Motorola Q9h Review


The Motorola Q9h is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard edition smartphone, which is the version for phones with non-touch-sensitive displays. The original Q was one of the first phones to offer Windows Mobile 5 and here it is logically upgraded to the newer version.

This means the Motorola Q9h will share many things with other devices using this OS, even ones not made from Motorola. The OS is not proprietary and looks the same on all phones, with small exceptions due to personalization. If you are not familiar with the OS, please check the review of the HTC Vox S710, which also is WM6 Standard phone and can be used in landscape orientation. In the review below we will mention only some things and the unique features for the Moto Q9h.

The HomeScreen is what you can expect but due to the landscape orientation, the items are slightly rearranged. The main menu visualizes in two rows with four icons per each and with scroll to more options. Motorola has personalized the icons of some menus like the Settings and File Manager for example in order to look up to date, but this doesn’t change the functionality in any way. A WM customer won’t find any surprises.


The phonebook is absolutely the same as on any other WM6 Standard phone, and searching of a name is that flawless and extra fast, thanks to the QWERTY keyboard, typing the name directly from the home screen. This fast name search is something we love in WM phones without touch-displays and should act as an example to all phone manufacturers.

Voice recognition is getting more and more advanced and popular, but still Windows Mobile don’t offer a system built-in. If your WM smartphone has one than the manufacturer has added it is its personalization of the OS. In our case, Motorola has included VoiceSignal system, which is a speaker-independent one. It starts for about a second after the shortcut key is held and allows you to Call or send a message to name of the contact list or to a number you enter by voice, to send an email to a name, to lookup for one or to open an application.



1. argonnj unregistered

"BlackBerry has been the leader in this market segment for years and this is a fact that the major manufacturers don’t like." Well start with dropping Win Mobile. Blackberrys are popular, not just for their hardware design, but for their rock solid OS. Unlike Win mobile which tries to cram a regular PC into a phone (which isn't need) Blackberry OS is designed for easy, reliable operation. Win Mobile is overly complex and buggy to be any use on a mobile phone. You take the greatest hardware design, add Win Mobile and what you are left with is CRAP.

2. Christopher Cox unregistered

I love BlackBerry devices because I send and receive A LOT of messages. What do you have to do under Windows Mobile to send and receive rapidly? It takes a lot of clicks to do something. On a BlackBerry, sending an email, sms, mms, pin, or anything is done with literally 2 clicks after typing in the first few letters of the persons name from the home screen. As long as WM remains as inefficient as it is, it will never surpass BlackBerry as a messenger/email system of choice for most people who email a lot.

3. unregistered

You guys have obviously not worked with WM 5 or later. It also take only 2 button presses to send a message to someone in WM. WM is also very stable. Since i got my phones (HTC Wizard, Samsung i600, HTC Tytn), the only time some of them needed a reset was to do the WM 5 to 6 upgrade.

4. timothy unregistered

hey guys my name is tim and i work for at&t, if you have any questions about any of our phones our service or rate plans fill free to come to my page and send me a message and i will get back to you asap!

5. sandeep unregistered

thanks for the nice and informative review. helped me.

6. bernard unregistered

this is the best phone i have ever had. gps, 2.0 megapixle w/ flashm wm6, best qwerty ever, bluetooth 2.0, automaticaly adjusts screen brightness based on outside light and battery life. the moto q9h manages all this w/out making the device bulky at all. lacks ony WiFi.

7. Mark Fowler unregistered

This device has the Blackberry connect software available from AT&T. I recently got this phone and I get the benefits of Balckberry mail and the flexibility of Windows Mobile. Great phone for business users with most of the multimedia features that most consumers want.
  • Display 2.4" 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 1170 mAh(6.50h talk time)

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