BlackBerry Z3

price Rs. 9,150 onwards | launch Jul, 2014
magic score ?
poor value for money
our verdict: avoid
of 497 phones in Rs. 5,000 - 10,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 6 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Beautiful, premium design
  • Impeccable build quality
  • Feels good in hand
  • Decent on-screen keyboard with useful Hinglish, and Swipe-to-autocomplete features
  • Good for hardcore email and messaging
  • BlackBerry hub is useful as a central place for messages
  • Apart from native BlackBerry apps, you can also install a large number of Android apps
  • Decent battery life

What We Didn't

  • BlackBerry OS 10 is not as simple or intuitive as Android/iOS/Windows phone, and takes quite a bit of time and effort to get used to
  • The gesture centric UI means that you have to move your thumb quite a lot over the large screen which takes longer and requires more effort than a simple button press would have
  • BBM today simply isn't the powerful draw it once was, with a plethora of messaging apps around
  • Voice search and command features aren't as capable as Apple's Siri or Google's voice search
  • Phone internal storage is not accessible from a PC without using BlackBerry's included desktop software (only microSD card is accessible)
  • Average camera
  • Occasionally laggy performance
  • Built-in speaker is pretty loud and works well for voice, but music is just too thin and tinny
  • Low screen resolution means the video watching experience is not that great

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Operating System
Smartphone OSBlackBerry OS 10.2
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5 inches
Screen Resolution540x960 pixels (~ 220 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • LCD
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
  • Ambient Light
Processor1.2 GHz, Dual Core, Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 400
GPUAdreno 305
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
Battery Capacity2500 mAh
Battery Standby389 hrs
Battery Talktime15.50 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Music Playback Time: 84 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 10 hrs
Weight164 gm
Thickness9.3 mm
Camera5.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • Continuous and Touch to Focus
  • Image Stabilization
Secondary Camera1.1 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • HD Video Recording
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
TV OutYes, via HDMI
App StoreBlackBerry App World
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Screen Reader for users with vision loss
  • Magnify for users with partial vision
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
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