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Motorola Q9m Review

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Interface:

The User Interface on the Q9m is laid out in similar fashion to the other Q SmartPhones, except for that fact that there are two home screens. The Standard home screen is what we have come to expect from a SmartPhone, simple and unobtrusive. There are a total of 6 Themes that you can choose from for the Standard home screen (Windows Simple, Windows Default, Large Font, Windows Basic, VZW Layout, and VZW Classic Layout), with each one having a different layout. Windows Simple is the cleanest theme with the least clutter on the screen. Windows Default adds shortcut icons to the top as well as appointment and message notifications. Large Font is the same as Windows Simple except the font size is larger. Windows Basic is similar to Windows Default, except it lacks the shortcut icons as the top. VZW Layout and VZW Classic are also very similar to the Windows Default. Between the 6 choices, the Windows Simple theme was our favorite since it had the cleanest desktop.

Standart home screen - Motorola Q9m Review
Multimedia home screen - Motorola Q9m Review
Main menu - Motorola Q9m Review

Standart home screen

Multimedia home screen

Main menu


Pressing the “Change View” button on the bottom right of the keypad will change to the Multimedia home screen, which is what the “m” stands for in Q9m. The right side of the screen has shortcut buttons for Music & Video, Pictures, Camera, VCast Music, and Volume. After making your selection, you then move to the left side of the screen where you can select the specific file that you wish to access. For music, videos, and pictures, there are Rewind, Play/Pause, and FastForward buttons for added control. We found navigating through the Multimedia screen to be quite intuitive and user friendly, much more so than a standard Media Player.


Phonebook:

Motorola Q9m Review
Motorola Q9m Review
The Contacts list is laid out in similar fashion as to other Windows Mobile devices. Adding a person to the contacts list is a relative easy task, despite the plethora of information that can be entered (First Name, Last Name, Work Phone, Mobile Phone, Home Phone, Custom Ringtone, Picture, E-Mail, IM, Work 2, Home 2, Company Phone, Categories, Pager, Car Phone, Work Fax, Home Fax, Assistant Phone, Radio Phone, E-Mail 2, E-Mail 3, IM2, IM3, Web Page, File As, Company Name, Department, Job Title, Office Address, Home Address, Notes, Nickname, Birthday, Anniversary, Manager, Government ID, Account Name, Customer ID, Spouse, Children, and Assistant). It is amazing the amount of information that can be stored for each contact, which leaves little else that it doesn’t ask for, except maybe for the persons blood-type.

Once the information has been saved, you can bring up the contact list alphabetical by pressing the right soft key on the home screen. From there, you can either scroll through the list, or type the name to perform a search.

Motorola Q9m Review
Motorola Q9m Review


Pressing and holding the speakerphone key will activate the Voice Command system. From there, you can choose from Call, Send Text, Send SMS, Send Email, Lookup name, and Open application. This works the same way as with most modern phones, where you can say “Call Marie’s Cell” and the voice recognition software will dial the appropriate number. The Voice Command system can also be used in conjunction with a Bluetooth headset.



Organizer:

The Calendar provides a quick view of the current day, week, and month. Multiple appointments can be added for each day, including the Subject, Start Date, Start Time, End Date, End Time, Location, Reminder, and Occurrence. When a saved appointment time is reached, the phone will play the alarm and show the appointment information on the screen.

Calendar - Motorola Q9m Review
Calendar - Motorola Q9m Review
Calendar - Motorola Q9m Review
Calendar - Motorola Q9m Review

Calendar


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Harry (unregistered)


Using the Q9M, can you wirelessly synchronize your Outlook contacts and calendar from a PC running Windows Vista?

posted on 27 Sep 2007, 17:01

2. MR WIRELESS (unregistered)


Yes, however, you may need to let your pc search for the appropriate driver. This doesn't always work, but the Vista OS is pretty intuitive in finding the correct stuff, i have not had to reinstall a single driver for any add-ons.

posted on 10 Oct 2007, 13:19

3. Sarah (unregistered)


I have the Q9m and one thing that I saw mentioned here that isn't necessarily correct is that the camera application shows the viewfinder in a small screen. When I use my camera it is blown up to full screen with the option to move to the smaller screen.

posted on 12 Oct 2007, 23:24

4. 6800 (unregistered)


This phone is a waste of web space. Release the 6800

posted on 15 Oct 2008, 20:14

5. (unregistered)


DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE! I unfortunately have been stuck with this phone for a year due to verizon not letting you switch phones without paying a fortune. It is slow after about a month it starts acting up and will freeze constantly. Advance a couple more months and all of glitches in the phone come out. You may be texting and no words will be showing. You will shut off your phone and suddenly all your text messages have disappeared. I have to have my phone rest every month for when this all occurs. I have sent my phone in and gotten newer versions all still have the same problem SAVE YOUR MONEY

posted on 22 Oct 2008, 21:50

6. bull (unregistered)


I love this phone. I have not had it run slow or lock up ever!!!! Calls are always clear and the UI (after getting used to it) is remarkably easy to use.

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Motorola Q9m

Motorola Q9m

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 6.0
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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, Intel StrongARM processor
96 MB RAM
Size4.60 x 2.55 x 0.46 inches
(117 x 65 x 12 mm)
4.58 oz  (130 g)
Battery1170 mAh, 4.55 hours talk time

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