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BlackBerry Q5 Review

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There are two ways of launching the camera app on the BlackBerry Q5. One of them is by selecting it from the home screen, of course. The other involves holding down the camera shortcut located on the lock screen. That's an odd solution in our opinion since the fact that this shortcut needs to be held down for several seconds defies the purpose of having it there at all.

The BlackBerry 10 camera UI is one of the most basic ones we've seen recently, giving you little in terms of camera settings control. You can only pick a camera mode, such as Burst, HDR, or toggle the image stabilizer on or off, and that's pretty much it. The only advanced camera feature is called Time Shift, allowing you to replace the face of a person within a photo that you've just captured. You know, in case someone blinks.

Photos taken with the BlackBerry Q5 and its 5MP auto-focus camera look mediocre at best. They lack fine detail and colors in them are often awkwardly exaggerated. Indoor photos look even worse, lacking in contrast and sometimes out of focus in scenes that are too dark. Videos, taken at a maximum resolution of 1080p, look okay in broad daylight, but the smartphone's low-light footage is way too noisy.



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Multimedia:

The music player on the BlackBerry Q5 is basic, but it definitely works! It has support for album art and will list your audio collection by album, artist name, or genre. Controlling the playback is done with the press of a volume button, which causes a multimedia widget to appear no matter what screen you are on. But while the built-in loudspeaker sounds great, the stock earphones are of low quality.

The music player on the BlackBerry Q5 - BlackBerry Q5 Review
The music player on the BlackBerry Q5 - BlackBerry Q5 Review
The music player on the BlackBerry Q5 - BlackBerry Q5 Review
The music player on the BlackBerry Q5 - BlackBerry Q5 Review

The music player on the BlackBerry Q5


With its small, square screen, the BlackBerry Q5 is definitely not suitable for watching movies. Sure, you're free to watch YouTube's latest selection of lolcat clips, but watching videos for prolonged periods of time is far from a pleasant experience.

Video player - BlackBerry Q5 Review
Video player - BlackBerry Q5 Review
Video player - BlackBerry Q5 Review

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posted on 16 Jul 2013, 05:41 3

1. Astian (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


A small piece of crap priced at 25k(480USD) in India

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 06:12 1

2. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


The hell, $480?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:24

6. gayasarafe (Posts: 25; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Chill dude!! The price above if off-contract......but it still its to high...u could get a nexus 4 by shelling out 40USD more

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 03:15

7. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Im well aware it is off contract, i also buy all my phones off-contract. Just that it is too high to me.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 06:39 1

3. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


In my country It´s nearly 600$...nonsense

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 08:24

4. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


This thing looks like such a piece of junk. You couldn't pay me to use it.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 08:43

5. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


This would have sold like hot cakes if it was priced below 300$ off contract in India. Still lot of BB fans here. But almost all of them switching to Android or Windows

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 23:28

8. Mittal (Posts: 443; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


true!!
The OS is not bad, thats for sure....
If some1 just wants utility and sturdiness, this would have worked like a charm @ say $350

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