- Daniel Bader , Mobile Syrup
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.
- Ben Woods , The Next Web
The Q5 is a well built if somewhat anonymous looking handset whose success will ultimately likely be crippled by its pricing, rather than its spec list.
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.
CNET notes that the Q5, as compared to the Q10, “feels cheaper...The Q5's glossy plastic surfaces are slippery and prone to grease and fingerprints.” In addition, while the Q5 does support a physical QWERTY keyboard, many reviewers found it to be much more difficult to use than previous BlackBerry phones. Ewan Spence of Forbes notes that while the Q5 uses the familiar BlackBerry keyboard layout, the keys themselves have “a lower physical profile [so] it’s harder to hit the right key...when you do not only do you need to ensure that you hit the key dead center for it to register, you’ll also feel the surrounding keys move down very slightly…”
Many reviewers also had screen issues. Since the Q5 utilizes a physical keyboard versus on-screen keyboard, the actual size of the screen is only 3.1 inches. Chris Martin of PC Advisor mentions that it might be difficult for consumers used to larger screens as during their tests they would “often quit out of apps by going too close to the bottom of the screen when scrolling down a page or a list.” Demetrius Crasto of TechShout notes that the screen is also a “smudge magnet.” The screen itself is an IPS LCD display with a 720x720 pixel resolution. According to Engadget despite its small size, the screen has excellent backlighting and good viewing angles.
Overall, most reviewers have found the Q5 to be a rather disappointing addition to the BlackBerry family. ZDNet states that ”...for most the combination of physical keyboard, diminutive screen and limited array of apps may leave them cold.” Softpedia notes that the “...build quality of the phone leaves much to be desired…”
The Good: IPS LCD display offers excellent viewing angles, BlackBerry 10 OS runs smoothly.
The Bad: Difficult to use keyboard, small screen size, poor build quality.
Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)
While it doesn’t have any unique features to make it stand out among other average devices, it does its job without a fuss
The biggest draw of this device is the price
As a device, Q5 has the same things to offer that you’d find in a premium model like the Z10 or the Q10 but the biggest draw of this device is the price. Price was one of the major deterrent for consumers to try out the high-end BB 10 devices but with Q5, there’s a chance he’ll at least give some consideration when they are shopping for their new smartphone. However, there’s also a fact that cannot be unseen at the moment. BlackBerry is in the midst of a crisis and with the future looking uncertain, there’s no guarantee of a sound future for the platform as wel... Full review
A respectable personal and business phone
BlackBerry 10 for the masses
The Q5 is the answer to BlackBerry fans’ prayers for a cheaper 10 OS device. Even though some may not be content with the build quality of the smartphone, for the time being, this is the cheapest BlackBerry 10 handset that you can buy.
I do like the BlackBerry Q5, as it feels good in your hand. However, I still think it’s a bit overpriced for what it has to offer. Obviously, it’s all about the platform under the hood, but if you are still going to ask $450 for it, I expect it to be wrapped in a very nice shell.
Just like the Q10, BlackBerry Q5 is the... Full review
This may be the phone for you if you love physical keyboards, text like crazy, or answer a ton of emails
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. You will not break the bank and it has enough features to suit most peoples needs. For the advanced user, there is an entire new world of app-possibilities out there w... Full review
The Q5 does more things right than wrong
The Q5 is your best option if you're on a budget
A mid-range offering with decent battery and relatively better mobile operating system
It is a tough sell when you factor in the competition
Having spent some quality time with the phone, we’re still in two minds about the handset. It’s not a bad phone at all per se but is a tough sell when you factor in the competition. BlackBerry’s decision to bring BBM to competing platforms makes recommending the phone even harder.
Compared to the keyboards on the Q10 and smart ones on Android, the QWERTY keypad on the BlackBerry Q5 doesn’t feel all that great and only the most ardent fan of physical keypads would select it over others. The app ecosystem too is fairly weak with the app store full of Android po... Full review
QWERTY keyboard could be better
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Manuals / User Guides
- BlackBerry Q5 Manual (PDF)
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