About half a year after it was first supposed to debut, the Motorola Q had its oft-delayed launch on Verizon’s network today.
As promised, this Windows Mobile smartphone costs only $200 with a two-year voice-and-data contract. Still, potential buyers should be aware that the least expensive plan that can be used with this device costs $80 a month, significantly raising the price of owning this smartphone.
Currently, the Q is only available from Verizon’s web site. It won’t be in this carrier’s retail locations until June 5.
More About the Motorola Q
Its maker claims that the Motorola Q is “the world’s thinnest, lightest QWERTY phone”.
It has a tablet design, with a 320-by-240-pixel screen above a backlit keyboard. In a slightly unusual move, this screen is in landscape mode by default.
Potential buyers should keep in mind that this is not a Pocket PC, and therefore it doesn’t have a touchscreen.
Instead, this device runs Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone. The good news is that it will support Microsoft’s push email system. However, at this point the necessary software to use this system is not pre-installed.
The Motorola Q isn’t just about email, though. It is able to play music in a variety of formats and it sports dual speakers.
It has 49 MB of internal Storage available to users, and miniSD slot offers additional room for music, as well as other types of files.
It also includes a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.
Not surprisingly, the Q supports Verizon’s high-speed, EV-DO wireless network.
More information on this smartphone is available on Verizon’s web site.