First look: BlackBerry Z30 Transform Shell Case

We go hands on with the Transform Shell Case for the BlackBerry Z30!

By DJ Reyes on 25 Sep 2013 12:54 pm EDT

We have already taken a look at the Z30 Leather Holster case. We have managed to get our hands on a BlackBerry Z30 Transform Shell Case too. If you've ever used the Z10 one you'll see from the pictures that they have gone with a slightly different design with the Z30 version. I actually pretty liked the Z10 Transform Shell case and it was pretty much the case I used with my Z10. 

Upon touching the Z30 Transform Shell case, it is pretty prevalent that it is a lot more plastic than the Z10 version. There was a somewhat high quality finish with the Z10 case and it doesn't feel like with the Z30 version. 

The way the kickstand works is different too. Probably better with the Z30 version. With the Z10 version you had to remove have the case in order to stand it up. With the Z30 case, the device will still be covered. Instead there is a flap that can be pulled out to become a kickstand. You can then prop it up on landscape or portrait mode. The Z30 Transform Shell case comes in three colors - white, black and blue/grey. 

Check out the video above for a quick look at the Z30 Transform Shell case.

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Reader comments

First look: BlackBerry Z30 Transform Shell Case


I'm sorry but that looks really cheap and ugly. I don't think I would ever buy that. You see all these new smart premium cases Samsung is bringing out and this doesn't even compare. The flip shell on the other hand for the Z30 looks amazing. I wish they had gone with the LED, Speaker, & Mic cut outs for the Z10.

Looks cheap, but I would prefer a case and holster anyway. Hopefully, OtterBox create a good case for the Z30, and not a flawed case like the one for the Z10.

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Otterbox cases for the Z30 can be pre-ordered on Crackberry already.

Hopefully they learned their lesson from the Z10 cases because I really like the Otterbox defender on my Playbook.

Yes it does look cheap. I have the same red Transform Shell case for my Z10 as shown in the video. The Z10's case has a black rubbery lining that grips the phone and and also helps to protect it but the Z30's Transform Shell case shown here does not. I wonder if the same material could not be used inside the Z30's case for manufacturing reasons with the different pop out design? Hmmm.. The exterior of the Z10's version of the TS case also has a nicer exterior surface material than the plasticky one of the Z30.

The thing that is nice about the Z30's case is that you can prop it in both portrait and landscape mode, unlike the Z10's, which props only in landscape mode. Although I love my Z10's TS, if I had a Z30 I probably would find a nicer case elsewhere over this one.

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I'm curious, on the Z10 transform shell, the hinge is rubber and very durable. It's hard to tell from the video, but is the Z30 case hinge made out of plastic? I wouldn't think plastic would hold up very long.

Thanks DJ. I use the White Transform case for my White Z10 as the primary case and from the look of the video, the Z10 Transform case seems to be of better quality.

The nice thing about the Z10 transformer was it was designed to work with the dock.. this one isn't, which leads one to believe the dock isn't coming..

My transform case (Z10) didn't come with a screen protector (DJ said the 'the Z30 transform case comes with a screen protector like the Z10'...

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Same. But I'm liking the sturdiness of my z10 transform case. That 30 case looks line garb.

I think I would be more likely to get a flip case for the 30 with the "cover", a la Samsung Note style.

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Attention Crackberry: When reviewing cases put your actual Blackberry in the case! Just showing a case out of a box is of no help. So far I haven't been able to find any cases that are good quality for the Z30. I was going to get the flip case until I read that it's difficult to charge whilst in the case and that it's difficult to type. Why get it then? Super frustrated.