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With the Q5, between BlackBerry for the first time on the smartphone market “affordable” since the launch of BB10.

The Q5 is indeed equivalent cheapest of Q10 model with Qwerty keyboard, and is part of the traditional line of the Canadian firm rather than its new approach 100% touch. The specifications of the device are still relatively premium.

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The Sony Xperia SP has a similar position in the Japanese manufacturer. The device is certainly intended for the entry-level market, but there is quite a premium in many areas.

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BlackBerry Q5

The BlackBerry Q5 shares many specifications with its premium cousin, Q10. Indeed, you will find the same S4 ​​dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. The pace is a little slower (1.2 GHz), but the performances are not really affected.

The display is a little different as he, since it uses IPS LCD, not Super AMOLED technology, which enables the BlackBerry to significantly reduce production costs. Contrast and deep blacks are therefore of lower quality than the Q10, for example. The colors and clarity are quite satisfactory

The operating system is BlackBerry 10, and we found that it was particularly well suited to the relatively small screen of the device

BlackBerry App World is more rich in content, and studying the catalog you will find many interesting applications and customized for the device. Of course, this is not the Apple Store, but what you really enjoy yourself.

In terms of features, the interaction of the platform differs greatly from that of competing devices, but once you become familiar with it you might find rather enjoyable experience. BlackBerry Hub is central to use, and includes your notifications, messages and social networks.All is quickly and easily accessible. Add to that the ability to minimize applications in tiny widgets, and you get all the information you need in one glance.

Other interesting features include 4G connectivity, microSD card capacity up to 32GB, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (with hotspot) and microUSB support. The 2180mAh battery is not removable, and you will finally have 8GB of built-in storage


Sony Xperia SP

Xperia SP has the same language elements that Sony Xperia Z. It features a range of high aluminum housing, angular façade and a rear panel slightly curved polycarbonate with a matte finish.

The combination of these features provides a very striking look that we love enough. It is also interesting to handle phone.

Sony is renowned for the quality of its screens, and the manufacturer has not failed its reputation with the SP. The unit may be cheaper, it still offers a 4.6 inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels and 319 ppi. The results are very clear and pure, and the technology Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 ensures rich colors and high brightness

In terms of connectivity, the Sony Xperia SP provides 4G and 3G HSPA +, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB MHL, GPS and radio.

For storage, you will be 8 GB with a microSD happily stand up to 32GB, so if you have a lot of music or movies you will not have any particular problems.

The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz with an Adreno 320 GPU and 1GB of RAM. This is not the fastest setting, but it still gives admirable performance.

The camera of the Xperia SP is also very good. This is an RS-backlit 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash, HDR, and 1080p video capture Exmor

The Sony Xperia SP uses Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Although some of the new features in 4.2 are not present, most of the software is the same and you will certainly impressed by the fluidity and ease of use


DIMENSIONS 120.6x66x10.8mm, 120g 130.6×67.1x10mm, 155g
DISPLAY 3.1 inch IPS + LCD, 720×720 pixels, 328ppi 4.6-inch LCD, 1280×720 pixels, 319ppi
CAMERA 5 megapixel camera, LED flash, 1080p video 8 megapixels, LED flash, 1080p video
STORAGE 8GB, microSD up to 32GB 8GB, microSD up to 32GB
PROCESSOR, RAM, GRAPHICS 1.2GHz/1.2GHz dualcore Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 2GB RAM 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM
OPERATING SYSTEM BlackBerry 10 Android 4.1
CONNECTIVITY microUSB, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, 4G, GPS Bluetooth, microUSB, NFC, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, GPS, 4G
BATTERY 2,180 mAh 2,370 mAh


A key factor in your choice of course will be the screen. If you prefer relatively large, fully touch screen, you will opt for the Sony. Instead, if you are already a stalwart classic BlackBerry system (keyboard + screen), the Q5 will seduce you. Incidentally, the screens of the two devices are very good

If the most important to you is the use of games and multimedia, choose the Sony. The Q5 screen seems too small for watching a movie, for example.

Web browsing and email are more fun to use on the two smartphones, which will also offer you a good battery life

We believe the Sony is a better option than the Q5 in terms of design and ergonomics. It is also higher at the camera. Images taken with the SP are indeed excellent, which is more for a smartphone around 300 €

However, if you are only interested in a classic use of your smartphone (calls, emails and social networks), the Q5 will be a better choice. The Qwerty keyboard is after all very convenient, and the BlackBerry Hub feature is a real asset to this unit.


In summary, the way you use your smartphone should determine your choice here.

The BlackBerry Q5 is perfect for managing your calls, emails and social networks. However, if you are a fan of mobile games and movies, you’ll be more comfortable with a Sony Xperia SP.

Warning, the two devices are still effective in areas where it excels competitor. Basically, you can completely manage your emails on the Sony and play on your Q5.

In contrast, Sony has a better camera.

In general, these two smartphones have in our very good value for money and worth considering.

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