Blackberry Z30 Review

TELUS provided Life’s a Blog the opportunity to review the new Blackberry Z30 that was released to mobile providers on October 15th.  This sleek, light-weight device not only provides a great overall experience, but it delivers big sound and a longer battery life than I’ve ever experienced.

This review is my glance at the Blackberry Z30 as I am scheduled to visit with a TELUS Learning Specialist at Limeridge Mall next week.

Blackberry Z30 At A Glance

The Z30’s Super AMOLED display size is unlike any device I’ve ever reviewed before.  (My devices always had a small screen) The touch screen is sharp, bright, and easy to maneuver without any delay.  The 16GB of internal storage is expandable via a MicroSD card slot located under the back cover.

One of the features that I love on the Blackberry Z30 is the 8 MP rear camera, which will record full-HD (1080p) video. The the 2-megapixel front-facing camera will record HD (720p) video.     When you are a social media strategist, this feature and the capability to “share” quickly to social media outlets is of vital importance.  The sharing capabilities are easy to use and quick to upload.   The lack of the app Instagram, which is becoming a popular brand social site, is a downfall in all Blackberry products.

The swiping feature,  to access different aspects of the device, is easy to use as I have already experienced this with the Blackberry Playbook.  I really like seeing what I have open rather than having to click a home button that sticks and become frustrating and sticky at times.

Blackberry Z30 Specifications

Dimensions (WxHxD)  72mm x 140.7mm x 9.4mm
Weight  170g
Dedicated buttons  volume up/mown, mute, lock (for Power On/Off)
Display  5-inch diagonal Super AMOLED, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1280 x 720 resolution, at 295ppi
Processor  dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960T Pro
Memory  2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, MicroSD slot under back cover
Ports  Micro-USB 2.0, Micro-HDMI
Battery  2,880mAh (non-removable)
Cameras  8-megapixel (rear), 2-megapixel (front)
Network bands  quad-band LTE 3, 7, 20, 8 (1800/2600/900/800 MHz), quad-band HPSA/UMTS 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (800/850/900/1900/2100 MHz), quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi  802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 4G hotspot
Other features  dual integrated stereo speakers, microphones, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC
Sensors  accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor

The best thing about the Blackberry Z30 is the speed and battery life.  As a business professional, I am always on the phone, posting to Twitter and Facebook, and BBM is my new best friend again.   I do not have the time (or patience) for lag.  With the Blackberry Z30, I haven’t experienced this issue thus far.

Blackberry Z30 Learning Experience

As I review the Z30, I have developed a list of questions for the learning specialist at TELUS.

  • I heard that there was a way to separate business and play on the Blackberry 10 operating system.  How does this work and will it be a chore to switch?
  • Is there an easier way to access individual email accounts?  I would like them on my desktop for easy access.
  • Is there any way to access the camera without unlocking the device every time?
  • What is time shift and is there any benefit in using this with my business?
  • How do I set priority to my priorities rather than assumptive priorities?
  • What apps do you suggest to maximize my on-the-road business experience?

Overall, I’m pleasantly impressed with the Blackberry Z30.  I am sad to see so many locals being laid-off due to the recent issues that Blackberry has been experiencing.  It has always been my considered opinion that Blackberry is ultimately a business person’s device.   Today’s business person is not only putting pen to paper, but sharing online and communicating via phone, text, and email.  The more Blackberry can do to increase efficiency for the business person, the more apt they are to increase in popularity and realize success.

Business success has always circulated around the initial mission and vision, with a clear focus on this ever changing world.

The Blackberry Z30 is available at TELUS for $129 on a 2-year term on a TELUS SharePlus Plan.

This post content is sponsored by TELUS, however the views and opinions expressed herein represent my own and not those of TELUS or any other party. 


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