset? Each of us have a different prospective towards the once iconic BlackBerry. Time has changed, so have the makers behind BlackBerry Curve.
Today, BlackBerry has unleashed its large screen phone in India. Originally launched worldwide in the month of September, BlackBerry has priced the Z30 for Rs. 39,900. It is to be seen whether the BlackBerry Z30 will be successful or not, considering the BB Z10 has failed miserably in the Indian market. So yes, there is a challenge in front of BlackBerry to convince its users.
The BlackBerry Z30, is touted to be the most premium Full Touch BB 10 OS running smartphone, to be made available in the Indian market. Running on the latest version of BlackBerry 10.2 OS, the device could prove to be a big hit amongst its loyal fan following.
The phone reminded of the BlackBerry Q10, the same heavy phone having full sized QWERTY key-pad. Of course, the BlackBerry Z10 is a Full touch capacitive screen phone, while the BlackBerry Q10 is made for traditional BlackBerry users who love the old world charm of QWERTY keyboard. The first thing you'll notice is that the BlackBerry Z30 has the aura of BB Q10, and soul of ill fated BlackBerry Z10.
Since the completion in this space doesn't allow you to keep on churning out a 4.2-inch display phone; the BlackBerry Z30 seems perfect for the enterprise market. GizBot managed to have a deeper look at the BlackBerry Z30 in Delhi based event. Take a look at our hands on impression - we'll post complete review in the coming days to come.
The BlackBerry Z30 has a 5-inch HD AMOLED 720p display. The device looks more glamorous than the Z10. The construction of the phone is top notch, while the rear back panel is brilliantly made from solidly made finished plastic. The device measures 9.4mm in terms of thickness and weighs 170 grams.
In our short time spent with the device, it was impossible to test the device but we do found that it is very hard to capture a picture during one-hand operation. Given its gesture based user-interface, GizBot found that the device to be an average affair in terms of usability. Moreover, you are not allowed to remove the battery, however, an executive over at BlackBerry India did mention that the rear back is removable. The 5-inch AMOLED display is covered with Gorilla glass.
The screen is fingerprint magnet, so most of the time you will end up cleaning the screen. As mentioned earlier, the BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch display having resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The colors are vibrant and blacks are deep. The readability under direct sunlight should not a challenge. You won't find much difference between a Nokia Lumia 1020 and the BlackBerry Z30 in respect to display effectiveness. However, the BlackBerry Z30 unapologetically pales against likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2. Would you like to spend Rs. 39,990 on a new BlackBerry Z30, if you get even better device, say the LG 2 for approximately same price.