BlackBerry Z30 Review: Against The Odds: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Design, Controls And Handling

By 02:19 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


Unboxing the BlackBerry Z30

The retail box of BlackBerry Z30 covers just the basics. We found a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable for data connections and charging, an A/C adapter and a headset. There is no extra UK plug adapter, which is the only incompatibility to the bundle of the Z10.





BlackBerry Z30 retail package

360-degree view of BlackBerry Z30

The BlackBerry Z30 stands at 140 x 72 x 9.4 mm, which makes is a centimeter taller and 6mm wider than the Z10. Honestly we expected a bigger difference, which isn't poor at all considering what you gain in terms of classy screen real estate. What we find strange though is that the Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen hasn't resulted in a slimmer profile.

The BlackBerry Z30 is in the sub-centimeter club but, admittedly, looks nowhere near as impressive as some competing flagships that are less than 8mm thick - and there're a select few handsets that are even less than 7mm. The Z30 not only looks somewhat chubby - it can be felt too. The phone weighs 33g more than the Z10 for a total of 170g. Now, that's massive compared to the iPhone - and while it's got a smaller screen, even a metal-clad five-incher like the HTC One weighs less than the Blackberry flagship.

Design, build quality and handling

Speaking of which, the carbon fiber back cover looks all the more puzzling - to say the least, it will have you totally unprepared for the weight of the handset. We can see how Blackberry were after some continuity - the Brecent Touch 9900 has the exact same pattern. But we cannot assist the thought either that they went for it so the Z30 didn't see like a Samsung midranger.

No, we're not impressed with the looks of the BlackBerry Z30 - and not becautilize the phone looks appalling - it's just short of the premium see that we've come to expect in a Blackberry, a flagship at that.

How we feel about it aside, it's clearly a mixture of the Z10 and Q10 designs, which makes sense and handles fairly comfortably. The front of the Z30 is similar to Z10's, but while the latter was in a way a nod to the iPhone, the Z30 has an uncanny resemblance to the HTC One.

It could be down to the accent at the bottom - a faux metal plate that's an extension of the silver frame that goes all around the handset.





BlackBerry Z30

The BlackBerry Z30 is nonetheless a solidly built smartphone with a practical design and secure grip.




Handing the BlackBerry Z30


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