Motorola Q9h Review
When it comes to Pocket Email, BlackBerry comes in mind with a landscape display and QWERTY keyboard and excellent email system, optimized for this interface. BlackBerry has been the leader in this market segment for years and this is a fact that the major manufacturers don’t like. So, here we are seeing one of the attempts to change this.
Motorola is the 3rd biggest manufacturer of cellphones world-wide, and is known for its flexibility when it comes to design, producing various phones in different styles, targeting different audiences. But there is one exact thing that differentiates the manufacturer in the last years – its design style. No matter if the phone is simple or complex, it (almost) always looks modern and sexy. The big hit was the RAZR series which were inherited by KRZR, SLVR, RIZR and others, but the device we will review is using this same idea of a slim phone, now packing it full of features.
Motorola Q9h or previously known as Q Q9, is a 3G HSDPA GSM phone, based on the idea of the Motorola Q. The original Q was announced in CDMA and GSM flavors, but launched only in CDMA. The US customers were able to use it with various carriers (Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, AMPd and other) and it was available in some other countries (Canada for example)which have CDMA carriers, but the most-popular GSM standard was ignored. The Q GSM didn’t shipped and more than year later Motorola re-announced it in a new name, as Q8. The specifications didn’t changed and only the colors of the housing were slightly different, but according to Motorola this was a new phone. Together with it, Motorola announced a completely new device, called the Q9h. It comes with improved specifications, design and support for 3G network.
The Q-family is consisting of RAZR-like slim phones, using Windows Mobile Standard edition OS to obtain advanced functionality and eat out of the BlackBerry market share. The phones are with landscape QVGA displays and full hardware QWERTY keyboards, which combined with the Exchange Push Email of the WM convert them into powerful messaging phone with pocket-friendly size.