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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Motorola Q (Sprint Moto Q)

3. Conclusion

Overall Conclusions:

The Q is no longer the sleekest, sexiest and coolest SmartPhone that it was when Verizon first launched it. The Blackjack is smaller and thinner and the BlackBerry Pearl is smaller, just as thin and way sexier.

That being said, the fact that I could use this as a GPS with CoPilot Live, watch TV via SlingPlayer Mobile and listen to Sirius Radio makes this pretty cool.

First and foremost, the Q is a great phone – one of the best cell phones I have ever used.  I don’t know about you, but I use and rely on the “phone” part of my converged device more than the “Smart” part.

The Q feels very solid, but when you take off the battery cover it is almost as flimsy as paper.  This leaves me wondering what would happen if the Q were to fall. The "rubberized" feel makes it seem sturdier than the Verizon counterpart.

Speaking of Verizon, I have written in the past about my experiences with Verizon and their customer service. My experience with Sprint is so incredibly superior that it would be unfair not to mention it in this review.

The screen is among the best that you will find on a smartphone, the keyboard is great to use, call quality is top notch, surfing the web was fun and looked great and the Q is two to three hundred dollars less than many competing Smartphones!

The Q is also (and this seems crazy to say) starting to look "dated" when put next to the Samsung Blackjack and the BlackBerry Pearl. Sprint had a great opportunity to not just offer the same hardware with the same battery issues as Verizon, but to update it. If you are a Sprint subscriber, this is a no-brainer over every other SmartPhone they offer.

Sprint lists the Q for $199.00 with a two year activation after rebates, but I found it on Amazon for only $49.00 after rebates with activation.  At either of those prices, the Q is a steal.

Pros:

  • Great form factor
  • jog wheel is great for navigating
  • screen is Beautiful
  • Sound quality is top notch
  • EvDO makes web browsing very quick
  • feels so nice in your hands
  • pricing makes this a great Smartphone for the money
  • Competitive Data Plan at only $15.00 a month

Cons: 

  • Battery life was terrible
  • voice command recognition needs a little work
  • Plastic battery cover is very flimsy and easy to break
  • Most Sprint PowerVision services are not available on the Q.

The Motorola Q is available for US$199.00 at www.Sprint.com or any Verizon store.  It is US$49.00 on www.amazon.com

 




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