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BlackBerry Z10 vs. iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S III: How BlackBerry's Latest Phone Stacks Up

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The iPhone 5, the BlackBerry Z10, and the Galaxy S III: Three of the top touchscreen smartphones available today. (Getty Images/HuffPost) | HuffPost/Getty Images

BlackBerry launched a major offensive against the big boys of the smartphone world on Tuesday morning with the unveiling of its touchscreen-only Z10 phone.

Can the Z10 hang with the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S III? If you look at the specs below, it certainly seems it can: BlackBerry (nee Research In Motion) has loaded its flagship phone with great hardware. It has a speedy 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, and a screen with a higher pixel density than that of the newest iPhone. Call quality and reception is still excellent, per the initial reviews.

What will likely determine the success or failure of the Z10 is the performance of its software and reimagined operating system. While iOS and Android have been building on their software for five or six years, BlackBerry was forced to build features from scratch to satisfy what has become the baseline expectation among smartphone users. The reviews of some of these functions have been mixed -- we're essentially comparing first-generation software to veteran products. BlackBerry's keyboard, browser and camera are all new. Additionally, the entire layout and operation of the system has been completely fabricated from the beginning, and it's rolling out now for the first time.

Some of that is good news: According to some, the device's keyboard should be automatically crowned the best typing experience of any touchscreen phone. But there are also, of course, a few red flags that have popped up -- notably surrounding the new browser and the image quality from the phone's camera.

There is also a perceived app gap, and not just in quantity. Despite RIM's best efforts to scrounge together 70,000 apps at launch, the app catalog will still lag far behind the offerings Apple (almost 800,000) and Android (700,000) currently have. Apps also won't be as refined as those on competing platforms (again, because of that first-generation issue).

As for the phones, though, you can look below. We've compared specs of the two hottest-selling smartphones out currently to BlackBerry's new offering. The company says the phone will be available on all four major U.S. carriers.

How BlackBerry's new superphone matches up.

BlackBerry Z10iPhone 5Galaxy S4
Network4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE
Display4.2-inch LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution, 356 ppi4-inch Retina display, 1136-by-640 pixels, 326 ppi5.0-inch Full HD Amoled, 1920x1080, 441 ppi
Operating SystemBlackBerry 10iOS 6Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with Samsung TouchWiz
Rear Camera8 megapixel with LED flash, 1080p8 megapixel with LED flash, 1080p13 megapixel with LED flash, 1080p
Front Camera2 megapixels, 720pLess than 1 megapixel (720p)2 megapixels, 720p
Special Camera FeaturesTap screen to snap, touch-to-focus, editing suite, TimeShift face choiceIncreased noise reduction, shared photo streams, improved low-light shooting, face detection, touch-to-focus, geo-tagging, HDRDual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call
Storage/Memory16GB (expandable with SD card), 2GB RAM16/32/64GB, 1GB RAM16/32/64GB, 2GB RAM
Talk TimeUp to 10 hours**8 hours, 45 minutes*None yet
Web Browsing TimeUnlisted**9 hours, 56 minutes*None yet
SD SlotYes. No.Yes.
Weight136 grams112 grams130 grams
Price9 on contract9 on contract9 on contract
Killer FeaturesPredictive keyboard; BlackBerry Peak and Hub for one-thumb use; work and personal profilesSiri; iCloud; Lightning connector; huge App StoreNFC suite, including S Beam and Buddy Share; Google Now
CarriersAT&T, Verizon, T-MobileAT&T, Verizon, SprintAT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

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