Motorola Q 9h Review: Moto Messenger: User Interface, Multimedia, Conclusion

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Little short of perfection

Motorola took special care of the connectivity capabilities of the Q 9h. Along with GPRS, the device is UMTS and HSDPA enabled. The initial excitement about the supported over-the-air data transfer technologies soon gives way to the disappointment with missing WiFi. However, this is the only communication feature the Q 9h fails to provide, if we don't count the obsolete infrared port. Personal Computer (PC) communication is ensured with the included Universal Serial Bus (USB) data cable.

Along with the usual functionality, Bluetooth on Motorola Q 9h may be used in the so called Personal Computer (PC) Remote mode. Once you've paired your device with the Personal Computer (PC) via Bluetooth, the Q 9h classy screen displays a keypad map showing the keys, which can be used for controlling programs on the computer. The Motorola Q 9h lets you remotely control the desktop, Windows Media Player and PowerPoint on your PC. Bluetooth pairing allows sending email, contacts, tasks, calendar items, audio, ring tones, pictures, video and voice notes to a compatible device. In the Bluetooth utility you choose the type of file and select the objects for sending. Having selected object type, all available files display for you to tick off and send.

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Personal Computer (PC) Remote - desktop, Media Player, PowerPoint; switching between modes.

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Available videos for sending via Bluetooth; supported file types.

Windows Mobile 6 features the Documents To Go office suite, which enables opening and editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer and ZIP manager are also available. Files can be sent via Bluetooth, attached to MMS and email, as well as transferred to a computer for editing. Our Motorola Q 9h unit failed opening some of the Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Zip To Go on the other hand, extracts zipped files effortlessly but is incapable of creating recent archives.

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Documents To Go, including Zip To Go; available files on the storage card.

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Opening a file - unsaved files aren't lost - PC-like functionality - Sheet To Go

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Slideshow To Go and slide contents - Word To Go - Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer

Motorola Q 9h pays due respect to the widely-used and appreciated Opera browser. The version, which comes preinstalled in this handset, is Opera 8.6. Virus protection is ensured by McAfee VirusScan, available under Office Tools. This application, somewhat annoyingly, was constantly trying to be in control even with all of its active settings disabled.

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McAfee Antivirus

In terms of additional applications and software, the Motorola Q 9h pays the price of lacking a touchclassy screen display. Most of the additional applications don't create a incompatibility if a device has phone capabilities or not. However, the incompatibility between PocketPersonal Computer (PC) and Smartphone is crucial. So users will have to always create sure the extra application they wish to install is compatible with Windows Mobile Standard, instead of Windows Mobile Professional.

Some extras

Multimedia is duly covered in Motorola Q 9h. Along with the Windows Media Player, a File Manager is also available for the pictures, videos, sounds, games and applications.

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File Manager - available images - options

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Java manager

Talking of music and video, we can't afford to oversee the headset included in the retail package. The headphones have a somewhat unusual design, with the two earbuds on equally long cables. Where the cables join, there's a square remote pad with a mic and voice command key. There's no lapel clip. The headset performance fails to go beyond midlevel and, given their connector, you'll just have to live with the audio quality offered. The headset isn't the only accessory supplied in the retail box. The charger and user manual are accompanied by data cable and a 512Mega Bytes (MB) microSD card with an SD adapter.

The capturing camera at the back sports 2 megapixels. You can choose between four resolutions: 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 and 320 x 240 pixels. Brightness has seven levels; six presets are available for the white balance. When turned on, the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash is lit all the time, so you acquire a pretty fine concept how your shot is gonna come out. This however affects the handset's battery life. The 8x digital zoom has four steps, but its quality will hardly cautilize any cheers.

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Camera interface

With adequate lighting pictures are passable, quality plummets in poor light conditions. This Motorola device is meant for work mostly and some users are likely to ignore its shooting capabilities. The capturing camera could've been better by all means with a small effort. With Sony Ericsson P1 for example, which is more of a business device too, pictures looked a whole lot different. The lack of a lens cover seems a minor complaint here.

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Sample pictures

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Details and macro mode

When recording video, you can choose between three resolution levels: 320 x 240, 176 x 144 and 128 x 96 pixels. Most of your recordings will most likely never leave the storage card for direct viewing on the handset's screen, as watching them on Personal Computer (PC) makes sense for higher resolutions.

Almost

In terms of hardware, there's almost nothing to complain about with the Motorola Q 9h. Well-readable display, solid construction and a perfect keyboard create a fine enough advantage list. OK, a dedicated plug for the headset and miniUniversal Serial Bus (USB) could've been more welcome. The Windows Mobile Standard has its pros and cons. The preinstalled Opera is a nice touch, provided that most users would've installed it anyway. Documents To Go are a definite advantage over some of the competition with the enabled file editing.

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With UMTS and HSDPA, backed by EDGE, the Q 9h is a strong enough option. The remarkable downside is the absent WiFi. If you can live with that, and want Windows Mobile without a touchscreen, this smartphone is worth considering.


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