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. That said, there are few options with a physical keyboard left these days, and BlackBerry’s fancier Q10 is eye-wateringly, wallet-empytingly expensive.
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
Summary: The first piece of good news is that the Q5 is substantially cheaper than the Q10 . BlackBerry has had to cut down on some key specifications and the materials used to build it, but overall you’re left with a very good experience that comes close to its more expensive brethren. However, Rs 24,990 is still quite expensive for the Q5 as we would peg the value of the handset at not more than Rs 20,000.
Summary: This is the most affordable device so far with BlackBerry 10, although that's not saying a lot, as it's still very expensive for what you get. As a messaging device for the power user, it works well enough, but for the more casual user or general consumer, it doesn't really offer the bells and whistles or the user-friendliness of a standard touchscreen smartphone.
Summary: The basics With the BlackBerry Q5, the Canadian smartphone company is returning to its bread and butter: affordable, keyboard-equipped messaging phones for the masses. This time though, the Curve series successor packs the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and a touchscreen to boot: can it kick it with the low price Android and Nokia Windows Phones knocking around in 2013? We grabbed one to take a look. Is it worth £20 per month?
Pros: Say what you will about the software, the BlackBerry Q5 packs something few rivals do these days: a physical keyboard. If you’ve been reared on QWERTYs and BBM, you’ll be right at home here: though the isolated Curve-style keys are now in perfectly straight lines to make space for the larger screen above, they’re just as easy to race along on as ever. Touchscreen keyboards have come on in leaps and bounds since the iPhone’s debut in 2007, but if tactile buttons are wh...
Cons: We hate to say it, but while the BlackBerry Q5 is being billed as the affordable way to join the BlackBerry 10 party, at £320 SIM-free, it’s still not very cheap. You can get an app-packed Samsung Galaxy S3 for only £20 more these days, or a solid Android phone for as little as £50. For the money, it’s just not very well built. The five megapixel camera is completely mundane, and the plastic feels creaky, and frankly, a little childish. It’s a long way from the premiu...
Excerpt: hese are tough times for BlackBerry. Earlier this year, the Canadian company went all-in on its new smartphone operating system, BlackBerry 10, ditching the original company name (Research In Motion) Â and shifting the focus from the physical QWERTY keyboards that made its name in the mid-2000s, instead launching with its full-touchscreen Z10 phone, which promptly failed to impress.It soon followed up with a more traditional form factor, the Bold-inspired Q10, but six...
Summary: The BlackBerry Q5 was originally rumoured to be the first budget smartphone featuring BB10, only problem is, it’s not that cheap The BlackBerry Q5 is the brand's first 'budget' handset to run BlackBerry 10 and also boasts a full QWERTY keyboard