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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10 comparison review

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BlackBerry has finally launched its new operating system on its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, but how does it compare to one of the most popular Android devices around? Read our Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10 comparison review to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry has finally launched its new operating system on its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, but how does it compare to one of the most popular Android devices around? Read our Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10 comparison review to find out.

It's been a long time coming but BlackBerry 10 has finally arrived and with it has come the BlackBerry Z10. It's the first full touchscreen BlackBerry which puts it directly up against the best smartphones on offer.

One of the most popular smartphones of 2012 was the Samsung Galaxy S3 so we've taken these two flagship devices and compared them section by section.

Take a look at the following two articles for more details on each handset.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Design and build

These two phones are quite different in the looks department. With a larger screen, it's not a surprise that the Galaxy S3 is the bigger handset overall at 71x137mm compares to 66x130mm of the BlackBerry Z10. However, at 8.6mm, the Samsung is thinner than the Z10 which we measured at 9.2mm.

The Galaxy S3 and BlackBerry Z10 are effectively the same weight at 133g and 135g respectively.  

We don't like the fact that both these phones have flimsy plastic rear covers but the Galaxy S3 has an overall better build quality and much more premium feel to it.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Screen

As we mentioned, the Galaxy S3 has a larger screen than the Z10 at 4.8in. In today's standards the BlackBerry's 4.2in display is quite small.

Samsung and BlackBerry have opted for similar resolutions - 720x1280 and 768x1280 respectively. The Z10 wins on pixel density here wit a whopping 355ppi against 306ppi. It's the highest pixel density of a smartphone we've reviewed to date (incoming Full HD phones will trump this). See Which smartphone has the highest screen resolution?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Processor and performance

Despite being much older, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a more powerful processor in the form of its Exynos 4 Quad, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.4GHz which is based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture.

The BlackBerry Z10 has a distinctly mid-range sounding 1.5GHz dual-core processor but the handset has twice as much RAM as the Samsung at 2GB so this evens things up a bit.

The core benchmark apps we use aren't available for the BlackBerry Z10 so we can't compare hard numbers. We found performance to be good on both handsets but the Galaxy S3 feels that bit speedier.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Storage

It's another win for Samsung when it comes to storage since the Galaxy S3 comes in a few different was storage options -16GB, 32GB and 64GB. BlackBerry has decided to only launch the Z10 in a 16GB model.

Both have the same potential for adding more storage with each smartphone providing a microSD card slot capable of accepting up to 64GB memory cards.

BlackBerry Z10

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Cameras

Things are much tighter on the photograpy side of things. The Galaxy S3's 8Mp camera is a common resolution for a smartphone and the BlackBerry Z10 only matches it. Both record video in up to Full HD 1080p and have various and similar software features.

The front cameras are effectively the same, too, at 1.9Mp for the Galaxy S3 and 2Mp for the Z10. Each can shoot video at up to 720p.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Software

The Galaxy S3 is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, almost the latest edition of Google's operating system. Samsung uses its own TouchWiz user interface which comes with a number of exclusive features you won't find on other Android handsets. BlackBerry's Z10 is pre-loaded with the firm's brand new mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10.

We like BlackBerry 10 which has turned out to be a smooth and easy to use piece of software. However, it doesn't present any unique and outstanding new features. BlackBerry has created an OS similar to that of Android and iOS but laid out differently with features presented an an alternative way.

The other issue is that the Google Play Store is leagues ahead as an app store and a platform which developers prioritise over Blackberry 10.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Battery

The Galaxy S3's 7.8Wh (2100mAh) battery typically lasted us two days with a power saving mode helping keep the phone going as long as possible. We were disappointed to find the 6.7Wh (1800mAh) battery of the BlackBerry Z10 only lasted us a day, and only just at that.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Expert Verdict »


Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB reviews verified by Reevoo

Samsung Galaxy S3 16GBScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 6423 reviews
Android OS: ICS
HSPA+ 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps
8MP AF with LED Flash
4.8 Super AMOLED MIPI (C-Type)
A-GPS / BT v4.0 USB v2.0 / Wi-FI (802.11 b/g/n/a) OTG
Recording definition: 1080p / Playback at 1080p resolution
Sensors: Acceleration, Electromagnetic, Gyro, RGB, Proximity, Barometer
-1.5GHz Quad Core CPU
Simplanner/Video Hub/Chat ON

Even though it's considerably older, it's the Samsung Galaxy S3 which comes out on top when up against the BlackBerry Z10. The Galaxy S3 is superior in a number of areas including software and battery life.


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