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Motorola Q9H

Design & Ergonomics

Yummy 2.4" large LCD screen!

Large QWERTY keypad with uniformly-sized keys.

At first glance, the Motorola Q9H seems to be an oddity. It’s neither wide nor lengthy but it sure is a lot slimmer than the MPx 200 I used in the past. Once it’s in the hand, the shape of the mobile starts to make sense. It fits nicely in the palm such that one would be able to comfortably access all the keys on the phone with ease. The large QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to type messages and emails, and the tactile feedback of the membrane is much better than on most other phones. A metal 5-way Navi-key provides the necessary input to access commonly used functions once inside the Windows Mobile 6.0 Operating System. Although the phone may seem large, it is not bulky, yet still has substantial weight to make it feel solid in the palm. The 2.4 inch large LCD screen makes for ease of reading, and Motorola has also armed this phone with ambient light sensors to automatically compensate the backlight for ambient lighting condition. Kudos to Motorola for that as it is a useful feature that is rarely integrated on mobile phones. As with the trend start by Nokia, the Q9H has volume control buttons on the right. These are chromed for a touch of class with the gloosy black trim surrounding it. Couple these with a thickness of only 11.8mm and the Q9H is certainly joining the sleek & slim race with it’s elder brethren.

Storage & Connectivity Options

Unlike normal cradles, the phone slides into the cradle from the side.

The MicroSD card slot is on the left side of the phone alongside the MicroUSB port.

Once the rear cover is removed, both the battery and SIM card may be accessed. Unlike many other phones, the SIM card isn’t hidden under the battery. We guess it’s another one of those steps Motorola has taken to flatten the phone a little more. On the left of the phone, one will find a flap that covers the MicroSD card slot as well as the Motorola MicroUSB slot.
The Motorola MicroUSB port is similar to the usual mini 5-pin Mini USB port found on most portable hard disk drives except that it has been squashed just like the phone. Due to the MicroUSB port’s location, the phone slides into the cradle from the side rather than top-down. I find that this makes the connection somewhat more secure than with phones that slide downwards onto the cradle. For expansion of storage, the card slot will accept MicroSD (Transflash) cards of up to 4GB in capacity so one does not need to worry about storage problems. Go ahead and use it for watching videos or listening to music whilst commuting. Did we mention that the Q9H will easily playback most videos up to 30FPS?

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