Video: BlackBerry Z10 vs. Lumia 920

| January 30, 2013 | 57 Replies

Here’s a hands on video pitting the newly launched Blackberry Z10 against the Lumia 920. Interestingly although the Z10 has a smaller screen size (4.3″ vs. 4.5″) they appear almost the same size, even-though the Z10 is completely buttonless; I guess that’s the price you pay for symmetry in a phone.

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  • Matt

    “This video is currently unavailable”

    • http://aligonemobile.blogspot.com/ Aliqudsi

      Working fine from over here- source video here:

      • Matt

        Each time I try it plays for three to ten seconds and then I see the whitenoise and “unavailable” message; strange.

  • marcopolo

    BB10 looks way too complicated, compared to N9. I am not impressed. Now I’m deffinitely going to buy some Lumia !

    • Mike

      Ha! I thought the other way around, the Lumia with Windows looks unintuitive and complicated.

      Each to his own, I guess. Everyone has a different opinion.

      • mirco

        Keep your opinion but do you actually know what “intuitive” means?

        • Mike

          Yes, I do know what means “intuitive”. Do you?

          • mirco

            So how can you say that touch gestures are intuitive? You have to know them in advance since there is no hint for you to do it intuitively (i.e. swipe from somewhere to somewhere else).

            You might prefer this way of interaction more and it has advantages once you know the gestures by heart but one cannot call this intuitive. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming that one UI is better than the other. It’s a general thing whith touch gestures that they are not intuitive. First, you need knowledge about them to get the task done.

            • Tomi

              And, once you have done it… You forget it? Writing with my N9 forgeting the Swipe all the time…

            • Mike

              Intuitive means:
              - Using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive.
              - (chiefly of computer software) Easy to use and understand.

              After watching the video above my conclusion is that the Lumia with Windows Phone is unintuitive. I’m looking at the whole experience. Not the “fancy” animations. How you use the device for your different tasks (making phone call, managing contacts, opening app, get/recieve notifications, see events, switching between open apps etc).

              Using a touch based device without buttons (Home or Back button) is more intuitive. If actions are wholly based on touching/swiping it will be easier to use.

              Of course you need knowledge about using something. For example how do you know that the button on the front of an iPhone does before you push it done and see that happens? Maybe it’s the on/off button or the answer button? You don’t know until you observe someone using it or you try yourself. Aha, it takes you to the screen with all the apps!

              Another example. When I visited my cousin last year I used my N9 in front my cousins daughter (age 12), later I let her play a game on my N9 (showed her how to play Mastermind), she did that for a while. I went to do something else, when I came back to see how she was doing, she was playing a different game! Well, by observing me and my letting her use it, she already knew how to use the UI because of how intuitive the UX is of the N9.

              As I wrote earlier. Each to his own, I guess. Everyone has a different opinion.

      • rustyknight17

        Yes , agree !

      • Muhs

        unintuitive ????! although this is ur opinion but wp is just swiping and taping. what’s unintuitive in that???! unlike bb10 which has lots of gestures

    • dss

      Harmattan is the best UX for a small touch screen… it was meant for an easy one handed use.. no nav buttons.. its brilliant :) shame we live in a corporate world.

      • Laiquendi

        +1

      • Thomas F

        +1

      • Sefriol

        One of the things why I love my N9.

      • Noki

        +1 :( would give serious cash for the harmatan experience on a z10 like device (this thing is mindbogglingly smooth) with the z10 mail app and Browser the android compatibility thing is nice 2.

    • Mariano

      i think bb10 looks more advanced than lumia

      • Muhs

        os wise ,hmmm that’s objective. hardware and specifications wise, the lumia 920 is alot better than z10
        but looking at the comments from blogs like gsmarena and phone arena,not many people like bb10, it has too much gestures
        actually i am still trying to find a pattern in it :/

        • Noki

          takes all but a minute to get the “hang of it” the gestures that is… maybe easy for me as a N9 user

          • migo

            Some people can get it, others can’t. Something like the iPhone, everyone gets, even if some people find it incredibly limiting.

            • Shane

              Nah everyone does, you’d have to be a total moron not to, I’ve given new/2nd-hand ones to relatives/friends of all ages, never been an issue for any of them to work out.

        • Gordon Ramsay lopettaa juttujaan hauskasti

          Well.

          It’s pretty much the same what was going to happen with the N9. Not very intuitive t use.

          Missing a home button. But let’s see if they invented something to make it really work without one. N9 didn’t have that invention.

          Yes?

          • Shane

            sensei nashi

      • rustyknight17

        Indeed !

  • lali

    i think lumia 920 has advantage over z10
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    • rustyknight17

      I can think of a few advantages but overall , the Z10 rules ! What advantages do u see ?

      • hary

        What advantages do you see in Z10 that it rules?

      • http://dexter_jdr@yahoo.com drexter

        camera. no doubt

  • Noki

    Think the one thing that is vastly superior on L920 is the maps app, I do hope Nokia puts up on sale in BB world (will certainly buy it), porting it from the n9 would be trivial for nokia.

    • twig

      Plus, the incredible ability to customize your start screen, voice controls,nfc,nokia apps and music service, business ability to put in customize company apps that flawlessly work with customers windows computers, better 920 camera and video, design and color options and a huge array of Nokia accessories. I always laugh at these videos that fail to show a customized start screen on the lumias. That’s on purpose. Oh, and the much larger windows ecosystem.

      • rustyknight17

        The Z10 has all of what u listed except Nokia app, better cam ( though 8 Mp isn1t bads ) ..
        Larger Windows ecosystem . If u mean apps , yes , though I`ll observe that BB has 70k apps at start ; WP had nowhere near that many !
        as for customisation , the options on Wp r bit limited . That also seems to be true for BB10 , but to a rather lesser extent !

        • Gordon Ramsay lopettaa juttujaan hauskasti

          You should compare applications currently available. Not applications available at the launch.

          In 2008 Apple had even less apps BB10 has applications today. That doesn’t make BB10′s application availability any better because iPhone has so many apps today.

          But they had a superior App Store and they had more apps available for the end user.

          Yes?

          • Shane

            Why are you focusing on iOS, don’t have much knowledge about WP? Are you even a WP user? You should be countering with your in-depth/amazing knowledge about WP.

    • hary

      Super sensitive screen, wireless charging, Pureview camera, 32gb inbuilt, durable, Full offline maps, offline nokia music + MS office and skydive and skype integration(in future)

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  • dss

    QNX is the closest thing to EKA2 .. I like it, but what they are missing is hardware features. There is nothing special about the new phones from a hardware perspective.. mediocre camera, no hdmi, no fm transmitters.. they need to work on that.

    I would take QNX over Android Linux any day.

    • ULTIMATEANTITROLL

      The kernel and OS may be solid, but the UI is absolutely TERRIBLE. BB10 WILL fail because of that terrible UI.

      • rustyknight17

        Meaning what ? I think the UI is quite clever and looks good in a conservative , business oriented way !

        • correct

          I think what he means is that the UI imitates a little bit from every competitor. There are elements of Windows Phone, iOS *and* Android in BB10′s UI. Also if you read The Verge’s review, although I hate that site, they are spot on with their assessment of the UI. When you minimize an app in BB10 to a “live frame” in the multitasking menu, not all apps show up there. You have no way of knowing what apps will show up in the live minimized state.

      • zxz

        you and the lumia tilea ui are terrible

      • rwtertwret

        I think the UI on BB is great and UI on Windows Phone is TERRIBLE. Windows Phone fails already.

    • kues

      “no hdmi”???

      • http://europe.nokia.com/pureview steelicon

        microHDMI present above the microUSB on the left side center of the device.

        • dss

          Oh.. so there is an HDMI.. nice :) Well, we need to wait and see how it performs in real life. The Verge reported very poor battery life.. but I don’t trust them one bit.. I am not saying its impossible, but I want to hear from several sources.

          • http://europe.nokia.com/pureview steelicon

            BlackBerry Z10 is Microsoft’s wet dream never come true.

          • Noki

            Battery life judging from the alpha device is normal 1.5 days on regular/heavy use, better than my n9.

            • correct

              Right, because alpha device is final hardware and software. Troll harder.

  • Bloob

    BB10 looking pretty good. Z10 could have used a bit better physical design imo, but other than thatI wish them all the best, might pick one up after I get WP8 and Ubuntu phones.

    • James

      The true Ubuntu phone is not due till early 2014, plus it’s targeted for the low-end (initially).
      They’re just seeding it to developers by offering the image for a few Android phones.
      You’re better-off getting Jolla’s or some other Sailfish ph (rumours of at least one -Chinese- OEM now, but may be quite low-end).

  • keithlum

    HTCrap copy the design,BB copy the OS,both are copy cat !

    • Noki

      well its hardly a copy, Qt nokia sent it away, QNX the kernel they bought it, cascades they bought it, etc etc etc the UI takes a bit from everywhere… note the the N9 was not completely original, it was how ever very much more polished conceptually.

      But nokia decided to throw everything to the trash bin for the wp love, so nokia should not complain to much if some one pick ups the scraps to create something new.

      • dss

        What did the harmattan UX model took clues from ? I am just curious.. I don’t remember seeing anything remotely close to it. The only one I can think of is WebOS .. and I think, having worked on both, Skillman had to do something with that..

        • Gordon Ramsay lopettaa juttujaan hauskasti

          Well.

          They copied iPhone and changed some ideas.

          Yes?

        • Noki

          yes WebOS, also the playbook had swipe from the side to multitask, but I’m the first to say that what nokia managed with the N9 ux was an incredibly cohesive intuitive design that just worked. and now its wasted.

  • tomwhat

    I love the N9 and swipe but it also defenetely “stole” gestures from others…BB’s Playbook presented end of 2010 already had it before (So much on the “expertise” knowledge here)!

    And now to you “annoying copycat whiners”… We’re not a company but we are users. I love choice and option for my part! Your f****** fanboyismn is just f******* childish and complaining about companies copying from each other is ridicilous from your consumer perspective. It has always happened and will always happen + it is good for us (comsumers) when good ideas fight there way through to the mainstream.

    I personally believe that BB10 is a great platform. The Z10 might still have some first-device-weaknesses but I believe in the strength of the underlying OS being a happy user of the Playbook.

    • Noki

      If you like the playbook you are gonna love the z10, there is no comparison the z10 is just way better as a finished product goes.