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The Ultimate Showdown: Z10 VS S3

z10 vs sw3

As of today, the BlackBerry Z10 is available for purchase in the UAE—but is it worth it? When Kipp puts the phone up against its main competitor the Samsung Galaxy S3, who will come out on top?

 

BlackBerry Z10

For a device that's hardly been celebrated for its processor performance, the Z10 actually has a RAM capacity of 2GB. As the name suggests it runs on a Blackberry 10 operating system, with a dual core 1.5 GHZ Krait Processor. It’s definitely miles ahead of its predecessors.

Editor's Score 0

Samsung S3

The Galaxy SIII might have an equal RAM functionality as Blackberry’s Z10, but with a quad core 1.4 GHZ Cortex A9 processor (as opposed to Z10’s dual) and an upgradable Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, it still takes home the trophy.

Editor's Score 1
 
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BlackBerry Z10

The new kid on the block, the Z10 outshines the other contenders in this aspect. With a smaller 4.2-inch screen, the 10 provides its user with a 355ppi and a resolution of 1280 x 768.

Editor's Score 0

Samsung S3

With a 4.8 inch screen the Samsung S3’s screen may be bigger, but it loses out to screen resolution with marginally lower specs than the Blackberry 10 with a 1280 x 720 resolution and 306ppi.

Editor's Score 1
 
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Apps
 

BlackBerry Z10

With only 70,000 apps available for the Z10, applications is a sore spot for Blackberry, something the company is well aware of and trying to remedy. In fact, the company has promised 12,000 limited edition red BlackBerry Z10s to app developers who submit a new Z-friendly app by 28th February to BlackBerry App World. It remains to be seen when and how this will translate for the Middle East app store, but Kipp isn’t too optimistic.

Editor's Score 0

Samsung S3

Samsung’s S3 trumps Blackberry App World on account of its link to the world of Android. Once called the Android Market-now rebranded as Google Play, users have access to well over 800,000 apps--this wasn’t always the case. Apple’s app store used to be the frontrunner-but in the past six-nine months, Google Play apps are playing an impressive game of catch-up. Can BlackBerry ever do the same?

Editor's Score 1
 
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BlackBerry Z10

In a strange bid to stay current, Blackberry announced Alicia Keys will be getting involved with the brand as Creative Director. Although Keys may not be the first name that comes to mind when one thinks ‘contemporary’-points to the Canadian phone maker for the effort.

Editor's Score 1

Samsung S3

Samsung, doesn’t quite have the equivalent. The phone has a few Korean KPop brand ambassadors. S3 ads have featured David Beckham, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and LeBron James

Editor's Score 0
 
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BlackBerry Z10

Currently the Blackberry Z10 is retailed at Dh2,599 (16 GB Internal)-although this is a figure that will face some amount of depreciation. Currently, Etisalat users can opt for the standard Blackberry unlimited package for the usual Dh185 a month. Conversely, du has a monthly installment of 255 for the z10 gets you both the phone and a 1 GB data package.

Editor's Score 1

Samsung S3

A good Dh800 cheaper than the Z10, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently being retailed at Dh1,819. Etisalat users can opt for a monthly 1 GB limit for Dh99 and a 2GB plan with national minutes and SMSes for Dh249. If you opt for du, a monthly installment of 250 for the Samsung s3 also gets you the phone and a 1 GB data package.

Editor's Score 1
 
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Camera
 

BlackBerry Z10

Cameras have never been Blackberry’s strongest suit, but that is changing. The new Z 10 has a 8 megapixel rear camera just like the iPhone 5 and the S3.

Editor's Score 1

Samsung S3

While the S3 has an 8 megapixel rear camera like the Z10, images rendered by its camera tend to be more exposed. Depending on your preference of aesthetics, this is a subjective one-but Kipp isn’t a fan of the over-exposed washed out look.

Editor's Score 0
 
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Browser
 

BlackBerry Z10

Blackberry has definitely raised the level of browsing experience in terms of speed and efficiency on its Z10. It supports mobile-optimised and fully-loaded HTML websites with little hassle. When it comes to speed, it really doesn’t disappoint and can even be a few seconds faster than its contender.

Editor's Score 1

Samsung S3

Some reviews may have shown the Blackberry Z 10 to be slightly quicker than the S3 but the fact is that Blackberry cannot match Samsung’s browser integration. Considering it operates on an Android system, it provides seamless integration with Google, making it that much more familiar to the user.

Editor's Score 1
 
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BlackBerry Z10

Editor's Score 4

Samsung S3

Editor's Score 5
 
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BlackBerry has put out an excellent product with potential-but until it proves itself Kipp stands by Samsung's S3.

 

3 Comments

  1. DK on February 11, 2013 3:23 pm

    Have used the Z10 for a week not very happy with it at all

     
  2. Glenn on February 12, 2013 3:15 am

    I would just say two things:
    The new BB OS 10 is much smaller and more efficient than the growing bloatware of android.
    The new OS is great to use and the hub has to be mentioned as a.new approach.
    And three I guess – the browser wins on BB because it is by far the most HTML5 compliant in a mobile and beats the vast majority of laptop and tablet browsers.
    Try the new OS.

     
  3. Nobody on February 13, 2013 7:40 am

    This is a terrible review. For screen size, you say that the Z10 “outshines the other contenders,” but still give the point to the S3!! You say the Z10 browser is better/faster, but still give the point to the S3 for a feature of the OS, not the browser!!

     

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