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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q
Nearly a decade ago the the mere thought of a smartphone brought to mind a PDA looking device that offered the convenience of a phone, but it would still be one hefty looking thing to carry around. That association quickly became the staple of almost every smartphone during the early part of the decade until Motorola came out with a handset that followed in the same footsteps as one of their finest achievements in mobile history. The Motorola Q quickly followed on the popularity of the RAZR with its thin profile and packed features to satisfy the gadget conscious individuals out there. When comparing it to some of its contemporaries, such as RIM's line of BlackBerry smartphones or similarly Palm's Treo, the Motorola Q had a distinct styling that ushered in the notion of smartphones looking sexy. As we look back at the new standards set by the venerable device, it nonchalantly shifted the mindset for manufacturers that design would now take precedence.

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q


The Windows Mobile 5.0 device was announced back in 2005 and followed quickly after the success of the Motorola RAZR. As Motorola realized that the streamlined design of the RAZR translated into huge sales, the thought soon turned to the smartphone segment as the Motorola Q was born. The handset was quickly garnered by the mobile community as the thinnest device to feature a full QWERTY keyboard – which is by far its most attractive feature. Needless to say there were plenty of comparisons being made between the Q and RIM's line of BlackBerry smartphones – in fact, the Motorola Q even boasted a thumb-wheel on its side to offer users one handed usage. Additionally it features a 2.5” QVGA display with 65k colors, Bluetooth, 1.3-megapixel camera with flash, 128MB ROM, 64MB RAM, infrared port, miniUSB port, miniSD card slot, and a 2.5mm headset jack. However, it didn't push the limits in terms of features compared to others during its time as it lacked Wi-Fi, but it did manage to pack all of those features into a shell that's 0.45” thick and weighed in at a reasonable 4.06 oz.

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q


Despite bringing the sexy appeal into smartphones, the Motorola Q didn't become the hit that the company envisioned, but it set the ball rolling for others to keep in mind sleek designs for smartphones. One of the first Windows Mobile powered devices to challenge the Q was none other than the Samsung BlackJack that quickly garnered universal praise. Unfortunately for Motorola, things started to go flat as overall sales started to wan and the competition was beating the former handset manufacturer at its own game. However, we clearly witnessed how the Motorola Q changed the industry as we were fortunate enough to see Motorola coming around with the DROID – which is coincidentally hailed as the thinnest smartphone to pack a landscape QWERTY keyboard.

Motorola Q Specifications

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola Q

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46

1. vzwtechbill (Posts: 175; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


This is not a retro-rewind, it's more of a Nightmare Revisited!

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 09:36

2. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I was thinking the same thing.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 11:09

3. sprintguy09 (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)


ugh this phone pissed me off

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 11:16

4. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


My manager had one of these, back when I was selling phones & it was a total piece of shit! Pretty sleek in design, but nonetheless a poorly functioning product.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 22:05

5. xmguy1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


I have The Q9m. I still use it. I use when I don't want to risk damage to my Droid.

posted on 07 Jun 2010, 00:47

6. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


My MotoQ when I worked for Sprint was flawless. I carried it for a few months then the HTC Mogul came out and I got that...

posted on 07 Jun 2010, 07:47

7. frustyak (Posts: 169; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


It's amazing that when it comes to cell phones, we're seeing an item that's only five years old described as 'retro'. What will next week's Retro Rewind article be about, the iPhone 3G?

posted on 07 Jun 2010, 09:59

8. ellistiu911 (Posts: 30; Member since: 18 Jul 2009)


nah maybe the iphone 2g

posted on 07 Jun 2010, 13:36

9. AaronWasHere (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


Ugh, I hate this phone with a passion. It is one of the worst phones ever made.

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