Summary: The Q5 does more things right than wrong, and is recommended to anyone needing a hardware QWERTY device who doesn’t want to spend more than the bare minimum.
Pros: The BlackBerry Q5, above all, does not feel cheap. The company could have gone the route of the older Curve series and dumbed down the phone, but instead it exists comfortably in the mid-range, and that’s where it will likely do well. The ring around the device is glossy and slippery, and is likely the worst feature of an otherwise well-designed smartphone. The chiclet keyboard doesn’t match up to the Q10 — it’s louder and not as comfortable for long typing sessions —...
Cons: The Q5 lacks in a few key areas that many smartphone users on Android or iOS currently take for granted. The rear camera, which is rated at 5MP, is not very sharp, and produces disappointing photos. The camera interface on BB10, which aspires to be as simple as possible, lacks the fine-tuning necessary to ensure a small sensor like this can take decent photos in all lighting conditions. There are no options to adjust exposure, ISO, shutter speed or white balance, and ...
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. The real leverage to the purchase is easy and intuitive control via touch screen and QWERTY keyboard, while the functionality and the immediacy of the BlackBerry Hub will be appreciated not only by historical...
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.
Conclusion: When we first got this phone last week, I thought I would hate it. The Blackberry Q10 was a fine phone, but not worth the $900 it was available in Canada to buy off-contract. The Q5 is only a few hundred, and will reel in prior Blackberry users that may have shifted to another phone, because of the high costs. If you love physical keyboards, text like crazy, or answer a ton of emails, this may be the phone for you.
Pros: Priced Right, Keyboard is a pleasure to type on, Solid hardware
Summary: Austerity measures? Following the exceptional BlackBerry Q10, the Canadian manufacturer releases an even less expensive version on the market dubbed BlackBerry Q5. For an RRP of 399 Euros (~$534), the smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard inherits a lot of traits from its Q10 sister model, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC with 1.2 GHz, 8 GB of flash memory and 2 GB of RAM.
Pros: Great backlit QWERTY keyboard, Controls, Decent build quality, Very bright, high-contrast IPS screen, Battery runtimes, Good OS, Well-conceived one-hand usage, Business extras, The very bright, high-contrast IPS screen and the great QWERTY keyboard.
Cons: Material impression, Non-removable battery, Below-average cameras, Small screen in 1:1 format, Store not yet on par with Android or iOS, A higher quality casing and a removable battery.
Conclusion: It’s a mixed report card from the BlackBerry Q5 with an under-developed design, awkward display and unbalanced camera, but at the same time the BB10 experience is undeniably good and there are some great elements that help it stand out against its rivals, not to mention that sweet, sweet near-two-day battery life.
Summary: The Q5 is a tad more expensive than what the sweet spot would have been - somewhere around the Rs. 20,000 mark. It's a must buy for those who desperately want a BlackBerry 10 device, but for whom the Q10 is out of budget. Otherwise, for the same amount of money, a few Android phones and the Apple iPhone 4 (if you don't mind the old phone) will offer better application variety and usage experience.
Pros: Good screen - easy to read and vivid, Keyboard response better than the Q10's, Swipe gestures are easy to get the hang of, Built well, with minimalistic design
Cons: Price on the higher side, App ecosystem still needs work
Conclusion: While the BlackBerry Q5 isn't necessarily a bad phone, we can't imagine seeing it fly off the shelves. That's because it targets a very specific demographic, namely people who aren't yet ready to give up on the hardware keyboard, and/or folks who haven't yet made the switch from BBM to an alternative mobile messaging app. And the number of people belonging to either or both of these groups are slowly decreasing.
Pros: Fluid performance, Good physical keyboard, 4G LTE support
Cons: Mediocre camera quality, Small screen, Cheap and plasticky feel
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Q5 maintains the classic BlackBerry look with the square screen and physical keyboard, but drops the trackpad and thumbstick. The phone offers mid-range specs with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, 8GB of onboard storage and a microSDHC slot expandable up to 32GB. Due to the phone’s decent specs, the new BlackBerry Hub and apps run smoothly on the phone according to PC Advisor.
Summary: A decent mid-range BlackBerry 10 handset that retains the core enterprise appeal of its more expensive sibling, the Q10. However its BYOD appeal is hampered by issues with its display and camera.
Pros: Comfortable in hand, full Qwerty keyboard, good battery life, BlackBerry Balance, Protect, Hub and Messenger services are great for business use
Cons: Slow browsing speeds, disapointing camera, display is prone to picking up glare