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Review: Motorola Q

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From the contact list, you can scroll to a contact or start typing a name to filter the list. Once you have found the contact, tapping left or right on the D-pad will scroll through various contact options. If you click on a contact card, you will see the data is quite complete, with room for multiple phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, IM names and web sites for each entry. The contacts card also allows you to assign a custom picture and ringtone for each contact.

From the home screen you can start typing in a contact's name to sort through your list and choose a number to dial. If you stick to tapping the keys that double as number keys, you can also enter a phone number. There are dedicated send and end keys, which act as expected during calls. In a call the left soft key acts as a mute button while the right brings up a menu to do things like turn speaker phone on or make a second call. Pressing the voice dial key during a call also turns the speakerphone on.

The Q features speaker-independent voice recognition that works so well it is like a gadget in its own right. Say "call first name, last name, location," (eric lin works, for example) and it just dials. Say less information and a voice prompts you which number or contact to call. More impressive is that you can say this sentence naturally, you don't have to speak each word individually as though you are imitating a robot. The voice recognition was surprisingly accurate, even in noisy conditions.

 

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