ANOTHER BOLD ATTEMPT
THE BLACKBERRY might be a sinking boat, but this hasn’t discouraged the company from coming out with another flagship smartphone. Here is the Z30, the first phablet ever from the Canadian smartphone maker.
THE Z30 has a 5-inch super AMOLED responsive glass display that blends beautifully into its edges. But its 295ppi resolution is not a shade on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's 441ppi. Plus, it looks a lot like the HTC One, except for the woven carbon fiber back cover picked up from the BlackBerry Q10. The 9.4mm frame is sturdy and design impressive.
THE BB10 interface has been tweaked further with the 10.2 update. The new Priority Hub that keeps track of usage patterns and stocks only relevant notifications. The best feature on the Z30 is that notification appears on the top when in an app. We did not experience any bugs and the phone ran most apps smoothly with multi-tasking.
BLACKBERRY STILL continues to have an 8MP sensor which is good for daylight photography, but lacks in low light. Neither are there any camera settings to play around with. Shooting scenes included auto, action, whiteboard, night and beach or snow. There is a timeshift feature that captures multiple frames allowing you to choose the best face.
BLACKBERRY HAS always offered one of the best battery backups in phones. But things changed with the new devices on BB10 operating system. The nonremovable 2880 mAh battery on this smartphone continued to power up the device for over a day and a half on heavy usage.
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