One of Steve Jobs' usual suspects on January 9th 2007 was the Motorola Q

Steve Jobs pointed to a screen with a number of smartphones displayed, and called them "the usual suspects." He was talking about the state of the smartphone market on January 9th, 2007.  The Apple CEO was about to change the smartphone market forever with the unveiling of the Apple iPhone,  and one of the handsets that he was aiming at was the Motorola Q. The Q was very much like other smartphones of the time. That's to say that it featured a rectangular glass display (non touchscreen) with a physical QWERTY keyboard, and a camera in back. 

Both the CDMA and GSM versions of the Motorola Q were unveiled on July 26th 2005. Verizon launched the phone on May 31st 2006 with a version for Sprint launched the following January. The device featured a thumb wheel on the right side and a 1.3MP camera adorned the back of the unit. A 1130mAh battery powered the Motorola Q. Windows Mobile Standard 5.0 was running the show. 64MB of internal memory was inside with a microSD slot available for those who needed additional storage. The screen offered a landscape view and featured a resolution of 320 x 240.

Bell Mobility launched the GSM version of the phone on November 13th 2006, and was the first carrier to offer the device in black. On June 29th, the Apple iPhone was launched as an AT&T exclusive. But Motorola wasn't looking to compete with the iPhone at that point. The main goal was to take on BlackBerry. Just one month after the iPhone was released, the Motorola updated the Q and launched the Motorola Q9. In July, the Motorola Q9h launched in Europe and in the U.S. via Bell Mobility. One month later, the Motorola Q9m was made available at Verizon.

The Motorola Q9 featured a 2.4-inch display with the same 320 x 240 resolution. A single-core 325MHz CPU was under the hood with 96MB of RAM and 250MB of native storage inside. An 8GB microSD slot was available for those seeking additional storage. On back was a 2MP camera, and it was all powered by an 1170mAh battery. Windows Mobile Standard 6.0 was pre-installed.

By November 2009, Verizon was desperate for an iPhone competitor. The year before, the BlackBerry Storm launched half baked, leaving Verizon without an answer to AT&T's exclusive. By then, Motorola had the answer in the Android powered Motorola DROID. And while Motorola gave the Q another shot with the Q11 in 2008 (which added support for Wi-Fi), the ball game was over. Touch screen smartphones were taking over, and phones like the usual suspects mentioned by Steve Jobs were taking their last breaths.

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28 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 746; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Nokia E62 was actually a great phone, it lacked touch screen, Steve nailed it with the Iphone but when it launched it was missing so many features including video recording and also the camera was worse than a camera on a feature phone yet people, oh sorry, sheeple broke their legs to buy that iconic phone .. Great job Steve and Apple.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Dat butthurt tho

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Be that as it may, what is the point of this article? What the hell is even relevant here that was even relevant back in 2007? I mean come on, is it just to get Apple on the front page as much as possible? This is just downright stupid, as if this place wasn't iPA enough.

10. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

Yeah man, after reading the whole thing, the only thing which came to my mind was, "what is this article for?" C'mon phonearena, we know apple was great to release such innovative mobile, no need to make us remember again and again. I really donno what's going on with this site with really low, senseless and baseless article these days...

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Iphone arena at its best :)

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2391; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

2007 was the good days when Nokia was being very innovative with their offerings. I honestly believe if Nokia had just adopted another touch-based OS alongside their Symbian offerings they would be in a different place today. The N95 which was released the same year as the iPhone had a lot of stuff going for it over the iPhone: a front-facing camera (which was unheard of at this time - although it was primarily used for video calls), a dual-core TI processor, a 5 MP Carl Zeiss camera with a flash (iPhone had no flash), GPS, and 3G/3.5 G capability. I believe the N95 ended up outselling the iPhone by a large margin.

19. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Nokia had touch screen os since 2004, it was called maemo, letter was renamed to meego. i dont know why people keep saying ios was first touch screen os.

22. tommy_vercetti

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

and Maemo 4 & 5 was way advanced and resource efficient than iOS and android, but nokia's stubbornness to touchify the S60 v3 & resistive touch screens drove the people away from nokia touch phones.

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Palm Treos were hugely popular touchscreen phones years before the iPhone and the 2003 T-Mobile HP iPaq H6300 was a 3.5" all-touch phone running WinMo so not only were iPhones not the first with touchscreens they weren't even the first with 3.5" touchscreens.

2. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Apple innovates while the rest can only hope to keep up. We should all be thanking Apple. Without them there would no smartphone market.

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Some apple fans need to let go of their former glory. Apple is still not letting go of its past. It needs to do that to "evolve" again, or else, they will take a nose dive in the near future

4. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I know, right? I'll bet that next year, after the iPhone 8 comes out, Android phones will suddenly have curved AMOLED displays, wireless charging, and edge to edge displays.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Do you still have the butthurt report form? I wanna know what will you do with them.

9. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Dude, you must know that first smartphone isn't iPhone. Long before that phones was able to take photo, browse the web, check and send e-mails etc. And lot of phones had multitasking - something that iPhone didn't have till 3GS or later - i don't remember. Apple bring innovation - that is true, but that doesn't make them king of something. They have their fans - like you, that's alright. Don't ask other to worship Apple.

12. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Soooooo the usual suspects that are pointed out in this article aren't considered smartphones? I would say maybe without the iPhone there would be no touch screen phones (again, MAYBE) but not smartphones. Quit reaching.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

According to facts, if you look at the evolution of the smartphone, The scren had already started to get larger as time went buy. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/526d498ae4b0a8c91472d7d7/t/55903039e4b06d0cfdcbb431/1435512926873/epoca Apple simply decided not to go the Blackberry route and drop the physicla keyboard. But others were already progressing to this point. Blackberry was meant for business users, while considers had flip phones. I assume OEM's maybe didn't thing consumers wanted smartphones. May of them bought Blackberry's because it made texting and email easier on a handheld. I too preferred the Blackberry over the iPhone at the time, because I didnt liek the onscreen keyboard. As then as they are now, they are slow and laggy. The biggest benefit to physical keyboards is they NEVER lag. he software may lag trying to keep up, but the keyboard itself does not. Even though the iPhone has a full screen, it lacked many capabilities many phones already had, like installing apps, recording video and it didn't even have copy & paste. The iPhone made all the other OEM's wake up and stop milking customers and bringing nothign new to the table. We would have still had the same smartphoen today. Its just a metter of when they wopuld have made the jump to a single form factor with no physical keyboard. Samsung actually did so with the F700. Making that a phone is the logical next step After all, even Apple admitted the iPhone was borne from it's iPod Touch idea, but they released the phone first and the Touch later.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's false. But keep living your pipe dream.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6796; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Exactly right. We should also thank them for the PC and laptop markets...oh wait....

25. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 923; Member since: May 07, 2014

The original iPhone was the only innovative iPhone from Apple..

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The first iPhone though it had an innovative touchscreen display, it sucked in every other aspect and missed many features which Motorola and Nokia phones had already. The first iPhone could not even record video, FFS!

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I remember thinking I was a big shot when my HTC Mogul had GPS. My Treo 700wx lacked GPS functionality....and wifi.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Treo 700WX did have WiFi. You just had to buy it. What was cool is it also had an integrated SDCARD too. http://pocketpccentral.net/smartphone/treo700w/wrles.htm

14. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

Cool story...I guess? I thought today marked the day the Q9 was released or something and this wasn't just some random article of the day.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I was with Sprint at the time. I was using the Palm Treo 700WX which was fast an awesome. But Palm wa son the fence about upgrading the software. So I bought the Q to have the most recent version of Windows Mobile. When [people talk about lag today, I know they are children when it comes to phones; because this thing was a laggy mess and was what prompt me to decide to never buy a Moto device ever again and I haven't. Not long after, Palm release the 800 Pro. But I had moved on and started using my 700 again. This phone is a true dinosaur of garbage phones.

21. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

In 2007, I want to say I had a brief moment with the Samsung Black Jack. It was a good one.

26. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

The palm was a touchscreen phone. You could use both your finger or a stylus. This article implies otherwise, but its wrong (not sure why Alan didn't bother to say 'some' did not have a touchscreen). Still have my 2005 Palm device.

27. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

good old days

28. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 2012

I loved the "Q". It had all the INFORMATION you needed right on the home screen. I can remember it showed previews on a couple of each. Now you got the same APPS on the home screen...YAWN

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