Overall, we were not wowed by the Q5’s build quality but does feel balanced for the asking price.
The BlackBerry Q5 features Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Good thing about this is that BlackBerry hasn’t tried to drastically downgrade the specs due to the price. Sure, the processor clock speed was decreased by few hundred MHz but keeping the same amount of RAM ensures smooth functioning of the device. The IPS LCD display measures 3.1-inches and has a resolution of 720×720 pixels that achieves a pixel density of ~330ppi. This results in sharp text and images.
Software of the BlackBerry Q5 remains unchanged that gives a full BlackBerry 10 OS experience. One thing we like about the new OS is the use of gestures. BlackBerry does not integrate a physical home button so to unlock, a user has to click on the Power/lock button on the top or simply swipe from the bottom edge of the screen to unlock. There are many gestures users can take advantage of.
There’s BlackBerry Hub, which is a central location for all the incoming and outgoing activities a user does on the device. It integrates all the email accounts, social media as well as messages.
Furthermore, the Q5 supports BlackBerry Balance that enables users to keep his personal files and work files separate, BlackBerry World and Instant Actions that can be used in conjunction with the physical keyboard.
The overall camera quality is satisfactory with some glimpse of noise in some images.
BlackBerry Q5 features a 2180mAh battery and in our tests, the smartphone lasted a day before needing it to charge again.