First impressions: I switched from the Z10 to the Q5
After 4 month on the Z10 I was curious how the BB10 experience is on a Q device. I had a Bold 9790 before the Z, so I was looking forward to a keyboard again because I missed the keyboard shortcuts somehow and the more accurate typing experience on the go. The Q10 was too expensive for me and I don't like the oversaturated colors and lesser brightness of an OLED display so I jumped on the Q5 instead. I'm not lying here, I also fancied the red model too much that the slightly lower specs did not bother me.
So here are my impressions of the first week using the Q5 in comparison to the Z10:
On day one it were mainly mixed feelings, I had. You feel really claustrophobic on the narrower display length first in some places like the hub, the browser or BBM Channels where you can hide the keyboard on the Z. I also had 7 panels in a row full of apps I transfered from the Z and during the transfer with BB Link my App Folders were deleted. So I had to rearrange everything first.
The temperatures outside were very hot these days so the Q5 got really warm too using it a lot to set everything up again. The glossy back will make your hands sweat very fast when it's interiors have warmed up. So you have to dry your hands a few times. Battery guru stated temperatures up to 40 degrees.
Then I started some BBM chats and in the first hours I missed some Z10 keyboard gestures like swiping to delete whole words or cycling through the different character panels. But on the go I really enjoyed typing on a hardware keyboard again. I felt more freedom while walking and typing and had not to concentrate too much to hit the right letters. I also the first time on a Curve style keyboard and I must say I really like the bigger spaces between each key. I make fewer mistakes than on the Bold 9790. Of course the Q5 keys are clicky and make more noise but somehow it doesn't bother me at all (maybe it would occasionally in a quiet surrounding with people all around). I compare it to an IBM Model M keyboard. It does make a hell of a noise but at the same time it is very satisfying typing on it.
On day two, claustrophobia was mainly gone. I enjoyed taking 1:1 pics and never had to bother switching the orientation of the device like on the Z10. It feels more comfortable that you can always hold it the same way. And it's ideally for taking snaphots because you are ready to shoot in a few seconds. And you won't cover the lense accidently like on the Z10 where you have to hold it with both hands in landscape mode. You can read the LCD easily when you are outside in bright sunlight. A good thing.
I noticed that the loudspeaker on the Q5 sound less thin than the one on the Z. Also the volume can be set higher. The microphones are equally good. The top one picks you up really smooth on the Q. It's really nice for recording and playing back voice notes. They sound so good. I wonder how it compares to the Q10 on that regard.
The build quality is more plasticky but it still feels robust. What I don't like is the wobbling piece of plastic that covers the SIM and SD card. It doesn't sit tight. Although it never opened accidently yet. Also the Standby button on my unit is hard to press. It does not stick out enough. What's your experience here? The Volume Up / Down and Mute buttons are fine. You can't navigate on the Q5 when you lay it down on the table because the back is too slippy. The Z10 back was perfect. So if you do that often, then you need a rubber case. I don't like cases. It destroys the design which in case of the Q5 isn't so bad as many are stating. And I don't find it looks like an older BB model either. Maybe most of the reviewers only had the black model which can't convince the same way the red, white and pink versions do with it's nice contrast between the black display frame and the colored body. It's a nice looking device overall.
Well if they are not designed for the 1:1 ratio many 16:9 titles are mainly squashed to fill the whole screen which looks a bit strange, but I could accustom to it quickly. If you play Super Hexagon on it, you can use the buttons S and L to rotate the little triangle and that way I felt, I hold a little Game Boy in my hand. It's a nice experience and with the help of the precise buttons control you can be so much better in Games like Super Hexagon.
So, in the end I accustomed pretty quickly to the Q5 and I miss the Z10 not often. Although I was surprised how effortless typing on glass has got on the Z. But ultimately I don't carry around two devices, so I stick with the Q5 for now. I'm curious to see how I fare with it in the long term.
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- 07-28-2013, 11:04 AM #3
I had a chance to play with one last weekend, and well I just don't think I could give it up over my Q10.Device: BlackBerry Z30
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- 07-29-2013, 12:49 AM #5
Awesome, I'd love to get my hands on a red or even pink one lol, but no one offers it here in the states...Sent from my NEW PASSPORT
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07-29-2013, 07:35 PM #6
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yeah I hate taking landscape photos on the Z, camera placement definitely sucks.. was thinking of trading the Z for one of these but I don't think I can give up the screen real estate as much as I hate typing on this thing sometimesZ30 | HTC one (m7)
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Well, in my case, I've got three e-mail accounts, facebook and twitter connected, chatting about an hour, reading some news about an hour, shooting some pics here and there, I get through the day. But I thought it would be better than on the Z. I've set it on both devices on 3G only. Now I think in my case it's equal to the Z10. Sufficient enough most of the time but I would be more calm on stress days if I could just change the battery.
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You can call me that I guess. But both devices have their pros and cons. And my Z is in good hands too. I gave it to my girlfriend who was on a Bold 9700 before.
I really enjoy the clicky keys and the hot red looks so good. I like the color combo and simple design, I can't say this too often..
Next thing I will try is 10.2 on it.
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- 08-04-2013, 02:20 AM #11
Great post MadMarti!
Don't think I'll be giving up either my Z10 or Q10 for a Q5, but I can appreciate the perspective here."They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, 'No. No. No.'"
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- 08-04-2013, 05:42 AM #12
- 08-04-2013, 07:26 PM #13
A great review! I loved reading a user review of both phones; and not just a theoretical one.
You know, if you don't like how cases affect the design of the phone, you could consider getting a red case for your Q5. It will be easier to hold, you can use it when it's lying on a table, and if you accidentally drop it, you have that added protection.
- 08-05-2013, 12:30 AM #15
Yeah, I'm aware of it and I'm using it. It's just that the 1:1 format is a welcome change from the usual 4:3 and 3:2 formats nowadays to me that I use it most at the moment. Also 1:1 looks so awesome on a 1:1 screen.
Of course if I don't know which way to compose a photo then it's best to take a 4:3 photo first and keep the spare pixels for cropping it later.
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- 08-05-2013, 04:05 PM #18
- 08-05-2013, 07:23 PM #19
Thanks for the objective review of the Q5 compared with the Z10. I am thinking about buying a Q5 off-contract and keeping the Z10 as a backup smartphone. The decision to use low quality plastics especially with a slippery when sweaty back cover baffles me...the textured back cover of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 would have been ideal for the Q5.
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- 08-07-2013, 08:01 PM #21
After a good month now on the Q5 everything is still shiny on the material side. Except for one thing I realized today: Nooo! I have dust particles between the glass and the display... They are on the top left corner and above the keyboard where word suggestions are displayed. There I can see them clearly on the dark background. Damn! That's what you got when you don't use a holster when you put the device back in your pocket. I hope this is not a problem on the whole series..
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08-28-2013, 03:11 PM #24
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If there's one thing that completely put me off the Q5 it was the much cheaper build, it just didn't feel like a BlackBerry to me. It doesn't have the heft and solidity of the Q10 and this was confirmed by various creaking noises that emanated from the chassis, the clicky chicklet keys didn't help much either. If BlackBerry could just tighten it up a bit it would certainly help matters. The Q5 is not a cheap phone, there's no reason for it to feel like one.
(I will say that I noticed very little performance differences between the 5 and the 10, it just needs more polish).
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08-29-2013, 10:18 AM #25
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Actually I'm quite impressed with how solid my red Q5 is. Clicking keys for sure but I kind of like that. Reminds me of an old IBM key board, very positive. Body is very solid and battery life so far is excellent. I wish it was a tad bigger for my too big hands but we can't have it all. Speaker is definitely better than the Z10 (pretty decent itself). This phone is miles ahead of the old Curve and really is a decent alternative to the Q10 for those looking for a different type of keyboard.
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