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April 9, 2006

My Next Cell Phone

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Motorola Q
This is a *very* cool phone. It is the Motorola Q. I want it now! ...but it is not out yet. It is expected to be offered by Verizon Wireless in May.

It is called the Q because it comes with a QWERTY keyboard.

What makes this phone so cool?
  • Full keyboard
  • Big 320x240 screen
  • Super thin
  • One of first phones to run Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 OS
  • Internet Explorer for web browsing
  • Mobile Outlook for email, contacts, calendar, and task lists
  • Mobile versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Side scroll wheel for one handed web browsing (IE will reformat pages so they fit the width of the screen)
  • Windows Media Player
  • No external antenna
  • 1.3 Megapixel camera with light
  • Video camera
I am moving from Yahoo based email, contacts, and calendar to Microsoft Exchange. Exchange (like Yahoo) supports access to email, contacts, and calendar via cell phones.

But with the Q, it works *much* better. Instead of connecting to the internet to look up a phone number in your address book...the Q can sync with Exchange so that all of your information is available on the phone, even if you don't have internet access. If you modify a contact, it is done locally and then synchronized with Exchange the next time the Q goes on line. This means access to your data is very quick because you don't have to wait for it to transfer over the internet.

Another *really* cool feature this phone has is support for SlingPlayer Mobile. With a Slingbox connected to your TV at home, you can use SlingPlayer Mobile to stream whatever your TV can view to your cell phone screen. The phone acts as a remote control to your TV. With the Q, a Slingbox, and my current home theater setup I could use my cell phone to...
  • Watch DirecTV (local channels, ESPN, CNN, HBO, etc.)
  • Watch whatever shows TIVO has stored on its hard drive
  • Schedule TIVO recordings
  • Watch whatever DVD is in my DVD player
  • Listen to AM/FM radio
  • Listen to my MP3 collection stored on my computer (via my Xbox 360)
  • View all the photos stored on my computer as a slideshow (via my Xbox 360)
Here is a video review of SlingPlayer Mobile. Here is the Q on Phone Scoop. Here is a video review of the phone.

I haven't seen a price yet...but I don't care! I must have this phone!

Comments (1)

Steve's Cat:

That looks like a pretty sweet phone - I thought the Treo 650 was nice! If you can wait until May, I can pick you up an Asian phone. I was reading about some of the Korean phones that have 5 to 7 Mpixel cameras, huge LCD screens, etc. Of course, I'll be stopping by Malaysia too, so I can pick you up a Q knockoff as well!

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