My first smart phone was a BlackBerry Bold and I absolutely loved the keypad. But after switching to an Android, I quickly came to realize that once you go to a larger screen, it’s difficult to ever go back.

I had chance to try out the BlackBerry Z30 which has a much larger screen, coming in at 5 inches with a 1,280 by 720 Super AMOLED panel. The display seems a little less sharp in colour than my current phone however viewing angles are good because of this blue-like tint.

BlackBerry Z30 review

It’s a sturdy phone too, weighing in at 170 grams. I like the back side of it too – has a good feel.

blackberry z30

BlackBerry Z30

The BlackBerry Hub is still superb compared to other phones; it keeps your inbox organized in the most efficient way, which makes it still #1 in terms of using it as a business phone. Keeping track of emails, messages, social media all in one section, the Hub still reigns supreme.

BlackBerry Z30 review

If you’re using the phone mainly for business and spend your time going from one email account to another, BBM and social media, it’s a wonderful device. I’d stress, for business – apps are not so accessible on the BB platform… which is probably a good thing if you’re using the phone strictly for work purposes. You shouldn’t be playing Candy Crush anyway! And Instagram lovers would probably miss using this app as it’s not available on BlackBerry.

What I like about the Z30 is the keypad – it seems like the keys are spaced out a little better than other keypads, which comes in handy if you use the phone for emailing and texting quite a bit.

BlackBerry Z30 keypad

The BlackBerry Z30 has an 8-megapixel main camera and is easy to use. The quality is good with proper lighting, otherwise it has an LED flash. And with a good battery life, the phone can last all day before charging up again.

BlackBerry Z30 review

All in all, I’d recommend this phone but more for business use than for someone looking to use it for games and apps.

BlackBerry Z30


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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