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Motorola Moto Q

 Motorola Moto Q Discontinued
26th July 2005

(Note: this is a CDMA device, not GSM)

When the first shots of the Motorola Moto Q were leaked out a few weeks ago, this handset was dubbed the "RAZRBERRY" and there was some speculation as to whether it was going to be a real handset or was just a design concept.

Well.. here it is. The Motorola Moto Q is a Windows Mobile 5.0 device with a QWERTY keyboard and a 320x240 pixel display, expandable memory on miniSD cards, Bluetooth and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

The QWERTY keyboard on the Moto Q is clearly inspired by the Blackberry range of devices, including the distinctive way that the keys slope. As with the Blackberries, there's also a thumbwheel on the right hand side. Perhaps RIM (who make Blackberries) will be looking at this closely with regards to any patent infringements.

 Motorola Moto Q back The Moto Q's screen promises to be a very high density device. 320x240 pixels is much more than the rival Blackberry devices, which should lead to crisper text and better graphics. It's a powerful multimedia device too - the Motorola Moto Q can play back MP3s, Windows Media formats and video clips through Windows Media Player. It manages to squeeze in stereo speakers too, and of course the miniSD memory cards will be extremely useful in this case.

The wide screen makes email and web access easier than the "tall" screen on a traditional phone. The Motorola Moto Q will come with "Pocket" versions of Outlook and Internet Explorer for mail, web surfing and contact management. The Moto Q will integrate with Microsoft Exchange 2003 for business users, or pick up standard internet email for everyone else.  The Moto Q also features speech recognition.

This is a very slim device, at just 11.5mm deep. The angular design is clearly a nod to the RAZR, but in our view the Blackberry 7290 is a much more elegant device.. in fact, the Moto Q seems to be a bit of a mess in design terms, especially the controls situated about the QWERTY keyboard.

So, in pure technical terms, the Motorola Moto Q looks pretty good, and the combination of a Blackberry-style device with the Windows Mobile operating system makes it an attractive prospect for corporate customers.

There's really big hurdle for the Motorola Moto Q though - even though it's a clever bit of hardware, as far as corporate customers are concerned they want a full corporate solution, just like they can get for their Blackberries where businesses can install RIM servers at the back-end so that email is delivered to Blackberries as soon as it arrives. In the case of the Moto Q, Motorola only seem to be selling the hardware and are interested in having someone else work out the tricky bits of tying it all together. And most corporates really don't want their users to have digital cameras and MP3 players built in, especially when it adds to the cost.

Let's not forget either that Motorola face fierce competition from HP and HTC (who made the T-Mobile MDA and Orange SPV devices). Nokia are doing their own thing with handsets such at the 9300 and 9500. And by the time the Moto Q hits the market in early 2006, the marketplace will be even more crowded and difficult than it is now.

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Motorola Moto Q Provisional Specifications

Available:

Q1 2006

Network:

CDMA

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

320x240 pixels, 65,000 colours

Camera:

1.3 megapixels

Size:

Compact PDA
115x63x12mm / weight tbc

Bluetooth:

Yes

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Limited

Battery life:

Not specified

 

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