Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

BLACK­BERRY might not be at­tract­ing new cus­tomers but there are still loyal Black­Berry fans who are wait­ing for a good up­grade. The Black­Berry Z3 is that per­fect de­vice priced at 15,999. The Z3 seems to be in­spired by the de­sign lan­guage of the Z10. It has got a rec­tan­gu­lar de­sign and a tex­tured back. The 5-inch dis­play sits on the front with the Black­Berry brand­ing at the bot­tom. Power key along with vol­ume con­trols are placed on the left panel. The back seems to be non-re­mov­able as the mem­ory card slot and the SIM slot are placed on the right.

Run­ning on Black­Berry OS 10.2.1, it fea­tures Pri­or­ity Hub, one of the best fea­tures of this OS. Un­der the Pri­or­ity Hub, all im­por­tant no­ti­fi­ca­tions, be it mes­sages, emails, calls, BBM, etc., are stored un­der a sin­gle hood. The user in­ter­face is easy once you get hooked to it.

The real time mul­ti­task­ing works bril­liantly. How­ever, the only front where this phone lacks is the cam­era and sound. And the sound out­put is nowhere close to the ex­ist­ing Black­Berry of­fer­ings. The bat­tery backup is im­pres­sive as it lasts over a day on a sin­gle charge.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: A good de­vice for

this price

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