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Motorola Q9m Review

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Motorola Q9m Review
Motorola Q9m Review

Unlike the 2MP Camera that is featured on the Q9h, the Q9m is stricken with a lower quality 1.3MP Camera. The application take 3 seconds to load and will show a small viewfinder in the center of the display. Pressing the center button on the navigation pad will capture the image in under 1 second and will show it on the screen for reviewing. From there you can send the image via Bluetooth, send in a Message, Delete, and Save. The overall image quality of pictures taken outside is lacking, with poor color representation and soft edges. Low-Light and Flash pictures taken indoors appear to be blurry. The Auto White Balance also has problems adjusting to different types of light, so you must manually set the white balance. Menu options include Brightness, Resolution, Zoom, White Balance, and Flash. Videos can also be recorded, but are limited to 176x144 resolution. Even though this is a SmartPhone, there is nothing “smart” about the quality of pictures and videos that it is capable of capturing.

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Outdoor images - Motorola Q9m Review
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Being that this is a Multimedia device, the Q9m is capable of playing back MP3 and WMA audio files, as well as videos, in either the Windows Media Player or while using the Multimedia Home Screen. Music stored on your miniSD card is listed by Album, Artist, and Genre. Once the song begins to play, the Multimedia Home Screen will show the cover art, along with the artist’s name and song title. The quality of music playback is quite impressive, thanks to the stereo speakers. It is unfortunate however that they are located on the back of the phone, and require you to flip the phone over to enjoy their true sound quality. For the best sound quality, it is recommended to connect a pair of Bluetooth Stereo headset, since the phone supports A2DP and AVRC profiles.

Motorola Q9m Review
Motorola Q9m Review
Motorola Q9m Review
Motorola Q9m Review


The Q9m only comes with 104MB of Internal Memory, which is divided equality between Device Storage and RAM Storage. Despite the low amount of internal memory, it is capable of accepting up to a 4GB miniSD card for additional storage, which would provide plenty of room for music, pictures, videos, documents, and applications.

Even though this is a Windows Mobile 6 device, Motorola decided to replace the standard Microsoft Office applications with “Documents To Go” applications. They allow you to access PDF files, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ZIP files. This can be very useful when needing to access a file when you are not near a computer, or when downloading an E-Mail attachment. Despite their usefulness, they can be problematic when opening some files and are not as feature-rich as their PC counterpart. We found that some larger Excel files would not display properly, and certain PDF files would produce an error saying that some fonts were not supported. Most Word and PowerPoint documents were able to be shown without problems.

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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
Single core, Intel StrongARM processor
0.4 GB 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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