Blackberry Q5 Review and Specifications

That\'s wherever the Blackberry Q5 comes in -- a portrait QWERTY French telephone with a three.1-inch show delineate as \"youthful\" and \"fun,\" designed for markets outside of the North American country, with a range of color choices. however is that enough to tempt back the text addicts of Latin America and therefore the disenfranchised  voters of London? It\'s out there for £320 ($490) off-contract within the Great Britain, or free on plans from £21 ($32) per month, however is it enough of a French telephone to justify its mid-tier price? will this way issue add a world wherever even the most affordable phones can give 4-inch, pixel-rich displays and broader app support? is that this the French telephone that BlackBerry desires, or the one it deserves? we tend to may tell you at the highest here, however that\'d sort of negate the purpose of the subsequent two,613 words.


Blackberry Q5
Despite being a part of BlackBerry "Q " vary of handsets, the Q5 bears very little alikeness to the Q10 it\'s meant to take a seat beside. whereas the layout and button placement square measure constant, this extremely does not desire a BlackBerry French telephone in the least. On paper, the phone has nearly identical dimensions to its larger brother, being solely zero.8mm narrower and zero.45mm thicker. however actually that distinction is palpable. Despite being designed as associate upgrade to the mid-range Curve models within the company\'s product vary, the Q5 feels rounded, hefty compared to the Curve 9320.


Now we tend to come back to the keyboard, no doubt the only most significant feature this phone has got to supply. Our fingers could have lost their strength because of the softening result of touchscreen devices, however we tend to we tend tore excited to pay your time employing a physical data input device we may feel. sadly, it\'s as if this feature was the one wherever the corporate was most wanting to differentiate the Q5 from its higher-priced relative.

Blackberry Q5
This may be slightly redundant within the trendy age, however the tweaked fonts and subtler keying implies that the numerical data input device (which sits within the keys) has become terribly simple to miss. We\'re undecided if we\'d wish to see a come to the two-tone stylings of the Curve 8520, or the otherwise coloured letters of the daring 9650, however it will feel as if we\'re not expected to create any phone calls in the least with this device.


We\'ll admit, it has been a really durable since we tend to mounted our eyes on a three.1-inch IPS  lcd display for any meaning amount of your time. Sadly, it\'s laborious to not feel as if this is often a regressive step, albeit we will perceive that it\'s the sole thanks to accommodate the keyboard while not adopting a slider mechanism. sadly, the trade-off here is that everything\'s slightly too incommodious, with a claustrophobic atmosphere meaning albeit you kick the font size all the way down to 5pt, {you\'ll solely|you will only} be ready to see four or 5 emails per screen -- to not mention only having the ability to visualize one Facebook post at a time.

On the side, the Q5 a minimum of makes the most effective of its 720 x 720 screen, with a element density of 329 ppi to prove it is not the dimensions, however the standard that counts. One issue we will not fault this phone for is that the strength of its backlighting, that created things clearly legible within the harsh midday sun even at 0.5 power. Then there square measure the robust viewing angles and therefore the higher color temperature compared to the Q10, thus whereas we tend to were cautious of looking movies on this issue, it clad to be a rather gratifying expertise nevertheless.


The Q5 comes with a 5-megapixel primary camera with a four-element, f/2.4 lens, and 1080p video capture and therefore the Scalado-powered Time Shift feature to assist you correct errors in cluster photography. Before we tend to speak specifics, however, it\'s value mentioning 2 quirks in BB10\'s camera software system which will blindside new users.

Blackberry Q5
 First up, instead of sound to focus, you have gotta drag round the targeting reticule so as to focus your pictures before pressing the screen (or the amount down button) to require the snap. Secondly, users will opt for one among 3 facet ratios for his or her pictures -- 1:1 may be a sq. image, that is adequate to the Q5\'s screen with a comparatively slender focus. The 4:3 possibility crops off the lower quarter of the image and zooms out slightly additional, and 16:9, that heavily letterboxes the image, zooms out a good thanks to offer you a way bigger depth of field.


We won\'t cowl constant ground here as in our BlackBerry ten review, however we will bring up what this OS is wish to use on a each day.

Blackberry Q5
The French telephone is running version ten.1, same as was found on the Q10, that provided variety of minor tweaks together with downloading email attachments, pin-to-pin electronic communication in BBM, pasting numbers into the dialer and HDR photography. Once you have gotten wont to the gesture-based navigation system (up to come to the house screen, down for settings, left for your emails), obtaining round the device is pretty simple. additionally, because of its larger edge, it\'s really easier to create the swipes compared to its relatively littered larger brother.

Performance and Battery Life

The Q5 packs a dual-core one.2GHz Qualcomm flower S4 with 2GB of RAM, however as BB10 still lacks the requisite hardware-taxing benchmarking software system we tend to use on alternative platforms, we\'ll be relying upon web-based browser benchmarks and our general impressions so as to determine however it\'s going to behave on a daily basis. sadly, the laborious numbers do not paint the Q5 in a very ingratiatory lightweight.

With a SunSpider JavaScript benchmark of one,916ms (lower is better), the French telephone lags well behind the one,775ms of the Z10 and therefore the Q10\'s score of one,465ms. whereas we tend to should not expect it to be manufacturing flagship-beating specs, the Q5 cannot place up a lot of of a fight compared to ultra-budget units just like the one,400ms Lumia 520 or HTC\'s one,504ms One VX.


Device type
Smart phone
BlackBerry (10.2, 10.1, 10)
4.72 x 2.60 x 0.43 inches (120 x 66 x 10.8 mm)
4.23 oz (120 g)

Dual core, 1200 MHz
System Chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon
Graphics processor
System memory
2048 MB RAM
Built-in storage
8 GB
Storage expansion
microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB

Physical size
3.1 inches
720 x 720 pixels
Pixel density
329 ppi
16 777 216
Light sensor, Proximity sensor

5 megapixels, Autofocus, Digital image stabilization
1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Front-facing camera
2 megapixels

Talk time 3G
12.50 hours
Stand-by time (3G)
14.0 days (336 hours)
2180 mAh

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

802.11 b, g, n
USB 2.0
NFC, DLNA, Miracast, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync