BlackBerry isn’t selling the GSM version of its Z30 through a carrier in the U.S. Instead, you can buy it from the company itself or through Amazon.com. It’s the biggest BlackBerry smartphone yet, and it does some things that might change the way you look at the company’s devices. How big is it? It has a 5-inch AMOLED screen—which can display high-definition images. It’s also heavier than some of its competition, and the battery can last for days. It has impressive dynamic range and excellent sound (for a phone). But perhaps more important, this BlackBerry has the ability to run Android software in addition to apps designed specifically for the company’s BlackBerry 10 operating system. While not every Android app will work and you can’t use the Google Play store, most of the apps I tried worked fine. The larger screen means a larger and easier-to-use keyboard that includes BlackBerry’s excellent predictive typing. The Z30 retains BlackBerry’s secure networking and messaging capabilities. It also supports BlackBerry Enterprise Services just fine. This may be the best BlackBerry yet. Take a look at the reasons why in this slide show.

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