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While Rogers has already rolled out OS 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 owners, their estimated time of arrival for the update on other devices such as the Z30 and Q5 was up in the air for a bit there with some reports suggesting, at the time, 'early next week' with others suggesting March.Continue Reading →
With BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 now official, that means there's plenty of new features to look at. This update, while applicable to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, is mostly aimed at early BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners such as those using a Q5, Q10, Z10, Z3 and Z30 as the Passport and Classic both came with their own iterations of 10.3.x.
With that in mind, a lot of the features found on the Passport and Classic have transferred to older Blackberry 10 devices so there's some overlap in the 'what's new' from when the Passport and Classic were released. Let's have a look at what has been added, on the whole though, for all BlackBerry 10 devices.Continue Reading →
On top of being the hugely functional devices we know and love, the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Q5, and BlackBerry Z30 are also earning accolades for design. All three just won Red Dot Awards when faced with a pool of over 4,800 entrants and a panel of 40 design experts judging every aspect of the products.Continue Reading →
We've already seen an extensive list of some new features coming to BlackBerry OS 10.3, but another cool one that we hadn't seen yet has turned up in the latest 10.3 SDK. It appears that a new keyboard shortcut will be added for physical keyboard devices, allowing you to quickly minimize apps and return to the home screen with just a single key.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry has announced that starting today, customers will be able to purchased unlocked GSM versions of a number of BlackBerry 10 smartphones directly from the company's Canadian store ca.ShopBlackBerry.com. The available devices are the BlackBerry Z30, Z10, Q10, and Q5. These devices are compatible with Canadian LTE and 4G networks.Continue Reading →
If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device but don't have a lot of cash to throw around, the fine folks at Koodo may have just what you're looking for. Right now, on their website and in-store you can pick up a BlackBerry Q5 for only $150 outright or $0 if you actually want a plan with their Tab option. For comparison sake, the parent company of Koodo, TELUS still lists the Q5 for $425 outright while Rogers is offering the device for $350 outright. The only drawback? You only have black to choose from.Continue Reading →
The word on the street is that Tesco Mobile (who run off the O2 network) in the UK are doing away with any additional charges for using their 4G services. The good news for us folk on team BlackBerry is that if you are in the market for a new device, Tesco sell the BlackBerry Q5 on contract. Alternatively, if you own any unlocked BlackBerry 10 handset you can stick in a Tesco SIM and you'll be good to go. The BlackBerry Q5 is of course 4G enabled so if you are within a 4G coverage area it may be worth considering.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry already do pretty well for themselves in the Indian market, but today sees them reduce the price of the BlackBerry Q5 to Rs.19,990, which is always nice to hear. Although the new price of the lower end BlackBerry 10 handset is still higher than with legacy devices, I presume that BlackBerry India are hoping to make it more attractive for both legacy users who are soon to upgrade, as well as new users to the platform.Continue Reading →
While the cheapest hardware keyboard handset in the BlackBerry 10 family - the Q5 - may have been on sale in Dubai for some time it is only now that it appears that the pink version is available. The black Q5 can be picked up from a whole bunch of retailers, whereas the white variant from only two currently.Continue Reading →
Let's face it. The selection of BlackBerry devices isn't huge in comparison to the likes of Android -- but there are still a few different options depending on your needs. When we break things down, for the most part all the devices are sporting the same OS (or at least they can be, depending on your carrier) so you don't really have to base your choice off software, which is nice. What you do need to decide however is what you're willing to spend and how you'll be using your device. Are you straight up messaging or do you watch movies often? Play games or stick to social apps? Some of these will influence what device you go with, though you'll be able to do all of them on any BlackBerry you choose.
Let's take a quick look at the best BlackBerry you can buy right now in a few different categories.Continue Reading →
The BlackBerry Q5 has been making its way to even more Canadian carriers this month. Earlier we saw Videotron add the device but now also Wind Mobile has made it available to their customers through all of their retail outlets. Pricing for the BlackBerry Q5 pretty much matches up with other carriers with the lowest offering coming in at $99 on a WindTab and the outright purchase cost ringing up to just over $400. The device isn't available for purchase online, so if you're looking to pick one up from Wind you'll need to hit the nearest location to you.Continue Reading →
If you're in the market for a BlackBerry Q5 in the US you're in luck. Best Buy is offering up an unlocked Q5 online for $499. While it's still a bit on the high end of the price scale, at least Best Buy is making it easy for potential buyers to snag one easily. As this is an unlocked version you'll be able to use it on most GSM carriers with your current SIM but CDMA users (Sprint and Verizon) are sadly out of luck.
The devices are in stock now with a ship time of 1-2 business days so if you happen to be in a hurry to pick up a Q5 (and why wouldn't you be?) then they've got you covered.Continue Reading →
I have been rocking the BlackBerry Q5 for a few weeks now, and since it’s recently been released in Canada, I thought it might be worth a second look beyond Adam’s review of the UAE model. The short story is that I’m finding the BlackBerry Q5 offers about 80% of what you get out of the Q10 for $200 less. For anybody that’s looking to buy a BlackBerry off-contract, that should make the Q5 a no-brainer. That said, the on-contract price for the Z10 has dropped enough that it could be a viable alternative, and if the physical keyboard is a dealbreaker, odds are the Q10 price will be coming down soon enough.Continue Reading →
The BlackBerry Q5 is hot off its Canadian release and will soon be arriving in the Dominican Republic and eastern Caribbean.
In just under a week the Q5 will be available in black and Pure White as well exclusively in Pure Red from LIME in the Dominican and will follow with a September 12th launch across the eastern Caribbean.Continue Reading →
Fancy testing out a new leak this weekend? If so, you can now grab OS 10.2.0.1323 for most BlackBerry 10 devices with the exception of the STL100-1 variation of the BlackBerry Z10. As always, you have to keep in mind that this is a leak and not all things may work as expected. If you're not cool with that, then likely best you pass on this. If you're fine with that, read the disclaimer below and dive on in.
Standard you can't blame us disclaimer - use caution when installing a leaked OS like this and remember if you break your phone it's not our fault. Also, a good idea to make a backup because you're essentially performing a factory restore on your device. If you don't want to lose data, a backup is needed. You'll need a Windows PC to install these files and If it goes downhill, remember you can always wipe and restore your device.
PS: Before you ask, what's new? What's changed? How's the battery life? Is it any good? Should I load this? Why do I wanna load this? Be sure to read the forum thread, it has a known issues list. :)Continue Reading →
The BlackBerry Q5 went on sale today across Canada for about $50 on a two-year contract or $200 on a $150 tab, which falls in line with what we were expecting. Virgin has an exclusive on the red version, and elsewhere you'll only have the black model, even though we've seen the Q5 in white and pink during the launch. Here are some links to everybody putting this on store shelves.Continue Reading →
We've received several tweets today about the BlackBerry Q5 arriving at several Canadian retailer locations today. The device hasn't as of yet gone on sale at any of them but the stock is most certainly arriving. Over at Mobile Syrup, they've managed to score a few shots from the carriers internal systems that shows the pricing of the device when it goes on sale.
- Telus - $425 outright with no contract or $49 with a two-year contract.
- Bell / Virgin - $399 outright with no contract or as low as $49.99 with a two-year contract.
There is sure to be some pricing in-between with the tab offers and such that carriers offer but overall the pricing is as was expected with the exception of Telus. That extra $25 seems likely to turn people off a bit after you add in taxes and such. Also remember, if you fancy a red BlackBerry Q5 that's exclusively available only on Virgin Mobile.
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The video above runs through the hardware layout of either device, and we can see that there are a few subtle differences, including plug placement, presence of a convenience keys, rear finish, and shape of the edge. The 9720 is also briefly compared to the Q10 and Bold 9900. Anyone that knows Russian is welcome to give us the gist of the narration in the comments.Continue Reading →
The BlackBerry Q5 is a few weeks off of its initial release and will soon be available in Canada from Bell, Fido, Koodo, Sasktel, TELUS and Virgin Mobile as well as retail stores like Best Buy Canada and Target (oddly no mention of Rogers). The Q5 will come in black and red models and will be available starting August 13th.
In case you missed it, the Q5 is a full-QWERTY device featuring a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera and BlackBerry OS 10.1.
Be sure to check out our full BlackBerry Q5 review if you're thinking about picking one up. Check out the full press release below.Continue Reading →
Previously noted to be arriving on Fido and Koodo in Canada, it seems as though the BlackBerry Q5 could also be making its way to AT&T as well according to some new information posted by @evleaks, who has a pretty solid track record for such things.
The information doesn't offer up any details on when exactly or any pricing but for some, just knowing it may arrive is enough considering the amount of folks who've been asking if they could import one from Canada for use on AT&T. We'll keep our ears and eyes open for more info should it pop up.Continue Reading →
With its classic BlackBerry design, full physical keyboard, many color options and long battery life, the Q5 is a great device for those on a budget or just getting started with BlackBerry 10.Continue Reading →
If your definition of a great weekend is loading up a freshly leaked OS on either your BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Q5, well you're weekend just got great. OS 10.1.0.4561 has now arrived in the CrackBerry Forums and is ready for download. Not a lot of feedback on this one yet, but I'm sure you all will pick it to pieces and let us know what all has changed. In any case, we know it has a few updated apps so there's that.
Standard you can't blame us disclaimer - use caution when installing a leaked OS like this and remember if you break your phone it's not our fault. Also, a good idea to make a backup because you're essentially performing a factory restore on your device. If you don't want to lose data, a backup is needed. You'll need a Windows PC to install these files and If it goes downhill, remember you can always wipe and restore your device.Continue Reading →
One week in with the BlackBerry Q5 and here are some initial thoughtsContinue Reading →