BlackBerry Q5 browser tips & tricks

By James Richardson on 4 Jul 2013 03:07 am EDT

With the BlackBerry Q5 slowly rolling out around the world I'm fairly confident that all users will either be new to BlackBerry altogether - or will be upgrading from a legacy device. Either way, the web browser on BlackBerry 10 is feature rich, so for you good folk joining Team BlackBerry or picking up your first BlackBerry 10 smartphone this video is for you.

Web browsing on the BlackBerry Q5 is just as enjoyable as on the other BlackBerry 10 devices - but due to its price point I'm under the impression that in many countries around the world it will outsell the likes of the Z10 and Q10. Here in the UK the BlackBerry Curve has been a massive hit for years and the Q5 is the perfect upgrade for those people that still have their BlackBerry addiction.

Finding a web page on the BlackBerry Q5 can be done one of two ways. Due to the power of BlackBerry 10 you don't even need to open the browser to find the site you are looking for. From your home screen you can just start typing on the keyboard and the OS will offer you up a choice of three search engines - Yahoo, Google and Bing. Just tap the one you want and your search will be complete. This action will also come in handy for websites that you have recently visited or bookmarked as they too will show up in the search - clever stuff!

Option two is to actually open the browser itself. Here you will be presented will a selection of recently visited sites if you fancy jumping back into one of those. At the bottom left of the display you will find the tab to get you swiftly into your bookmarks, history and also the option to open multiple web pages using the 'New Tab' option. With a selection of web pages all running at the same time jumping between them just takes a second and soon becomes second nature if you are new to BlackBerry 10.

With a web page open, tapping the three grey dots at the bottom right of the screen will provide you with a heap of options. As well as tweaking the settings there are some super useful features here that will make using the BlackBerry Q10 browser a real joy.

First up is a basic one and that's adding a bookmark. Just tap the 'Add Bookmark' and the job is done. What is even cooler though is you also have the option to 'Add to Home Screen'. If it's a web page you visit regularly this really is an awesome feature and one that I have used on all of the BlackBerry 10 handsets I have used. Getting to a website is just a tap away which I love.

It's quite common that you will find a website where the text is small and you need to zoom in to read it. The problem with this is that on most occasions you will also need to keep swiping the display back and forth to read sentences. This is where the "Reader" mode on the Q5's browser is a godsend. Select the option and the web page will reload in Reader mode where the text is set out perfectly for reading funnily enough. You even have the option to increase/decrease the font size if you so desire.

The other great feature within the BlackBerry Q5 browser options is 'Share'. If you find a site or article you want to send over to a buddy give the "share' tab a touch and you can then use any of the accounts you have set up in your BlackBerry Hub. These could be via email, SMS, BBM, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and the list goes on.

If web browsing on your smartphone is an important factor in deciding which phone to get, you can rest assured that the BlackBerry Q5 does a fantastic job in addition to being an amazing communication device. Thinking of picking up a Q5? Hit up the comments if you have further questions. The CrackBerry community will answer!

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BlackBerry Q5 browser tips & tricks


Such detailed post!!

I'm so excited for q5 launch in Canada, at the reported price point, I think it'll outsell q10

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Agree very good post!!!
Now I'm more excited for the Q5 launch i just hope that it doesn't cost more than $500 here in Brazil.
Like the Z10 at $1.250 ;-;

Also how do you know that it will be sold in there any source?

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The curve line is a popular BlackBerry cause of its low prices. The Q5 isn't in that price points, therefore I doubt it'll outsell the Z10 or the Q10.

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The great advantage of q5 (and q10) is the keyboard and reading lots of web pages. It true that other smartphones have bigger screen but it is often formated that it not easy to read compared to the q5. I believe the biggest advantage is the quick access to reader mode and easy scroll mode without having to touch the screen. Type r in whatever page to go straight to reader mode. Type spacebar to scroll down the page. Shift spacebar to go up page. Type t to go back to top of page. Type b to go bottom of page. Type L to reload page.

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Also type s in current webpage to search for any particular keyword you are looking for.

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It is coming to Canada. August time frame. Was initially slated not to come to Canada but is now.

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Good post, I will just add that since the title states tips and tricks for the Q5, it would have been good to mention the keyboard shortcuts such as "R" for reader mode, "I" and "O" for zoom in/out and "P" for previous page.

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Don't forget desktop mode which enable me to watch 4th july streaming while my cousin iphone couldn't do it.

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Browsing on BB10 has mostly been a huge improvement over previous versions. One notable exception has been closing tabs on Q10. It often takes several attempts to get a tab closed. The biggest issue so far, however, has been editing in a comment window. It is very difficult to maneuver the cursor and to cut and paste text compared to 9930. I hope this is improved in 10.2. So far I'm not convinced that BlackBerry has adequately replaced the trackpad and navigation keys with on-screen controls.

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I just bought a new Q5 yesterday, what can I say it is amazing and it has many things to discover. I think its the best replacement for my old 9900.

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