The BlackBerry Z30 is a flagship device from BlackBerry launching in October 2013. The Z30 is also known as the A10 or A-Series under the codename "aristo". The Z30 is the full-touchscreen follow-up to the BlackBerry Z30 has a 5" display, 1.7GHZ dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 2800mAh integrated battery and BlackBerry OS 10.2. An official announcement for the Z30 was made on September 18, 2013 at a special event in Malaysia.
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The BlackBerry Z30 has already launched in some international markets and hits Canadian shelves on October 15th. On the surface, it comes across simply as a bigger version of the BlackBerry Z10, but there’s quite a bit more to it. Rear stereo speakers introduce high-quality sound, new antenna...
As a longtime BlackBerry addict and gadget lover in general, it's pretty rare (read: never) that I feel envious of another person's tech collection. That said, I just had one of those moments where I felt true envy.
The photo above was just tweeted to me by Barry Lapthorne, who in addition to his trusty BlackBerry Z30 is rock'n ALL of the latest and yet to be released BlackBerry 10 phones (Z3 excluded). He has the just-announced BlackBerry Passport, in white no less; the also-brand-new Porsche Design P'9983; and he even has the yet to be released BlackBerry Classic. I've never seen these four devices lined up like this before, so just had to immediately share the photo with CrackBerry Nation.
I'm drooling. Consider me envious, Barry. Nice collection!
Sep 08, 2014
BlackBerry Z30 in Canada priced at $0 with two year contract for limited time
Folks in Canada can now take atvantage of a new, but limited time, promotion on the BlackBerry Z30. The company announced today the price of the smartphone has been cut to just $0 for a two year contract on the Rogers, Bell and TELUS wireless providers.
Sep 02, 2014
Verizon rolling out OS 10.2.1.3289 for BlackBerry Z30 owners
Although some folks have seen it arrive a bit earlier, it seems as though Verizon has now pushed another round of updates for BlackBerry Z30 owners. This time, software release 10.2.1.2991, OS version 10.2.1.3289 is appearing via the OTA update system. The change log is recycled from previous release but we know the update includes general bug fixes and improvements over the previous releases.
Aug 20, 2014
TELUS, Bell and Rogers all offering the BlackBerry Z30 for free!
I'm still no fan of contracts but if you've been waiting to get a BlackBerry Z30 on the cheap or the upcoming BlackBerry Passport isn't for you, now is likely the best time to do so if you live in Canada. Right now, TELUS, Bell and Rogers are all offering the device for free with a 2-year contract on specific plans until Sept. 15th.
Jul 07, 2014
BlackBerry Q10, Q5, and Z30 win Red Dot design awards
On top of being the hugely functional devices we know and love, the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Q5, and BlackBerry Z30 are also earning accolades for design. All three just won Red Dot Awards when faced with a pool of over 4,800 entrants and a panel of 40 design experts judging every aspect of the products.
Jun 30, 2014
BlackBerry Z30 pricing further reduced in India through Flipkart
If you live in India and still haven't picked up a BlackBerry Z30, your patience may have been rewarded. Back in March, the pricing was reduced to Rs. 34,990 but now if you order through Flipkart using a Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Net Banking options you can pick up a BlackBerry Z30 of your very own for only Rs. 24,990 after a Rs. 5000 credit from Flipkart.
Jun 20, 2014
Special pricing offers now available in India for the BlackBerry Z30
While consumers in India have loaded up on the BlackBerry Z10, there's a new deal now rolling that will bring some more attention to the BlackBerry Z30. BlackBerry customers looking to pick one up will be able to take advantage of the offer across all retail networks in India. So what's the deal? Sameer Bhatia, Director – Distribution, BlackBerry India has laid it out.
May 19, 2014
These BlackBerry devices take advantage of Verizon XLTE
So, you're wondering if your Verizon device works with that shiny new XLTE network that just went live in your area? Well, here's a list of BlackBerry devices that can currently take advantage of the added speed from AWS spectrum. Of course as new phones and tablets come out, we can expect that they'll support Verizon's XLTE network.
Apr 05, 2014
White BlackBerry Z30 lands on ShopBlackBerry
Wondering what happened to the white BlackBerry Z30 when the regular black model went on sale at ShopBlackBerry a few weeks back? Fear not, the GSM unlocked white Z30 (STA100-5) is now available to buy from BlackBerry's official online store, priced $499 for those in the U.S. — same device, only with a lighter, brighter exterior.
Need accessories for that new white Z30? ShopCrackBerry has you covered.
Unsurprisingly to BlackBerry fans, Dan walked away from the test really appreciating the BlackBerry Z30 and the timesaving features offered up by BlackBerry 10.
Now Dan is back with another look at the Z30, this time following the big upgrade to OS 10.2.1, which introduced even more features for Dan to play with, not the least of which is the ability to run Android apps.
It's an enthusiastic review, and one well worth watching and reading. So check it out!
Mar 31, 2014
BlackBerry 10 smartphones finally launch on ShopBlackBerry for Canada
BlackBerry has announced that starting today, customers will be able to purchased unlocked GSM versions of a number of BlackBerry 10 smartphones directly from the company's Canadian store ca.ShopBlackBerry.com. The available devices are the BlackBerry Z30, Z10, Q10, and Q5. These devices are compatible with Canadian LTE and 4G networks.
Mar 27, 2014
The BlackBerry Z30 gets a price cut in India for a limited time
Another day and yet more BlackBerry good news out of India. It was only very recently that we told you that the Z10 was back in stock in India after selling out following the promotional price. It seems that BlackBerry have decided to go along the same route with the glorious Z30 as for the next 60 days you can snap it up for just Rs. 34,990.
Mar 19, 2014
BlackBerry Z30 now available from ShopBlackBerry in the U.S.
Up until now Verizon has been the only U.S. carrier to offer up the BlackBerry Z30, but as of today, you can now buy an unlocked, SIM-free Z30 directly from ShopBlackBerry.com for $499. This Z30 is ready to roll with AT&T or T-Mobile and has 4G / 4G LTE bands.
Mar 17, 2014
Speaker Battle: iPhone 5s vs BlackBerry Z30 vs Galaxy Note 3
Our BlackBerry hating friend J_Caloy is back with another video, only this time he isn't hating on BlackBerry — he's putting it up to a test of might against other devices. With three challenges already in the books for alarm clock, picture sharing and multi-tasking (check them out in the gallery above) he's moved onto a battle of speakers to see which device has the best overall sound.
Feb 19, 2014
What happens when you take an iPhone user's iPhone away for 7 days and replace it with a BlackBerry Z30?
That's the question Dan Nessel, the founder of DadDoes.com and big iPhone fan was willing to answer.
The folks at BlackBerry asked if I would do a 7 Day Challenge. Swap out my iPhone 5 for a BlackBerry Z30 for 7 days and just honestly report on how it went. Honestly, I thought this was going to be a train wreck for BlackBerry. I love my iPhone and all I really knew about BlackBerry was that they were that company that made those phones with little keyboards. Still, I figured a week without my iPhone would make me appreciate it even more.
Jan 22, 2014
Want a BlackBerry Z30 from AT&T? Sign this petition and let them know!
I love it when the BlackBerry community takes action, and that's exactly what's happening this week. Nick Cooper (@Nickc1307 on the twitters) wants to buy a BlackBerry Z30 from his carrier, AT&T.
Of course, AT&T is not currently selling the BlackBerry Z30. To date, the 5" touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone has been a Verizon exclusive and there has been no real indication that is going to change anytime soon.
So while it may not help, it certainly won't hurt to let them know you'd love to see the Z30 come to AT&T too. Be sure to jump over to petitions24 at the link below and sign the petition. Let's do this!
Covering CES with the proper gear is hard enough as we know from our own #CESlive coverage, doing it from only smartphone? That's kinda crazy. No matter though, the folks at WIRED were doing it and with CES quickly coming to a close, WIRED has done their due diligence and posted up who exactly came out on top in their Smartphone Thunderdome.
But what about the BlackBerry virtual keyboard? BlackBerry is looking to prove it is with a new video showing off some competitor comparisons. In this case, it happens to word prediction on the BlackBerry Z30 vs. the iPhone 5S. You won't really need to guess who wins but hey, check out the video anyway. It's pretty cool!
Dec 20, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 with AT&T bands heads through FCC
Verizon is holding onto the "exclusive" tag on the BlackBerry Z30 at the moment, but if the FCC tells us anything, that might all change soon. Forums member LutherSnow74 spotted a new device heading through the FCC -- and it looks to be a Z30 model with AT&T bands.
Dec 19, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 tear down photos show us the goods
In case you were wondering what's hiding inside the BlackBerry Z30, forums member chelojavier took the liberty of posting up some photos to give us the inside scoop. The photos show off the motherboard, non-removable battery and all of the other hardware packed inside the Z30. Nothing too surprising lies within, but man is that battery big!
Nov 29, 2013
The best BlackBerry you can buy right now
Let's face it. The selection of BlackBerry devices isn't huge in comparison to the likes of Android -- but there are still a few different options depending on your needs. When we break things down, for the most part all the devices are sporting the same OS (or at least they can be, depending on your carrier) so you don't really have to base your choice off software, which is nice. What you do need to decide however is what you're willing to spend and how you'll be using your device. Are you straight up messaging or do you watch movies often? Play games or stick to social apps? Some of these will influence what device you go with, though you'll be able to do all of them on any BlackBerry you choose.
Let's take a quick look at the best BlackBerry you can buy right now in a few different categories.
Nov 25, 2013
Amazon offers up the Verizon BlackBerry Z30 for $99
If you're a Verizon customer and have yet to pull the trigger on a BlackBerry Z30, Amazon is now offering up a great deal. You can grab a brand new Verizon branded Z30 for just $99 on-contract. The same model direct from Verizon will still run you $199 so it's an easy way to save yourself $100 if you don't mind going through Amazon instead.
Nov 20, 2013
The BlackBerry Z30 to launch on November 23rd in Indonesia
For the good folk of Indonesia who have been waiting to get their hands on the BlackBerry Z30 that time is quickly approaching. BlackBerry have confirmed at a launch event that the BlackBerry 10 flagship will be hitting stores on November 23rd.
Nov 14, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 now available from Verizon Wireless
If you're a Verizon customer and have been waiting on the BlackBerry Z30, today is your day! The Z30 is now available online from Verizon for $199 on a two-year contract or $549 month-to-month. The Z30 is exclusive to Verizon so if you're in the US you may not see it hit other carriers anytime soon, if at all.
Nov 13, 2013
Carphone Warehouse in the UK drop the price of the BlackBerry Z30
It was only very recently that we told you that the Z10 price had been cut at UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. It seems that they are now following suit with the monster Z30, although the prices are not quite as attractive as with the Z10 - but that makes perfect sense.
Nov 12, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 available from Verizon Wireless November 14th for $199
Those of you that have been impatiently refreshing Verizon's site waiting for the Z30, the news in finally in. The BlackBerry Z30 will be available from Verizon Wireless starting November 14th.
The news notes that the Z30 will be available online, but no word if it will be arriving in stores the same day as well. We'd assume that it would show up on shelves as some point, but it could very well carry an online only tag for a while.
Nov 05, 2013
The BlackBerry Z30 launches on T-Mobile Germany
It's always great to see the latest BlackBerry hit another carrier, and this time around it's the Z30 landing on T-Mobile in Germany. T-Mobile have a range of price plans available - with up front costs starting from 9.95€, and ranging up to 539.96€ for the handset only.
After getting a good look at the Z30 hardware, Michael Clewley, BlackBerry's director of handheld software product management, walked us through some of his favorite features in OS 10.2. A lot of these are old hat for those that have been tinkering with the leaks, but let's take a look anyway.
First up, Michael highlighted the detailed lock screen notifications. By tapping on icons on the side...
Posted by James Richardson on 5 Oct 2013 9:37 am EDT
Over in Malaysia the BlackBerry Z30 has been officially launched with Celcom at their flagship store in Sunway Pyramid and it certainly attracted a lot of attention. The local carrier not only put on street entertainment for queuing customers but there was a rather large incentive for the first 200 people to pick up the Z30 on Celcoms First Voice + Data mPro bundle plans.
For the lucky 200...
Posted by James Richardson on 5 Oct 2013 6:31 am EDT
Story Maker is just one of the built in applications that you will find on the BlackBerry Z30 if you purchase it. The application has been present since the launch of BlackBerry 10 and it's a fantastic way of piecing all your photographs together, with background music, in a collection of styles.
I decided that the easiest way to demonstrate this would be by a video, so if you are not able to...
The BlackBerry Z30 is already available in some regions and set to land in Canada on October 15th (unless of course you're on Rogers). The pricing for North America has been a bit of a mystery until now, but according to a leaked document from Bell it looks like the Z30 will be $700 off-contract at launch.
While it's a bit high, it's not uncommon to see devices priced this much. Doing some...
Posted by James Richardson on 4 Oct 2013 5:06 am EDT
One of the great things about BlackBerry (which is no different with BlackBerry 10) is the ability to select a different notification tone for every single alert you could get on your device. For users that are picking up the BlackBerry Z30 as their first BB10 device this 'how to' will just be a short guide on personalizing your BlackBerrys tones if you so desire.
I for one have a different...
*Update* - Rogers will indeed be offering the BlackBerry Z30 online. Read more here.
Well, some bad news on the Z30 front. It looks like longtime BlackBerry supporter Rogers won't be stocking the BlackBerry Z30 - at all. Various reports have confirmed that Rogers is passing on the upcoming device and will stick with the current devices.
This comes as a big surprise to BlackBerry fans since...
We have taken a look at a couple of BlackBerry Z30 accessories already. Getting a first look at the Leather Holster case and the Transform Shell case. Now, we've got our hands on the Leather Flip case - a premium accessory for a premium device. This may just be the case that shall be protecting my Z30.
It is a shame the Z10 didn't get an official leather flip case. The BlackBerry Q10 got one and...
Good news Canadians - the BlackBerry Z30 is coming your way!
The latest BlackBerry 10 device is set to launch in Canada on October 15th, so in just a week or so you'll be able to pick up one for your very own. We've seen plenty of the Z30 as of late and it looks like it is finally making its way around the globe and in addition to Canada, should be hitting other regions soon as well.
While visiting at Waterloo this week, I caught up with BlackBerry's Michael Clewley who showed me around some of the more prominent features on the new BlackBerry Z30. Obviously the 5-inch screen demands a lot of attention, but there's a lot more going on than just increased size. The S-Stripe pixel layout makes text particularly sharp, which is a must when enjoying longer web pages and e-mails...
BlackBerry's senior VP of design, Todd Wood, kicked off his talk about the Z30 by looking at tennis rackets. It obviously seemed like a weird analogy at first, but when he showed how over the course of three generations, the rackets got larger, it meant the sweet spot for hitting the ball had grown. Similarly, Todd saw the Z30's 38% increase in screen real estate as an equivalent growth in sweet...
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