New BlackBerry Z10 vs. iPhone 5 and Other Top Smartphones

BlackBerry unveiled two devices at yesterday’s event, the Z10 and the Q10.  Though the devices look promising, BlackBerry fans in the US will have to wait over a month to see the new handsets.

The company has been lambasted in the past for delaying the release of its new platform and new devices, but the bitterness didn’t seem to affect BlackBerry even as it once again delays availability of the devices.  UK fans are the first to get their hands on the Z10 starting today, followed by Canada on Feb. 5, then UAE on Feb. 10, and lastly the US in mid-March, while the Q10 won’t make an appearance until April.

As we wait to see if these devices could actually save BlackBerry, along with Alicia Keys as its new Global Creative Director, let’s see how the Z10 compares to other top smartphones.  A full comparison of the Z10 versus the iPhone 5, Nexus 4 and Galaxy SIII can be found below the video, which offers a full analysis on the Z10 launch and what it means for BlackBerry.

Dimensions

BlackBerry Z10: Height  130 mm x Width 65.6 mm x Depth 9 mm, Weight 137.5 g

Google Nexus 4: 133.9mm x 68.7mm x 9.1 mm, 139 g

Apple iPhone 5: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm, 112 g

Samsung Galaxy SIII: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133 g

Display

Z10: 4.1” 1280 x 768 resolution, 356ppi, IPS LCD, All-touch screen, with intuitive gesture based navigation

Nexus 4: Vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology, gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, topped with scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.

iPhone 5: 4” Retina display with 1136 x 640 resolution and 326 ppi, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front

Galaxy SIII: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display, Corning Gorilla Glass that provides exceptional damage resistance to the drops, bumps, and scrapes of everyday use.

Capacity and Price

Z10: 16GB, can be upgraded to up to 64GB via microSD, $149 with a 3-year plan

Nexus 4: 8GB for $299, 16GB for $349 or $199 for a two-year contract with T-Mobile.

iPhone 5: 16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399with free 5GB iCloud – with a new two-year contract either on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon

Galaxy SIII: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB user memory – can be upgraded to up to 64GB via MicroSD, $199 with a two-year contract

Cellular and Wireless

Z10: 3G, 4G LTE, 21Mbps HSPA+, Quad band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), Quad band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE), Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS, Preloaded with BlackBerry Maps application, BlackBerry Tag with NFC technology enables communication between BlackBerry smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices with a tap

Nexus 4: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC Android Beam, Bluetooth, GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz) and HSPA+ 21

iPhone 5: GSM model: GSM/EDGE; UMTS/HSPA+; DC-HSDPA; CDMA model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B; LTE; Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz); Bluetooth 4.0; GPS and GLONASS

Galaxy SIII: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz; 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; 4G (Dependent on market); WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40; GPS/GLONASS; NFC; Bluetooth 4.0(LE)

Battery

Z10: 1800mAH removable battery, Up to 10 hours talk time (3G), Up to 13 days standby time
*Note: Battery life claims are for Model STL100-3

Nexus 4: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours

iPhone 5: Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G; Browsing time: Up to 8 hours on LTE, Up to 8 hours on 3G, Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi; Standby time: Up to 225 hours

Galaxy SIII: 2,100 mAh

Processor

Z10: Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core 1.5 GHz, 2GB RAM

Nexus 4: Cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM

iPhone 5: A6 – Apple engineered chip

Galaxy SIII:  Exynos 4 Quad processor @ 1.4Ghz for HSPA version, and 1GB RAM.

OS

Z10: BlackBerry 10 OS

Nexus 4: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

iPhone 5: iOS 6

Galaxy SIII: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable to Jelly Bean

Camera

Z10: Rear camera – 8MP auto-focus camera, Back Side Illumination for better low-light performance, 5-element F2.2 lens, flash, continuous and touch to focus, image stabilization, 5 x digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording, Time Shift mode for pinpointing and adjusting individual elements of your picture; Front camera – 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera, Image and video stabilization, 3x digital zoom, 720p HD video recording.

Nexus 4: High-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning 360° panoramas with Photo Sphere, shoot video in full 1080p and snap still shots while filming, instantly upload photos on Google+, 1.3MP front-facing camera

iPhone 5: 8MP iSight camera that features Autofocus, Tap to focus, LED flash, Backside illumination sensor, Five-element lens, Face detection, Hybrid IR filter, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Panorama and improved video recording feature now with face detection and enhanced image stabilization, 30fps; 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video and Backside illumination sensor

Galaxy SIII: Main (Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI; Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI; Best photo

Sensors

Z10: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor

Nexus 4: Accelerometer, Ambient light, Compass, Gyroscope, Barometer and GPS.

iPhone 5: Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Compass

Galaxy SIII: Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

SIM

Z10: Micro SIM

Nexus 4: Micro SIM

iPhone 5: Nano SIM

Galaxy SIII: Micro SIM

Standout features

Z10: BlackBerry Balance which offers dedicated profiles to keep work and personal data separate and secure, USB 2.0 high speed port which allows charging and data synchronization of the device with a USB cable, Micro HDMI for connection to your HDTV or projector, BlackBerry Magnify, for customers with partial vision, Teletypewriter (TTY) Support.

Nexus 4: Wireless charging, Google Now, Voice Search, Google Maps, Gesture Typing, Android Beam, Google Wallet,  Music Manager

iPhone 5: Ultrafast Wireless, Maps, EarPods, Lightning connector, enhanced Siri, Passbook

Galaxy SIII: Smart Stay, Direct Call, Smart Alert, Social Tag, S Voice

So which is the best phone?

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I’m surprised by the look of the Z10, it looks a lot like the iPhone 5.  With that being said, let’s talk about which is the best device.  The Z10’a Time Shift feature is pretty cool but it’s like tricked out version of Samsung’s Best Photo, so that’s not really something jaw-dropping, but it still earns them a point.

If you’re the type of person who wants your work life separated from your personal life, then the Z10 would suit you well because of BlackBerry Balance.  Then its battery life is quite impressive too.  Aside from that, some of the Z10’s features are almost the same as the other smartphones so it’s up to you which design calls out to you more.

About Mellisa Tolentino

Mellisa Tolentino started at SiliconANGLE covering the mobile and social scene. Over the years, her scope expanded to Bitcoin as well as the Internet of Things. SiliconANGLE gave Mellisa her break in writing and it has been an adventure ever since. She’s from the sunny country of Philippines where people always greet you with the warmest smile. If she’s not busy writing, she loves reading, watching TV series and movies, but what she enjoys the most is playing or just chilling on the couch with with her three dogs Ceecee, Ginger, and Rocky.