It’s quite a relief to see a QWERTY handset that seems to have its own ‘personality and doesn’t look like some random Blackberry. Micromax’s previous model, the Q3 was definitely not one of the devices I’d recommend for users looking for this particular style of handset. This, the Q5 or ‘ezpad’ as it’s been dubbed, was apparently designed to be true bliss for the avid social networker and here’s how it fared.

Form Factor
The handset’s prime focus is around the keypad and not the screen. Hence we’re once again witness to the slightly awkward Micromax LCD panel. Although this one is a less skewed than the Q3’s it’s nevertheless the handset's biggest drawback. Thankfully the large QWERTY keypad is fantastic. The buttons are easy to use and well spaced and will take no more than a couple of attempts to get used to. Navigation is a breeze thanks to the Track Ball. To ensure that the Q5 is branded a social networking handset, Micromax has incorporated two dedicated shortcut buttons for Facebook and the MSN app. A standard mini USB and a 3.5m socket are conveniently located at the base of the handset.

The Q5 is not a good looking handset but it’s well constructed for ease of use. It also packs quite a bit of weight, which is a little unusual, but somehow that manages to balance the handset quite well. Micromax has also included a rubberized case for the handset as well as a comfortable handsfree kit amongst the accessories.

Features and performance

The UI is a non issue. The handset seems to be designed for speed and there’s no lag whatsoever. It’s the same Java OS though so features-wise it’s all the same. There’s only the cosmetic change to make it look different.

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