This is Part II of this review. Part I should be read first.
One of the best parts of the Motorola Q is its built-in keyboard. This will allow it to be used as a serious email device.
Typical Windows Mobile Smartphones lack a keyboard, and when using them I generally respond to emails by calling the person, as entering text for a written response is just too much work.
There is one thing you need to be aware of, though. Unlike the Pocket PC version, this version of Windows Mobile doesn’t come with software to let you look at Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets that come as email attachments.
I tried out the Q’s keyboard, but coming up with a first impression on the usability of a mini keyboard is always tough for me. I think they are things that you need to use for a while before you can form a real opinion.
Still, the Q’s seemed decent. And Motorola is still refining it. The person who was demonstrating this smartphone said that the prototype he had didn’t include the final design.
But Not Too Focused
Motorola may have designed this device around mobile email, but that’s not all it can do.
Like all Windows Mobile Smartphones it makes a decent audio player, but because it has a QVGA screen it can also handle video.
Older devices running this operating system have a 176-by-220-pixel display, which isn’t nearly as good for video.
I played a movie clip on the Motorola Q and it looked fine. Because this model has a smaller display than a typical Pocket PC, the pixels are also smaller and closer together, improving image quality.
Gonna Be Big
Even though I only had a brief chance to try the Motorola Q, I can tell you it’s going to be one of the best selling smartphones of next year, particularly in the United States.
The inclusion of a jog wheel makes this device easy to use with one hand.
And, because of its built-in keyboard, it’s well-designed for its primary purpose: exchanging email while you’re on the go.
I wish it came with software for viewing Microsoft Office files that come as email attachments, but I don’t think this lack necessarily cripples the device. And Microsoft has announced that it’s going to release software to handle this important task some time next year.
And because the Q runs Windows Mobile 5.0, it will support the push email system Microsoft is developing.
If you’re in the market for a mobile email device and phone, the Motorola Q will definitely be something you need to check out.