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.
Conclusion: 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.
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)Ã‚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...
Conclusion: BlackBerry's rebirth in 2013 hasn't got off to the strongest start. The Z10 feels like the poor cousin to the flagship devices of rival platforms. The Q10 is great as the Qwerty messenger, but again, the user experience just doesn't feel as exciting as you'll get elsewhere. That leaves the BlackBerry Q5 with something of a problem. It's like the BlackBerry Q10, but not quite as good. That would work if this was going to be available at pocket money prices, but it isn't.
Pros: Most affordable route to BB10, keyboard action is nice, makes a great messenger device
Cons: Feels cheap, battery not great, performance is rather lacklustre
Conclusion: Il BlackBerry Q5 è uno smartphone di fascia media venduto a un prezzo troppo elevato per la sua qualità complessiva, in particolare quella dei componenti estetici ma anche per la sua scheda tecnica, non proprio al top, a parte il supporto alle reti LTE, un punto in più rispetto alla concorrenza. Le dimensioni particolari dello schermo non consentono una comoda navigazione nel Web, anche se va detto che il browser è molto veloce.
Pros: Wi-Fi e Bluetooth; BBM Messenger; Display touchscreen; Tastiera qwerty; Fotocamera frontale; Browser molto veloce; Autonomia; Supporto LTE
Cons: Fotocamera non all’altezza; Batteria non rimovibile; Materiali costruttivi; Processore dual-core; Prezzo rispetto alla qualità; No porta HDMI; No supporto LTE