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Blackberry Q5: BlackBerry for the masses

Once a dominant player in mobile market, Blackberry is now being sidelined by the onslaught of iOS and Android devices. With fresh strategy in mind, Blackberry is now trying to counter them with its touch centric approach through new BB OS10. In order to reach to the BlackBerry fans of QWERTY keyboard as well, it’s coupling both physical keyboard and touch screen together. After launching flagship device Q10, Q5 is BlackBerry’s latest offering targeting budget Smartphone buyers. Let’s see what it packs inside-

Blackberry Q5

Design:

Q5 can be considered as the smaller version of company’s flagship Smartphone Q10. But, it features a full plastic body which might not be liked by everyone as it gives it a cheaper look. The upside is that this makes the Smartphone compact and handy with just120 g weight and thickness of 10.8 mm. To target the youth, it also comes with vibrant colors like Black, White, Red, Gray and Pink.

Display:

It has a 3.1 inch IPS LCD touchscreen sporting square resolution of 720×720 pixels, equating to decent pixel density of 328 PPI. It has a color depth of 16 m colors resulting in nice display and good readability even under direct sunlight.

Hardware:

The Smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 dual-core processor paired up with a 2 GB RAM. In terms of memory, the BlackBerry Q5 has an 8 GB of internal memory with option of further expanding it to 32 GB via microSD card. For connectivity, it has usual options of 2G/ 3G/ 4G network supports, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS. Depending upon the markets, it will also come with NFC support. The device is given juice by a non-removable Li-ion battery of 2180 mAh which claims to give it talk-time of up to 12 hours during 3G.

Software:

As mentioned earlier, the Q5 is powered by BlackBerry OS 10 and will be upgradable to its recent update to OS v 10.1. The touch screen depends heavily on gestures for each action. Apart from standard Blackberry features like BlackBerry Messenger, Push Mails, etc., the OS also brings lots of new changes to the device such as BlackBerry Hub- centralized place for messages, email, BBM, social updates, and more.

Without doubts, the device will offer great experience to BlackBerry’s loyal fans. However, if one is moving from Android or iOS to the Q5, then they may feel lack of their favorite apps like Instagram and Netflix.

Camera:

BlackBerry Q5 sports a 5 MP camera at its back with autofocus and LED flash. It comes with several features such as geotagging, touch focus and image stabilization. It can also record Full HD videos at 30 fps. It also has a 2 MP secondary camera capable of shooting 720 pixels video which serves the purpose of video chatting.

Conclusion:

BlackBerry Q5 is a great purchase for the users who require a physical keyboard since it offers faster and accurate typing. But, comparing the device with Android smart phones in the similar range, it feels underpowered and due to the combination of keyboard + touch screen, the screen is very small.

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