When the BlackBerry Z3 first hit the market in Indonesia, various people complained that it didn’t seem to attract the kind of attention that other competitive products such as smartphones from Motorola and Nokia. They were basing this dire news on various social media search engines and so on. What most of those people failed to take into account was the rather unusual strategy of rolling out the product starting in only a single country at first.
Now that the Z3 is on the cusp of being released in several additional countries, things seem to be changing significantly. As one data point, I’ve been watching the discourse about the Z3 on the well-known (and platform-agnostic) mobile-centric website GSMarena, for about 1.5 months now. Comparing on the same site the discussion and ratings to the famous Moto G – probably the most direct global competitor to the Z3 and regarded as the most popular Motorola phone ever – one can see how the “buzz” over the Z3 has risen quite substantially over that period of time, particularly after availability plans for several additional countries were announced in recent weeks.
In fact, user interest today according to that website is nearly identical to the Moto G. (Once again, the much lower raw numbers are likely due to the Z3’s later release and far more limited geographical distribution at present)
I’d say “Impressive” is a fair word here. :)