BlackBerry Z10 smartphone comparison with Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone

by Trefor Davies on Wednesday, 30 January, 2013

trefor with blackberry10We have a BlackBerry 10 and have put it through some rudimentary comparisons with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4s1. The iPhone5 may perform differently but I don’t think it hugely matters as the comparisons are not particularly scientific.

Bootup

  • iPhone4s 38seconds
  • BlackBerry10 79 seconds
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 26 seconds

Galaxy S3 wins hands down but reality is that most people keep their phones on 24×7 and the BlackBerry has to perform a handshake with the BlackBerry Enterprise server so it is no wonder it takes longer. This test is therefore probably not hugely relevant but seeing as we had done it I’m not going to waste the info.

At this point the iPhone4s left the room and we continued testing:

Web browsing

BlackBerry10 ZThe BlackBerry10  is supposed to major on speed of web access and this would appear to be the case. We tested the BB10 versus the SGS3 on two websites. Initially we chose a random site europafastenings.co.uk – speciality fasteners and screws – you know it makes sense. Both devices loaded this site in around 6 seconds though there is a lot of room for error in the measurement with this method – clicking on start buttons on timers and also trying to ensure that both of us did it simultaneously on two devices.

We moved on to html5test.com which gave us a reading as to the speed of our web access – at least for html5. For good measure we also threw in Google chrome running on my laptop.

  • BlackBerry10 485
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 390
  • Chrome on Windows7 448

Higher is better here so at first glance, and with only a small set of comparison points BB10 is, as it claims to be, a fast device for accessing tinterweb.

Couple of videos for your delight and delectation. Firstly Timico Engineer Dean Asher talking about his first impressions of the BB10 which are very good.

The second vid is Dean showing off BlackBerry Flow which does seem to have some very nifty features in allowing you to switch between applications.

All in all the BlackBerry10 is likely to be a device that corporate IT managers can give to their staff that won’t make them complain about its functionality. To a large extent it is going to be all about the timely availability of apps. Time will tell whether the BB10 turns around RIM’s fortunes but it looks like it could give them a sporting chance.

1 I couldn’t find an iPhone5 around the office and not being an Apple fan I don’t care if someone comes along whinging saying that the iPhone5 is much better than the iPhone4s. iPhone5 sales are disappointing the markets anyway and it’s no wonder I couldn’t find anyone with one ;)

{ 3 comments }

HmmmUK January 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

“We have a BlackBerry”
*Royal we*

Sounds like you guys like it! Perhaps you should consider doing some type of partnership thing? ;)

Faye January 31, 2013 at 9:57 am

The new BB looks great – far superior to anything else they have released over the past few years. I remember when I first started out in telecoms that they were very much a business product, whereas now they are popular amongst teenagers due to BBM – the fact that the hardware is comparatively cheap is probably a factor in that too! The dynamic of the brand seems to have shifted quite a lot recently and maybe this is the device and OS that will help them stamp their ground again in the smartphone world. I’ve always loved BlackBerry, but I particularly like the look of this one. I’m less bothered about apps than most people so the speculation as to whether the app store will match up to Android and Apple doesn’t really bother me too much.

Out of interest, why did the iPhone leave the room?

tref January 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

We as in Timico :) I as in Tref have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and a DOA Nokia Lumia 920 which I shall be writing about shortly.

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