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It's pretty much all I need
15 May, 2014
I've always been a BlackBerry guy, so this review is bound to be a bit suspect. Having said that, it's everything I need - for now. I've used fullscreen, capacitative, high-haptic display smartphones across the spectrum, and this is the one that most serves my purpose as a content creator, not just a content guzzler. I'm an investigative datajournalist, forever on the move. I needed a QWERTY phone that would allow me to hammer out stories even when I happened to be caught in an unexpected event when I didn't have my laptop handy. And the Q5 works. I'm also a deep researcher, in that I need a whole sheaf of pages open to readily refer to when I'm writing a story. And that, too, works. The BB10 browser isn't the fastest in the market, but nor is it slow. But, requiring a bit more circumspection than is usually the case with most people, I use the browser and a really unloaded search engine like DuckDuckGo. The Q5 hasn't failed me, yet.
Yes, for those who want zimzam out of their phone - heavy games, blinding graphics, HD movies on the go - the Q5 probably isn't the answer. You'd be better off investing another Rs. 25K-35K in a spaceship. But if music fidelity is all it takes to give you a high, you couldn't do much better than a Q5 and a pair of decent (not OTT) Sennheisers.
Photographs: Not in the high-clarity zone. Then, again, if you want the kind of clarity this phonecam can't provide, better to buy a DSLR. I'm a semipro photographer, too - the journo kind, which means that I have to shoot on the run in conditions that no phone could do justice to. Nonetheless, I've taken fairly decent pics, even in iffy tungsten light, and then worked on the shots with the bare-basic Q5 photo app and third-party apps like Effetica. The end-products are nothing to be ashamed of.
So there you have it: The Q5 is THE phone for the mid-budget phone-drone who must absolutely have a QWERTY keypad AND a superbly responsive capacitative screen with tremendous haptic feedback. Plus, the icing on the cake: the BlackBerry 10 OS, with its incomparable total info aggregator, the Hub.
With the life I lead, I know I'll either bust or lose my Q5 sooner or later. It's not a pocket-wrecker. I'll just buy another.
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