This is a 3G (HSDPA) phone with GPRS/Edge, Bluetooth, ActiveSync and just about everything else. There’s a VPN client for secure communications and McAfee's VirusScan.

Reading emails and viewing documents feels almost natural on a screen the same orientation as your PC. The bright TFT screen is noticeably superior to that of the marginally fuzzy HP iPaq 514 Voice Messenger, but cramming in more pixels on a not-a-lot-larger display also means everything is smaller.

Motorola’s gone for a proprietary port for both connecting headphones and charging the Q9 over USB 2.0 or mains. Keep these handy as you’ll be hard pushed to get two days used from the battery.

Entertainment-wise, the Motorola Q9’s video player and MP3 player support a number of different formats and there’s a microSD card slot (primed with a 256MB card) that takes up to 2GB to supplement the 64MB onboard RAM. These will also drain juice promptly, of course, but the backlight isn’t as persistent as on some Motorola handsets we’ve seen, so there should be some saving with this auto-dimming.

The 2Mp camera has an 8x zoom - a far cry from the HP iPaq 514 Voice Messenger’s half-hearted onboard camera, but then these two smartphones are aimed at very different people.


Motorola Q9: Specs

  • 320x240pixel TFT colour screen
  • quad-band
  • 3G (HSDPA)
  • GPRS/Edge
  • Bluetooth
  • 2Mp camera with 8x digital zoom
  • Opera web browser
  • voice recognition
  • voice memo
  • antivirus
  • attachment viewer
  • video capture at 30fps
  • supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WAV and Midi, Mpeg4, WMV, H.263 (also decodes H.264)
  • MicroSD card (256MB supplied)
  • USB 2.0
  • 65x115x12mm
  • 134g

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