After being shown for the first time in February before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, at the end of last June the Spanish company BQ presented definitively the Aquaris M, a new range of smartphones this year in which we can find devices of middle and low range with different screen sizes.
One of the most prominent Mobile family is that today we analyzed, an M5 Aquaris of mid-range five-inch screen that has sufficient weapons to try to stand out from the competition with uNAS very balanced specifications, and with a price that even without being groundbreaking keeps it within the reach of virtually all users.
Bq Aquaris M5, technical specifications
The Aquaris E5 last year was launched with processors MediaTek, although already at the end of the 2014 BQ was what held us future by launching a new version 4G which, this time, was the jump to embrace the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The M5 has followed that path, and these are their full specifications.
|Bq Aquaris M5, technical|
|Physical dimensions||69.4 x 143 x 8.4 mm, 144 grams|
|Screen||5-inch IPS LCD 450 nits brightness|
|Resolution||Full FHD 1080 x 1920 pixels (440ppp)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 615|
|Memory||16 GB (expandable up to 64GB)|
|Software version||5.0 Android UI 3.0 MiFavor Lollipop|
|Connectivity||4g LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi‑Fi 802.11 b/g /, micro-USB OTG|
|Cameras||Sony IMX214 rear with opening ƒ/2.0 13 megapixel camera with dual flash.
5 megapixel camera with flash on front
|Battery||3.120 mAh non-removable|
|Price||The official price is €259,90.|
There are a few words that come to one head after take a look at the table of specifications. The first of them is the balance, Since it seems that the Spaniards have thought about what may need a user environment and not wanted to or exceed any of your specifications, although they have not sinned stay short.
In this way we have a hardware configuration that is already a classic in the middle range, with a 64-bit processor Snapdragon 615 which guarantees us that we will be able to move without a problem any application or game, 2 GB of RAM that reinforce its multifunction and 16 GB of storage, who although they may become a little short today, know the supplement included a slot for microSD cards.
The sensor of the camera is another old acquaintance the medium ranges, and even some of the superiors of the last year. It is the same IMX214 signed by Sony that can be used in devices as the OnePlus One, Ascend Mate 7 or even one of those who will be their great rivals in the stores, the ZTE Blade S6.
Therefore, it seems that we we have a mobile phone that it has all the ingredients needed to fulfill. It is true that It does not have a feature that we go to surprise or will help them look head above the competition, but will at least not miss anything in our every day.
Design personal and without too many changes
The year past BQ managed to reinvent itself in the appearance of your devices, abandoning clone designs and getting that your mobile could distinguish almost at first sight, at least if you looked at them from behind. Therefore anyone you will miss that once they have achieved this plus of personality are not willing to leave it to the first hurdle.
Personally the design of this device I fails to convince, but it is a purely personal appreciation. Seems pretty boring to see how the manufacturers invest in good design a year and then comply with repeat it over and over again device to device. Even so this not only helps to maintain a recognizable image, but that is something that many other manufacturers are sinning, so I do not think it is something that is going to change.
But even if it looks practically the same device There is a few small minimal changes in its design. The first is that this small step of separation between the screen and the rest of the body of the phone has changed position, so now the apparent separation has gone from the front to the rear giving the false appearance that has a back cover. The placement of the double flash has also changed to be to the right of the camera.
As for the sides, the bottom nothing has changed, but the microSD card slot has been located in the right-hand frame leaving the top only with the entry for the audio jack and the microphone. In the right frame we will also find a button which is now located below the volume, although both are perfectly visible and manageable with our thumb.
Finally, an aspect that I would like to stress is that I think it is a good decision by BQ You have been unchecked in the nonsense being all manufacturers to try to manufacture a few phones as thin as possible. This lack of complex not only help to thanks to a thicker mobile hold better, but also that can include a decent battery that makes that you have opted for a Full HD resolution does not penalise them.
|BQ Aquaris M5||ZTE Blade S6||Motorola Moto G 2014||Samsung Galaxy A5||Sony Xperia M4 Aqua|
|Dimensions||143 x 69.4 x 8.4 mm||144 x 70.7 mm x 7.7 mm||141,5 x 70.7 x 11 mm||139,3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm||145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm|
|Weight||144 grams||134 grams||149 grams||123 grams||136 grams|
|Screen size||5 inch||5 inch||5 inch||5 inch||5 inch|
A correct display for the mid-range
Regardless of the use that we give, our mobile phone’s screen a key aspect for any user. BQ has gone on insurance equipping its Aquaris M5 with a 5 IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution and 440 DPI, all accompanied with a Quantum Color + technology intended to enhance the range of colors.
First and even being aware that the Aquaris M family has mobile with different sizes, I have to say that the bet like me by five inches, since at least to my it seems large enough to be able to enjoy multimedia content, but at the same time is also reduced enough for be able to use the phone with one hand, something whose importance seem to have forgotten almost all manufacturers.
Quantum technology helps make the colors of the images you can count on and things like contrast, saturation, or brightness are more than correct. The only downside that I have been able to find is that When we went out to the street and gives the Sun, screen is barely viewable. I suppose that here to BQ it saves him the evil of many, but that doesn’t mean that it is something that should be improved in the future.
Sometimes the key to make a mobile phone easier to use is in the small details, and BQ has wanted to implement two quite interesting, although with different fates. Firstly, the screen works perfectly even when we use it with wet fingers just out of the shower, although not so they can get wet.
The second detail that BQ told us that you wanted to implement was the possibility to use the mobile wearing gloves. Unfortunately when it comes to try it I found that it is not so, at least with the two or three wool gloves that I have tested it. The only ones that seem to work are those gloves ready for use with mobile phones, but hey, it’s the same thing that you can do with any other.
Therefore, and in summary, we can say that this M5 Aquaris screen is What can we expect from the middle range: On the one hand it works perfectly indoors, even with wet fingers, but on the other hand when we left outside on a sunny day we will have to leave the eyes if we want to be able to see something.
Software: Betting on pure Android
The Aquaris M5 comes equipped with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, and BQ returns to hit full offering an almost identical to pure Android experience to not to overload the operating system with heavy layers of personalization which, in opinion of who I write these lines, generally tend to end up bothering about what help.
But that does not mean that BQ has not introduced changes in Android to try to improve the user experience. One of the most curious and that they seemed more practical has been the have the possibility of Schedule ignitions and extinguished from the device. This strikes me as ideal to save battery power at night making sure we have the phone functional and available for when you wake up.
Will also have the possibility to configure the double-tap to turn on or turn off the screen, determine the time to be kept illuminated buttons or schedule up to four safety contacts to which they can call and without introducing any type of pin in case that had an emergency.
As for the bloatware preinstalled on the device, I’ve taken me pleasantly surprised that except for the huge collection of Google Apps, BQ has just added applications. We will only find the typical core apps for messaging, scanning files or radio, which only have accompanied an application for Dolby Audio and another called BQ Plus.
The Dolby Audio application is intended to change sound of the device profiles, something that taking into account that smartphones are still far from perfect audio quality do not think that we are going to use too. As for BQ Plus, is an application to manage the advanced warranty that the manufacturer offers for their smartphones.
Performance and autonomy
With the release of version 4G of Aquaris E5 at the end of last year, BQ took the decision to leave signed by MediaTek processors for start using the Snapdragon the American company Qualcomm. They have become this decision again this year with the M5 and M5.5 Aquaris, although the lower range, Aquaris M4.5, model is still committed to the MediaTek.
As a result, as we can see on the banks of tests that we have analysed this device, the scores were more than satisfactory, getting placed as one reference in the middle range devices. In fact, one of the things that most surprised us is that despite having an almost modeled hardware, the M5 Aquaris has taken enough advantage to the ZTE Blade S6. Although that Yes, it is still a step behind the Xperia M4 Aqua.
|BQ Aquaris M5||ZTE Blade S6||Motorola Moto G 2014||Samsung Galaxy A5||Sony Xperia M4 Aqua|
Even so, just stick to the performance of this device you can get during daily use. Open any application without problems and It has been able to move with fluidity, all games that I have installed. Come on, practically the same thing that can be expected of any mobile medium range which boasts today.
But to be honest, you also have to make reference to a small problem that we found at one time, and It is of some other small lageo that has slowed down the animations of the operating system, for example, when we entered in the sight of all the running applications while we are using one of them.
They are just a few milliseconds of slowdown point that they do not tarnish the overall behaviour of the mobile, and that in fact the media users pain can be levied because they are present in almost any device range. But if you’re a user accustomed to the high ranges you will notice them, and for that last or are you will know that they are there.
It is true that this device battery capacity exceeds the 3,000 mAh, but Full HD screen makes us have to comply with reach without problems a whole day of autonomy arriving at night with a 20 or 30% remaining battery. In fact, in our tests we have managed between four and four hours and a half of use of screen with a moderate use of the terminal that translates into the use of social networks, photos, applications of inquiry such as Wikipedia or IMDb, and even some other game.
It is true that this autonomy is practically the same that can be used on almost any device from mid-range, but precisely for this reason is one slight itching that both performance and autonomy had managed to highlight really if the Spanish manufacturer had complied with bet on a 720 p resolution.
Although the quality of their cameras remains one of major tasks pending for the mid-range, it is undeniable that in recent years we have experienced a spectacular evolution, and even if they are still behind the upper ranges This BQ is beginning to target very good manners.
It has some of the blame that IMX214 sensor from Sony that we have seen in many, many devices, and that meets the standards of quality of any device of range perfectly average who boasts. This sensor is still not perfect, and the BQ We will continue accusing many of the problems that the IMX214 has shown in many phones that have equipped it.
This means that even when we are taking pictures outdoors and bright the dynamic range keeps giving problems, What makes that photos with great contrasts or skies cost camera capture details. This loss of detail will be particularly evident when in photographs with lots of light objects in the shade as the traffic lights which is on this line, which as you can see are completely black.
Although as you can see below the difference between daytime and night-time photos each time is less abysmal, It is still now with low light suffer most when the camera. Is there where excessive noise, blurry photographs and almost non-existent details appear. Perhaps with some other manual adjustment an expert user could have used something better camera, but as we will tell in the end the native application is little more than a point and shoot.
At the end of this section you can see a small picture gallery, and one catches we will see how the macro is able to capture details such as drops in a frosted bottle, although it must be said that it does not too effectively, It is as if not end well capture the textures. Also if the object is a flower or something that is moving you can take an eternity in which the camera with macro focus.
The selfies are more fashionable than ever, and BQ has done an excellent job of equipping your mobile with a front camera of 5 megapixels to make sure our faces look sharp and with good resolution. Yet again there are to repeat that the same will not be take a picture on the beach than in the disco, since much less light have worse will be the picture.
As for the camera software, this has been developed entirely by BQ making that simplicity prime above options. Aimed at the general public, the application is a simple point and shoot in which the only options we will be change to the front rear camera, digital zoom or change camera mode to the panoramic, video or slow motion.
See complete gallery» photos Aquaris M5 (11 photos)
Xataka Android view
BQ has done an excellent job with its M5 Aquaris, and has been located in a very good position in the mid-range of Android with a proposal to you will comply fully with the requirements of any average user to find a phone that is balanced and without excesses of hardware that make the price more than it should shoot.
Design is always, hardware can with any game or application that you want to test, the camera takes very good pictures of day and not so good at night, and battery reaches us seamlessly to the full day of use. We will, that they have not risked, but they at least have enough so he doesn’t lack anything and can sit as one of the main protagonists in a middle range competidisima.
- Balanced hardware
- A battery trouble-free day
- MicroSD slot
- Too much continuity design
- Good price, though there are cheaper than similar alternatives
- The display almost is not outdoors when the sun shines
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