You probably cried blue murder when the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 were launched with price tags of over N100,000 each. The entry-level Q5 is out now, and if you had been holding out for this “cheaper” alternative, I can excitedly announce to you that at the price of N93,000 only, it is a steal and anyone should dash out to purchase one. The revolutionary device has already been launched in the UK, South Africa and Germany. It is in Nigeria already too.
I know that you are probably all riled up and ready to spit venom at me. Hold your tongue, cobra, take a seat and allow me take you on a tour of the world’s most revolutionary budget smartphone.
First, there are not so many smartphones out there with a hardware QWERTY keyboard anymore. Never mind the tiny display. QWERTY is gold now. Simple. Of course, you also know that there are no other smartphones in that price range that boast a superb 3-inch display with night vision and x-ray capabilities. There is an internal memory of 80GB, and it packs an unprecedented 4GHz hecta-core processor and 4GHz RAM. You may be wondering what all that power is required for. Walk with me as we examine this superb device some more.
There is a stunning 50 ultrapixel (no; not megapixel) camera in the mix that lets you capture amazing photos of shooting stars and comets even on the cloudiest of nights. In macro mode, the camera is also capable of microscopic shots. Take a macro shot of the back of your hand, for example, and you can make out bacteria in the resulting image. Mind-blowing is what the BlackBerry Q5 is.
What of messaging? The Q5’s BBM app is the first of its kind on the planet. When entering a message, you can send it to any other IM client on the planet – WhatsApp, ICQ, Skype, Viber, and more. It is the universal chat client. This is the instant messaging app that you dreamed of. Note that your IM can be sent as an email too. Also, if your contact has a compatible phone, you can communicate via holographic projections. Have you seen that sort of thing in Star Wars and Star Trek? Exactly. The future is here.
The upcoming BlackBerry 10.5 software update to the Q5 will add teleportation capabilities to this unbelievable device. Who needs trips on airplanes that fall out of the sky or road trips that end up in gullies when there is a Q5? With the built-in enhanced GPS capabilities, all you have to do is punch in the co-ordinates of your destination, and you are there in moments. Who needs maps? Take that, Google, Nokia and Apple! This is the first world smartphone for the third world. The mobile phone invades transportation in grand style.
I daresay that the BlackBerry Q5 packs much more value than the price it commands on the high street. This is the phone to sell your car (or motorcycle) to buy. If you still do not see why the N93,000 that BlackBerry is asking for the Q5 is worth it, you are an enemy of progress, an idiot and deserve to be banished to the nether world. If you have to rob a bank, this is the phone that you want to be seen with.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.