- Attractive design and good build quality
- Good screen sharpness and color quality
- Good battery life
- 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.
Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)
Almost the best
Solid Build and decent display but a bit overpriced
Reasonable value for money
It is a great phone
Prices (Where to Buy)
Online Buying Options
Manuals / User Guides
- BlackBerry Z3 Manual (PDF)
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