witch one would you recomend: Blackberry Z10 or Samsung Galaxy S3?

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n k

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Jonathan I, Mobile Master

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S III, considering the price difference. Realistically the Z10 is the S III in Blackberry 10 form (with a smaller screen).

If they were the same price then it would be a bit more of a toss up as I really like how BB 10's multitasking and Hub features work but it's hard to recommend when the S III is only $300 right now.
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Guess you'll have to go with the S3, I'm sure the Z10 is still around, though I don't see it listed on Koodo's phone lineup page here in Ontario.
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Depends on what you`re looking for in a phone. I mean if you want more games and such then probably the Samsung but I mean it is all personal preference. The price is also way cheaper and to me seems like a nicer phone.
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Also consider the moto g or nexus 5 for the extra 100. The nexus 5 absolutely flies through android if the extra 100 appeals to you. The moto g is an extremely well built budget device and is actually faster than the s3. Just some suggestions :)
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If you're looking for a good camera the Z10 blows the Moto G out of the water
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Ya the moto g camera is one of its weak points
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And the Z10 camera is pretty bad, so that shows just how bad the camera on the Moto G is. But come on, the OP asked specifically Z10 vs S3.
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I would stay away from the S3 it lags terribly after awhile, definitely check out the Moto G it runs circles around the S3 for half the price. If you have the money check out the Nexus 5 it's my favourite phone of 2013 & I've used almost every flagship device from 2013. Even the Nexus 4 should be considered before the S3 IMO.
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Yeah I have the Moto G and would 100% recommend it to anyone. I mean the camera isn't the best but it is an excellent phone!! I mean who can argue with the price!!?
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For the price, I'm not going to deny that the Moto G is a decent entry level device for the money. Apart from the camera, which is supposed to be getting an update when the KitKat OS arrives, my only other peeve is the lack of a microSD card slot. 5.2GB of storage might work for some, but I like the idea of having removable storage which both the S3 and Z10 have.

The Z10 is a solid and reliable device, the build quality doesn't feel cheap or plasticy, it has a little weight to it which adds to its premium feel and the rubberized back improves gripability. If you're one that likes to keep connected with social media, this is definitely the device for you. The seamless integration of the Hub brings all of your social apps, text messaging and email, together in one place.

Typing on the Z10 keyboard is effortless and the device learns as you type. The Z10 is an LTE compatible device whereas the Moto G is not. The Z10 is also capable of running Android apps, which is initially what sparked my interest in this device. While I don't buy smartphones for their cameras, the Z10 takes amazingly crisp, sharp pictures and shoots video in 1080p HD and sports a micro-HDMI port.

Both the Z10 and S3 have microSD storage card slots, both devices come with 16GB of onboard storage, however some of that space (up to 2GB) is occupied by the Android OS. Both devices are capable of using microSD cards of up to 64GB in capacity.

One drawback is that the Z10 does not incorporate any sort of screen protection and is basically a slab of unprotected glass. The S3 uses Corning Gorilla Glass II. So, it's best to invest in screen protection and a slimline case to preserve the Z10's elegant slim profile.

In my opinion, the Z10 is definitely worth the investment.
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My vote goes to the Z10. But, that doesn't mean that it's for you.

It comes down to what your personal preferences are. Here are my reasons for either:

Z10 over S3:

- Better build quality and feel in the hand.
- More intuitive UI, less clutter (TouchWIZ on Samsung can get overwhelming).
- Faster. Despite only being dual core, this phone performs better.
- Unparalleled communication device: no other mobile OS is as robust on this front.
- Best stock keyboard (and best overall keyboard in my opinion). You can buy SwiftKey for Android and it comes close but I still prefer the Z10 keyboard. It learns as you type, and if you're multilingual it will learn to autocorrect you properly without changing input language
- Micro-HDMI out
- Slightly better screen resolution
- Slightly more compact
- Twice the RAM

S3 over Z10:

- Android is a lot more mature as a platform, meaning that if you're looking for a particular app, you'll likely find it.
- Better camera (this point may be subjective to my use of both devices, fellow MM Chad pointed out that he gets better results with the Z10, so YMMV)
- Larger display
- Larger battery
- Much more popular than the Z10, meaning that there are a lot more 3rd party cases available

I'm not going to bring up the prices, because carrier prices can be quite meaningless when the device is no longer the latest offering. I bought a Z10 recently for $155 after taxes and it's brand new and unlocked (a friend of a friend is a BB employee in Waterloo). Shop around and see what the prices are like on Kijiji in your area. Check out Ebay and Amazon as well. Spending some time online researching prices can save you a lot.

And finally, if you have friends with either device, play around with it.

Good luck!

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