BlackBerry Q5

Specifications

BlackBerry Q5Notebook: BlackBerry Q5 (Blackberry Series)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 225
Display: 3.1 inch, 1:1, 720x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.12kg
Price: 399 euro
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Average Score: 71.58% - average
Average of 12 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 53%, performance: 65%, features: 58%, display: 92% mobility: 94%, workmanship: 61%, ergonomy: 91%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the BlackBerry Q5

87% Review BlackBerry Q5 Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Austerity measures? Following the exceptional BlackBerry Q10, the Canadian manufacturer releases an even less expensive version on the market dubbed BlackBerry Q5. For an RRP of 399 Euros (~$534), the smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard inherits a lot of traits from its Q10 sister model, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC with 1.2 GHz, 8 GB of flash memory and 2 GB of RAM.
60% BlackBerry Q5 review - cheap BlackBerry 10 phone with keyboard is a mixed bag
Source: PC Advisor English
It's a mixed bag when it comes to the BlackBerry Q5. It's cheaper than both the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 and a lot of its hardware specs are better than we expected. However, build quality isn't inspiring and while BlackBerry 10 is smooth with good features, a shortage of apps remains a downfall.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 50%
BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: Engadget English
The BlackBerry Q5 isn't a bad handset, but it carries the weight of disappointment when you realize that it's not just a stripped-down Q10. Had it been, we'd probably be far more appreciative of the hardware, but as it stands we have two objections we simply can't get past. First things first, the price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/18/2013
60% BlackBerry Q5 Review
Source: Think Digit English
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 of money, a few Android phones and the Apple iPhone 4 (if you don't mind the old phone) will offer better application variety and usage experience.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 60% workmanship: 70%
60% BlackBerry Q5 Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The first piece of good news is that the Q5 is substantially cheaper than the Q10. BlackBerry has had to cut down on some key specifications and the materials used to build it, but overall you’re left with a very good experience that comes close to its more expensive brethren. However, Rs 24,990 is still quite expensive for the Q5 as we would peg the value of the handset at not more than Rs 20,000. If BlackBerry drops the price to sub-20k, then the Q5 has the potential for doing well.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: T3 English
The Q5 is a tough call to make. It’s almost certainly going to become the work BlackBerry if the Z10 hasn’t already and while we commend BlackBerry’s intentions in trying to create a BB10 handset for both work and youth, it's kinda missed the point. Would we recommend it? If you’re after a typing experience but can’t afford the frankly silly price of the Q10 then this is definitely your best bet, but if you’re after something more than that we’d have to suggest looking elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
BlackBerry Q10 vs BlackBerry Q5 head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
We expected the more expensive BlackBerry Q10 to put its cheaper sibling to shame in pretty much every category. However, having compared the two, we found the two smartphones fairly evenly matched, raising the question as to whether the BlackBerry Q10 is worth the extra £200. Aside from those considerations, however, we found that the BlackBerry Q5 does a good job for its price, matching the BlackBerry Q10 with regard to screen, performance, operating system and all-round usability.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2013
BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design
Source: Reg Hardware English
All in all, the Q5 is a workhorse with an OS still in its early days. I suspect the "ambitious" and "youthful" crowd won’t be getting a Q5 out of choice - it’s still too expensive. It needs to be on a £20/month contract to be considered, and they’ll be after something classier if they can afford it. Priced alongside last year’s Galaxy S3 for example, it’s hard to see who in that target market would opt for this drab offering. The beloved BIS, which piped email and BBM to a BlackBerry subscriber for a flat rate, is gone, and isn’t coming back. Very shortly one will no longer need to buy a BlackBerry to tap into the previously exclusive BBM social network. For enterprises, particularly those with a sunken investment in BlackBerry Enterprise Server and corporate apps, it’s a more solid choice. Shame about the unforgiving keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2013
60% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: It Pro English
With decent performance levels and a mid-range price, the Q5 is reasonable handset. However, it's suited more to the consumer market and is unlikely to anything more than a secondary messaging device for most business users due to the small screen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
BlackBerry Q5 Review
Source: Slashgear English
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. Sign up to a contract, and you’ll spend just £8 ($12) per month more for the Q10 than the Q5. We’d argue not only that the Q10 is still too expensive for what you get – though we’d prefer it over the Q5 – but that the Q5 isn’t as cheap as it really needs to be. If you’re determined to get a BlackBerry and must have a keyboard, then the Q10 should be your choice; everybody else will likely find more rewarding devices running Android or iOS.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2013
60% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: Techradar English
The BlackBerry Q5 is difficult to love. Sure it's got all the core smartphone features, but it doesn't really excel at anything, apart from perhaps web browsing, but even that's hampered somewhat by the pokey 3.1-inch display. The BlackBerry Q5 feels like it should be dropped down the pricing scale, towards the bottom of the mid-tier of smartphones - and at that price we could very well be recommending it, but as it stands it's hard to make a convincing argument for this BlackBerry 10 handset.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 40%
80% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Summing up, we've found the Q5 lives up to the legacy set by its top-end siblings, delivering the same BYOD and productivity services that made the Z10 and Q10 an ideal choice for business. However, it also suffers from the same weakness, featuring middling build quality, a screen overly prone to picking up glare and an average rear-facing camera. All this adds up to mean that while the Q5 is a good, semi-affordable option for businesses users eager to upgrade their existing work BlackBerry, we can't see it having any real mass market appeal.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
BlackBerry Q5 review: Hands-on
Source: T3 English
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’. What will be most interesting however is seeing just how affordable it really is, sporting many of the same specs as the Q10 many users could be in for a shock when BlackBerry does finally release pricing information.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/15/2013

Foreign Reviews

84% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 84%
84% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 84% mobility: 87%
82% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Connect - Heft 10/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 82%
Der günstige Einstieg in die BB10-Welt
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/07/2013
Rating: performance: 83% display: 100% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
82% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 82%
BlackBerry Q5
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: up-to-date keyboard smartphone; good package
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2013

Comment

Qualcomm Adreno 225: Integrated OpenGL ES 2.0 and Direct3D 9_3 capable graphics card.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


S4 Plus MSM8960: High end dual core Soc (Krait cores) including a Adreno 225 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


3.1": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.12 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


71.58%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

» Nokia Lumia 1020
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, 4.5", 0.158 kg
» Nokia Lumia 925
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, 4.5", 0.139 kg
» Nokia Lumia 928
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, 4.5", 0.2 kg
» BlackBerry Z10
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, 4.2", 0.145 kg
» Samsung ATIV S
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, 4.8", 0.135 kg
» Dell XPS 10 Tablet
Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A, 10.1", 0.635 kg
» Nokia Lumia 820
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, 4.3", 0.159 kg
» Nokia Lumia 920
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, 4.5", 0.185 kg
» Sony Xperia T
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, 4.6", 0.139 kg
» HTC Windows Phone 8X
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, 4.3", 0.129 kg
» Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A, 10.1", 1.107 kg
» HTC One S
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, 4.3", 0.119 kg

Devices from the same Manufacturer

» BlackBerry Passport
Adreno 330, Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.5", 0.196 kg
» BlackBerry Z3
Adreno 305, Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230, 5.0", 0.164 kg
» BlackBerry 9720
unknown, unknown, 2.8", 0.2 kg
» BlackBerry BlackBerry Z30
Adreno 320, Snapdragon MSM8960T, 5.0", 0.17 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-05-16)