Motorola Q9h Review


The first Q was announced as a CDMA EV-DO phone with GSM version, but the GSM version didn’t hit the market. It was available only in CDMA/EV-DO flavor and in the US is still offered by a variety of carriers including Verizon, Sprint and Alltel. The Q8 comes as its GSM variant and the Q9h is the 3G/GSM phone, which comes with different design and improved specs. It is quad-band GSM which allows it to work in networks on any continent, but the 3G support is limited depending on the version. The America version will support 850/1900 MHz bands for UMTS/HSDPA 3.6Mbps 3G and won’t be usable in Europe. Another version will have the 1700MHz UMTS band, which T-Mobile will use for its 3G in the US.

The European version we are testing has only 2100MHz for Europe/Asia. We would have liked to see at least tri-band 3G (850/1900/2100 MHz) module built-in as in some of HTC’s 3G smartphones, or why not a quad-band UMTS/HSDPA module that will make the phone universal.
Probably the greatest drawback of the Q9h whem we compare it to the rival models is the lack of WiFi, or Wireless Lan.


The Windows Mobile Operating System brings resemblance with the desktop version and offers pocket versions of some well known applications like File Explorer, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. In addition to the standard Internet Explorer, by default the Motorola Q9h comes equipped with pocket Opera, which is a good alternative. Although both browsers have pros and cons, we prefer the Opera, but still it is not the ultimate program for device with screen with size of only 320 pixels. The not-final version of Microsoft Deepfish is better for reading a text on a page, as it renders the pages almost exactly as on a computer.

As any other phone on the market nowadays, the Motorola Q9h has built in camera. Like the first Q, it is positioned in the top part of the back panel but this time the LED is next to it. The resolution is improved from 1.3 to 2 megapixels which isn’t much but is enough for such phone. As this is just an additional feature, the design of the camera is made to not attract attention, unlike in camera-dedicated phones.

The interface starts for about 2.5 seconds and will not impress you at all, as it takes only half the screen and the settings are in a text-based menu. Still you can use digital zoom, set the white balance or the flash mode (on/off), as well as the resolution, with the biggest one being 1600x1200 pixels.

You can also capture video clips, and we are happy that the resolution of QVGA (320x240 pixels) makes the videos usable.

The Motorola Q9h has 256MB of ROM (Flash) Memory and 96MB RAM, which puts it one step ahead of the competition. Most WM6 Standard phones come only with 128 MB ROM and 64MB RAM which is respectively 50% and 75% of the Q9h’s resources. For storing of more files helps the slot for microSD cards, which means you can add a card with amount of several gigabytes.

By Default, all Windows Mobile 6 phones are equipped with Microsoft Mobile Office applications, to open Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Strangely, Motorola Q9h replaces them with “Documents To Go” programs which are supposed to do the same but are not that good. We tested those applications with standard files we use on all capable phones, and are not very happy with the results. The Word documents can be viewed and edited with no problems, but as we put more complicated Excel sheet and the errors started to occur. The program didn’t really get to work with the multiple sheets and entered in Read-Only mode. Only one of the two PowerPoint files visualized correctly and the PDF reader also had some problems with the fonts, when set at 100% zoom. Zip To Go is handy for opening of archived files, but unfortunately RAR archives are not supported.



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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