Features Key features of the BlackBerry Q5  vs Bold 9900 

screen size

We understand that you can't have a lovely big screen with a keyboard bolted below it, but in this day and age of big screened smartphones the 3.1-inch display on the Q5 just feels outdated, and it doesn't make for a great gaming or video-watching surface.
BlackBerry Q5 | by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

screen resolution

BlackBerry Q5
720 x 720
Bold 9900
640 x 480
Unsurprisingly, the Contacts app is where you'll find all your friends' details on the BlackBerry Q5.
BlackBerry Q5 | by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

memory

Bold 9900
0.75 GB

processor

BlackBerry Q5
Dual core
Bold 9900
Single core
Specs include a dual-core processor, 3.1-inch high-resolution display, 5MP camera, 8GB of storage and a battery of decent size.
BlackBerry Q5 | by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

camera resolution

The front camera offers decent enough shots, although they have a tendency to be mushy, so fine for the odd selfie, but little more.
BlackBerry Q5 | by PocketLint (Jul, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BlackBerry Q5

Reasons to consider the
BlackBerry Q5

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Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Significantly more battery capacity 2,180 mA·h vs 1,230 mA·h More than 75% more battery capacity
Longer talk time (3G) 750 min vs 354 min More than 2x longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 14.4 Mb/s Around 7x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1280 x 720 @ Unknown 67.5x higher def video
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
More RAM 2 GB vs 0.75 GB Around 2.8x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Sharper screen 328 ppi vs 285 ppi More than 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 3.1" vs 2.8" More than 10% bigger screen
Lighter 120 g vs 130 g Around 10% lighter
Higher resolution 720 x 720 vs 640 x 480 Around 70% higher resolution
Front view of BlackBerry Bold 9900

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BlackBerry Bold 9900

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Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once

Reviews Word on the street

BlackBerry Q5  vs Bold 9900 

7.0
7.0
The screen is definitely bright enough, but its highly reflective surface has a negative impact on its visibility.
BlackBerry Q5

6.0
8.0
Some images seemed overly processed and the colour in direct sunlight wasn't true to life.
Bold 9900

Overall

6.5 Out of 10
7.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

BlackBerry Q5  vs
Bold 9900 
Size 3.1" 2.8"
Resolution 720 x 720 640 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 328 ppi 285 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Single core
RAM 2 GB 0.75 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 5 MP 5 MP
Resolution 5 MP 5 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ Unknown

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
LTE (20 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
HSPA (unspecified)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 750 min 354 min
Standby time (3G) 20,160 min 18,432 min
Capacity 2,180 mA·h 1,230 mA·h

form factor

BlackBerry Q5  vs
Bold 9900 
Weight 120 g 130 g
Thickness 10.8 mm 10.5 mm
Size 66 x 120 x 10.8 mm 66 x 115 x 10.5 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Blackberry OS 10.2 Blackberry OS 7.1
Multitasking No Yes
App store BlackBerry App World BlackBerry App World
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 120,000 apps 120,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1
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