First Impressions: The BlackBerry Q5

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BlackBerry just launched a new smartphone today, the BlackBerry Q5.  At first glance, its very similar to the Q10, but with chicklet-style keys.  This is a device aimed squarely at the mid-tier smartphone device, allowing you to get the BlackBerry 10 experience while keeping your wallet happy.  But is it worth it?  I’ll give you my first impressions of the BlackBerry Q5, BlackBerry 10′s first foray into the mid-tier.

Straight to the Specs

- Full QWERTY Keyboard

- BlackBerry OS 10.1

- 2GB RAM

- 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core Snapdragon CPU

- 720×720 pixel LCD screen

- 8 GB internal memory

- 5MP Autofocus camera

- Micro SD Card Slot

- GPS/Bluetooth 4.0/NFC

- 2100 mAh battery

-Comes in Red, White, Black and Pink

Gone are the words “Curve”, “Bold”, “Torch”, and “Storm”.  BlackBerry has decided to go with a simpler marketing scheme.  One number and one letter. The BlackBerry Q5, where the Q stands for QWERTY and the 5 stands for, er–less than 10.  The device is slightly thicker than the Q10, slightly less good-looking, and should be quite a bit cheaper.  You’ve got the same screen size, but with a completely different screen technology, which in my opinion is superior to that of the Q10 in terms of colour balance and brightness.  The power consumption of the OLED may be less though.  The keys are surprisingly well made, giving a softer feel than the previous curve devices.

You’ll also notice that the materials used are not as premium as the ones found on the Q10, but make no mistake, this is a quality device.  In order to enhance that value play, BlackBerry has removed the HDMI port and stepped down the camera megapixels (which has no direct effect on image quality).

The operating system flows with ease without any stuttering or lag, which could have been a factor considering the cpu is a little slower than the one you’d find on the Q10.  Overall, the Q5 is a solid phone.  Take a Q10 and remove the bells and whistles and you’ve got the Q5.  It will be interesting to see how BlackBerry prices the Q5, which will have a big impact on its success. But this is a personsal device.  You be the judge by checking out the pictures below.

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