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BlackBerry Q5 popularizing itself as a budget-friendly handset

08
Jun/14

BlackBerry for a couple of years had made the repute as a mobile phone manufacturer that focused primarily on the enterprise domain. However, over the years with cutthroat competition coming from existing competitors particularly Samsung and Apple that manufactured Android handsets, BlackBerry decided to make a move in the emerging market with an aim to leverage its messaging platform while manufacturing economy handsets under its curve range targeted towards youngsters. One such attempt is the BlackBerry Q5.

Features at its best

Design

The BlackBerry Q5 is a compact handset which feels nice and comfortable to hold. It boasts of a curved design which increases the user’s grip on the handset thereby making it feel all the more comfortable. Compared to the Bold and Curve series Smartphones, this is less curved and much slimmer. The Q5 looks smart yet professional and this is one feature which is attracting users the most. Besides, it also comes with individually-spaced keys that have curve style.

Display

This handset boasts of a 3.1” screen that is diagonally square shaped. Compared to Q10, the Q5 comes with IPS LCD screen which offers 720x720 pixels and 329ppi pixel density resolution. The screen also packs additional pixels per inch and videos, images and text appear clear and extremely sharp. Not to forget, it also offers good sunlight legibility and excellent viewing angles.

Camera

It sports a 2MP front facing camera and 5MP rear camera but comes with few settings. The Q5 provides three shooting modes including Timeshift, Video and Still. When the phone is in still mode it offers choices of shooting in HDR, Burst, Stabilisation and Normal modes. It does not offer the Panorama mode.

User interface/software

The Q5 runs on BlackBerry operating system 10.1 and possesses a hardware keyboard. It provides instant action that is a kind of an advanced universal search together with actionable commands thereby making utmost utilization of the keyboard. Besides it also provides keyboard shortcuts along with listing these in few system menus.

Hardware/performance

This handset features 8GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and up to 32GB expandable memory via microSD that is a noteworthy improvement on the Curve handset legacy. Its speaker outlet delivers good sound quality at a high level of volume thanks to perfect placement of speaker outlets. When it comes to call quality the handset is capable of latching on to a cellular network and in weak signal areas too.

Battery

The Q5 is equipped with 2, 180 mAh battery; it quotes around 12.5 hours backup from full charge.

Connectivity

This handset keeps every option open with respect to connectivity thereby supporting quadband 2G GSM, quadband 3G HSPA and quadband 4G LTE frequencies. Besides, it also supports USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC and DLNA compatibility.

Wealth of in-built tools

BlackBerry Q5 offers a wealth of in-built tools namely,

  • BlackBerry Maps
  • Documents to Go
  •  LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook
  • New improved Browser
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • BBM
  • BlackBerry Hub

Pros and cons

Pros

  • · Useful enterprise apps
  • Fast and responsive
  • · BlackBerry 10 interface
  • Bright, crisp screen
  • Qwerty keyboard

Cons

  • Lack of apps
  • Plastic feel
  • Lack of a removable battery
  • Very small screen

Conclusion

The BlackBerry Q5 in spite of being a budget-friendly handset provides every major characteristic with an OS which is extremely responsive. With its classic design, long battery life, many colour options and full physical keyboard, this is an excellent mid-range handset for those getting started with this brand or those especially on a budget. Overall, this is a capable handset having great battery life, fantastic sound quality, responsive keyboard, decent performance, excellent BlackBerry Hub, modicum of great apps that consolidates the user’s social accounts with texts and emails.


by Joseph James

Features

Camera
  • 5.00 Mega Pixel
Connectivity
  • BlueTooth
  • WiFi
Memory
  • Internal 8 GB, 2 GB RAM
  •  Card Type microSD, up to 32 GB
Battery
  • Type Non-removable Li-Ion 2180 mAh battery
  • Standby (2G) / Up to 336 h (3G)
  • Talk Time (2G) / Up to 12 h 30 min (3G)
  • Music Play 
Multi Media
  • MMS
  • MP3
Misc.
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch Screen
  • 3G Phone
Dimension
  •  Size 120 x 66 x 10.8 mm (4.72 x 2.60 x 0.43 in)
  •  Weight 120 g (4.23 oz)