March 2, 2021

BlackBerry Z10 Vs Apple iPhone 5: Compare and choose

While both phones have dual core processor, BlackBerry Z10 packs twice the RAM of the iPhone 5. Read on to compare other features


Apple’s flagship iPhone 5 and the newly launched BlackBerry Z10 are surprisingly comparable and going by specifics, BlackBerry Z10 can be described as more powerful than the iPhone 5.

The BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone brings a host of new features that are not available on Apple’s iPhone 5 or even the popular Android smartphones. But how far will BlackBerry be successful in attracting Apple or Android users is the question.

Adam Leach, principal analyst at Ovum says: “The BlackBerry 10 platform offers a differentiated user experience in today’s crowded and homogenous smartphone market. The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 will stand out from the Android masses and look distinct from Apple’s iPhone. The user experience of BlackBerry 10 introduces some nice new features but importantly, builds on BlackBerry’s UI heritage and therefore will certainly appeal to the existing BlackBerry users.”

However, the challenge for the company will be to attract new users and those that have already moved to alternative smartphones, Leach adds.

Dimensions and weight

Both the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10 carry similar looks with rounded corners on a rectangular slab and all glass front. Even the headphone speaker is roughly in the same place.

The iPhone 5 comes in at 123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm with a 4-inch screen while the Z10’s 4.2-inch screen sits inside a 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm chassis. At 135.4 grams, Z10 is noticeably heavier than the iPhone 5’s 112 grams.

However, the iPhone 5 is lighter and thinner of the two phones.

Internal hardware

Both the iPhone 5 and the BlackBerry Z10 have dual-core processors, but Z10 is clocked at 1.5Ghz vs the 1.2GHz in the iPhone 5. There’s not a lot known about the processor in the Z10, and how the actual chip compares to the A5X in the iPhone 5, so that clock speed increase may not matter as much as it seems.