Cubicle Fight: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. BlackBerry Z30

Brian: I’m so glad I got the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to review. It’s the best smartphone I’ve ever tested.

Jeff: Some people still make calls with smartphones, and I’d look like an idiot holding that thing to my ear. My BlackBerry Z30 is 5”; that’s the perfect size, which is why it’s becoming so popular with manufacturers and users. Not too big, not too small. Juuust right.

Brian: Saying your screen “isn’t too big” just means you’re too chicken to embrace a radical new way to think about smartphones. Go big or go home I say, the huge display on the Note 3 makes everything I do on the go easier on the eyes and more enjoyable – whether it’s scouring social media, watching a video, or editing all the errors you make in your articles.

Jeff: J’acusse! You’d run out of juice before your article became free of errors. What’s the battery life like on that thing? All your useless little apps probably drain it pretty quick. I can get 25 hours of mixed use with the Z30 – that’s watching videos, surfing the web, sending emails. You know, being productive – something Android users wouldn’t know about.

Brian: Bigger phone means bigger battery, Jeff. Maybe it doesn’t last 25 hours, but last time I checked one day only had 24 hours anyway. If you think I can’t be productive on this thing, just wait until you see me edit a spreadsheet. It’s actually easy to glide through the rows and columns. Plus, I can even write in a complex mathematical formula using the S-Pen. All that adds up to some serious productivity.

Jeff: Please, we both know journalists can’t do math.

Brian: Something about games.

Jeff: Games? You want games? I’ve got car racing games. I’ve got flight simulators. And yes, my BlackBerry has
your Angry Birds too. And it also has productivity tools. Because unlike Android users, BlackBerry users work for a living.

Brian: I do a lot less work thanks to the voice assistant feature on my Note 3. It does everything for me: set alarms, send messages, make appointments, or launch apps.

Jeff: Let me ask you this. What does your Samsung behemoth have for security? With BlackBerry Balance, I keep my work data separate from my personal data, and it all stays secure. Do you even have a job, or do you just play games all day?

Brian: Samsung Knox is the answer to BlackBerry balance. It separates personal and business data too. And it offers app wrapping so each app I use for work is sandboxed. If you’re trumping up BlackBerry security features, go back to 2005 when people actually cared.

Jeff: Actually, mobile security is a very important issue for SMBs. And you know where I read that? On Last week!

Brian: Arghh, you’re impossible!

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Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

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