Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 21, 2013

Does the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4S, beat the Z10’s 4.2-inch screen for clarity and all-round loveliness? Does the iPhone 4S have more storage capacity? A speedier processor? Does the Z10’s 9.0mm-thick design turn heads like a skinny supermodel with her dress tucked into her knickers? You’ll find the answers to these questions in the table that follows.

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Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Apple iPhone 4S VS Blackberry Z10
Display 3.5-inch Retina 4.2-inch LCD
Resolution 640 x 960 pixels
(329.714 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(355.476 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Apple A5 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software iOS 5 Blackberry 10
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with tap to focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p HD video recording with video image stabilization 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR 4.0 with A2DP
Size 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3mm 65.6 x 130.0 x 9.0mm
Weight 140g 135g
Talktime 8.0 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 300 hours 300 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, 3-axis gyroscope, dual GSM/CDMA connectivity and the Siri voice assistant GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Blackberry Maps and an HDMI out

 

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 fight plays out…

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The iPhone 4S boasts 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. Looking for 4G? There isn’t any in this phone. The iPhone 5 is where you’ll find it. Blackberry, meanwhile, has packed its phone with tech that includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. You also get 4G as standard.
— The Z10 wins (0-1)

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Size/Weight

This round is all about being thin… The Z10 is the thinner of the two phones here, measuring 9.0mm to the iPhone 4S’s 9.3mm. As you can see, there’s barely 0.3mm in it. Tipping the scales at 140g, the iPhone 4S is 5g weightier than its opponent. The Z10 weighs 135g. At the end of this round, the iPhone 4S edges into an early lead.
— It’s a tie, the points are shared (1-2)

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Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Camera/Video

Apple has built the iPhone 4S with an 8.0 Megapixel camera that boasts tap to focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p HD video recording with video image stabilization. For video calling, you’ll find a second 0.3MP camera on the front.

The Z10 also comes equipped with a 8.0 MP camera along with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. A second 2.0MP camera on the front can be used for video calling. It’s a better all-round specification, which means…
— The Z10 wins (1-3)

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Display

In the display department, the iPhone 4S features a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive Retina screen with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. Taking its 3.5-inch display into account, plus a superb overall pixel count of 614400, the iPhone 4S has a pixels per inch rating of 329.714.

XXXX pointy arrow The Apple iPhone 4S features a 3.5-inch Retina display with a quoted resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 329.714.

The 4.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Z10 is noticeably bigger and features a higher resolution. This means that the pixel density of 355.476 here beats the 329.714 rating given to the iPhone 4S. But only just.
— The Z10 wins (1-4)

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Processor

Next up is processing power – the Z10 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, rated at 1.5GHz. The iPhone 4S’s processor is a 1GHz dual core Apple A5 chip.
— The Z10 wins (1-5)

Half-time: Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10

We’re only halfway through this fight and the Z10 leads by 4. Will the iPhone 4S turn it around in the second half? Let’s see. The next round is software…

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Software

iOS is the OS inside the iPhone 4S, which has evolved from v5 to v6 since the phone was launched. The Z10 has the new Blackberry 10 software installed. It’s good. But still not a patch on Apple’s flexible and versatile OS.
— The iPhone 4S wins (2-5)

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Applications

Question: does the Z10′s Blackberry software win the app-battle? Looking at the stats, the iPhone 4S leads the way with 700000 apps on Apple’s App Store. It beats the Z10 and Blackberry App World, which boasts 105000 apps. There’s been no real change since half-time, the Z10 is still ahead. Believe it or not, this fight could still go either way.
— The iPhone 4S wins (3-5)

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Storage

Onto the storage round… The iPhone 4S is available with 16, 32 or 64GB storage options. The Blackberry Z10 comes with one storage option – 16GB. The iPhone 4S naturally wins the internal storage battle with 64GB, compared to 16GB on the Z10. Unfortunately, the iPhone 4S lacks an expansion slot so 64GB is all the storage on offer. Whereas the 16GB storage capacity on Blackberry’s phone can be expanded to 48GB via the built-in microSD slot.
— The iPhone 4S wins (4-5)

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Battery Life

So how much battery life do you get? Apple claims 8.0 hours of talktime for the iPhone 4S, compared to 10.0 hours for the Z10. Standby times are 300 hours and 300 hours respectively. The Z10 takes the round here.
— The Z10 wins (4-6)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Blackberry Z10 – Extras

Finally, the iPhone 4S also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, 3-axis gyroscope, dual GSM/CDMA connectivity and the Siri voice assistant. In comparison, the Z10 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Blackberry Maps and an HDMI out
— It’s a tie, one point each (5-7)

BPF Verdict: The Blackberry Z10 wins! (5-7)

The Blackberry Z10 wins this match-up. It beats the Apple iPhone 4S, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 3. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: Comparable
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: No
The most applications: No
The most storage: No
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Comparable

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