Craig Goes Q
And, on the same day, my Treo 650 died. The battery won’t hold a charge anymore. It happens, and it happened just one month short of the end of my two-year commitment to Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S). Almost perfect timing.
Anyway, I had been planning on going to Windows Mobile, partially because I still think it’s the near-term winner in the mobile platforms war, and partially because I can run the SlingPlayer Mobile app on it. I’m still marveling at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)’s decision to produce two different versions, one dubbed SmartPhones, and one Pocket PC. But, then, I guess I shouldn’t be. Apparently, confusion is good for the bottom line -- at least in Microsoft’s world. Regardless, time for a new smartphone, and to bring my calendar into the computer age.
Anyway, I decided on a Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Q from Verizon, partly because of Windows Mobile, partly because I’m already a Verizon Wireless customer and can add it to my FamilyShare Plan, partly because it’s a pretty slick form factor, and partly because after discounts, rebates, and a $100 "New Every Two" credit, it was all of $50. I’m nothing if not cheap, and, again, we pay for anything we use in production here at Farpoint Group .
I’m still getting used to it, but so far: nice form factor, quite responsive, nice display, good keyboard, slow boot, crappy MS browser, no WiFi, but, overall, serviceable. Don’t expect to be able to use dialup networking ($15 extra per month) without a firmware upgrade and a call to tech support. More on all this later, but the Q is definitely worth a look whether you’re cheap or not.
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung