BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 review: Now, you can download Android apps, run Instagram

Jun 19 2014, 08:01 IST
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Android apps side loaded on a Z30 Android apps side loaded on a Z30
SummaryIf the Z3 has a good price, the new-found access to Android apps could make a value for money purchase

that lacks a back and home button, navigation can be a problem. We faced issues with the Zite app as it was quite tough to go one step back.

VERDICT: However, the important point here is that lack of apps is no longer an issue with BlackBerry. It might not be the official route and there might be security issues, but you can still get almost all Android apps to run on your new BlackBerry. This new side to BlackBerry makes is a very lucrative deal, especially at mid-level price points.

So when the new BlackBerry Z3 launches in India early next week, it could end up being a very good phablet option. The phone is priced around Rs 11,000 in Indonesia where it was launched a month back and we expect the price in India to be the same or even a bit lower. Even for those using high-end BlackBerry devices, the side-loading option gives access to apps like Instagram and there is no need to carry a second device for the same.

So you might want to take a new, Android aided, look at BlackBerry devices.

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