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.

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DE­SIGN

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.

PER­FOR­MANCE

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.

CAM­ERA

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.

BAT­TERY

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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