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Motorola Q9m Review

Motorola Q9m

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Motorola Q9m Review
The application performance of the Q9m is more sluggish than we would have liked. After loading several application into memory, you can begin to see just how slow things can get. Because of this, we recommend only having a limited amount of programs running at one time. We also noticed that some applications, such as the Media Player, would not “end”, even though we closed and exited the program. We would have to manually go into the Task Manager and “kill” the application.

The reception and sound quality is excellent for a SmartPhone and is equal to other “standard” phones; such has the Motorola Maxx and V9m. We were able to place and receive calls in good coverage areas, as well as when traveling into fringe areas. The incoming call quality through the earpiece is loud and lacks any distortion or interference. The Speakerphone quality is good and can get quite loud, however there is some noticeable distortion at higher volume levels. Outgoing quality is just as good and sounds very close to using a landline.

Motorola rates the included 1170mAh battery at 4Hr 30Min of Talk Time or 8 Days of Standby time on a full charge. Our Talk Time was a close 4 Hours, however our Standby Time was a more modest 5 Days.


The Motorola Q9m is currently one of the best SmartPhones available by Verizon. It does everything that is expected of it, and then some. The Multimedia Home Screen is an added bonus that many users will enjoy. The Call Quality and Reception are top-notch, despite the Speakerphone sounding a little distorted at higher volumes. The QWERTY keypad is designed well and is easier to use than that of the enV or the pervious Q model, since the keys are closer together and require less thumb movement. We highly recommend the Q9m for anyone that is looking for a Windows Mobile SmartPhone with added Multimedia capabilities.


  • Comfortable QWERTY Keypad
  • Landscape QVGA Display
  • Rugged Construction
  • Reception and Call Quality
  • Multimedia Home Screen
  • Slim Design


  • 1.3MP Camera
  • Lack of built in WiFi
  • EVDO limited to Rev 0 speed
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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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