BlackBerry Q5 Review

Call Quality:

Phone calls made using the BlackBerry Q5 are of quality well above the average. Its earpiece sounds clear and natural and does not need to have its volume set up to the maximum to be audible. The microphone works good as well, delivering natural voice tones on the other side of the line.


Battery Life:

There's a 2180mAh battery packed inside the BlackBerry Q5, which is actually pretty good for a phone that's marketed as a mid-ranger. On a single charge, the handset should provide over 12h of continuous talk time. Stand-by time is listed as 14 days, which is okay.


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.

But as we said, the BlackBerry Q5 isn't a bad device as it is fast and responsive, with a good hardware keyboard that is ideal for heavy text-based communication. The trade-offs associated with sticking to the traditional BlackBerry form factor, however, cannot be ignored. Among them is the 3.1-inch screen, which is pretty small by today's standards, spoiling the fun of every-day things like surfing the web, playing games, or watching video. The camera is also of below average quality, so don't expect to capture any masterpieces with the BlackBerry Q5.

Nevertheless, folks who absolutely must have a hardware keyboard should be happy with a BlackBerry Q5. Chances are they won't be able to find a better alternative anyway, other than the pricier BlackBerry Q10. Those who don't need one, on the other hand, better look elsewhere. The HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 720, for example, are both good, compact phones that also runs a platform as fluid and responsive as BB10. If you prefer Android, the Sony Xperia SP or HTC First would be great alternatives as they offer larger screens for richer multimedia experience, without being much bigger physically than the Q5.

Software Version of the reviewed unit:
BlackBerry 10 OS
Software release 10.1.0.2309


BlackBerry Q5 Video Review:



Pros

  • Fluid performance
  • Good physical keyboard
  • 4G LTE support

Cons

  • Mediocre camera quality
  • Small screen
  • Cheap and plasticky feel

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

User Rating:

9.2
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8 Comments

1. Astian

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

The hell, $480?

6. gayasarafe

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 06, 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

7. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

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

4. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

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

5. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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

8. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 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
Q5
  • Display 3.1" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2180 mAh(12.5h 3G talk time)

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