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The Motorola Q9h Smartphone

The Motorola Q9h Smartphone

Platform: Wireless Devices
Category: Hand Held
Author: Murray G

I’ve been reviewing several Smartphone’s lately. Currently I’m testing the Motorola Q9h . Modern Smartphone’s are powerful handheld mobile voice and data platforms. Especially when you factor in Windows Mobile 6. This OS has brought extra flexibility and compatability to the Q9h and other smartphones. Emails, Word docs and Spreadsheets are easily accessed, viewed and sent with the Q9h. Games and entertainment have also been taken to the next level with the increased CPU and memory capabilities of today’s Smartphone’s.

I’m still waiting on my Global Qpak subscription from AT& T so it will have to be a follow up review. If you’re not aware AT&T is offering downloadable content (AT&T customers only) for customers who purchase the Q9h. The content is divided into 3 separate categories: Road Warrior, Household CEO and Fun Seeker. You pick a category and a bundle of apps and it will be downloaded to your phone. The service is free and designed to have people experience “subscription based” services. Naturally I have chosen the “Fun Seeker” download and I will post a review as soon as I get it.

The Q9h is the big brother of the original Motorola Q. It is a 3G GSM quad band phone and will work on any continent albeit the 3G feature might not. The previous versions of The Q were not as powerful as the current Q9h. The current version has a QWERTY keyboard and landscape display. The unit is very slim and lightweight yet surprisingly durable. I’ve dropped mine several times and just like the Energizer bunny it took a licking and kept on ticking.


• QWERTY keyboard
• Quad-Band (GPRS/EDGE) functionality
• Video capture and playback at 30fps
• HSDPA technology for fast data transfers, streaming media and web browsing
• Connectivity: EMU, USB 2.0 full speed transfers and data access
• Integrated Class 2 Bluetooth wireless technology (A2DP, AVRCP - stereo) for hands-free connectivity with compatible Bluetooth enabled stereo devices
• Messaging via MMS, SMS, Instant Messaging and Windows Outlook Mobile
• Supports a variety of audio formats including AMR NB, AMR WB, MWA, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, MIDI
• Video formats supported includeH.263, MPEG4, WMV, H.264 decode
• Up to 2 GB of optional removable storage space with a microSD memory slot
• Integrated 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom and LED photo indicator light
• Special productivity features: Opera browser, Attachment Viewer or Editor, Voice Recognition, File Manager, Voice Notes, VPN capability and Anti-Virus protection


As mentioned the Q9h uses windows mobile 6, bringing desktop functionality to the handheld. Favourites like Explorer, Internet Explorer and Windows media player are present. There are also some new additions like Pocket Opera internet browser. Pocket Opera operated pretty well as a browser and shines in a working environment.

The landscape display bucks the current trend of portrait displays. It has an added benefit of better editing and internet surfing capabilities. The screen size is a large 320x240 (2.4 inches Diagonal) compared to other Smartphone’s. The images are as clean and crisp as can be seen quite easily with a screen of this size offering up 64 k in colours. There is a sensor that adjusts the brightness level too. This helps immensely when using outdoors.

The keyboard IMHO is the best keyboard of any Smarthone on the market today. The letters and numbers are easy to read, access and use. They are very well laid out and displayed making it very easy to type quickly and accurately. The keyboard consists of 4 rows of letters, numbers and shortcuts. The navigation keys are situated just below the screen and are also very easy to see and use as well. The D-Pad is centered and easy to manipulate due to its size.

The phonebook function in the Q9h is easy to use. Just begin to type a contacts name and corresponding entries will be displayed.

The Q9h comes with a 2 megapixel camera complete with Zoom and LED light for darkened environments. The camera was easy to use access and took reasonably good pictures for a camera phone. Shooting video was also a breeze and the 320 x 240 screen played them back very well.

The Q9h comes with 256mb of flash memory and 96mb of on board ram which is twice as much as much of the competition. There is also an SD memory slot if you want to add a few more gigs of memory.

The Q9h performs very well as a cell phone and voice quality is good. I live in a rural area of Canada (Shawnigan, B.C.) and reception can be spotty at best. The Q9h is one of the stronger performing phones I’ve used in my local area. Believe me if the sound quality is good and the signal strong in my area you won’t be disappointed.

Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) can be edited and viewed on the Q9h. Smartphone’s aren’t really designed to be an Office editor but more of advisory tool as it is simply too hard to try and edit any large document, spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation. Don’t get me wrong, if you want to try you can as it is doable as the advantage of the Q9h lies in its size and the ability to use it pretty much anywhere.

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