Thursday, February 02, 2006

Motorola Q

I've been scoping the Motorola Q, and here's the downlow: it looks like a cross between a RAZR and a Treo, it runs Windows Mobile 5, and it's got a 320 x 240 display (65k colours), which looks kinda square to me.

Now, I say it's a cross between a RAZR and a Treo, Motorola are marketing this as a RAZR smartphone. It's obviously aimed at the same kind of customer who dug the V3 RAZR, but needed more flexibility.

The other obvious target market are Blackberry users. For those of you who missed all the hype, Windows Mobile 5 has some important improvements: Microsofts plan is to integrate mobile devices with the rest of your Microsoft network, including a more seamless interaction with Microsoft Exchange - in a nutshell, if you set it up right, you can get your email "pushed" to your handset, like Blackberry. Cool.

The specifications tell us that it's the thinnest QWERTY (keyboard)
device in the world at 11.5mm. Yeah, that sure is thin. And in this case, the reduction in thickness has a direct avantage: The surface area of the face of the phone is increased (ala V3), Which in this instance is a good thing. Because then you have more room for that sexy looking keyboard. The blank space at the bottom looks like it might be something to do with the battery. I'd guess that space makes one handed use more comfortable.

Bluetooth 1.2 makes an appearance, which is good to see. Motorola have an excellent range of Bluetooth accessories, so it's in their best interest, but I really think that most of the innovation (good and bad) for Bluetooth products these days comes from Motorola.

The other thing that Motorola keep doing is putting transflash in their handsets.
I mean it's not enough that Sony insist on jamming Memory Stick Duos in everything they make, but now we have to have another memory format - one that is more expensive, uncommon, and has very little benefit over existing formats. I mean yeah, it's smaller, but I don't really care. An SD card is about the right size.

The last thing I'll say is that the phone looks good now, but so did the MPX. And you don't see many of them, do you?


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