While BlackBerry aren’t setting any sales records or eating away at their competitors marketshare they’re currently releasing some of their most interesting handsets in years. The recently released Z10 is a very decent phone and their other recent effort, the Q10, isn’t a bad option if you can’t bare to be without a QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry Q5 is the new kid on the block but does it do enough to deserve your interest?
Visually the BlackBerry Q5 is a bit different to most BlackBerry devices, it has rounded corners but is quite a flat, square looking phone, especially compared to the quite rounded Q10. In terms of hardware it’s barely worth comparing to most Android or iOS phones since, like Windows Phone, BB10 runs very smoothly on much less powerful hardware. There’s an unusually square 3.1-inch screen at 720×720 resolution which gives it quite high pixel density.
The Q5 has a 2,180mAh battery which should give plenty of battery life considering the processor is only a 1.2Ghz dual-core. With 2GB of RAM you should find yourself having too many performance issues with the Q5 and all the usual connectivity such as WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are present and correct. The only major concern for some will be the fact the Q5 only has 8GB of on-board storage, however there is a microSD slot to add up to 64GB more memory.
There has to be a market for the Q5, some people still want a keyboard and the Q5 is definitely not a bad phone. With many people looking for large touchscreens and high powered devices to cope with highly detailed 3D games it’s unlikely the Q5 will be a huge seller but it’s a good mid-priced option and will serve you well for every day tasks such as text messaging, email, phone calls and web browsing. The BlackBerry Q5 is available now.