First Look: BlackBerry Z30 Leather Flip Case

Hands-on with the BlackBerry Z30 Leather Flip Case

By DJ Reyes on 3 Oct 2013 11:47 am EDT
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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 we went hands-on with that, if you haven't already checked that out.

Similar to the Q10 version, there is a little window for the LED notifications, something amiss from the Z10 flip case. This comes in very handy indeed. On the flip cover it has cut outs for the earpiece and mic, so you could essentially talk on the phone with the flip cover closed. On the front you also have the BlackBerry logo and name embossed much like all official BlackBerry cases. On the back, you have the BlackBerry logo, again like many of the OEM cases from BlackBerry, and of course you have the cut out for the camera.

Where the Z30 flip case differs from it's Z10 and Q10 counterparts is that it doesn't over the back of the device. It actually replaces the back cover of the Z30. Many people questioned the point of the Z30 having a removable back. Some quite correctly suggested that it would probably be for a flip-style case. They were right.

You can check out the video above for a quick preview of the case. We'll have a full review out soon, once it has been put through its paces.

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First Look: BlackBerry Z30 Leather Flip Case

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There isn't, not an official one anyway. It keeps feeling like the Z10 gets the short end of the stick. I love my Z10, but it's starting to remind me of the all touch Torch with out the slide keyboard. Really hope it doesn't end up that way, but now that it is "low end" all of a sudden, I'm starting to get that vibe.

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+1

Although it's considered a low end device now, it still does a lot of things right, there's no denying that.

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Funny how when a label is put on something, people actually start to believe it. Open your eyes people...There is nothing low end about the Z10. Hell, the phone hasn't even been out a year.

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I's also like to see one for the Z10. Right now my Z10 is naked to show off the BlackBerry logo on the rear of the phone that gets covered with a case. If ours also replaced the rear cover I'd be protected and still look sweet.

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Watched the video. I wish that a hot movie star were showing the flip case. Just because of this case alone, I would buy a Z30 unlocked! Good idea ?

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Stop wooing me with how sexy the z30 is damn it. I can't afford it at its current rate, and my z10 is perfectly fine.

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Anyone know why blackberry refuses to put a cutout for your charger on the side of the case?
This always bothered me with the playbook and the z10 flip. Having to maneuver around the cord and open flap when using the device, or having to leave the screen open to dust all night(which is presumably one of the big benefits to a case like this) seems silly.
Moreover, if this replaced the back of the phone it really doesn't do a whole lot for protection against drops. Seems kind of impractical.

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Do you would have to remove this case/cover in order to charge? That would pretty much be a deal breaker for me. Anyone know if the z30 has wireless charging?

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No, you can charge it with the flap open. I agree with the OP that it's awkward charging with this thing. I think a hole in the case would have ruined the aesthetic though, and having the flap coming from the other side would have felt weird. Ultimately, the USB slot (and maybe HDMI too) should have been put on the other side. 

I guess you'd have to break out an Xacto knife and make a little window for it. It's surprising it doesn't have one with all the other little cutouts for the LED's, etc.

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Being that this replaces the back and doesn't add a lot of extra thickness, does it fit inside the swivel holster?

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It does add a bit of thickness. The back of the case is actually thicker than the OEM back cover. So, it doesn't fit in the holster case

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Yes, I realize that it adds some thickness, but I've also seen in a review of the swivel holster that it's cut and sewn differently than the Z10 holster and therefore it's not as tight a fit. Could it be that the roomier fit can accommodate this flip case?

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Does this case mess with the NFC functionality due to the fact that you have to remove the original cover from the phone and replace it with this cover?

Also with a hot movie star which will generate much more interests and views. That will be some true marketing !

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I would be all over this if it was released for the Z10. Actually, they should totally make a leather replacement back for the Z10. I really miss the back of the 9000, it just screamed luxury, and it would do wonders for the Z10. Even the Note 3 has the leather back, something BlackBerry should consider. I think there are plenty of people like me who would get one in a heart beat.

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Why not something similar for the Z10? Pop off the plastic back and pop on a new back that has a flip cover built in.... and it needs to be able to sit in the charging dock without taking the case off.

They are all over eBay and really good quality as well. Even have the NFC contacts.

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Yes there is a case like this for the z10 it was actually the first case that I bought for mine. Things to note is that it's a by of an annoyance to charge while you have that case replacing the original back. But overall it's a nice case would recommend

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I’m enjoying my iZenus leather case. So if iZenus eventually makes a case for the Z30, that’s what I’ll be buying. iZenus is soft leather – these cases look cheap and hard. And the iZenus cases have slots for credit cards and money. I think I’ll stick with what I got.

Fail... you can't fold it like you can with the Z10 flip shell to have the device horizontal on a surface :(

DJ, go buy yourself a Z30 and send Kevin the invoice. I'm not sure how they expected you to properly introduce the case without the phone in hand.

If the Z30 is the last BlackBerry I own, this will indeed be a classy and we'll branded case to go out in style.

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That's a good example of why it was foolish of BlackBerry to put the USB/ HDMI connections on the side of the phone. Then they have done nothing in the OS user interface to make it usable in landscape mode. Basic design stuff I would say.

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Disappointing that it does not double as a stand like the Z10 flip case. I will wait until the make a case that can be used as a stand.

BlackBerry Z10 has an official case. Can be ordered thru EBAY and has logo on it...priced under $20. :)

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