Google Nexus 5 vs. BlackBerry Z30 – Specifications and Price Comparison in Australia

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | May 31, 2014 12:58 PM EST

The Google Nexus 5 was released in October 2013, while the BlackBerry Z30 was released one month earlier than the Nexus handset. Both the handsets pack amazing features and terrific performances. However, the main advantage of owning a Nexus device is the timely Android OS update from the search giant Google. It is worth noting that, both phones support NFC.

Readers who are interested in purchasing one of the aforementioned devices, here is a specification and price comparison pertaining to Australia.

Display and Size

The BlackBerry Z30 has a 5 inches Super AMOLED display and it packs a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. Even though, the Nexus 5 comes with the same screen size, it packs a superior display resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels and it uses IPS LCD technology. The Nexus 5 is capable of supporting up to 445 ppi pixel density, which is higher than the 295 ppi pixel density of BlackBerry Z30.

The thickness and the weight of BlackBerry Z30 are 0.37 inches and 170 g respectively, whereas the Nexus 5 is 0.34 inches thick and it weighs only 130 g.

Hardware and Software

The BlackBerry Z30 is powered by a dual-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro) Krait 300 processor, clocked at 1.7 GHz and it comes with a 2 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Nexus 5 is powered by a superior quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz and it features the same 2 GB of RAM.

The BlackBerry Z30 runs on BlackBerry 10.2 OS, while the Nexus 5 runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.

Camera               

Both the phones sport 8 MP rear-facing camera units with LED Flash. Additionally, the BlackBerry Z30 houses a 2 MP front-facing camera and the Nexus 5 houses a 1.3 MP front-facing camera. The common features include autofocus, digital/optical image stabilization, and digital zoom. In addition, the BlackBerry Z30 supports video calling functionality, panorama and HDR.

Memory

The BlackBerry Z30 offers 16 GB of internal storage, whereas the Nexus 5 comes with 16 GB and 32 GB of internal storage. In addition, the BlackBerry Z30 supports microSD card for expansion up to 64 GB, while the Nexus 5 doesn't.

Battery

The BlackBerry Z30 houses a solid non-removable 2880 mAh battery unit, while the Nexus 5 houses a non-removable 2300 mAh battery unit.

The BlackBerry Z30 can provide up to 18 hours of talk-time and 384 hours of stand-by time. The Nexus 5, on the other hand, can provide up to 17 hours of talk-time and 300 hours of stand-by time.

SIM

Both the handsets support micro-sim.

Colour

The BlackBerry Z30 handset comes in 2 standard shades black and white. The Google Nexus 5, on the other hand, comes in 3 shades black, white and red.

Price

The BlackBerry Z30 16 GB with 4G LTE is priced at AU$539.95, while the Google Nexus 5 16 GB can be purchased at AU$449.95 in Australia.

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