If you clicked this title and are reading this, you’ve fallen prey to my devious “click-bait” strategy to get you to read. (Just playing.) I actually don’t think any of the current lineup of BBRY devices are bad, better, or worse, and really, I think they all are good, just positioned differently with different advantages. For instance, one might say the Q10 is better than the Q5, but that would be ignoring the price; is it better considering the Q5 is far less expensive? So my thought get’s to how you define “better,” I guess. But certainly, when looking at the big picture, you have to consider price when evaluating “better.”
In any event, I can see a reason for buying any of the current devices and frankly, any of the forthcoming devices, including the Classic. So this is my approach, that choice is usually good, and that saying one device is “the best,” is probably more aptly described as “the best for me.” So one of the points of this post is that I don’t believe in a so called “flagship” device, at least not in the BBRY lineup. Rather, I think all the devices have their purpose. At some point I suppose it’s possible to overwhelm the consumer with choices that overlap each other too much, but I don’t think that’s happened yet for BBRY.
I realize as BBRY fans, we tend to focus more on the slab (all touch) devices since they likely have the best chance of converting an Androidian or iPhonian to BBRY, but I have always felt that BBRY is productivity and security first and entertainment/media second, so secretly, I have thought the “real” BBRYs are the ones with keyboards. Fortunately, with 10.2 and the current lineup we have both productivity and fun in large measures.
I’m a SIM swapper and have been fortunate enough to have some extra cash and currently have a Z10, Q10, and Z30 in my “quiver” of BlackBerry devices. I tend to swap devices once or twice per week, typically going back and forth between the Q and one of the Z’s. I see my Q10 as my daily driver for business and the Z’s as business capable, but more media and entertainment oriented. I think the main advantage of the Z devices over the Q, besides screen size, is one handed typing is far easier for me as the words (predictive text) being on the keyboard (letters) are easier than the way they’re presented on the Q, above the keyboard. I got the Z10 when Verizon first made it available, then the Q10 when Verizon got that, and finally got the Z30 several weeks ago. Since then, I have been swapping between the Q and Z30, but finally, the Z10 caught my eye again, and I’m typing this up on it, which brings me to my point.
I think the Z10 has advantages over the Z30.
There, I said it.
As much as I love the 30 for the big screen, battery life, and stereo sound (which is totally awesome BTW), I love the size and shape of the Z10 and think this presents a compelling reason to buy/use this device over the Z30. I am about 6’1″ tall and have decent sized hands and although I can readily use the Z30 with one hand, the Z10 is simply more convenient and easier. Holding the 10 in my hand, I can cover significantly more real estate on the screen than I can with the 30. I can use the 30 with one hand, but it invariably requires me to adjust the phone in my hand to do so. With the 10, there are far fewer adjustments required. It seems many of us BBRY fans have been extolling the virtues of the 30 and have more or less, ignored the Z10, since the Z30 came out. I can see that the 30 is certainly spec’d-out better than the 10, but I believe the 10 is a good device in it’s own right and has a distinct advantage, which is it’s form factor and being easier to use with one hand, should that be of interest to someone.
I also think the power management strategy for the Z10 has some advantages. Despite the ginormous battery in the 30, I still find myself “managing” the power to insure I don’t run out. This means, I might plug the Z30 in at my desk for 30 or 60 minutes when I really don’t feel like it, where as with the Z10 and the BBRY power bundle, I always have a fully charged battery on hand, so I feel more confident in using the 10 in a more “aggressive” or unguarded manner.
Please don’t misunderstand me. The Z30 battery is truly a beast and even when I’m charging it at my desk it’s not out of fear I’ll actually run out, it’s more because I don’t like even falling below 30% charge; maybe I’m over cautious when at work since my phone is so important to me for work. In any event, the Z10 allows you to swap batteries and that must be considered an advantage in some situations.
So my question for everyone is twofold: 1) Do you think the Z10 is a lesser phone than the Z30 or do you think it’s just different, and 2) do you buy into the idea of a “flagship” device or think it’s all about choice?
Oh, and BTW, if anyone disagrees with me, I’m deleting your comments!!!
Sorry. Just kidding.