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BlackBerry Q5 Review: It’s Built to Keep You Moving. Enter to Win the BlackBerry Q5 from @TELUS! ARV of $425!

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BlackBerry Q5 Review

BlackBerry Q5.
Built to Keep You Moving.

When I had the opportunity to try out the BlackBerry Q5 from TELUS, I was stoked. I have never owned a BlackBerry in my life and of course, there’s always mixed reviews. There’s people that are die-hard BB fans and then there’s people who aren’t.

This BlackBerry is sleek, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Not to mention, I love the fact that BlackBerry was a sponsor for We Day Waterloo and is helping empower our youth across the nation.


What a Beaut.

The BlackBerry Q5 is a well-designed phone that is not only pleasing to the eye but, affordable. In comparison to other BlackBerry products that I have played around with in-store, this definitely doesn’t look “cheap”. I love how it fits in my hand comfortably and the 720 x 720 pixel resolution of the screen is comparable to it’s more expensive brethren that is the Q10.

The colors are vibrant but, a bit washed out. But, the operating system lends the screen excellent response and touch. It is easy to use and the digitizer of the screen also plays a part in an amazing feel to the Q5.

  • Re-engineered BlackBerry Keyboard for effortless typing
  • Create perfect shot with Time Shift mode and BlackBerry Story Maker
  • Share and be seen with BBM™ Video
  • Discover and share your favourite apps, music and vids in BlackBerry World
  • Peek into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere to stay close to what’s important to you
  • Seamless Content Management with BlackBerry Link
  • Experience the beauty and speed of the new BlackBerry Browser
  • BlackBerry Tag(NFC) – share with a single tap
  • BlackBerry Games – game on, challenge your friends


Click Away.

Being accustomed to only using a touch screen for many, many years– it was a bit of adjustment getting used to using a full QWERTY keyboard with the BlackBerry Q5. Back in the day of flip phones, I was a pro at using a keyboard but, now I find that it was a bit more of a task. Though I got the hang of it real quick, it was an adjustment.

A perfect marriage.

This feature, I find, gives the user the best of both worlds. You have the features of a nice touch screen and the ease of the keyboard for more accuracy. I think this is a great option for more mature users, since the full touch screen keyboard is often difficult to use. I know that my father prefers the buttons over the touchscreen keyboard. But, he also likes using apps and having a touchscreen.

See It In Action!

Using the Q5 was fun and simple. The battery life allows you to play all day and that is one aspect of the phone that I really enjoyed opposed to other smartphones. The video playback is superb and the sound, pristine. The bottom speaker gives great sound and is pretty loud, which I love. The BlackBerry Hub controls your texts, emails and more. Sending texts is pretty snappy and super easy to use.

The Q5 runs on BlackBerry 10 OS and I found it to be very stable. I am not too familiar with BlackBerry World but, all the apps that I use regularly work fine and aren’t glitchy despite the less than frequent updates.



The back is made of a durable plastic, it’s rounded and sturdy. It picks up your finger prints easily and the ring around the device is slightly slippery but, can be easily remedied with a protective case. You should be adding a protective screen and case anyway to protect the integrity of your phone. I like the matte finish and the decorative BlackBerry logo gives it that BB traditional look.



The port for the SIM card and SD card is easily accessible on the side of the phone. You can also find the charging port there. The top of the phone is where you’ll find the ON/OFF button and on the right side of the phone is where you’ll can access the volume button.

This phone has 8GB of internal storage and expandable memory that goes up to 32GB. That is a plus for me, since memory is definitely something that I look for in a phone.


Say Cheese!

Having a great camera is something I look for in a phone and I think the Q5 takes decent pictures. The rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel camera and it does take pretty clear pictures but, at times I found them to be a bit grainy. Even so, the Q5 takes pictures at a much higher quality than some point and shoots.

I guess you can call me spoiled because I guess I am finnicky when it comes to cameras. The forward facing camera is a 2 megapixel camera and I must admit, the pictures are very pristine and clear. So, rest assured, your selfies will come out picture perfect!

I love that you can shoot 1080 P quality videos with the Q5 and that puts it up in the “good run for your money” category for me. The forward facing camera will shoot 720 P quality video and has Image and video stabilization capabilities.

Ultimately, I found that the BlackBerry Q5  is a great phone for teens, tweens and for the first-time smartphone user. It gives you a whole lotta phone for a great price and the look and aesthetics is not sacrificed. You get a beaut of a phone that is fast, responsive and that will keep you moving.

Not to mention, with the lightening fast TELUS network, this BlackBerry soars. There’s plans that suit every single person for every need. Check it out, here.



Want to WIN?

TELUS is giving one lucky CANADIAN (excluding Quebec) Whispered Inspirations reader a BlackBerry Q5! A value of $425! This contest opens on November 28th, 2013 and ends on December 13th, 2013.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To find out more about TELUS and the BlackBerry Q5, go to TELUS.com and you can follow @TELUS on Twitter and like them on Facebook, here.

What feature draws you to the BlackBerry Q5?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!


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Nancy Polanco is author and editor of Whispered Inspirations. A doting mom to two girls and a very proud wife. She is a freelance Multimedia Journalist that is passionate about all things media. She enjoys writing about family travel, couples travel, sharing recipes, giveaways, product finds and service reviews.


  1. Amy Heffernan says:

    Love that the speaker has good sound.

  2. I love that it can take high quality pictures.

  3. The feature I like the most is Time Shift Mode = )

  4. stacey dempsey says:

    I like that it has the keyboard and the touchscreen, I am still learning about cel phones, my teenagers know everything but I haven't really learned yet, my phone is so old my kids are embarrassed by it lol so time for me to upgrade to something newer and this looks easy to use and I would love that nice camera too

  5. I think the fetures I would like most are the keyboard, the speed, and the Tag(NFC).

  6. …Your review is great so it's hard to pick just one thing to like…But…I love the full Qwerty Keyboard…Sounds very nice…Thank you !!!

  7. you can shoot high quality videos

  8. all the features look great, I would be just happy to own a phone! my kids lost mine about 3 weeks ago and it never resurfaced. Hubs has a blackberry for work so it would be great for both of us to be blackberry owners!

  9. Doris Calvert says:

    The camera and the keyboard, my phone is so old it does not have a camera! So a bonus for me.

  10. I like that it still has a regular keyboard. I am not a fan of the touch screen keyboard :)

  11. I love the long battery life. I'm always having to charge my phone.

  12. ameirah taha says:

    the camera,, sounds amazing…

  13. the 5 megapixel camera interests me the most

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  14. Love to have this phone. I prefer a keyboard.

  15. I like the keyboard on the Blackberries

  16. Cassidy Thedorf says:

    I would love to have such a good camera on my phone – it would be great not to have to carry around a digital camera AND a phone while travelling!

  17. Sarah Leney says:

    I prefer a keyboard too!!!

  18. Definitely the keyboard!

  19. The long battery life

  20. I've got QWERTY love for the BlackBerry Q5! :-)

  21. I love the camera features.

  22. Christina B. says:

    I like the memory

  23. Honestly love the keyboard! makes emailing/texting & life in general easier!

  24. I love the high quality pictures and videos it takes

  25. Christine Harrison says:

    I love everything about the Blackberry Q5 I really like the Re-engineered Blackberry Keyboard it's durability. Thank you for the chance to win!

  26. Angela Mitchell says:

    Honestly the feature I like the most is the keypad. I just can't stand typing on a touchscreen.

  27. lisa bolduc says:

    the keyboard

  28. I really like that it takes high quality pictures

  29. I love the time shift camera!

  30. The keyboard with a long battery life coming in second.

  31. I like that you can have more than one app open and in use at the same time!

  32. Love that it has expandable memory!

  33. margaux retrophiliac says:

    the camera looks great
    but on an unrelated note.. Why scriptina on your website? :(

  34. Arjun Rudra says:

    BBM Video

  35. laurie tilkin says:

    the ability to do selfies

  36. donna makayak says:

    i like you can take pictures

  37. The speakers! I have an outdated cell so having one to play music/video from would be amazing

  38. I love that it can take good quality pictures

  39. Cassie Fancy says:

    I like that it has a keyboard aswell as touch screen . I love having options

  40. Love the long battery life and the picture quality from this phone

  41. kathy downey says:

    i love everything, about this blackberry like it takes great photo,good sound

  42. Tara Crawford says:

    time shift mode is pretty neat as well as the high quality videos and pictures

  43. brandi gauvin says:

    durability! I'm so rough with my cell phones :(

  44. seham merzib says:

    the quality of the videos it takes

  45. Jane Mehai says:

    I absolutely love the Blackberry q5 keyboard and the BBM function! Please pick me thanks!

  46. The Flying Couponer says:

    My husband has one and he loves it! I would really like one too! I like that it is sturdy especially when the kids are around!

  47. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    8 gb of storage and expandable now that is music to my ears

  48. the camera on this sounds amazing!

  49. I like the time shift mode.

  50. koalateagirl says:

    The keys! I miss my keyboard

  51. I think I would enjoy the keyboard/touch screen combo the most. I love that it integrates both!! Super handy :) Great review Nancy!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  52. Treen Goodwin says:

    I love the keyboard and it has great sound and texting is fast and easy

  53. Ruth Goodwin Coffin says:

    The touch screen is an important feature to me. The keypad is also an great attraction but touch screen wins hands down with me.

  54. Ruth Goodwin Coffin says:

    Love the touch screen.

  55. Belinda Swim says:

    The camera

  56. billiondollarprincesss says:

    I like all of the features esp the new keyboard.

  57. My favourite feature is the physical keyboard

  58. The keyboard looks like its much easier to type on than my iPhone!

  59. I'd enjoy using the QWERTY keyboard

  60. The camera looks like it works really well!

  61. Jeanne Chouinard says:

    I would love to get a new Blackberry Q5 because I can take pictures of the Great-Grandchildren's.. Thank you.

  62. I love the Blackberry keyboard.

  63. The keyboard!!!! I miss an actual keyboard!!!!!

  64. I think what I like best is the battery life. I don't have a smart phone of any kind so this would be great.

  65. i like the keyboard and the bigger screen – thinking this would be a good phone for my mom

  66. Treen Goodwin says:

    I love the key board and it sends test easy and fast !

  67. I like the 2 mexapexel camera myself

  68. Christina Ferguson says:

    I really like the Blackberry keyboard. I prefer that over touch. I also love the long life of the battery. Have to charge my phone so often is the bane of my existence.

  69. I like the camera, keyboard and long battery life.

  70. The camera

  71. I'd love the camera!

  72. i love the keyboard, but the long battery life is also awesome

  73. I like the dual touchscreen/keyboard

  74. I love that the camera is great quality!

  75. I love the rather thin design of the smartphone. Not at all bulky so it will handle well if I were to make calls or type a txtmsg with it.

  76. I love the high quality photos! My current BB has a terrible camera!

  77. Victoria Ess says:

    The quality of the camera!

  78. theknitwitbyshair says:

    high quality videos!!

  79. Tammy Dalley says:

    The battery life!

  80. I like that it has a keyboard!

  81. edmontonjb says:

    I like the long battery life. I always forget to plug my phone in!

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  82. I love the Time Shift Mode

  83. The feature i like most is the Blackberry hub. I can see everything in one spot.

  84. like the keyboard

  85. I like that you can take high quality picture and videos.

  86. I like the camera and the appeance of the BB Q5. Thank you

  87. It's got to be the QWERTY keyboard!

  88. Melissa D says:

    Time Shift mode

  89. I like the qwerty keyboard and the camera!

  90. Love the new re engineered keyboard

  91. Karry Knisley says:

    The long lasting battery

  92. i love that you are able to take video with it and the great battery life.

  93. the camera for me (I haven't had a cell so I need something simple and I might not be a savy as a teen with a first phone, but I'm sure my daughter could help clue me in) …..

  94. I like the expandable memory and the 5mp camera!
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  95. Lori Bazan says:

    The camera and the qwerty keyboard! What a great phone! I love that the camera takes crisp clean pictures!

  96. SueSueper Sue says:

    I still like that keyboard!! I won't get over it. :-)

  97. the keyboard. thanks

  98. I like the keyboard

  99. Tooth Fairy says:

    I like the keyboard and the long better life would be a real bonus!

  100. Lindsay Cyr says:

    I love that it has a good camera! My current Blackberry Curve takes horrible pictures. I'm a big blackberry fan and have always used blackberry phones but the pictures just don't seem to turn out great. It sounds like they have improved the camera in this phone, and that excites me!

  101. I like the qwerty keyboard

  102. Nina Bergeron says:

    I like that it shoots videos

  103. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    The keyboard

  104. I like that it has a keyboard which makes it easier for typing.

  105. I love that it has a qwerty keyboard and a touchscreen.

  106. The large screen

  107. Muriel Suzy Smith says:

    It looks like it would be easy to use for a newv=bie such as myself. I like that the camera has less chance of taking shaky pics.

  108. kaley davies says:

    Wowza this would be amazing!

  109. camera is awesome

  110. high quality videos

  111. karinespace says:

    I love the keyboard, different than all the touch screens :)

  112. Paige Sharp says:

    love the big size fits well in your hand

  113. the high quality pictures

  114. I love the high quality camera/1080 p quality for video shooting! I recently just got a new puppy and I would love to send video footage of him (he is so cute) to my friends and family!

  115. Marlene Unruh says:

    I like the camera,

  116. The camera

  117. Catherine Kelly says:

    8GB of internal data with up to 32GB addable is amazing!


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