How to get the most out of the web browser on the BlackBerry Z30

Z30 Browser
By James Richardson on 2 Oct 2013 11:18 am EDT

When it comes to web browsing on the BlackBerry Z30 you can't really get a better experience if you ask me. I'm not just talking about the devices big 5 inch SuperAMOLED display, but the whole BlackBerry 10 experience in general. Since BlackBerry 10 launched in early 2013, gone are the days of a slow and limited web browser. The Z30 browser is packed full of good stuff and the size and quality of the screen certainly help but there's more to it than that. 

In terms of speed the Z30 browser is certainly nippy. Pages load smooth and fast but this post is not so much about its awesomeness but how to get the most from it for new users. 

Let's start with the basic UI. You'll notice from the above image that the address bar is positioned at the base of the display. This makes life slightly easier when typing in a new search as you don't need to reach up to the top of the screen. To the left of the address bar you'll see two boxes - jump into here and you'll have access to your bookmarks, history and tabbed browsing. 


When looking at your bookmarks you actually have a choice of the way you view them. By default they are shown as large frames but you do have the option to switch them to a list view if you prefer. From this same page you can also access your browsing history via the two tabs at the top of the display. Once history is selected you'll be shown the days and selecting one will list all the sites you visited. One thing to note here is the black UI that is used. This is to save on battery consumption which is always a bonus. 

If you want to have more than one web page open you can just select the 'New Tab' icon. You can have a ton of different web pages open and switching between them is just a case of pressing that two box tab again which will show you the web pages that are open.

With a web page open you'll have access to an array of features by tapping on the three grey dots at the bottom right of the display. As you can see from the above image most things are pretty straight forward but there are a few features that stand out. 

The first of these is 'Reader' mode. This doesn't really need to be used if you are visiting a mobile version of a website but if you are not, selecting Reader mode will remove all the images, adverts etc and just present you with just the text. There are tabs at the base of the screen to increase/decrease the font size and you can even invert the colors - the black is perfect for reading in bed. The Reader mode is probably the feature I use most on the BlackBerry Z30 browser and it really is an asset to making the best of the whole browsing experience. 

Another super feature with the browser is the sharing option. If you find a web article you want to send to a friend you can do so via any of the accounts you have in your BlackBerry Hub. This could be an email account, Twitter, Facebook, BBM, NFC and the list goes on - and it's all so easy. 

Whether you are browsing in landscape or portrait everything is unified and the user interface is a friendly as can be. As you can see, web browsing on the BlackBerry Z30 is both beautiful and packed full of useful features. Possibly a deal breaker for potential buyers if you ask me. 

Reader comments

How to get the most out of the web browser on the BlackBerry Z30


So the web browser works. Uses reader mode and can save bookmarks. So what? Isn't this par for the course these days? Having a functional browser that is.

What about the z30 would make me leave my z10. How about differences pressing enough for users to leave other platforms?...

Posted via CB10 on my Z10 Oreo

Is there a shortcut to move between tabs?


Is there a shortcut to close a tab without using the menu in the bottom? Would be nice if you can click the back button and the tab will close and move to the next tab..

Posted via CB10

So you're the 1st loser ;)

I know it's been said before but sometimes viewing article pics though CB10 is rough. James, do you have this same issue of the pics being stretched and smashed on the Z30?

Posted via a Verizon Z10 on (pure) thru CB10. My channel: c0004f9bb

I think that's just a matter of uploading the right dimensions and aspect ratio , or in the case of stretched images, the wrong dimensions that is required for optimal viewing on mobile. If the pics aren't resized properly to fit the required dimensions, it causes stretching. That's something the person posting the article has to do.

Posted via CB10

Apparently the image scaling issue will be fixed in an update to the CB application by December (according to the developer) and will also include access to Mobile Nation's other sites like iMore.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on #IChooseBlackBerry10

Excellent. I have yet to use a mobile browser I enjoy more than the BlackBerry 10 browser. I think it's one of the most under rated and overlooked features of BB10.

Posted via CB10

True that but it's still lacking save pages for offline viewing and I really wouldn't mind some page compression action ;)

Admin - BlackBerry Z10 Running BlackBerry 10.2

That's what I really miss: the ability to save a page like in Internet Explorer on the desktop.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on #IChooseBlackBerry10

I too love the BB10 browser such a huge leap from the BBOS 6 device I had previously :D

Z10 OS

Seriously is there something that the Z30 does software wise that the Z10 doesn't? These posts seem repetitive to me unless of course it's all in a bid to help push the Z30 to the new comers

Admin - BlackBerry Z10 Running BlackBerry 10.2

I think the article is geared to those who are new to BB10. Some people held off until this "Aristo" device was supposed to come out.

Totally agree. Not a useful article. How about a prettier bookmark page or giving us the ability to have bookmarks as home page.

Posted via CB10

Other than larger screen and super amoled display, nothing is really different. Hardware wise yes, slightly faster dual core, and I believe quad core graphics ? But the bb10 experience is the same...unless there are slight improvements made in bb10.2... perhaps the performance is snappier on the z30? noticeable? Not about a comparison between the z10 and z30...?

Posted from my Z10 using CB10

Well, given the fact that everybody seems to be b!tch!ing about how BlackBerry doesn't do enough advertising/marketing, you can't really blame CB for trying to get the word out there and keep the products in the public eye as much as possible. May be old news to you but new people who are just starting to come around will benefit from this kind of article.

The reason has been covered before: CB wants good rankings /eyeballs /clicks when someone searches for 'bbry broswer' ..

Next is how to insert a SIM into z30, unboxing z30, inserting a microSD etc etc etc

Posted via CB10

That's so the focus would be on the z30 it's new and the z10 didn't go as well so sell back the same features in new hardware apple did it for years

Posted via CB10

totally agree.

I mean seriously? How to use you mobile Browser?

1. Open Browser
2. Type what ever the fuck you're looking for
3. ???
4. Profit

Stop trying to generate clicks and views with this useless shit.

Awsome!! I already bought a z10 :( hope others go and buy the z30!!!!

As teamblackberry let's give blackberry the support it deserves!!!

Hi Notcho, you can, if you tag them. Go into your bookmarks, press and hold on a book mark, click on the star/pencil icon to edit. You will see a tag field, add your tag (do not forget to hit enter after you add your tag), hit the save button. Now back on the main bookmark screen click on the little tag in the lower right corner and sort.
If you have lots of bookmarks currently it is a bit of a pain, but it is really easy to add the tag for new bookmarks as you save them.

I missed the keyboard shortcuts from my 9930..but realized they work on the z10 as well if I just bring up the keyboard. T for top of page, B for bottom of page , R doesn't refresh, but goes into reader mode.

Still have to double swipe up though to bring the keyboard up, so not as useful and don't use it often.

Posted from my Z10 using CB10

Dude, thanks a lot!!! I had no idea about these shortcuts onmy Z10. I thimk they are really helpfull when you very long webpages open

james wants our imput he just asked the question feedback via a Demo of the browser !! great work James, The BB10 is smooth and the sharing is the best on BB10 vs other platforms eg integrated with the HUB

How does it work with drop down menu selections? On my Q10 I cannot select a menu item on a drop down menu list of a web site.

Did you miss this paragraph on the OP's post? "In terms of speed the Z30 browser is certainly nippy. Pages load smooth and fast but this post is not so much about its awesomeness but how to get the most from it for new users."

Z30 has 3 speaker system, Z10 has 1 speaker
Z30 has the antenna stuff, Z10 doesn't
Differences are not monumental but neither are changes from iPhone 5 to iPhone 5S.
Btw, there isn't anything wrong if you don't want the Z30 but you shouldn't feel compelled to make excuses. :) Personally, I can't wait to lay my hands on that thing of beauty.

Can the BB10.2 browser hide the address bar? Also, is there an automatic text reflow option or do we have to go to reader mode to do so?

Address bar automatically hides in 10.2.

You can bring it up with a swipe down from the top of the page, works really well I think and gives that extra bit of screen real estate.

Posted via CB10

I'm guessing "no" on the textflow part of your question. That's still the most significant drawback on an otherwise solid mobile browser.

Reader mode is often useless for most of the sites I visit, particularly blogs. Textflow was one of the few things the base Android browser got right, hope they can add it to the BB10 browser eventually.

Posted via CB10

I heard Evernote was native on BB10. is there a web clipper plugin for the Evernote app once it is installed?

"web browsing on the BlackBerry Z30 is both beautiful and packed full of useful features. Possibly a deal breaker for potential buyers if you ask me."

Yes. Definitely a deal breaker for me. Bring back the browser from BBOS!!

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10!

Where are my desktop passwords and bookmarks?
Where is my ad blocker?
Where is my malware blocker?

Speed and UI is just part of what's needed in a modern browser.