Finally got my arse over to the new Moto store on Michigan avenue to see (and touch) the Motorola Q up close and personal. Here’s a very non-techie overview of what you can expect when you have a chance to play with one.
IT’S REALLY SMALL
I’ve been watching the Q for over a year now and have seen photos of it from every angle. Some photos made it look really small and others made it look big and wide (especially next to a TREO). Here’s the skinny. It’s skinny. And small. And light. It fits in the pocket with ease. The size, style and slim factor are the most impressive qualities of the phone. You’ll be happy to trade in your “brick” for this delightful little wafer.
Hats off to the designers at Moto. The Q is sharp looking. You’ll be the envy of your friends sporting this beauty—not to mention the suits who will still have company issued three-inch thick Blackberries It’s definitely easy on the eye and fashionable. It's a product to lust after.
The Windows Mobile UI is not the best interface in my opinion—but it should get the job done. If you are already used to Windows Mobile, you’ll have an easier time with the transition. Browser was nice and it seems to support lots of file types.
THE GOOD AND BAD
Overall, mostly good. I predict the phone will appeal to people who want a small, stylish, full QWERTY keyboard phone with camera/video features. The keyboard itself is OK—not great. I would say it’s comparable to the TREO, but the rest of the phone is so much smaller and does feel really nice in your hand. Another nit is the screen. Could be bigger, but at least it’s crisp. The scroll wheel was a smart move on Moto’s part—Blackberry users rely on this (I have a Sidekick, but can’t even think about a smart phone without a scroll wheel).
The obvious winner for the Q is the form factor. It’s looks and feels great, and the trade-offs are probably worth it if you want a smart phone that you can REALLY put in your POCKET. That’s the kicker, this phone truly delivers on the “pocket test”.
I JUST DID MOTO A SMALL FAVOR
Last point. Props to the people at MOTO for allowing me to take this picture. They took down my info and gave me permission to snap off a shot from the store. What I just did here is a form of marketing (maybe the best type of marketing for Moto) and it’s FREE. Nobody paid me to do this. I have no agenda other than spreading the news about a product I am going to purchase (I’ll wait till T-Mobile carries). I just provided some commentary about Moto’s product that is honest and objective. So Motorola was wise to let me snap the shot and blog this. Who knows, it might motivate some people to do what I just did and see the phone for themselves.