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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