BlackBerry may not be the company it was back before the iPhone, but it looks to regain its strength with a new touchscreen flagship. In this comparison, we look at the BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5, two flagship products by Apple and BlackBerry.
The iPhone 5 has been on sale for longer, but BlackBerry wanted their phone out sooner and have only been tweaking small details for a few months prior to release. We notice a lot of similarities with the two models, but the OS and apps store are very different stories.
BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5: Design
The BlackBerry Z10 has a slightly bigger screen, 0.2-inches bigger at 4.2-inches, the Z10 also weighs a little more at 137.5g to the iPhone 5’s slim 112g.
The BlackBerry Z10 has a 1280 x 768 display, not as good as some Android phones with 1080p five-inch displays, but better than the 1136 x 640 display the iPhone 5 sports. Colour reproduction can be argued, both phones do it brilliantly.
The two phones have dual-core processors, the BlackBerry Z10 clocking at 1.5GHz while the iPhone 5 A6 core is at a slower 1.3GHz. The BlackBerry Z10 has double the RAM, at 2GB. The iPhone 5 pushes away with internal storage, as you can choose 64GB with Apple’s offering; with the Z10 you get a dismal 16GB, although you can add a 32GB SDcard.
Both phones have LTE and pretty poor battery life. The BlackBerry Z10 just loses out on the battery life run, but both will not last you a day if you play games and use LTE. Both phones have 8MP rear shooters, and the BlackBerry has a 2MP front camera, while the iPhone 5 only has 1.2MP.
Overall the BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5 contest is in the Z10 hands at the moment, although you could argue the iPhone’s beautiful design hands it back to Apple.
BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5: OS
BB10 was a late comer into the race, but with this late coming, BlackBerry is able to add some unique features like social hub and full gesture swiping, doing away with the home button.
There are still some kinks in the BB10 OS and people have agreed a starter manual may be needed if you are a previous iOS or Android user. Our impression is that BlackBerry has added a solid OS with lots of features, but some of them just haven’t worked out.
The iPhone 5, on the other hand, runs age old iOS, that is safe, simple and secure. The problem is it isn’t innovative and if you buy into the iPhone 5, you are possibly buying into a lifetime of the same operating system.
In our view, both operating systems look great and offer some amazing features, but iOS clinches it with a more smooth interface and is easy for the novice user.
Content is a whole lot better on iOS as well, you will find hundreds of thousands more apps, better apps, more content, more music and a truly premium quality ecosystem. On BB10, you may be lucky to find your favourite 10 apps.
The BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5 seems to be back in Apple’s hands with this gigantic win.
BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5: Conclusion
It is always up to the end user and what they want with their new device. BlackBerry Z10 has a brilliant design and performance wise it beats the iPhone 5. One could argue that the iPhone 5 looks a lot nicer than the Z10 with a more premium design.
In our view, iOS defeats BB10 in a lot of ways and this may just be because BlackBerry 10 was a such a bold move by the company, one that obviously wasn’t going to fully work out at the start.
In our mind, the iPhone 5 is the better device if you are picking between the two, but if you enjoy BBM, having all your notifications in one place and just want to try something new, maybe you should get the BlackBerry Z10.
What do you think? Could you see yourself getting a BlackBerry device, or are you happy with the iPhone 5?