BlackBerry Z30: Head turner priced at Rs 39,990

Oct 31 2013, 12:08 IST
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BlackBerry Z30: Sheer elegance cannot be reliably captured in words. BlackBerry Z30: Sheer elegance cannot be reliably captured in words.
SummaryBlackBerry Z30 will grab your attention with its largest ever screen, looks and work-related apps.

The BlackBerry empire strikes back and how! Sporting an all glass super AMOLED 5 inch 295 ppi massive screen with beveled edges punctuated by a silver frame and a true definitive sound experience, BlackBerry Z30 redefines the pinnacle of touch screen interfaces mated to an industrial real-time operating system getting a significant bump in the process of its execution. This is the largest screen size ever from BlackBerry powered by a 1.7 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon with 2800 maH battery and usual plethora of connectivity options getting upgraded to Miracast. BlackBerry Z30 ergonomic back is proprietary glass weave technology which nestles the camera lens and flash, HDMI on one side and the all metal volume rocker on the other side. The hardware is nothing short of a stellar build quality.

The definitive BlackBerry experience is to handle to phone; its sheer elegance cannot be reliably captured in words. The update to 10.2 introduces never before seen features in any other rival platform. It introduces Priority Hub to filter out important messages once you spend time training its algorithm; an attachment view that allows you to drill down to the important document without firing its universal search. Adaptive sharing monitors your most frequent contact and destination that automatically bubbles up making it easier to share. Previews on the locked BlackBerry Z30 screen, reply through notifications and an elegant interface to Calendar are other noticeable highlights. “I will be late” is a nifty feature on the calendar that allows you to email the participants if you are running late for a meeting without going through the hassle of informing them individually.

This author strongly feels that BlackBerry has nailed the keyboard on the touch screen. BlackBerry Q10 achieved the pinnacle of physical keyboard; it’s a different animal on Z30. It gets so intuitive with repeated use that this author barely types 20-30% of the time making it extremely efficient to flick through the suggested words. A long press summons the correction bubble making it easier to copy and paste through inline icons. From the earliest impressions on Z10, there is a huge swathe of improvement with a new audio feedback as you swipe up the words.

Evernote gets a stand alone application and a useful addition for those who need it. Miracast and Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA allow you to transfer, sync, mirror files and content to other devices like a HD TV. USB

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