Motorola Q9h ReviewMotorola Q9h 9
|Model||Dimension (Inches)||Dimension (mm)||Weight (oz)||Weight (Gramms)|
|Motorola Q9h||4.64" x 2.63" x 0.46"||118 x 67 x 11.8||4,72||134|
|Motorola Q||4.57" x 2.48" x 0.45"||116 x 63 x 11.5||4,06||115|
|Samsung BlackJack||4.44" x 2.32" x 0.46"||113 x 59 x 11.8||3,52||100|
|BlackBerry Curve||4.20" x 2.40" x 0.60"||107 x 61 x 15.5||3,90||110,5|
|T-Mobile Dash||4.42" x 2.46" x 0.53"||112.5 x 62.5 x 13.5||4,23||120|
display, which untypically is in landscape orientation instead of portrait one. This gives larger width and makes it more convenient when it comes to text or internet browsing. Another similar phone is the Samsung BlackJack i607, which AT&T offers also as an alternative to the BlackBerry phones. HTC’s offer is the Excalibur, available as the T-Mobile DASH, but it doesn’t support 3G.
2.4 inches in diagonal, it is pretty large for the overall size of the phone and with the standard QVGA resolution still gives good DPI (dots per inch) ratio. Although it has only 65k colors (some phones offer 16 million colors, which is 256 times more!), the TFT display is excellent and have very accurate color representation. Thanks to a sensor that controls its brightness level, it remains visible even in bright outdoor light which is hard to most displays without sensor unless you manually set their brightness at 100% everytime. We believe that such sensor is a must for every new phone.
As we said earlier, this class of phones is characterized by the display and the keyboard, and while the display is great, the keyboard of the Q9h is probably the best on the market. Although it must be small to fit in the slim phone, and although there is almost no physical space between the separate buttons, they felt excellent thanks to the relief and are pressed softly, with robust feedback. Typing text is extremely fast and very comfortable and as the candybar Q Q9 is narrower than a landscape-oriented PDA with sliding keyboard (АT&T (Cingular) 8525 for AT&T, HTC Mogul for Sprint, T-Mobile Wing for T-Mobiles USA and others), you don’t have to move your hand from one position to the other and the smaller size actually gives better performance! When typing a short text this doesn’t make great difference, but the more you type the more you will appreciate the excellent small QWERTY. If you type long text it will feel more comfortable than the competition and will save you some time and tiredness.
The keyboard is in four rows, with the bottom one housing shortcuts and the Space key, which is twice bigger than the other buttons which is slightly smaller than we would have loved to, but does its job very well. The other six keys on this row are Calendar, Contacts, 0/+, Windows Media Player,Camera, Voice recognition. The 5 shortcuts are pretty useful and we appreciate that Motorola included them here.
The 0/+ key is here, as the numeric keyboard is oriented as a standard one of a phone, but the numbers are put as alternative characters, in (darker) blue color. An illuminated line at the top of each also helps to find them fast among the others.
Above the QWERTY, in the flat glass-like surface around the display, are situated the navigation keys. The 5-way metallic D-pad with the reflecting middle position is very comfortable and with average to large size. In contrast to most WM PPC phones, it has backlight both around the 4-sides and around the middle position. Surrounding are the two soft keys and the home and back buttons respectively situated below. Illuminated curved lines divide them from the Internet and Answer on the left and the Messaging shortcut and Reject on the right.
right side, which are designed as alternative navigation. Here you will find Up, select and Down buttons tightly next to each other but with good relief so can be felt with no problem. Below is the Back arrow key, necessary to navigate through the menus. All four keys have excellent relief, press response and feedback. The trio replaces the Wheel found on the first Q, and Motorola claim that after tests with lots of different people, this navigation method proved to be better. We believe this!
Standard, the four side keys are not illuminated, but the ones on the front are. Motorola has used light blue backlight for all characters, with only the numeric keys being in darker blue to differentiate visually. All buttons are illuminated very saturate.
The glossy left side houses only the universal microUSB port, which is used for charging, synchronization with computer and for attaching the headphones. Motorola was the first to use this type of connector (in the Q9h and the RAZR2 family) instead of the senior miniUSB, but Nokia followed the example and showed three models with microUSB (8600 Luna, 6500 Classic and 6500 Slide), which means the standard will most probably get very popular. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use earlier accessories you have and in order to plug standard headphones (3.5mm jack) one must find an adapter, which still is not as easy as finding a 2.5-3.5mm or miniUSB–3.5mm one.
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