Its the Q, the Motorola Q. The RAZR-thin Motorola Q is the coolest smartphone in America. Its a terrific voice phone, a dandy music player, and a swell e-mail machine. Just be warned: Expensive service plans mean it isnt as cheap as it appears.
The Q is an unusually wide (2.5 inches), very flat (0.5 inches thick) 4-ounce slab with a bright 320-by-240 screen and a raised, angled QWERTY keyboard. Theres a scroll wheel and button on the side, just like those on BlackBerry devices, and a five-way cursor pad above the keyboard, like the ones on Palm Treo handhelds. You can use both sets of keys for navigation, making the Q unusually convenient to use with one hand. A miniSD card slot sits on the edge opposite from the scroll wheel.
RAZR V3c and Motorola E815. Sound through the earpiece, speakerphone, and Bluetooth headsets is unusually loud and clear; transmission is nearly flawless. VoiceSignals voice-dialing application, which works over Bluetooth headsets, is terrific. This is an excellent phone, plain and simple. Battery life, at 5 hours 25 minutes of continuous talk time, is good, on a par with that of the Palm Treo 700p.
The Q is also a great music player, thanks to its support for Bluetooth stereo. As a Windows Mobile Smartphone, the Q plays MP3, WMA, and protected WMA files downloaded from Microsoft-compatible music stores such as Yahoo! Music and Rhapsody. I hooked up three stereo Bluetooth headsetsMotorolas own BT820, the Wi-Gear iMuffs, and the Plantronics Pulsar 590Aand listened to music while surfing the Web on Pocket Internet Explorer without trouble, though the multitasking did make scrolling slightly jerky. Downloading e-mail in the background while listening to music was too much for the Qit caused the music to skip. When I got a call, the music paused, then resumed from where I left off when the call was over. The fast-forward and rewind buttons on the headset also worked.
Video is another story. I couldnt get videos transferred through Windows Media Player 10 or downloaded directly onto an SD card to play without the device stuttering. Thats odd because the Q actually was faster on our video benchmark tests than the T-Mobile SDA and MDA, both of which can play video smoothly in a small window. When I discussed this with a Motorola rep, we both suspected that my unit might have had a video-related software bug.
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For voice quality, the Q is the best Verizon smartphone Ive tested. Its reception comes close to the excellent