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BlackBerry Q5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 276 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and design. The value for money and usability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments about the reception and GPS navigation. Some have doubts about the apps and features.

screen, usability, price, design, battery

features, apps

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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 103 user reviews of BlackBerry Q5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

usability, screen, value for money, sound, battery

responsiveness, features, reliability, connectivity

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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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...

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BlackBerry Q5 Review


BlackBerry launched its "budget" BB10 device yesterday and already we've been hearing quite a ruckus regarding the price. We didn't expect it to be cheap, but Rs 24,990 is pushing it a bit. Our initial impressions with the handset showed us that it is...

Features The Q5 features the same sized screen as the Q10, but instead of a Super AMOLED 3.1-inch, we have an IPS panel. Viewing angles are still good and so are the colours, but somehow we found the display of the Q10 to be slightly better. You won’t...


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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...

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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.

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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,...

What gives us most pause about the Q5 is its price. It may have half the name of the Q10, but it doesn’t have half the RRP: in fact, SIM-free in the UK where sales have already begun, the Q5 is £320 ($477) including tax, versus £480 ($715) for the Q10....

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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...

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BlackBerry Q5 review


The BlackBerry Q5 is the brand's first 'budget' handset to run BlackBerry 10 and also boasts a full QWERTY keyboard

BlackBerry Hub ; NFC connectivity ; BBM Voice&Video

Build & design ; Non-removable battery ; Keyboard

With two high-end devices already out it makes sense that BlackBerry would return to its established emerging markets and make a phone that would be deemed ‘affordable’.

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BlackBerry Q5 review


With the flagship Z10 and Q10 BlackBerry handsets out of the way, attention turns to something further down the scale, the BlackBerry Q5, a Qwerty handset that doesn't quite hit all the highs of the Q10.

Most affordable route to BB10, keyboard action is nice, makes a great messenger device

Feels cheap, battery not great, performance is rather lacklustre

BlackBerry's rebirth in 2013 hasn't got off to the strongest start. The Z10 feels like the poor cousin to the flagship devices of rival platforms. The Q10 is great as the Qwerty messenger, but again, the user experience just doesn't feel as exciting as...

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BlackBerry Q5 review


BlackBerry 10 gets slightly more affordable, but does that make any better?

4G enabled ; Fast web browsing ; MicroSD slot ; Decent BlackBerry Hub

Chunky plastic case ; Non-removable battery ; Average keyboard ; Awkward screen size

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BlackBerry Q5 smartphone (preview)


The Q5 is an entry-level BlackBerry smartphone targeted at

Likely to be inexpensive ; Physical QWERTY keyboard ; Vibrant design

Non-removable battery ; No AU release date

The Q5 is a new entry-level BlackBerry smartphone targeted at "emerging markets". In other words it's a cheap BlackBerry with a physical, QWERTY keyboard.

Product Specifications


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
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:BlackBerry OS
Operating System Version:BB 10
Operator:Sim Free / Tesco MB / Virgin
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Prepay Pack / Sim Free


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