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Now that it's official, will you be picking up a BlackBerry Z30?

By Adam Zeis on 18 Sep 2013 11:00 am EDT
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Well the day is finally here. The long awaited and often rumored BlackBerry Z30 has been made official. The Z30 is sporting a 5" Super AMOLED display, 1.7 GHz processor with quadcore graphics and a 2880mAh battery. It's definitely the most awesome BlackBerry device to date and we're more than excited to get our hands on one.

We're sure many of you have been BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 users from the start while many also just picked up a new BlackBerry 10 device for the first time. But what we want to know is if you will be picking up a Z30 as well or as your first BlackBerry 10 device now that you've seen it in the flesh (figuratively speaking of course).

Hit up the poll below and let us know if you'll be grabbing a new Z30, then hit up the comments and tell us if it's your first BB10 device or you're adding to your arsenal. 

 

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Now that it's official, will you be picking up a BlackBerry Z30?

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Ditto here, just have to wait until March when my plan let's me do a hardware upgrade. I got the 12 month hardware upgrade plan for just this eventuality.

Not I lol. Got the z love it. Imho I've got the leaked 10.2 and don't need more specs. If I wanted that is buy a sg4.
Not enough of a functionality chg to make me even consider moving.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10 Oreo

Yes, AND you'll have Google and the NSA reading EVERYTHING you type into or have stored on it. Might as well just post ALL your private & personal data online ... except that Google's using it to advertise TO YOU (ever see the movie "Minority Report"??? - like THAT!!) and the NSA claims to be using it to "screen for security threats."
No-one knows who else can crack it to see what you're all about. But hey, you feel free to go with that!

Just my 2 cents from a penny-less country.
Cheers and Keep Moving!

No offense Adam, but the poll is useless as drafted. It would be of great service to ask the same question at different expected price points. That is, like many, I am certainly a buyer at $450 off contract, but $700, it had better come with a bottle of Johnie Walker Green and a nice massage.

Love my Z10 so I'm sticking to it. I might try and see how it feels in hands and that might convince me

Posted from my zeta diez

I agree, I think that Z10 is still a great phone, after they release 10.2 it will be able to do almost everything I need it to do, plus I prefer the smaller size of Z10.

Posted via CB10

Exactly! Plus price is definitely a factor, so even if I do like in, I can afford to shell out what a carrier will won't off contact.

From my Z10 to YOU, BOO-YAH!

Not that I should be spending the money....again......Z10 off contract (Verizon) . But probably. Looks beautiful and as usual a BlackBerry Quality Durable Device. Nice job guys!

I'm actually quite content with my Q10. Still need that physical keyboard. If I did pick up a Z30, it would be just for entertainment. Those specs look pretty darn good though.

Posted via CB10

I woul love to have a Z30 device with a physical keyboard. As someone not using a BlackBerry device, I will come back for the keyboard but I need to have a large screen.

No.
Well, Maybe.
No. I like my Z10 and have been wanting the Q10....

But it's so big and i want it....but it's too big so I will stay where I am with the Z10.

I'm conflicted :)

Z10 :)

Go see a display model in a store and see for yourself. Personally I'm happy with my (relatively small size screen) Q10.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on 10.2.0.1443.

got my Z10 in Feb, still to early for another device. Maybe next spring ....prices should be better by then anyway :)

No at the moment, I still have more than one year contract with my carrier so I'm not thinking about replacing my Z10 by the moment and I don't have the need because I'm still in love with my Z10. The Z30 looks great but maybe a little big.

Posted via CB10

Not sure! Probably yes for being up to date with the newest BlackBerry ;-) Yes am sure I will!

Posted via CB10

Will be hard to justify after dropping about £700 this year for two sim-free Z10's this year... but I would L-O-V-E a bigger screen!

As of now no, just too big. But who knows when it gets closer, I guess it depends on what is rumored to be coming next when it releases.

For sure. I like the extra screen real estate. It will make viewing files and documents much easier. The battery is an extra bonus. Quality is as per usual with BlackBerry. Nice device. Keep moving forward BlackBerry. Can't wait

Posted via CB10

The geek in me wants all the new toys. I like the sound of stereo speakers, i have been complaining about that for the longest time. They had that in the Bold 9000 and the PlayBook, but nothing else until the Z30. The Paratek antenna might be interesting too. The on I am most impressed is (if true) will be battery life.

But still, I am not a fan of big phones, and I do prefer a physical keyboard. So in the end, it's pretty unlikely I will pick one up. What I am looking forward to, will be the new Q series flagship device. That, I will buy in a heartbeat.

New Q series? It would take a lot to replace the present one. The one thing I would have liked was wireless charging, which worked so well on the Pre phones, or a magnetic connector like the PlayBook. But everything else is good enough. The one thing really missing is I would like it to work with the new Sony QX100 add on camera, but I can't see that coming for anything BlackBerry.

Agree. For me, all I want is software improvements to make use of the God Damn keyboard. Speeddial, some sort of keyboard shortcuts on homescreen, etc. I do with that they had kept the charging connectors though, it's so convenient.

Perhaps the sideloaded app might work? I don't really see official support coming for BlackBerry too sadly.

I love my Z10, but I will take a look at the Z30 and see how it feels in the hands. I like the fact that the Battery life is much better, I need that to keep moving.

Posted via CB10

No because there is no way I can afford an off contract phone. I'm content with my Z10 for now. I'm probably going back to the Physical keyboard with my next device. Q30?

Posted via CB10

I can't afford a phone out of contract either plus I'm on a contract with the z10 and I'm pretty satisfied anyway.

And if there was a snowball's chance in hell that I could get a battery with the same capacity for my z10 then I'll be set for VERY long time...

Posted via CB10

Sure, a high pixel density is always nice. But really, isn't the Z30's dpi good enough? I would say that for "normal" apps you won't notice the difference. Personally I love that extra screen real estate. Bigger screen equals more content. And content is king, right!?

I will get it eventually, just waiting to see if prices are going to nosedive like Z10's...

But yea I will eventually get it to complement my beautiful Q10 :)

Posted via CB10

The Z30 looks like a great device but I'm loving my Qued 10!

Posted by twiddling my thumbs on my Qued10 in CB10

I definitely am going to get it. Let's see how soon AT&T can announce the device being available for sale.

Posted via my awesome Z10

Too big. Z10 barely fits in my pocket and fits just right in my hand.
Looking forward to the 10.2 update though.

Posted via CB10

I want to...but..after my experience with the Z10..i think I will wait and see what the apps are like

Posted via CB10

nope. the same reason I didn't pickup Z10 and went for Q10. if I were to get a touch-only smartphone, ill definitely will go for Android 1080p phones.

but for current Z10 users, its almost a no-brainer with the larger screen and far improved battery.

Posted via CB10

It has the following new features:

- 5" AMOLED display (vs 4.2" LCD on Z10)
- 1.7GHz processor (vs. 1.5GHz on Z10)
- USB OTG (n/a on Z10)
- Dual stereo speakers (single speaker on Z10)
- New antenna (not sure of the difference)
- Bigger batter (longer battery life)

Maybe it's not enough, but there are some new features.

No, the Q10 does what I want. I can see that the Z30 is needed to compete with the top end Lumias and the 5 inch Androids, but I cannot imagine operating one while walking the dog, which is my big test of a phone.

Undecided.. bought the Z10 outright back in March . I'm thinking maybe the summer 2014... let's see what the ecosystem will look like by then, should be more mature, and of course the price should be cheaper as I would prefer the outright choice. Then again there may be even a better model phone by then. Don't want to get burned !

On The Underrated Never Duplicated Z10 10.1.0.4200

The day TMO (USA) releases the Z30, I'll be there, just like I as for the Z10 and Q10. Really looking forward to 5" Blackberry with 4.2 runtime.

No - there's no point in exchanging Z10. BTW, why the launch was rather hush-hush, in general? Does nobody believe in BlackBerry in Canada? New flagship ought to have a big start in London! Z30 even looks almost like the concept "BlackBerry London" :|

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NO....I current own and use both the Q10 and Z10 but I do not feel BBRY is doing everything to make its customers happy. Releasing new phones is NOT all we want, I don't care bout all d social apps either..Get me some banking apps, travel apps etc.

Posted via CB10

Well not sure yet... i like the size of my Z10 but the white Z30 looks stunning though!! I will see how my hustle comes around when the phone finally released here in RSA*

Posted via CB10

I voted no because 1) I am still under contract until May 2014 and 2) prefer hardware keyboards. I would need serious persuasion to start looking at touch-only telephones.. Though I really hope the Z30 can find a footing in the market.. Just please, price it right!

I was really looking forward to this phone, but unfortunately it's not enough of a upgrade from my Z10... it should have a minimum of 12mp and 3g of ram....ill have to wait for their next phone I guess

Posted via CB10

My Z10 is new and for now on no, but my wife contract expires soon and YES she's looking forward for the Z30 and coming back to BLACKBERRY!!

So the answer is YES a Z30 will be part of the family!!

#BlackBerryNation #BB10Army #BB10Freak #BB10Believe #KeepMoving #TeamBlackberry #BBMCrossPlatform

I'm MongezaurioBerry

Nope. Not much of an upgrade over my Z.
Plus the usual over pricing for 2012 specs and weak app ecosystem

Posted via CB10

Bought the z10 in February.... not sure I can convince myself to put out this much extra cash yet. lol.

I better not go hold it just in case ;)

Posted via CB10

+ 9800 on the slider! I have a Q10 and find it annoying when pages are formatted for a longer screen. Sometimes the submit button is buried under where the keyboard is.... maybe can be fixed in an update, but I miss the Torch's layout, and don't care if it's thicker. add the slider and enlarge the battery! Convenience key! Magnetic charger!

Depends on pricing, availability, and when it comes out. Ideally, I want one. Gotta see if tmobile is going to get it this holiday season.

Posted via CB10

Locked into a 2 year hardware agreement in the Z10, sadly. So is the wife, with her Q10.

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Depending on carrier most will work with you to upgrade. Then again carriers are ruthless money hungry freaks. Thank goodness for Telus and BlackBerry Elite. Wooo.

Only a fool thinks they know me.

Maybe if there will be a Z30s.

S stands for slider.... adding a letter that makes sense...

Posted via CB10

Will pick up. BlackBerry still the most useful phone for the serious communicator. If they go belly up, want something to hold the line until someone else picks up the slack.

Posted via CB10

I was screwed with my Z10, pre-ordered it for 2599 AED (706.25 USD) and now the price is 1499 AED (407.3 USD). So I'm going to wait for the price drop or a nice trade-in offer with my carrier (Etisalat UAE). But hell yeah I'm in love with the Z30.

Posted via ZCB10

Sadly no...Not sure why they coulddnt make it as thin as the Note 3!! Also, with all the talk about the future of BBRY, I am going to hold off on upgrading until there is more clarity there.
BBM is one of the things that keeps me loyal to BlackBerry (have owned no other device since the first Torch as I am a touchscreen person) but with that now being opened up to competing platforms, I have less incentive to stay...that and the fact that I bought BBRY at 13.95...

I just got my Q10. Love it, love it, love it! Now, my wife needs to replace her BB 9860 and I have been telling her to wait for the A10, now Z30. Can you say....Merry Christmas!

Still loving my Z10. Only had it since February. Great to see that BB under promised and over delivered with the Z30.

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Z10

No I wont be buying one, plan on winning one from CB instead (dont go hoarding them all kevin!)

Posted via CB10

Frankly, the Z10 is a bit too large for me, as I found the 9850 Torch to be perfect.

That said, I'm glad they're making the Z30 for those that like 'em large.

Careful PhillipDZ...I predicted the same and got bashed all over the place. We are all Blackberry faithful here. Some people can take criticism and others cannot. Blackberry has done EVERYTHING wrong the last 5 years (with no signs of improvement any time soon). Too bad...they are sitting on the best OS to come to a smartphone.

I really have to hold it in my hands before I decide but I'm leaning towards yes. I'm loving my Z10 but I can't resist something new and shiny.

Posted via CB10

Not for £600 I won't be!! And I wouldn't be surprised if others in the U.K all held off for a few months to see price drops like we saw with the Z10 not so long ago.

Posted via CB10

Of course! I will up the Z30. In the promo, I saw the Flipboard app. Is it really come to BlackBerry platform?

Posted via CB10

One of my friends at BlackBerry wrote to me, today: "Of all of my devices I’ve ever used at BlackBerry, including the Z10, Q10, Q5, and Z30, the Z30 is by a very far stretch my absolute favourite and I’ll never go back from this size of screen "

Their opinion was biased only in that they work there but they have had access to every BlackBerry10 device available and this is the "best".

There is a lot of very important technology tied into this device. Don't like the simple specs fool you (although it does have 6 processor cores in total...)

I think it will replace my PlayBook. But nothing can replace my Q10! Not sure what I will do with my Z10 though. But I'm going to wait for the price to go down a little bit before I buy.

Posted via CB10

I might depending on the price. If I were BlackBerry management I would literally give this phone away at near zero profit right from the start. Kill the competition and spread bb10 like fire. At least make consumers look real close. Don't scare them with a high price. This one is for consumers not for business or Govt. Price sensitivity is really high.

Posted via CB10

+1. Most people buy Android based on the price. A high-quality, low-cost phone might quietly get Blackberry some respect.

I have a z10 and I love it... Okay some features are cool but it's too big for me and again a new phone in this year?.. of course not...

But I wish BlackBerry all the best, with this nice device

Posted via CB10

If it weren't for building a new house, planning a wedding and buying the Z10 of contract on release say yes... unless santa is feeling generous i may have to wait

Posted via CB10

I intend to add a line on Verizon to get this bad boy! Was my intention when I bought the Z10 on preorder from VZ. Then once I gots it I will put an old cheap phone on the line and prolly park my Z10 for a while. Maybe bounce back and forth. Idk what I'm going to do yet but I know I want one for sure! Convinced my fiance that having an extra phone would be good for passing on to a sitter while watching our boys. Lol only bad thing is Idk what I will do if she decides she wants one. She has a white Z10 currently... Lol

Posted From My Amazing Z10 via CB10 Z10STL100-4/10.2.0.1323

I never liked huge phones, but I'm having second thoughts now. Maybe after seeing it in the flesh and holding I can decide.

Posted via CB10 on my awesome Z10

Yes, as soon as it comes to Robbers, assuming they grandfather my Canada/US data plan. Otherwise may have to unlock and go with a T-Mobile PAYG while in the States.

If I find myself able to get a contract upgrade or I happen to be in possession of an extra load of cash I'd definitely grab it.

I'm still undecided. I'm a little disappointed in the specs. It's biggest feature seems to be battery life, but I've never had problems with battery life, as I'm almost always around a charger. I have the Z10 currently, and used my upgrade to get it. I could use my wife's upgrade to get the Z30, but then I'll have no available upgrades for whatever comes out in 2014. I don't want to pay full retail, as an off contract phone won't lower my monthly bill with AT&T a cent, so why not have them subsidize the phone cost? (I won't be changing carriers due to coverage). But then again, will there even be new BB's in 2014? (That's a legitimate question)

Long story short, I don't know yet. Probably will have to play with it in store to decide.

No.
Too big, no hardware QWERTY and nothing to compensate for the lack of QWERTY. I'd rather buy a Lumia 1020, where I'd sacrifice the keyboard in favour for the nice camera.

But as of now, I am good enough with my Q10.

Absolutely! And this time, unlike with the Z10 launch, I don't plan on waiting for AT&T. I'd love to get one from Canada and import it.

Posted via CB10

Can't wait, love my z10, but I think I will go for the z30, bigger is better, that's what she said lol

Posted via CB10

It was hard choosing between the Z10 and the Q10 but, ultimately, my love of the keyboard won out. I went into the Q knowing that I'd compromise on screen real estate. And I'm happy. Even gaming on the Q10 (which I already wrote off as a compromise anyway) isn't too bad.

The specs of the Z30 are certainly tempting but not compelling enough to make a big jump. Now, if the Apps and games were on-par to actually take full advantage of the Z30's specs, sign me up. As it stands, if I want a wide screen gaming/media phone, I'll just get a 5S or the Sony Z1 as a secondary and keep the Q10 as my primary.

Posted via CB10

I would love to. Need Santa's help on this one. Already have a Q10 and Z10.

Maybe I'll sell both and try to get the z30

Posted from CB10 via Zed10.

bb10 phone almost perfect.. theres only one huge problem.. luck of applications and updates..

Posted via CB10

I would love to but I can't justify the cost of a whole new phone when my Q10 still has so much life left (not to mention all the recent contract wrangling I had to do with Bell)

Posted via CB10

Depends on pricing. If it is too high for me to upgrade on Rogers for the extra 2cm of screen real estate then no.

Posted via CB10 1.4.2 on Z10 10.1.0.4181 on the Rogers Network

Will try to control myself to not buy one and save my money for a potential slider, and stick to my Z10/Q10 combo until then...not shure I will succeed though

Already put my Rogers rep on notice.....call me as soon as it arrives!

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

Maybe as a second device, but I may as well pick up an Android since the security seems to be about the same.

Sent from my Z30/3

I don't know how big of a fan I am for the 5" screen.. I think the Z10 is as large as I want to go.. Hopefully their next release is another 4.2" phone like the Z10.. 5" is phablet area and I don't want my phone to be a tablet, I just want my phone to be a phone.

As I said in Forums, BlackBerry needs to release a smaller Z30! The design is awesome and with the dimensions of the Z10 it would sell like hell!!!

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