BlackBerry Q5: The most affordable BlackBerry smartphone
Back in 2000’s when BB started its QWERTYsmart phones; they turned out to be blockbuster sellers and bolstered the company as the dominant player in phones market. But with the changing times and Operating Systems like iOS and Android which offered large screen experience with touch and flexibility of apps, the company was overtaken. As they say- ‘Better late than never’, the company has started the year 2013 from the scratch to develop a touch centric OS called OS 10 and many new devices with it. While its earlier launches Z10 and Q10 was targeted it premium segment, Q5 is the budget device and let’s see what it offers
The device sports BlackBerry’s famous QWERTY keypad along with a 3.1 inch LCD touch screen. The screen has a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels, resulting in nice pixel density of 328 ppi. The screen also has a color depth of 16 m colors. The front of the smartphone also has an earpiece, secondary camera and proximity sensor. The left side of the Smartphone houses microUSB slot for charging and slot for micro-SIM and microSD card, whereas right side has a volume rocker. The top of the device has power key as well as standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.
BlackBerry Q5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. In terms of memory, it has a 2 GB RAM and 8 GB in-built storage, which can be further expanded to 32 GB through microSD card. The device supports 2G/ 3G/ 4G networks along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with Assisted GPS. The device is loaded with a non-removable Li-ion battery of 2180 mAh capacity. The battery claims to provide standby time of up to 336 hours and talk-time of up to 12 hours during 3G connectivity.
The smartphone runs on latest BB OS 10 which offers several new features and a gesture based interface for navigating the menus and apps called as Flow. BlackBerry Hub brings all the important notifications from messages, mails, BBM, social networks into one place; whilst Peekallows a quick look into notifications without even exiting the app user might be using. Due to physical keyboard, one can use quick actions for quickly opening any app or taking any action.
All that said, biggest problem in the OS is limited app support. If the user is looking to enjoy the wonderful app store both Android and iOS devices enjoy, then they will be heavily disappointed. Popular apps such as Instagram, Flipboard and Netflix are not present in this device.
For photography enthusiasts, the device offers a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and numerous features like autofocus, geo-tagging, image stabilization, etc. For video, it supports Full HD recording at 30 fps with video stabilization. It also has a 2 MP front-facing camera which is useful for video calling purposes.
BlackBerry Q5 seems like a pretty solid device providing the best of both worlds- touch screen with QWERTY keyboard, but it trades the size of the screen for the same. Many people may feel that 3.1 inch screen is small. However, if the user needs a physical keyboard offering accuracy and faster typing, then Q5 is the best and only choice.