Test: Blackberry Z3

We now know that the BlackBerry works fine in budgetlurar, although it is reputed to be the first and last time.

BlackBerry has not exactly made themselves known for budget phones over the years. Perhaps mostly because many of the headphones were meant to be sold through company, where individual costs don’t really matter. Last year’s Z10 with the new version of the operating system, BB10, did any kind of mediocre attempts to reach consumers. But with an ailing company in the back end it a bit like the initiative was launched and was shut down in a couple of half hearted rounds, which of course meant that we never heard much of it afterwards. Nevertheless, we still liked BB10 and the overall impression of the Z10 was still positive.

At present, it feels like the company BlackBerry only rash on the radar when new reports of runaway economy and reduced market shares, so that it fell into a budget phone from the company to the US on the editorial staff was a bit surprising actually.

BlackBerry Z3 is in all ways a budgetvariant of last year’s top model Z10 (although the name choice is extremely smart, given what Sony’s next flagship is called). Most of the support for mobile frequencies, including 4 g, has been abolished, while all internal hardware has slimmed down considerably. The only thing that has really grown is the screen, which is now located at five inches. However, with significantly lower resolution is what the Z10 had, as its actual score lost something. When it comes to black level and colour rendering it definitely to the darker side, but peksensorn is what stands out the most. It’s downright horrible and seem to register pressure a few millimetres error far too often. Here it is very lucky that the BlackBerry keyboard is so good and adapts to how user writes, for a start, it feels almost impossible to hit the right keys.

With a bigger screen, follow, of course, a little cooler dimensions, where very similar to how Nokia’s slightly cheaper Lumia phones designed. Here it comes with quite a high weight. In no way a record holder on the scale, but there is something about the design along with the weight that makes us feel the phone way too heavy.

Also the camera has slimmed down slightly in terms of pure numbers, but most are seen in pure image quality where the Z3 does not generate much to shrug. Everything is therefore nedplockat any notch (except the screen size) when it comes to hardware, but what about the software?

The first thing that strikes us as we begin to roll around in the system is that time seems to have stood still for about a year and a half. Bb10 felt very new and fresh when it came and many of its swipe gestures and solutions for navigation was really smart. But for every smart solution, there was a small annoyance, where at least a majority should have been addressed in such a long period of time. Swiping down the screen to bring up the settings for the current app is still not consistent and the same applies to the relationship between the back key and swipe movement to back away. On the other hand, BlackBerry added lots of fantastic disturbing information bubbles that will get you to learn the system … which in no way is going to get deleted unless you perform the maneuver which bubbles refers to.

However, what strikes us is how well BB10 works on a little thinner hardware. Built-in apps and navigation in both system as in browser goes about as fast as the Z10 and we notice well really most difference when we start the apps, then these will take slightly longer to get started.

At the same time, the BlackBerry has lost much of the power of the software since the last one. Message service BBM is now for both Ios and Android, which it does not become any greater success. The ability to have two separate modes of work and leisure, Samsung has been running in Knox for a year now and a similar feature coming soon to Android l. When the two pieces were relatively unique Z10 was released, it feels like the point of a separate Blackberry phone disappeared pretty much.

On the app page, it is just about as bad. There are certainly a lot more apps in the store now than it did the last time we visited it, but is believed to have been fairly easy for developers to convert Android apps to the system, it’s a pretty tragic desert that meets us in the BlackBerry World, as the store is called.

When it feels like it every day tasks that BlackBerry bought up/go in putten/change direction, it feels not like a particularly safe investment. Especially not when the main features long since been ported to other systems which had time to mature much more. The price tag of £ 200 is nothing shocking, but the whole set-up feels sadly far too uncertain now.

Questions and answers
What about updates?
Because the tours around the whole company goes back and forth rapidly, is the further development of the system itself extremely uncertain to predict.

Hands eight gigabytes?
Well OK. Unfortunately, it is the since apputbudet is as it is, but you’ll find much in the shop, after all, so it will run out very fast.

How much space is available for the user?
According to the phone system takes up approximately 1.5 gigabytes of storage. So minus the system files and the like, you have about six gigabytes available.

An alternative: Motorola Moto G-Budget compassion
Motorola’s budget mobile (who received a sequel just now) is both cheaper and in many ways a better choice.

Test chart
Nothing of note really. There are much better mobile cameras for the same price, and there are considerably worse.

Operating system BB10 is still interesting. At least in terms of how to navigate around in it.

5 inch
Z3 manages the feat to increase screen size while reducing the screen resolution.

Although it is included in the system is missing the NFC communication in your phone.