Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - —BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

Af­ter its two big ticket launches on the new BB 10, Black­Berry has fi­nally launched the Q5, an af­ford­able phone us­ing the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem. But does it pack enough power to woo the mid-seg­ment An­droid fans?


We were not re­ally im­pressed with the de­sign of the Black­Berry Z10 or the Q10. The Q5 is not dif­fer­ent and looks a lot like the Q10 with a 3.1-inch touch dis­play and QWERTY key­board mi­nus nav­i­ga­tion and call con­trols. The rear is made of smooth plas­tic that gives it a good grip as long as you don’t have sweaty or wet hands. As you can’t open the rear of this phone, the mi­cro SIM and mem­ory card slots have been moved to the side un­der a flimsy flap. The Q5 is a down­scaled ver­sion of the Z10 and Q10 and hence run the same BB10 OS with its su­perb ‘peek’ and ‘flow’ in­ter­face. Th­ese ges­tures make ac­cess­ing all no­ti­fi­ca­tions in the Hub easy.


All keys are well spaced out mak­ing it con­ve­nient to type on. How­ever, we re­ally missed the nav­i­ga­tion pad as while mov­ing within an app I of­ten ended min­imis­ing it on the screen.


The 5MP rear cam­era on­board has auto-fo­cus but takes time to lock on sub­jects. The qual­ity of the im­ages cap­tured in proper light were about aver­age and we thought the colours were over­sat­u­rated. For in­stance, the clouds we cap­tured ap­peared blue in­stead of white. When zoomed in, there was a no­tice­able noise.


The Q5 packs in a 1.2Ghz dual core pro­ces­sor with 2GB RAM. Slightly lower specs than the Q10, but the per­for­mance was snappy even while watch­ing videos or brows­ing the web. Black­Berry is a mas­ter with multi-task­ing, as there wasn’t any lag with over six apps run­ning in the back­ground. Hid­den be­neath the non-re­mov­able back panel is a 2180 mAh bat­tery that was just about aver­age. A full charge man­aged to last a day. Thank­fully, even with the bat­tery low in­di­ca­tion, it man­aged to run for a cou­ple of hours be­fore dy­ing.

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