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The Z30 is the fourth of BlackBerry's BlackBerry 10 devices, following the Z10, Q10 and Q5, and rounds out the BlackBerry 10 portfolio, the company said. Here's a side view showing the volume controls.
BlackBerry said the Z30 is aimed at a prosumer and business audience with an emphasis on productivity.
First impressions are that — as befits a flagship device — it's a return to quality (especially after the cheap-feeling Q5, the last device BlackBerry released). It's a sturdy (but not too heavy) device that feels good in the hand.
It might lack the beloved hard keyboard of the Q10 but, unless you're a Qwerty obsessive, it's all the better for it because no screen real estate is sacrificed as a result. The soft keyboard is very easy to use (clumsy typists will appreciate the frets between the rows of keys), and the predictive text system is elegant too.
The BlackBerry 10 operating system is a good match for the larger screen. The browser worked briskly and the reader mode (which strips out extraneous web formatting) is a neat way of reading online content without having to negotiate your way through overwrought design, although it doesn't work for every page.
Here's the 2880 mAh battery, which BlackBerry says will last for 25 hours of mixed use. It's not a removable battery, however, which may disappoint some, although the Z30 does come with an external battery pack too.