BlackBerry Z30 review

BlackBerry goes big with the 5-inch Z30

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When you set up the BlackBerry Z30 you'll get the usual options to suck in contacts from your various social media spheres. You can bring them in from your SIM card, your email account (if it's Gmail or Hotmail), your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or your BBM accounts.

BlackBerry Z30

You can access contacts from the contacts app or from the phone app. You can also cycle through and add them when you compose a message in the Hub.

We found that our contacts app had everyone listed, but the contacts tab in the phone app conveniently only lists contacts with phone numbers. Adding a phone number to an existing contact immediately bumps them into the phone app.

When we added contacts from various accounts they were all immediately listed except for Facebook which added people gradually over a period of days.

Taking a closer look this may be because the contacts app doesn't just suck in their personal contact details from Facebook, it lists everything else from their birthday to their employment history.

BlackBerry Z30

Combining contacts from different sources, unless the names are identical, is always a problem, so you can expect a laborious process of linking them together if you use multiple sources.

Another mild annoyance is that when you choose the link option in the contact it doesn't give you a quick list of suggestions; you actually have to go back to your full contact list and find the right one.

On top of Details, each contact also has an Updates tab which pulls in the latest from any social media accounts of theirs where you're connected, and an Activity tab which is a record of your communications.

The final feature worthy of note is the fact that you can choose personalised ringtones and vibrations for each incoming communication from each contact, you can even decide whether you want the LED to flash or not.

Calling

To make a call you tap the Phone icon in the dock at the bottom left of your home screen. There is also a Phone icon listed in the apps, although we can't think of a reason you'd ever use it since the Phone icon is ever present at the bottom left of all your home screens.

You can also initiate a call by selecting a contact from a message within the BlackBerry Hub or from the Contacts app.

BlackBerry Z30

The Phone app lists Voicemail at the top and there are two slots alongside it where you can list favourite contacts. There's no visual voicemail so you will need to call in to check your messages.

Below that you'll find a list of all your calls and there's a tab so you can quickly check Missed calls only. Tap on any of the numbers in this list and you'll initiate a call.

At the bottom there's also a Contacts tab and the Dial Pad. The Contacts tab just lists contacts with phone numbers and when you tap on one the available numbers slide down, which is great if they have more than one. You can just tap the number you want to call.

The Dial Pad is perfectly functional. The option to add new numbers to existing contacts, or create new contacts, is right there when you dial in a new number. There's no smart dialling feature.

Call quality is very good. Switching from a Galaxy S3 in a known poor reception area the BlackBerry Z30 showed a marked improvement with no dropped calls.

Those multiple microphones are obviously working their magic for noise cancellation too, as the other caller reported great quality audio despite our noisy background. On our end callers sounded clear and crisp. As a phone the Z30 really delivers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 800, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Product ModelZ30
Screen Size12.7 cm (5")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)170 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 10
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density295 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height140.7 mm
Width72 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time384 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameZ30 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-52977-071
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing InformationThe BlackBerry® Z30 makes conversations feel so natural and real, it's like you are in the same room. It has a stunning 5" display along with unique BlackBerry® Natural Sound technology, which means that while you're in BBM™ Video, you can see in vivid detail and hear every word with such clarity, you can share like you're there together. And with a battery that gives you up to 25 hours of mixed use, you can share all day long. Bring your conversations to life with the BlackBerry Z30!

Share like you're there
Beneath the surface of the BlackBerry Z30 lies BlackBerry Natural Sound technology. This powerful audio technology gives your BBM™ Voice2 and Video1 calls a more natural sound so you feel like you are there. The quality of the audio allows you to hear nuances and variations in tone, so you get more out of every conversation and unique sharing experiences.

Keep your conversations close
At the heart of the BlackBerry Z30 lies BlackBerry® Hub. With one swipe you can peek into all your messages from wherever you are. Then choose to dip into your messages in more detail or simply return to what you were doing, without missing a beat.

Effortlessly responsive
The BlackBerry® Keyboard learns how you type to provide personalised next-word suggestions, which you can simply flick into your messages, helping to give you an efficient and effortless response rate to all your messages.

Share more, for longer
Powering the BlackBerry Z30 is a truly hard-working battery. With up to 25 hours of mixed use, you can keep going for longer. So not only can the BlackBerry Z30 keep up with you, it can help you do more for longer.

Capture the right moment, every time
BlackBerry® Time Shift starts capturing your photo before you even take it, giving you the power to select and adjust the image to get that perfect moment. With the ability to change what you see, you can always be sure to capture the right moment.

Stay in the flow
Engaging in a BBM™ conversation has never been easier. The beautiful 5" screen helps BBM chats come to life, and with BBM™ Now in any app, you can receive and respond to all your BBM messages from within any app. Whether you are browsing the web or watching a video, you can always remain connected and responsive.
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory2 GB