Summary: The BlackBerry Q5 is a reasonably well constructed smartphone with a productive keyboard and a sharp screen. That’s the issue though: it’s only reasonably well made when you should expect excellence, and the problems with BlackBerry 10 remain, especially the dire lack of apps.
Conclusion: Personally, I’m sick and tired of BlackBerrys. It’s time that the world moves on. There’s Android and iOS. Pick one of those devices and try to propel your digital life forwards in a meaningful way.
Excerpt: If there’s one thing Gearburn editor Steven “not biased to BlackBerry” Norris hates, it’s the Q5. In his fairly damning review , Norris outlines mostly negatives aspects of what is an overpriced and essentially broken device. His video review isn’t much better.
Summary: It is really quite sad to see how things have played out for BlackBerry. The once dominant smartphone manufacturer has lost a lot of its lustre. While the Q10 and Z10 were brilliant in their own ways, the one thing that was holding them back was the premium price tag.
Pros: 4G LTE support, Battery life, Bright and vibrant display, microSD card support
Cons: Small display, Non-removable battery, So-so physical keyboard
Summary: If you are a Blackberry fan and want to catch up with the latest BB10 operating system and do not want to spend a lot of money on the top end Q10, Z10 then the Q5 is a great option for you. It has all the standard Blackberry features you may want like BBM and security.
Pros: Very good display with a full QWERTY buttons keypad, BBM and the top end BB security.
Cons: The number of Apps is very limited compared to Apple and Android. Only 8 Gigs memory
Conclusion: At the end of my time with the Q5 I wasn’t sad to see it go like I was with the Q10 which is such a shame as I had hoped the Q5 could be a phone I could live with day to day as its cheaper to buy but it still possesses the power and quality of the Q10 in a cheaper body, but it really did disappoint...
Excerpt: I have had a little over a week now to play around with the new BlackBerry Q5 , the second BlackBerry 10 device to be offered up with a physical keyboard. We have a full review coming, but after a week or so of use I wanted to drop a few quick thoughts and my impressions of the Q5 so far.
Pros: Lightweight, feels good in hand, Snappy and responsive OS, Keyboard is great despite the clicky keys
Cons: Low resolution camera, Non-removable battery, Hard to grip at times
Summary: If you love a physical keyboard and are looking for an inexpensive alternative to the Q10, the Q5 is for you. Available in a variety of colors and at a more affordable price, the Q5 will find it's place among new users and emerging markets with no problem.
Pros: Great battery life, Sturdy, feels good in hand, Inexpensive by comparison, Keyboard is nice (for the most part)
Cons: No removable battery, Low resolution camera, No HDMI out, Overall plastic design feels lacking
Summary: While a not disappointing overall, the BlackBerry Q5 is a smartphone that is perplexing. To design and hardware sector appears to be too expensive, and therefore, not very competitive compared to other phones of the same price, higher performance and more capable.
Pros: 4G/LTE and NFC support, MicroSD slot, Features of the BlackBerry Hub, Intuitive control via gesture touch and QWERTY keyboard.
Cons: Design for improved materials and finishes, Non-replaceable battery, Unusual form factor of the screen, Above the average price, Rear camera disappointing.
Summary: The BlackBerry Q5 packs a good display, decent camera, very good battery life, and above average performance. If you’re a BB7 user who is planning to upgrade to a QWERTY BB10 device but find the Q10 to be very expensive, the Q5 (at the time of writing) is your next and only option.