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BlackBerry Z3 (2014)

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8230
Adreno 305
1.5 GB / 8 GB
5 inch (540 x 960 px)
5 MP, 2592 х 1944 px, autofocus

This phone comes equipped with a 5 inch LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8230 chipset, and 1.5 GB of RAM.

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Table of Contents

This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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BlackBerry Z3 specifications

BrandBlackBerry
NameZ3
ModelZ3
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.78 oz
Dimensions5.51 x 2.87 x 0.37 inch
Colorsblack
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of BlackBerry Z3 is about 5.78 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. A micro SIM is a smaller version of the standard SIM card used in mobile devices.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionBlackBerry OS 10.2.1
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8230
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Krait 200
GPUAdreno 305

The BlackBerry Z3 comes with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 out of the box. This CPU can be fast enough for basic phone operations. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeLCD
Screen size5 inch
Resolution540 x 960 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM1.5 GB
Internal storage8 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1.5 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. More RAM lets us keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The Z3 has only 8 GB. We can expand the internal storage (8 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera5 MP, 2592 х 1944 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera1.1 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The main camera of Z3 smartphone does not have OIS. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is an important feature in smartphones.

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Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP, LE
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 3G is obsolete now, because most phones can use 4G and 5G networks. The phone is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Z3 smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. The GPS allows this smartphone to find their exact location. It provides accurate navigation and mapping. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2500 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 2500 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The battery of Z3 isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, light, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. The light sensor detects the level of light in the environment.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this BlackBerry phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Updated: May 11, 2024

Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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