The "1-Minute" Review
- Noticeable lag during normal usage
- Mediocre camera
- Poor bright light legibility
The BlackBerry Z3 is the company's first smartphone that came from its 5-year Foxconn partnership and the third full touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone. In order to gain back market shares from Android, the Z3 offers a budget price tag, though this also means that it doesn't have the latest and greatest hardware. At a glance, however, the phone's design and build impressed reviewers. NDTV describes the Z3 as "ridiculously good looking" and adds that the rear textured plastic makes it pleasing to hold in-hand. Spanning the front is the 5-inch LCD display. Although it only offers a qHD resolution of 540x960 experts were satisfied with the overall sharpness and color quality although they did have issues with bright light legibility.
As an entry-level device, the Z3 internal hardware is utilitarian. It offers a scant 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM but critics add that it still manages to offer decent performance and run multiple apps in the background. Still, they did notice some lag when swiping through the main menu and when playing some games. Included with the phone is 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD slot. The 2500mAh battery is non-removable and, according to reviewers' real-time tests, averages around a full day of moderate usage.
Like the rest of the phone, the main camera for the Z3 is decent but not great. It offers a 5MP resolution and an LED flash for low-light photos. Critics note that while it takes okay pictures in good lighting, it struggles with focusing in low light situations. Fone Arena notes that while daylight and macro shots are good, "…details are missing and the colors are not vibrant." N4bb, on the other hand, states, "I consider the Z3 to have one of the best cameras for BlackBerry 10 device."
While the Z3 doesn't sport the highest specs among the BlackBerry family, experts were pleasantly surprised. Crackberry describes it as "…a very well-rounded device overall" despite some issues with lag and underwhelming camera.
What the Critics Are Saying...
Prices (Where to Buy)
BlackBerry released the Z3 on April 28, 2014.
The Z3 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare BlackBerry Z3 prices from around the web here on The Informr.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Z3 user manual here.
BlackBerry backs up the Z3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Z3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.