Solid phone

17. července 2013 v 8:36 |  street light
Simplicity seems to be the overriding design theme of the Q5. Granted, even the Z10 wasn't exactly flashy, but the Q5 is perhaps a tad too Plain Jane from a design perspective. It looks much better in red, though.Welcome to www.soli-lite.com Web. If you love it, please buy it! It's all-plastic, but thankfully, feels solid and is actually quite sturdy-a nasty accidental drop didn't leave even a nick.

Shape wise, the Q5 reminded me of the Sony Xperia Tipo, albeit a thinner version and with a QWERTY keyboard, which is not a nice comparison, considering the Tipo is Sony's cheapest offering.

Buttons that double up as volume control and camera buttons in camera mode are on the top right, with a mute button in between that also doubles up as a pause button and for initiating voice control, exactly like on its far more expensive sibling, the Q10.

On the top is the power/lock button (the only piece of chrome on the smartphone, if you leave the BlackBerry logo on the back) and a 3.5 mm audio out. On the left side, towards the top half is the microUSB port. The big deletion is the microHDMI port, for cost reasons I guess.

The back of the Q5 isn't removable, which is a first for BlackBerry as far as I can remember. This leaves a small flap under the microUSB port where you can insert a microSIM and microSD card. The flap may be the only weak link in what seems to be solid build quality.

If it accidentally opens and gets caught in a battle with something in your pocket or purse, it doesn't look like it can hold its own for too long. I would have much preferred the tray system that's available on other smartphones with non-removable batteries.

There's a 5 megapixel 1080p HD camera with an LED at the back and a 2 megapixel 720p HD front camera. An LED indicator is at the top of the front display next to the 2 megapixel camera.

There's no grip at the back thanks to the smooth plastic back with a slightly raised BlackBerry logo in chrome, but thanks to its shape it fit in well in my hand and I had no issues with the Q5 slipping out. It's light too, at 120 gms, and with dimensions pretty much like that of the Q10, 4.72-inches tall, 2.59-inches wide and 0.42-inches deep.

Clearly, the Q5 is aimed at those who want a keyboard and a cheaper option than the other BlackBerry keyboard warrior, the Q10. But just like the keyboards on the Bold series were far superior to those on the Curve series, the difference between the Q5 and Q10 keyboard is like chalk and cheese. While the Q10 is silent and gentler to the touch, the Q5 is audible and not-so-soft.

But make no mistake,As well we have fabrics and textures available for our led products list, table lamps, pendant lighting and wall sconces. it's still superior to the keyboards being dished out by the few other manufacturers who still make smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards. But like on the Q10, if you are a BlackBerry user, you'll notice the traditional BlackBerry touchpad and navigation keys are missing and the only navigation possible is through screen gestures, something you'll take a few hours if not days to get used to. But once you do, you'll realise why BlackBerry 10's gestures are far better than the older trackpad navigation.

A simple swipe upwards from the BlackBerry logo just above the keyboard gives you a 'Peek' from any application. Peek allows you to see why the front LED light is blinking without closing the application. If it's important enough (say, a work e-mail), then you swipe right into the Hub. You can define what goes into the BlackBerry Hub-easily the best iteration of a communications centre in any smartphone OS today.

Swipe right and you come to the live application grid where up to eight applications can be open at any time, though the apps open start closing automatically, with oldest app open closing first,Creating a Nigeria solar power systems out of broken re-used solar cell pieces. once you open newer apps.

Swipe even further right and you come to the application deck where icons are laid out in an easy-to-read grid, and on a screen this small, perhaps a bit too easy to read. I would have preferred smaller icons. A 'long press' option allows you to remove or move apps around with a 'drag on top' option to create folders. However, you have to arrange icons manually in case you want to place frequently used icons on the first grid screen.
 

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