BlackBerry Z10 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: Smartphone Shootout

BlackBerry Z10 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

With the new BlackBerry Z10 now available to buy here in the UK, there’s a new contender in the smartphone stakes. But just how well does the new BlackBerry stand up to the established big names on the market today?

BlackBerry will be hoping its Z10 can steal some of the limelight from the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S III but it’s going to need impressive specifications mixed with a slick and easy to use operating system. Let’s see how the newest BlackBerry compares with the most recent offering from the Korean tech giant.

Screen

Galaxy S III: 4.8-inch, 1280 x 720, 306ppi pixel density

BlackBerry Z10: 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768, 355ppi pixel density

WINNER: BlackBerry Z10

Compared to the SIII’s huge display the Z10 seems the perfect size – not too small yet not too big and unwieldy. It’s also much, much sharper and offers a more vivid picture overall. With a 4.2-inch display with 355ppi, the Z10 offers a pin-sharp picture that looks stunning when watching HD videos and gaming on the move.

Processing Power

Galaxy S III: Quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos + 1GB RAM

BlackBerry Z10: Dual-core 1.5GHz Krait + 2GB RAM

WINNER: BlackBerry Z10

Make no mistake; both phones are extremely fast and capable. On paper, the Galaxy S III has more raw power under the hood thanks to its quad-core processor, but the Z10 has double the RAM and a dual-core processor with a higher clock speed. Both are nimble, but we were especially impressed with the Z10’s smooth and fluid nature when playing games, watching HD video and multitasking. That extra RAM also lends a hand when it comes to running many apps at once and keeping everything smooth too.

Form Factor

Galaxy S III: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm+ 133g

BlackBerry Z10: 130 x 65.6 x 9 mm + 135g

WINNER: Galaxy S III

The Z10 is technically the thicker and the heavier of the two, but it’s still slim and sleek. However, Samsung’s natural design with curved edges, corners and sides make the S III a joy to hold, despite its larger overall size. The difference in thickness between the two is minimal, and so the Z10 is still nice and thin, but for us, the S III wins here.

Imaging

Galaxy S III: 8MP + 1080p + LED flash, 1.9MP + 720p

BlackBerry Z10: 8MP + 1080p + LED flash, 2MP + 720p

WINNER: Galaxy S III

Both the S III and the Z10 will snap 8 megapixel photos and shoot glorious Full HD 1080p video, but we feel that Samsung offers more in its camera app, which is perfect for the creative amongst us. It offers many more shooting modes (such as a useful macro mode for close-ups), and settings, than the Z10. Both still take great quality still images and HD videos however.

However, the BlackBerry Z10 has a trick in its camera bag – Timeshift. This feature allows users to take a picture and effectively ‘rewind’ them to pick the perfect moment – ideal for group shots where you need everyone smiling at the same time. If you want a phone with a camera that does everything, the S III is the best option, but if you want a capable and simple camera experience that also has a very cool feature that few other phones do, perhaps the Z10 is for you.

Software

Galaxy S III: Android 4.1 + TouchWiz UI

BlackBerry Z10: BlackBerry 10

DRAW

Software is always a tough call, as many will prefer an operating system they’re familiar with. However, BlackBerry 10 is brand new. Once you’ve gotten used to the gestures in BlackBerry 10 it becomes very fun, intuitive and easy to use. The fact that you don’t have to leave an app when reading and replying to emails, sending tweets, updating your Facebook and sending texts (thanks to BlackBerry Hub) is amazing and a feature that socialites will adore. If you’re big on apps and downloadable content, then the S III with its 700,000 app strong Play Store might be a better bet.

Storage

Galaxy S III: 16/32/64GB, micro SD up to 64GB, 50GB Dropbox

BlackBerry Z10: 16GB, micro SD up to 32GB, 2GB Dropbox

WINNER: Galaxy S III

Whilst you can shell out big bucks for a 64GB S III, the Z10 only comes in one option: 16GB. Both phones’ internal storage can be expanded via microSD, and for those who need as much storage as possible, the SIII can accommodate the largest card at 64GB. Both phones come with an allocation of free cloud storage space via Dropbox, although with the S III you get much, much more free out of the box.

Connectivity

Galaxy SIII: 3G/4G, DC-HSDPA, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, GPS, micro USB MHL

BlackBerry Z10: 3G/4G, DC-HSDPA, Dual-Band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, DLNA, NFC, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, micro USB, micro HDMI

WINNER: BlackBerry Z10

As you might expect with flagship phones, both the S III and the Z10 are bursting at the seams with all sorts of connectivity options. Both offer super-fast Wi-Fi and both 3G and 4G for the fastest internet connection possible, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to other devices wirelessly without a huge drain on the battery.

A simple micro HDMI connection also means that just one cable is needed to hook the Z10 up to a TV or monitor, whereas the S III requires an extra adapter plus a HDMI cable.

Conclusion

The Z10 comes in as a strong contender with more than enough on offer to make it a worthy rival to the S III. It shines in the screen and connectivity departments thanks to a gorgeous HD display and a wealth of wireless and wired connections, although we feel that the S III offers more in the camera and storage departments, and offers a more natural and hand-friendly design.

If you require a lot of internal storage, then the Z10’s maximum of 48GB may not be enough for you, in which case the S III would be the best bet, with its capacity for larger microSD cards.

As for the battle of the operating systems, well, it depends how you use your phone. A huge fan of social networking, always texting and emailing and staying in touch? BlackBerry 10 is perfect for you. If you love to download all sorts of apps and customise every aspect of your phone, then we reckon that Android is a better match.

This guest post was written by Dave West of GadgetHelpline.com, who specialise in offering the best UK based technical support and keeping people updated on the latest news, help hints and tips in the gadget world.

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