Android apps and 3 other reasons why BlackBerry Z3 might be a good buy

The Z3 has the potential to bring the Canadian smartphone maker back to the forefront in India.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Updated: June 26, 2014 1:00 pm
The BlackBerry Z3. (Source: blogs.blackberry.com) The BlackBerry Z3. (Source: blogs.blackberry.com)

BlackBerry is all set to launch its new device, the Z3 in India this week. The phone has been designed for emerging markets like Indonesia and India. It is also the most affordable BlackBerry 10 device till date. The Indonesia launch was successful enough for it to find a mention in the company’s results for the first quarter of 2014.

But will the phone be good enough for India and the customers here? There are still a lot of loyal BlackBerry users in India, but that is a vanishing tribe. The once ubiquitous BlackBerry devices are almost on the verge of being relegated to a senior management device again. But the Z3 has the potential to bring the Canadian smartphone maker back to the forefront in India. Here are three reasons:

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1. Affordability: BlackBerry got its volumes in countries like India thanks to devices like the Curve 8520, which brought the company’s unique features to very low price points. The Z3 is also an affordable device. While it is costlier than Indonesia at Rs 15,900, it is still a good price for a 5-inch all-touch phone from a global player.

REPLUG: You first read about the launch and price here

2. Android apps: The BlackBerry OS 10 is a good operating system that exploits the company’s expertise in security, device management and, of course, great keypads. However, the best feature of the latest OS is the fact that on top of all this you get to add any, yes any, Android application you want to. This solves one of the biggest problems people had with BlackBerry, the lack of apps that are popular in other ecosystems. While you can side-load apps from any app store, BlackBerry will in a few months offer official access to the Amazon app store. That will give BlackBerry 10 OS a slight edge over Android.

ALSO READ: How load Android apps on your BlackBerry

3. BlackBerry OS 10.2.1: The latest version of the BlackBerry operating systems plugs most of the gaps in the first version of the phone. With BlackBerry Hub the OS manages your mails and notifications much better than others, you can now act on notifications from the lock screen itself and the entire experience is intuitive and simple.

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4. The device: Even at the price of Rs 11,500, a 5-inch smartphone with Android apps is a steal. On paper, the Z3 gives you 8GB of storage and a battery that is good for 15.5 hours of talk time. Which is at par with any phablet in this price range.

Now to see what the final price of the Z3 will be in India. Watch this space for updates.

 

 

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First Published on: June 23, 2014 7:58 am
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    navin
    Nov 29, 2015 at 1:03 am
    In between blackberry & android which one is best in privacy & other application
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      Soham
      Jun 24, 2014 at 3:46 am
      Z3 rocks
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        Vernon
        Jun 24, 2014 at 5:49 am
        Well, the Z10 is apparently reaching its end of life soon. Why run 8 apps at once because you can, when the screen displays only 4 at a time ? Besides, with the hub's ability to manage all chat/email/social messages at once, the apps don't have to be open. Eight apps running is not a deal breaker when many might prefer the bigger screen of the Z3. Recall what the launch price of the Z10 was ? Any higher price of the Z3 when it launches in India will likely be due to additional taxes there.
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          Ganesh Netha
          Oct 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm
          Can anyone tell that how can android apps will be installed in BBz3.pls
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            Aryan Sinha
            Jun 23, 2014 at 10:44 am
            BlackBerry z10 is the best no compro.... With ittt
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              Priyanka
              Jul 16, 2014 at 6:43 am
              I want to come to BB. What would you suggest on buying Z10??
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                Raj Brar
                Jun 24, 2014 at 3:03 am
                I have heard about Android apps loading faster on the Z3 than the Z10
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                  Raj Brar
                  Jun 23, 2014 at 3:09 am
                  Well do well in India but with the Z10 selling for 14,000 to 18,000 rupees, why would you get a Z3? Battery life on the Z3 is good and there is a big screen but the Z10 has the better processor, more memory and better camera. Not to mention the ability to run 8 apps at once where the Z3 can only run 4 at once
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                    Mandar Pund
                    Dec 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm
                    Buy from amazon better discount, better quality n faster deliver, atleast u wont get vim bar in the box for 12K.
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                      Mandar Pund
                      Dec 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm
                      Buy z3!
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                        Mandar Pund
                        Dec 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm
                        M using BlackBerry z3 n it isn't any issue to install android appJust download .apk file from internet n click. on it n it simply gets installed. But, the real problem is that not every app work with BlackBerry os10, there r very limited apps that work with it, nt even chrome n google maps n the BlackBerry maps r nt at all useful, most of the routes either doesn't exist or they are wrong. Not the quality u would expect from BlackBerry. Disappointed me a lot.
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                          Mandar Pund
                          Dec 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm
                          Yes ur right brother!
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                            Mandar Pund
                            Dec 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm
                            Z3 is cheaper, bigger, n anytime better than Z3
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                              gaurv
                              Jun 24, 2014 at 5:23 am
                              Tel me the battery backup of z10 and cons in it
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                                abhishek jain
                                Jun 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm
                                i want to buy z 10 what do u suggest
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                                  Jatin Shah
                                  Jun 24, 2014 at 4:49 am
                                  Its being available on Flipkart today!!!
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                                    rogu
                                    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm
                                    Battery plays very important role for a smart phone..i bought BlackBerry z3 and I am happy with that.4 apps can run at a time that is enough because u can communicate with ur friend through BlackBerry hub..no one is interested about ur phone memory and processors.go for updated operating system brother. Good news is that if u update ur BlackBerry os from 10.2.1 to 10.3 u will get 8 frames..if u buy Z 10 and update it, truly speaking ur software will be very heavy.so ur z10 processor and ram can handle it but battery doesn't..if u want u can buy z10 but be clever brother u r in 2014 but u want to buy 2012 device...btw..z10 is a good device.
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                                      vishwajeet
                                      Aug 8, 2014 at 5:39 am
                                      It is nice phone it's battery back up is much better than z10and I love to use it
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                                        Pravash Niyogi
                                        Jun 24, 2014 at 9:26 am
                                        If Z3 price is 12K in Indian market than it's the Best Mobile to buy...Waiting for this.....
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                                          Anthony Roberts
                                          Jun 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm
                                          Even though the Z3 has a slower processor the GPU is a lot better on the Z3 than on the Z10 and surprisingly runs games and android apps better.
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                                            superdry
                                            Jul 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm
                                            The price point is fine but it is pretty heavy n big for an one hand use !
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