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Like new in box great looking phone get it before its gone !!
To keep your smartphone's applications up to date, and to optimize the performance of your device, you may need to perform firmware and/or software updates just as you would on your PC. To learn more about updates for your device, please visit Motorola's support site. Note that by clicking this link you will be leaving Amazon.com.Motorola's QWERTY keyboard equipped Q, formerly known as the RAZRberry in the rumor mills, might not exactly be the "BlackBerry killer" that many predicted, but it is certainly one of the most capable and user friendly smartphones available on the market today.
Based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone platform, the Q picks up the best features from Microsoft's more phone oriented Smartphone edition of Windows Mobile while still offering a lot of PDA-like capability and screen real estate on its 65k color, 320x240 pixel display.
Sleek, small and oh, so powerful.
In terms of hardware features, the Q's right side 3-way scroll wheel and dedicated back buttons take center stage. These give the Q user fast BlackBerry-like scrolling with the ability to select an item or return to the prior screen - all with the user's thumb. Of course you can still do these same things the traditional way by using the 5-way direction pad and the back button that sits to its right. There's also a dedicated home key as well as the red and green call control keys.
The Q's QWERTY keyboard is a bit stiff, but otherwise designed well. The dark keys serve double duty as the numeric keypad when the Option key (found left of the Z key) is used. The Option key can be locked on, as can the shift key on the opposite side of the keyboard. Along the bottom of the keyboard you'll find dedicated buttons for email, the 1.3 megapixel camera, and a dual-use key for the speaker-independent voice dialing system and speakerphone.
When it comes to hot features, though, the Q's EV-DO 3G data capability tops the list. When used in an EV-DO coverage area, the Q user can expect to get wireless data rates that approach those enjoyed by home DSL users. When there is no EV-DO coverage available, the Q will fall back to the slower 1xRTT data network (roughly comparable to a 56Kbps modem). The Q can also connect to a desktop PC with a USB or Bluetooth connection. Bluetooth can also be used with mono and stereo headsets, as well as other devices like keyboards.
Get intimate with the Q's keyboard.
While WiFi wireless access would have been a welcomed feature, it would have only led to even more strain on the already overtaxed battery. The standard capacity battery is capable of a respectable 5.5 hours of continuous talk time, but realistically will only provide a day of solid use, especially if the Q user takes advantage of the BlackBerry-like push email support. The push system can keep your Q lock step in sync with your corporate or home email inbox without any user intervention required. On top of email synchronization, it can also be used to synchronize the Q's contacts, calendar entries, tasks and other items with your home or office copy of Microsoft Outlook. It is somewhat eerie how you can enter a new contact or appointment on the Q and have it show up moments later in Outlook - or the other way around.
One of the great things about owning a smartphone is the ability to add 3rd party developed applications to the device. Since Windows Mobile 5.0 is quite popular, there are plenty such applications available both freely and for purchase. The Q has about 50MB of RAM for running applications, and a similar amount for storing data and the applications themselves. If you need more storage space, you can easily add a gigabyte or two by inserting a miniSD memory card into the Q's slot, located on the left edge of the device.
The Motorola Q packs a lot of capability into a device that is only a half inch thick and weighs 4.3 ounces - considerably less than the competition. It comes highly recommended.
- One-handed use
- Thin and light
- EV-DO data
- Short standby battery life
- Stiff keyboard keys
--Reviewed by Michael Oryl, editor in chief of www.MobileBurn.com
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1) The keyboard. This is the second Q I've owned, and on both I've had keyboard problems (sticky keys that won't type, phantom keypresses when pressing the 4-way pad). Also, on the personal gripe side, I found the rounded keys less easy to type on than the flat Blackberry keys, but others may disagree on this
2) Software. Sometimes the software crashes, like when I'm answering a call. Sometimes the buttons take me to the wrong app (again, this may be keyboard-related). In general apps can be slow to load.
3) Battery. When in low-signal areas, the phone tends to run-down really quickly.
4) Keyboard. Did I mention the keyboard is really baaaad??
WOULD NOT RECCOMENT IT TO MY FRIENDS UNLESS YOU WANT A BASIC.
They explain exactly how the Q works and should be setup to get the most out of it.
I've had this phone since October 2006 and its May (about to be June 07) and I'm loving my phone.
After reading about all the issues let me be the first to sympathize with all the people who got a defective unit.
My 1st phone had the bad battery life issue I've read about. After getting the windows service pack updates put on (MOL 2 and MOL 3 see motorola website) the life did improve somewhat but my phone started to experience some of the random power down issues I hear some of you complain about.
So after about 2-3 weeks of wanting to toss my phone under a semi truck because of the frustration, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get the unit swapped out.
Now, on my 2nd Q, I can tell you with, Microsoft Office Mobile (from Windows Smartphone 6), PDAnet for using my phone as a free highspeed modem (Which is reason #1 to buy this phone alone),Facade, Deepfish webbrowser, Agile AIM/Yahoo/MSN/ICQ messanger, Papyrus Calander Task manager (qhich also rocks along with Facade, Sprite, Orange, and lets not forget the NES, Sega Genesis, SNES and MAME emulators running over 1000 games, the DVD Mp4 movies, Mp3 collection and just about everything else my 2GB MiniSD card's heart's desire can contain, all I can say is this
The only crutch is that there's a bad batch out there like with any product on the market. It seems as if the newer ones are more stable and less likely to experience the headaches the older ones had people gripping about.
But the final verdict lies with battery life and the customability of the device.
1. I'll address the battery life:
Its awesome!!! Let me explain...I used to have the old Q fully charged by 6am (time I leave for work) and make a few calls to my girlfriend 15-30 mins in the morning tops and check my bank account and a few work items = no more than 15 mins surfing the net. I'd immediately close all apps with task manager AND go into flight mode and out of it to log off the net completely (eliminate the arrows on the top of the battery meter)
Anyhow by 4pm central my battery would be dead and I'd have to plug the Q in. I got the Extended battery and my Q would last till 9-10pm at night before it needed a full charge.
2. With the replacement Q and old slim battery, I'm now averaging 14 hours of heavy use (emulators, 20 mins web browsing, music, 1.5 hours of phone calls total today etc) and still have 75% life left! Its night and day and looks as if my new Q is the winner phone we all should have. If yours isn't like this, SWAP IT OUT immediately.
This new Q hasn't crashed at all even after doing all the necessary system registry tweaks (find out more on qusers)
1. the glyphcache one to spead up the interface
2. rearranging the keys (ex the old back key by the scroll wheel is now my speaker phone and vice versa)
3. the 3x web speed enhance hack
4. the memory cache hack
5. and the bluetooth volume enhancer hack to enhance my Jabra JX-10 volume (again see Qusers.com)
ALL of these and more and my phone just keeps going and going and going. I have had this new phone for about a week now and with HEAVY usage, enough to crash and burn my old Q for sure this new tank just keeps asking for more!
I haven't even tried the extended battery because I don't need to...Bottom line, SWAP your phone out at Verizon if its not acting like this. I'm convinced this is how the Q was intended to be....now if only everyone here can experience this!
I work at Enterprise in management and all the customers who walk in the door with Qs eyes drop when they see how customized mine is and how the battery life really is!
For that guy who complaied about the layout, check out the wallpaper setup on qusers and get the setup you like! With Facade and Fizz Weather you can have a killer setup on your phone!
And sometimes I cannot highlight on a webpage the button I want to select.
Sometimes the phone just freezes up and I have to restart.
The big doozie was the phone completely locking up, saying "not enough disk space!" and it had lost all of my pics, contacts and calendar dates! In the store there was another man returning his Q for another and he said it was his fifth Q!!! Scary...
But generally, when it comes down to it, this phone gets the job done. I as a woman with small hands am able to click the little keys, I have learned how to navigate, the calendar is well-laid out in my opinion, the phone quality is good, the speakerphone is great, etc.
So I will be keeping this phone until the two years ends. Yikes. Two years?! Let's hope by then the iPhone is incredibly affordable and awesome!