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Review: Motorola Q

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Clock

If you use the Q as your primary phone, wear a watch. Unlike its Pocket PC cousins, the Q does not allow you to display the time in the title bar. So the only way to check the time is from the home screen. Since the home screen can have so many items on it that it requires scrolling, it may be easy to miss the clock if you haven't chosen one of the simplest layouts, which you probably won't.

Bluetooth

Kudos to Motorola for being the one to do Bluetooth right on a Windows Mobile device. The Q can send or receive any type of file without a problem. Bonding with a headset was a breeze, and the Q even supports A2DP for stereo headsets. When setting up a stereo headset, the Q was user friendly enough to recognize that headphones could also act as a hands free kit and asked if we wanted to use it for that, setting it up with no extra effort.

Other

There is an alarm clock somewhat buried in the Settings folder with one wake up time. It will not sound if the phone is off. The calculator was surprisingly easy to use. It locks the ALT function of the keyboard instant access to numbers and operations and eliminating the possibility of entering letters instead.

Windows Media player is a robust application for both audio and video files. You can assign custom D-Pad and button functions for it when the player is in the foreground. It can play WMA, MP3 and most common audio files, and WMV or 3GP videos. Videos can be played in a number of orientations including horizontal full screen. When using Bluetooth headphones, all audio is played through them, and listening to music or movies on them is thrill for gadget geeks.

The one application noticeably missing from the Q is a note pad. Windows Mobile Smartphone only includes a voice notes application, not a text note one like on Pocket PC. However written note applications come standard on most phones and are quite useful, especially when you have a full keyboard at your disposal. We were forced to type a note as a text message and send it to our own phone number on more than one occasion.

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