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BlackBerry Q5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 401 reviews of BlackBerry Q5. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and price. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the reception and apps. The camera and durability get less positive views.

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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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 user reviews of BlackBerry Q5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Views about the portability and screen are on the whole positive. The price and performance are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the battery, and the durability and reliability get negative opinions.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Michael Moser (

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: ZDNet (

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: GSMArena team (

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 (

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: Chris Davies (

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. (

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: YugaTech (

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: (

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 (

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: (

BlackBerry Q5 Review


The Q5 is a tad more expensive than what the sweet spot would have been - somewhere around the Rs. 20,000 mark. It's a must buy for those who desperately want a BlackBerry 10 device, but for whom the Q10 is out of budget. Otherwise, for the same amount...

Good screen - easy to read and vivid, Keyboard response better than the Q10's, Swipe gestures are easy to get the hang of, Built well, with minimalistic design

Price on the higher side, App ecosystem still needs work

Jul, 2013

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM8930


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD1080p


GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen + QWERTY
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: Yes
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:4.X LTE / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:IPS / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:BlackBerry OS
Operating System Version:BB 10
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / TALKTALK / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes


Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM8930