Running the BB10 OS which we have reviewed in earlier posts for the Q10 and Z10, it’s not hard to use this device nor sell the OS again. BB10 has shown Blackberry is committed to making some serious strides with its new OS and devices. They are a significant step forward and having used the 9360 before, a phone I despised, these new products are a welcome change.
The Blackberry Q5 has the popular keyboard present on the Q10. Some swear that they need it and it does not disappoint. I don’t usually needed the physical keys and prefer to have more screen space. Blackberry Hub is here as well and like name says it’s the center for all communication you receive on your Q5. I like the concept of the Hub being an iPhone user and with the new OS and phones Blackberry has realized how critical social media and messaging is to its users. Good on them because for students and high schools kids keeping in touch with their friends that’s often the reason to own a smartphone in the first place. The Blackberry Q5 comes in red and black and I received the black model for demo.
With the Q10 and Z10 phones we reviewed, we installed as many apps as we could. Because I am an iOS user I wanted to see how well apps translate over from iOS to Blackberry. Now sure I couldn’t get many of the apps I use on a regular basis but my go to’s were all available, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and a few others such as the BC Lions App. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn come pre-installed on the BB10 OS and I liked being able to set those up without having to install them from the App Store.
On the hardware side it has the following specs:
- 3.1″ Touch display
- 8GB Internal storage
- 5MP Camera (Rear Facing)
- 4GLTE Ready
- 720 x 720 resolution, 329ppi
- QWERTY keyboard & touch screen
- Up to 14 days standby time (3G)
- 1080p HD video recording
- Up to 12.5 hrs talk time (3G)
- BlackBerry 10.1 OS operating system
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
Complete specs are listed here.