May 14th 2013 9:58 am

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Good at everything except typing

59

BlackBerry has resurrected the Curve range with a decent mid-range device. It’s just a shame the designers scrimped on the keyboard.

Critic reviews

6.4
14 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.4
  • Display
    7.1
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Camera
    5.9
  • Ease of use
    7.6
  • Design and form factor
    5.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.6
  • Media support
    7.2
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.2

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User reviews

7.0
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6.0
Engadget Jul 18, 2013

The BlackBerry Q5 isn't a bad handset, but it carries the weight of disappointment when you realize that it's not just a stripped-down Q10.

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7.0
Wired UK Jul 17, 2013

Perhaps it could have been a bit cheaper to try to entice a few Android or Apple fans over, but it still probably offers the best value for money of any BlackBerry at the moment and this is a solidly decent workhorse of a handset that deserves consideration.

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6.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 9, 2013

The slightly sluggish performance, the generic design and a price that's not all that compelling make the BlackBerry Q5 a smartphone that's difficult to get excited about. It's not without merit, but it doesn't feel like the cheap and cheerful Curve replacement we want it to be.

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6.0
CNET UK Jul 3, 2013

The BlackBerry Q5 has a bright, sharp screen and its physical keyboard will certainly appeal to dedicated BlackBerry fans. Its software still leaves much to be desired though, the app store is miserable, and at £320, it's not the budget BlackBerry we were hoping for.

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7.0
phoneArena Jul 16, 2013

The BlackBerry Q5 isn't a bad device as it is fast and responsive, with a good hardware keyboard that is ideal for heavy text-based communication. The trade-offs associated with sticking to the traditional BlackBerry form factor, however, cannot be ignored.

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7.0
The Telegraph Jul 4, 2013

If you’re determined to buy a BlackBerry, with a keyboard, but don’t want to break the bank for a Q10, buy a Q5. But if you’re simply after a phone for a reasonable price, hunt around and you can easily find a Samsung Galaxy S3 or an iPhone 4S for prices that aren’t too dissimilar.

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6.0
TechRadar Jul 4, 2013

The BlackBerry Q5 feels like it should be dropped down the pricing scale, towards the bottom of the mid-tier of smartphones - and at that price we could very well be recommending it, but as it stands it's hard to make a convincing argument for this BlackBerry 10 handset.

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6.0
Digital Versus Aug 22, 2013

The BlackBerry Q5 is meant for smartphone textaholics—whatever their drug of choice (Facebook, text messaging or BBM)—and for those who want a pocket mobile with decent battery life.

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5.0
TrustedReviews Jul 5, 2013

The BlackBerry Q5 is a disappointment and exactly what the ailing brand needed to avoid. It’s overpriced and under specced, which means it can’t compete with mid-range phones on performance and is too expensive compared to entry-level ones.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Jul 17, 2013

In many ways the BlackBerry Q5 is a niche product. For the same price you can buy any number of fast and big-screen Android phones with comprehensive app support, but nothing can touch BlackBerry 10 for messaging.

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8.0
V3 Jul 1, 2013

All this adds up to mean that while the Q5 is a good, semi-affordable option for businesses users eager to upgrade their existing work BlackBerry, we can't see it having any real mass market appeal.

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7.0
The Inquirer Jul 3, 2013

Don't get us wrong, the Blackberry Q5 is a great phone. ... However, as Blackberry admits that this handset is aimed largely at a youthful audience, we don't think the Blackberry Q5 is going to cut it.

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6.0
The Next Web Jul 5, 2013

At around £370 SIM-free in the UK, the Q5 is a well built if somewhat anonymous looking handset whose success will ultimately likely be crippled by its pricing, rather than its spec list.

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7.0
ThinkDigit Jul 17, 2013

We’d say, buy the Q5 only if you have your heart set on a new BlackBerry phone, and the Q10 and the Z10 are outside the budget. But, be advised, if you are dabbling with the platform for the first time, there are quite a few app gaps that still need filling.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 14, 2013

Unlike the Q10, the Q5's keys are not arranged in clean straight lines and there's a very cramped sense to the layout. It could be just the size our particular fingers, but not even the slight fretting on the individual keys was enough to make detection second nature.

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CNET May 14, 2013

... the BlackBerry Q5 boasts a full QWERTY keyboard but won't sport the premium keys you'll find on the Q10. Instead, the Q5's buttons are flatter and more bubbly, not chiseled typing surfaces expertly angled for message-punching perfection.

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ZDNet Jul 9, 2013

It might lack the buzz of the Z10 and the glamour of the Q10, but BlackBerry's latest handset could be its most important yet.

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Pocket-Lint May 14, 2013

App switching is quick, the browser is nice and fast and things open up and close down rapidly. ... The high resolution on such a small screen also means it is very sharp. Viewing angles aren't great, but colours are nice and saturated and black levels appear good.

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TrustedReviews May 14, 2013

A strong mid-market BlackBerry 10 device that is sure to appeal to those keen to keep the physical keyboard on a budget, the BlackBerry Q5 is a welcome addition to a still fledgling BB10 lineup.

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T3 May 14, 2013

With two high-end devices already out it makes sense that BlackBerry would return to their established emerging markets and make a phone that would be deemed ‘affordable’.

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TechRadar May 14, 2013

Without knowing the price it's difficult to say how it will stand up against other handsets, but anyone who isn't a BlackBerry fan and is in the market for a reasonably priced smartphone probably won't be taken with the Q5.

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CrackBerry Jul 12, 2013

The BlackBerry Q5 is a great little device for anyone looking to get started with BlackBerry 10. Much like the BlackBerry Q10, the Q5 is the classic BlackBerry design featuring a full touchscreen on top with a physical keyboard down below.

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6.0
adityan adityan

No trackpad. No hardware keys for menu, and to take or disconnect calls. These are the biggest mistakes; and makes usability a tiny nightmare. But the size is perfect for business, and software receptive. The battery life is great! This phone will neither attract the iOS users, or Android. And it...

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