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BlackBerry Q5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1048 reviews of BlackBerry Q5. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the screen and price are on the whole positive. The size and performance also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Q5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for BlackBerry Q5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 user reviews of BlackBerry Q5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the screen and portability are generally positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the durability and battery are mixed. There are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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93% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry Q5 SIM-Free Smartphone - BlackBlackBerry Q5 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Q5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 251 user reviews of BlackBerry Q5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and portability are overall positive. The price and performance are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Blackberry Q5 Black UnlockedBlackberry Q5 Black Unlocked

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for BlackBerry Q5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of BlackBerry Q5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the battery and portability. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the size. Comments are divided on the design.

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size

95% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: UNLOCKED Blackberry Q5 GSM Quad-Band Smartphone BLACK, Telus, Rogers, Fido, Bell, Virgin, Koodo, Chatr, Videotron, Wind Mobile, Mobilicity CompatibleUNLOCKED Blackberry Q5 GSM Quad-Band Smartphone BLACK, Telus, Rogers, Fido, Bell, Virgin, Koodo, Chatr, Videotron, Wind Mobile, Mobilicity Compatible

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

BlackBerry Q5 review: The apprentice

 

Smartphone makers believe in trickle-down economics. They build their portfolios top to bottom, looking to get as much bang out of the flagship as they can and, after the hype around it has settled, they bring out the more affordable packages to keep...

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri/quad-band UMTS/HSPA, 100 Mbps LTE ; 3.1" 16M-color 720p (720 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen ; Four-row hardware QWERTY keyboard ; Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait, 2GB RAM, Adreno 225 ; BlackBerry 10.1 OS; Office...

BlackBerry World is still missing key apps ; Screen size is somewhat small by today's standards and the 1:1 aspect is awkward for video watching ; QWERTY keyboard could be better ; BlackBerry Maps may be even worse than Apple Maps ; No FM radio

With BlackBerry charging a ridiculous amount of money on the Q10 - it's hard to find under $600 / €490 SIM-free. Seriously, the first BB10 QWERTY handset costs more than a Z10, and any competing flagship, so one would think it's an opportunity the Q5...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Daniel Cooper (engadget.com)

BlackBerry Q5 review

 

This is probably the most important smartphone that BlackBerry will launch in 2013. You see, the Z10 and Q10 were designed for diehards, gadget lovers

Long battery life ; Excellent backlight

Uncomfortable keyboard ; Small, 3.1-inch display ; Slow performance ; Expensive for what it is

BlackBerry has resurrected the Curve range with a decent mid-range device. It’s just a shame the designers scrimped on the keyboard.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Michael Moser (notebookcheck.net)

Review BlackBerry Q5 Smartphone

 

Austerity measures? Following the exceptional BlackBerry Q10, the

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

Material impression; Non-removable battery; Below-average cameras; Small screen in 1:1 format; Store not yet on par with Android or iOS

With exception of the BlackBerry Q10 model, there are no direct contenders that feature a QWERTY keyboard. Some contenders from the Android and Windows camp are Google's Nexus 4, Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC's One Mini, Sony's Xperia SP and Nokia's...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

BlackBerry Q5 Review

 

BlackBerry needs a new smartphone for the mass market, and the BlackBerry Q5 is its attempt to deliver. Cheaper than the Q10, though offering another sturdy QWERTY keyboard for text-addicts, the Q5 pares back the specifications (and, it has to be said,...

There’s an over-aching sense, about the Q5, that it’s not for us; the common smartphone user at large. Instead, it’s more like BlackBerry’s play for the mainstream enterprise: the market that has sustained the Canadian company for so long. BlackBerry...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Nick T. (phonearena.com)

BlackBerry Q5 Review

 

The BlackBerry Q5 is a mid-range device combining the speed and fluidity of BB10 with the convenience of having a hardware QWERTY keyboard. Specs include a dual-core processor, 3.1-inch high-resolution display, 5MP camera, 8GB of storage and a battery...

Fluid performance ; Good physical keyboard ; 4G LTE support

Mediocre camera quality ; Small screen ; Cheap and plasticky feel

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...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : ZDNet (zdnet.com)

BlackBerry Q5 review: A Qwerty smartphone for the masses?

 

Summary: The Q5 is one of the first bearing the revamped BlackBerry OS, but is a confusing mix of elegant software and dowdy hardware.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : YugaTech (yugatech.com)

BlackBerry Q5 Review

 

The BlackBerry Q5 packs a good display, decent camera, very good battery life, and above average performance. If you're a BB7 user who is planning to upgrade to a QWERTY BB10 device but find the Q10 to be very expensive, the Q5 (at the time of writing)...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : cellphones.ca (cellphones.ca)

BlackBerry Q5

 

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...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Softpedia (softpedia.com)

BlackBerry Q5 Review – BlackBerry 10 for the Masses

 

With the Q10, BlackBerry tried to attract more of the conservative (or, rather, more productivity-inclined) fans of the brand who are not yet ready to give up the traditional QWERTY keyboard in favor of the full-touch experience. BlackBerry Z10 and Q10...

The fact that BlackBerry managed to bring its new mobile platform to a lower price range is commendable and the Q5 is the perfect choice for those who can’t afford the more expensive BlackBerry Q10. I very much enjoyed everything that BlackBerry Q5 has...

Even though I’m happy with what BlackBerry Q5 has to offer overall, I still think the smartphone has been priced a bit higher than it should. Mainly the build quality of the phone leaves much to be desired, but aside from that, there are only a few...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Daniel Bader (mobilesyrup.com)

BlackBerry Q5 Review

 

There are hero products, those that generate all the headlines for a company, and then there are saviour products, those that generate all the revenue.

Aug, 2013

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2180
Battery performance:2180
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (3G):336
Talk time (3G):12.5

Call Management

Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert:No / Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Digital Zoom:5
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p
Video stabilizer: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:0.85
Body SAR (EU):0.85
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Head SAR:1.38
Head SAR (EU):1.38

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Red / Pink / Red / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:1:1
Display Diagonal:3.1
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:720 x 720
Display Type:IPS / LCD / TFT
Orientation sensor:No / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Media keys (play/pause, stop, forward, rewind): Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2 / 2048

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AAC+, AMR, M4A, MKA, MP3, MP4, PCM, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AMR, ASF, eAAC+, M4A, MKA, MP3, MP4, PCM, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, MKA, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, MP3, PCM, WAV / AAC, AMR, MP3, WAV, WMA, WMV / AAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, PCM, WMA, WMV
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV, WMV9, XVID / 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV, XVID / 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.264, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG21, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV, XVID / 3GP, ASF, AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV9, XVID
Video compression formats:H.263, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,M4V,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,AVI,H.263,H.264,M4V,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV,WMV9,XVID / 3GP,ASF,AVI,H.263,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV,XVID / 3GP,ASF,AVI,H.264,M4V,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG21,MPEG4,VC-1,WMV,XVID / 3GP,ASF,AVI,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,H.263,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,VC-1,WMV9,XVID
Voice codecs:AMR-NB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):No / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:N / Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+ / HSPA,UMTS
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,850,1700,1900 / 800,900,1800,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, HFP
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE
Data network:3G, 4G / 4G
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Ringer type:MP3
Voice recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:BlackBerry Link
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:BlackBerry OS
Operating system version:10 / 10.1
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Shortcuts / Menu / Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Charging connector:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:S4
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Qualcomm / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2
Processor model:S4

Software

Operating system installed:BlackBerry OS
Operating system version:10 / 10.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:2048
Internal storage capacity:2 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32 / 64
RAM capacity:2
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.425
Height:4.72
Weight:4.23
Width:2.6