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Spec Chart: Blackberry Z10 vs. Nexus 4 vs. DROID DNA vs. Note 2 vs. RAZR MAXX HD

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In case you weren’t paying attention, we thought we should point out that Blackberry tried to reinvent itself this morning in more ways than one. First, they are actually called Blackberry now, rather than RIM. That’s right, it’s a global name change that goes into effect immediately. Second, they announced Blackberry 10 (their newest OS) and two devices – the Blackberry Z10 and some random QWERTY thing that no one will want (it may be called the Q10).

The Z10, however, is their flagship and one that is aiming directly at Android and iOS. And since this device has a full touchscreen, is nothing like the failure that was the Storm, and might make some of you peek out the corner of your eye to see what it can do, we thought a spec battle was in store. If that seems weird, it’s not – we do this with all the big competitors.



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  • TylerChappell

    OMG HAY GUISE. Did you hear that!?!!? It has an “eye-popping 355-MEGAPIXEL DISPLAY!!”
    Somebody at Blackberry needs to get fired…

  • SllekGN

    Do want that KEYBOARD!!!

  • [email protected]

    And Blackberry doesn’t do it again… Watch out, Blackberry, Apple will sue you! Looks too much like a iphone.

  • Jeffrey Garcia

    Great, now we have two fruity companies: Apple and Blackberry 😀

  • NexusMan

    Biased much? lol

  • Chris

    The way the OS looks and seems to operate, kind of reminds me of a mix of Android and Windows Phone 7-8

  • meh

  • Meh

  • Knlegend1

    Now I could be making the mistake of comparing it to android but that processor has to go. Itmay not use resources like android though. That battery oh my why? Again this is based on android the blackberry may perform better.

  • Barlog

    This is just what I was looking for! I’m trying to decide what phone to update to from my G Nexus. My first abvious choice is N4 but I have to stay with Verizon. So I’m debating on the DNA, Razor MAXX HD, and Galaxy S3. Any help deciding would be welcomed Thanks

  • Tyler Rynberg

    Hmmm…it’s the same size as a Razr HD Maxx with a 0.6 inch smaller screen and half the battery.

  • etg9

    overlooking the battery like that is amazing. That’s the one thing (it’s built like a tank and the amazing keyboard) that I still really like about my blackberry. Early reviews say this thing doesn’t get through the day, bad deal for business people who are on the go and talk a lot on the phone.

  • Tony Byatt

    Nice looking device but the specs are at least six months late if the release month is April…

  • Core

    i miss blackberry i wish they were actually relevant.

  • mike

    maxx hd has 4.1

  • Looks good… only about 2 years too late

  • to be honest though, its the device RIM needed, now i think they needed it sooner but im happy they joined the game, like windows 8, they need to play some catch up, the fanbase and app share between iOS and AOSP is crazy high, i like competition though, plus im a designer so im interested in seeing whats to come from it

  • TimXer

    facial reminds me a little of my DX

  • Maxx HD is running 4.1 now guys…

  • Aaron

    Anyone else hear that this thing will be compatible with most Android apps? If that is the plan for BB’s future then why didn’t they just make a custom fork of Android like Amazon and launch something a year ago? Now they are even further behind. And what’s with the weak battery?

  • schoat333

    RAZR HD Maxx has 4.1 not 4.0

  • skinja

    I wish this was a true competitor and would therefore push Android, but this looks terrible. Sure the phone is thin. But no one is going to buy something with a giant bezel like that. Look how much non-screen area there is on the top and bottom. Maybe if it had a revolutionary screen or was flexible, or OLED, this would work. Or if it came out 10 months ago.

    I am sure some businesses will buy these and push them on their employees. But I was hoping for a real innovator to compete with Android.

  • jahsoul

    I like it. Before I got my G1 (yeah, I’m an OG), I was all about Blackberry and the reason i left was because google sync sucked. I will probably let the new platform mature a little before I mull over a switch.

    • You left too early, they fixed it on BBOS5

      IMO, this device has actually made the BB experience worse. The old menu/shortcut/notification system was far superior. All they needed to do was make native support for android apps, add a decent browser, and up the screen/processor specs.

      • jahsoul

        They fixed google sync??? Crap..lol.

        One things that I didn’t like about Blackberry was no true advancements in the OS, the screen, and they always left it underpowered. I think they are moving in the right direction with BB10. I only have productivity apps on my phone, so their app selection won’t be a major part of my decision. I just wonder how they will do with the devices with hardware keys.

  • Dave

    I can’t speak for Sprint, but our local “large market” Verizon and ATT stores don’t even devote a single retail space for BB in the showroom. They said if you want to check one out, they would be willing to unbox one and power it up and let you play with it. That’s an OUCH.

    • Mikey Styles

      In my local area: AT&T Sprint & VZW don’t have it on shelves either. I’ve seen 1 perhaps 2 T-Mobile stores have’em up but that was months ago.

  • Mikey Styles

    Are they serious!? Don’t get me wrong the 2GB of RAM & 356ppi display is pretty sweet but everything thing else screams last yrs tech with an OS still falling behind. Don’t get me wrong as BB10 looks fluid & pretty nice but a day late dollar short IMHO

  • scoobynysery69

    Do bb still give off the most radiation?

  • Jason Smith

    “It has an eye-popping, 355 megapixel display” HELLO!!!!?!?!?!??!
    What a clown.

  • Chris King

    actually looks good, not for me but it looks good

  • ForrestTracey

    Is it the Z10 or the F*ing ZED10!!?? Damn British are so ass backwards!

    • actually everywhere else in the world they say “zed”. We Americans tend to do things differently

      • ForrestTracey

        Yeah Moron those places were under British rule at one point!!! Get a clue dipsh*t!

      • Tyler Cameron

        Wait, so instead of Z being “zee”, it’s “zed” outside of America?

  • Chris

    What did they do? Buy all of TI’s left over processors on clearance?

  • yungqb7

    Interesting device I must say. However I was never into blackberry, so I’ll wait for the gs4 to drop.

  • Daniel Sanchez

    Blackberry sucks

  • Octotron

    Honestly, this device looks like a winner. BB10 looks great. It is a shame that this will be competing against the SGS4, etc. when it comes out. If it were out right now, I would give it a spin.

    • roberthenderson

      winner in the who can make the oldest looking phone in 2013 contest

      • Octotron

        Not everyone who likes mobile technology needs the “Dell Alienware” of phones. As an IT professional, this is a very attractive device. However, I fear it will be outclassed very quickly. They should have done away with the US market wait time and had it hit next week, in my opinion.

        • Dave

          Nice AlienWare reference, I may use that in the future.

  • autdog

    at least it has LTE

  • overclock

    I really hope Moto beefs up the next iteration of the Razr. More RAM and a better processor. The problem is that an octocore won’t really matter but it is all about perception. And if one phone has a dual core and the one next to it has a tricore the uninformed consumer will go with the tricore just because.

    But what goes up must come down. BB was the bee’s knees in the hay day. I never had one or used one. Somebody once told me that it was the best for email. BB devices had great battery life. But they’ve been taken over by smartphones that got smarter faster than BB did. Sad to see the demise of a great company that at one time ruled the world.

  • ToddAwesome

    Zed’s dead baby, Zed’s dead.

  • gp126904

    Am I hearing them correctly, it is called the Zed10??

  • shecalledmejay

    I think they are going to need a bigger battery

  • roberthenderson

    I was just saying the other day that I wished somebody would make a phone that’s the same size as current phones, but with a much smaller screen. Oh, and could you put some onscreen buttons on it to make the screen feel even smaller pleeeease? Changed the name? You should have changed the engineers.

  • shecalledmejay

    I love that this chart doesn’t include the *phone, I have been looking forward to the day on which we don’t compare phones to the 8phone standard anymore

  • jer85008

    Is it really a TI processor? Pretty much the same size/weight as the N4 but with a smaller screen. There just isn’t anything exciting enough to jump ship from Android, but I do like the OS much more than WP8.

  • GABravo2005

    Apple lawsuit incoming in 5…4…3…2…1… Damn it looks like the 5…..

    • ToddAwesome

      rounded corners!?!?!?!?

    • shecalledmejay

      I don’t see how looks like and iphone

      • the overall flat edges and its back gives it the similar look

  • Casey Maines

    So…a rep at the Verizon store told me the other day that “any phone with NFC capability can be used with wireless charging units.” Is that true? I thought it was only available on specific phones like the DNA.

    • Shane Redman

      Haha….oh Verizon reps…

    • JD


    • gokusimpson

      NFC is not wireless charging. They’re different and separate.

    • That Verizon rep is wrong.

    • That verizon rep is a idiot,NFC is for wireless payments, not charging

  • dhirensavalia

    I think they are about 2-4 years late on this. They should have tried to make touch-screen focused OS instead of doing an OS that looked like a port for the Storm. Oh well. This does look like it could be a good phone.

  • BhaktaRB

    355 megapixel display! One would wonder why RIM is still selling phones.. Start selling the screen! LOL

    • Dave

      I’m surprised they didn’t list the screen as 326 megahertz mAh.

  • Capt. Crunch

    DROID DNA seems like the best option for me, just wish its battery had 1000 more mAh and ran stock.

  • Edgardo Rios

    “355 megapixel display”(0:32 mark). Impressive 😀

    • nwd1911

      LOL, I missed that the first time. Thanks for calling it out.

    • Dave

      That comes in handy when you want to snap a picture of your burger basket and turn it into a billboard.

  • tyguy829

    ok, its a qualcomm s4 1.5ghz, not an omap 4470. that would just be too funny though

  • Buy This

    Not terrible but far from future proof, especially at the time they are releasing it. When one of your selling points for the new device is how good it looks juxtaposed with your previous products, that’s generally indicative the new product can’t stand on its own legs IMO

  • Dw_astor


  • DuongVu

    Can you confirm the CPU? I thought I saw a Snapdragon S4 Plus from Engadget.

  • Sean Wood

    Does anyone else think this thing looks like the bastard child of the Moto Droid X and the Iphone 4s? ha ha ha

  • pcloadletter

    Blackberry is dead. Our corporation shut down our BB server last year because it is very costly and now only supports exchange devices. On top of that, carriers are charging $10-$20/month extra if you use a BB.

  • shooter50

    Looks like the Note 2 is the clear winner again for the majority of people who don’t care about stock Android.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Good looking phone. BB did a nice job.

  • chazzdjr

    I’m pulling for blackberry. I hope they can make it work. I used to love my old blackberry.

  • Futbolrunner

    Also, they named ALICIA KEYS as their Global Creative Director!

    I wish I was kidding.

  • I’ll take the Note 2 for $500 please Alex

  • Rennie Allen

    The Z10 hardware is acceptable and the OS, and user experience is an impressive upgrade from either iOS or Android. It is a Unix OS that is significantly more secure and more reliable than Android. It is definitely worth spending a half hour checking out at the local carrier store when they arrive…

  • RealtorRy

    Looks nice to me! I love my GS3 but I started out with Blackberry like many of us did… Im excited to mess with one. Might even pick one up as secondary device.

  • Davros

    Did they buy all the left over droid X bezels or what?

    • Hah, it does indeed look like a Droid X.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        And the back looks like an iPhone

        • michael arazan

          iPhone lawsuit in 3…2…1…

          • Zack Krocek

            I was thinking the exact, same, thing.

          • Jack Holt

            Blackberry would have to actually see some product in order for Apple to pay attention 😛

    • I was going to say the same thing. lol

    • roberthenderson

      I honestly think the Droid X Basil’s were smaller than this half Gameboy monstrosity.

      • nightscout13

        Basil? Bezel?

        • New_Guy

          Quiet…he’s going to cook and eat it!


          Haha! 🙂

    • reminds me of the rumored images of the x, when it was called the shadow and we all wished that it had a slide out keyboard! oh the days

    • nightscout13

      The Droid X Bezels were so durable, they were able to sell ALL Droid X models to Blackbery for refinement. 😀

      • michael arazan

        Blackberries ad campaign for green recycling of old handsets

  • Lorenzo c

    did anybody else see that 3 dot menu button?
    android conspiracy o.o

  • Shane Redman

    Just let me know when they port that keyboard over

    • It’s got to be coming, right? Do we know who made it?

      • Francisco Rodriguez

        I thought SwiftKey made the BB10 keyboard?

  • OMAP4470 LOL Year old tech that is EOL.

    • The 4470 is a capable chipset, especially in the graphics department. While it is not in the same compute category as the Exynos 5 and S4 Pro, it holds its own and should deliver solid performance and battery life so long as the software is properly optimized, as with any recent SoC.


      • James Hill

        Yes, and the public at large loves the old “optimized” argument. It better be an s4 Pro or BB has already lost.

  • Jeff

    As someone who had a piece of junk BB Storm it would be very unlikely for me to ever buy another BB device. However there are a lot of people out there who still prefer BB because of the basic things like email and messaging that BB does extremely well. i expect that this phone will do very well with that core audience.

    • BB does 2 things well. Interfacing with corporate networks and messaging with other BB users.

      • All six of them…

      • Green

        That’s why my husband’s company still uses them. He doesn’t like it, but it’s free.

        • Dave

          The sad thing is that their 3% market share includes companies (numerous)that buy them for employees. So it makes that number incredibly sad when you figure how many people “choose” to buy one.

  • droid x?? motorola lawsuits??

  • rockstar323

    The specs are on par with the iPhone 5. I think that’s who they are going after. They want to be the “it” phone and steal Apple’s spotlight as the fashion statement phone. I was impressed with the keynote. I think they will be a contender again. I’m actually looking forward to trying it out.

  • These phones will serve as a source of new ideas and features for iOS and Android to absorb, nothing more.

    • calculatorwatch

      So true. Watching the death of Palm proved definitively that it takes more than a really nice and well thought out interface to survive in this game. Not that the Z10 hardware is as bad as the Palm Pre, but on all other fronts it’s the same story. They’ve got very little developer support and most of their long-time customers have left for Apple or Android by now and aren’t looking back.

      But if we’re really lucky the Goog will buy them out and do some feature/interface porting from BB10 to Android, they’re both Java based OS’s after all.

      • michael arazan

        Or just for the patents alone

  • trophynuts

    wow talking about jacking a form factor. That thing looks exactly like a Droid X

    • Hunter

      Motorola is done using the form factor, i’m sure they won’t care.

  • Black Bear-E

    Poor Blackberry.

  • hfoster52

    So if this was last year this phone might have gotten noticed. But it’s 2013 and this will get skipped over unless your company makes you have a blackberry then this is a welcome upgrade. The 700k Apps in the app store I have a question of how many are there unsupported and just lingering.

  • Too bad the Blackberry is a Blackberry.

    • zwade

      The snozberries taste like snozberries.

      • ^^

      • Mapekz

        My mind was blown when I found out that guy was Christina Hendricks’s husband.

  • WAldenIV

    The screen and the battery seem a bit small, but at least it’s not a generation or two behind like the last flagship phone they introduced. The top and bottom bezel are a waste of space.

  • Famouz Starz

    ugh the maxx hd is running 4.1 😉

  • sc0rch3d

    CEO or presenters didn’t talk about battery life (or specs hardly at all). I’m curious if that 1800mah is suitable. I realize I can’t compare my LTE Nexus to Z10 directly, but the Z10 will have to power that monster processor and radios all just the same.

    excited to see this one in person, never been BB fan

    • BSweetness

      The reviews that I’ve read today (Engadget, The Verge) say it’s mediocre and disappointing. The Verge said it often wouldn’t last them a day, dying by 6 or 7 at night (after having been taken off a charger at 8 or 9 in the morning).

      • Every review I read didn’t have many great things to say about it. The only one was from Crackberry, but that’s to be expected. They have been counting the seconds to this day.

        • Mikey Styles

          This is why I undervalue his opinion & have so for quite sometime. I thoroughly enjoy how you guys try as best as possible to give impartial reviews & opinions. This site has become more diverse over the last yr or 2. Thnx guys for all the hard work.

  • Shane Redman

    Didn’t they say that ButtBerry was on a 3 year contract? or was that only in the UK?

    • zmberven

      Canada…their contracts are all sorts of weird

  • Ziang Chen

    Looks like an Iphone….. #applespamlawsuitwars

    • yungqb7

      Only if it sells well

    • roberthenderson

      yeah, the first 1

  • S.Ober

    Yawn! moving on.