BlackBerry Q5 Review
We have a variety of phones which come through our office, all different iPhones, quite a lot of Android phones, even the odd Windows Phone, but so far we haven't tried out one of the new BlackBerry 10 devices, so when the time came, I looked forward to putting one through it's paces.
The phone that I had was the BB Q5, which is a mid range phone, priced at Â£270. Upon opening the box, my initial thoughts were that it's build quality was slightly plastic-y and the keys weren't the greatest, but when you consider it is Â£200 less than the BB Q10, I think it's something I could cope with.
Starting the phone up I was impressed with how fluid the OS was, most of all I liked the BlackBerry Hub, a space where users can see everything they have done across all the apps. It is a great idea, especially when you are like me and tend to forget who you have spoken to, and where it was.
One of the main drawbacks about Blackberry 10 is the app store, there are very few apps which I would use on a day to day basis, and some of the apps which are preinstalled such as facebook and twitter, seem to be many updates behind the ones on iOS and Android, which isn't what I wanted. Also for me, as I work using social media, the fact that I wouldn't have multiple twitter accounts on the blackberry app was a deal breaker, it makes my work harder, which isn't something I need!
Overall I think if BlackBerry want to survive they need to get the app store sorted, when people switch over from an iOS or Android device they expect a similar service, and what you get with BlackBerry really doesn't measure up, and it is instantly a turn off.