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Blackberry Z10 vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3: Spec Showdown

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The mobile world has all but acknowledged that BlackBerry 10 is the make or break moment for Research in Motion (or just “BlackBerry” now, actually). BlackBerry fell out of the spotlight as smartphones became more prevalent and the operating system fell behind. BB 10 doesn’t just have to play catch up, it has to slingshot ahead if it wants a chance to compete with those that toppled its throne once already. With the launch of BB 10 comes new handsets that break the mold of the usual BlackBerry phone including the new flagship phone, the Z10. Now that it’s officially been revealed, it’s time for the Z10 and its new OS to take on the top dogs that had left Research in Motion in the dust. Will the BlackBerry Z10 have what it takes to steal back some of the market share that was once rightfully BlackBerry’s? Check out the specs below to see how the new handset stacks up against the current kings of mobile and decide for yourself.


iPhone 5

iPhone 5 display
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Galaxy S3

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Size 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 (mm) 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 (mm)  130 x 65.6 x 9 (mm)
Weight 112g 133g N/A
Screen 4.0-inch LCD 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.2-inch LCD
Resolution 1136×640 pixels 1280×720 pixels 1280×768 pixels
OS iOS 6.0.1 Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UI BlackBerry 10
Storage 16/32/64GB 16/32GB 16GB
SD Card Slot No Yes  Yes
Processor Dual-core A6X Dual-core Snapdragon S4 (US) 1.5GHz Dual-core Snapdragon
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+
Camera Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP Front 1.9MP, Rear 8MP Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0
Battery 1440mAh 2100mAh 1800mAh
Charger Lightning connector Micro USB Micro USB
Marketplace Apple App Store Google Play Store BlackBerry World
Price $200+ $200+ $N/A
Availability AT&T, Sprint, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

 AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

Conclusion: Just going by the numbers, it appears BlackBerry’s Z10 is able to hold its own. The screen offers a high definition, pixel-dense experience that puts it on par if not above the competition. It’s processor and RAM indicate it will be able to keep up with the computing power of its competition. The ability to connect to 4G LTE networks is a must now, and the Z10 meets the need. Obviously the most interesting difference on the chart, though, is the OS. Seeing how BlackBerry 10 stacks up against iOS and Android will come down to actually experiencing it, but what we know looks promising. With features like BlackBerry Flow, the improved BBM, and the Time Shift camera function, it appears BlackBerry is up for the fight.

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