BlackBerry Z3

price Rs. 7,809 onwards launch Jul, 2014
current magic score ?
<50
verdict AVOID
poor value-for-money
currently ranked
#455
of 516 phones in Rs. 5,000 - 10,000

phonecurry editor's note based on opinion across 6 expert review(s)

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

6 expert review(s)


1,101+ user reviews

video review

source: @fonearena
OS
Smartphone OSBlackBerry OS 10.2
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5 inches
Screen Resolution540x960 pixels (~ 220 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • LCD
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
  • Ambient Light
Processor/RAM
Processor1.2 GHz, Dual Core, Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 400
GPUAdreno 305
RAM1.5 GB
Memory
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2500 mAh
Battery Standby389 hrs
Battery Talktime15.50 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Music Playback Time: 84 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 10 hrs
Dimensions
Weight164 gm
Thickness9.3 mm
Camera
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
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
TV OutYes, via HDMI
NFCYes
More
App StoreBlackBerry App World
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Screen Reader for users with vision loss
  • Magnify for users with partial vision
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
brand rating
2.50/5
(Below Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for phones launched by this brand in the last 12 months
brand perception
Very Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys