Craig Goes Q

12:30 PM -- Ever have one of those days where everything goes wrong? I managed to lose my calendar book during a trip to San Diego; the hotel is still looking. I’ve got a really good memory, but I just know I’m going to miss a couple of appointments -- my apologies if it’s yours. E-mail reminders are most appreciated.

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

kbaxter 12/5/2012 | 3:10:37 PM
re: Craig Goes Q ..and let us know if you're still feeling good about it then. I got talked into switching to Verizon (from Cingular) and the first thing I asked was "what do you have in a smart phone that's a flip?" Nada, that's what they had.
A co-worked had a Q, though, so I bit the bullet. Initially, I was pretty pleased with the large display and the QWERTY keyboard.
After some time, though, that honeymoon period has moved on. I really HATE having to unlock/lock the keypad all the time. My previous Moto MPx220 was a flip and you got it out, popped it open, and made a call.
Now, after three whole months of use, the silver "select" button has gone on the fritz and now I have a shiny new Q that will hopefully last out my contract period so I can move on.
I couldn't justify the extra charge for the modem capability, either. The unlimited data was $40 or $50 (can't recall), so it seems a bit much to charge MORE to USE the data.
There's plenty to like about the Q, I just thought it interesting that the form factor pulled you in. Give me a flip.
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