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Sep 20, 2007, 4:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Motorola Q9M is the next evolution of the Moto Q. But did it evolve enough? With video tour.

Is It Your Type?

For lovers of the original Motorola Q, there are definitely improvements to be excited about with the new Motorola Q9M. It represents a solid step up in hardware from the previous generation Q. Not only is it more visually appealing, it just feels better to use.

But the original Q had many shortcomings. Surely Motorola listen listened to all the feedback and fixed all the Q's faults in the Q9M. Or did it?

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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Sep 29, 2007, 8:02 PM

Detailed Review Available

I've posted a detailed review of the Q9m on Cause and Defect.

The review can be found at: http://arajani.blogspot.com/2007/09/moto-q9m- review-verizon-wireless.html#links

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Sep 26, 2007, 10:30 AM

Email Impractical with Q9

I am your run-of-the-mill "E-tard", and even I find this unbelievable!

I set up my email using my Outlook account. Because my business email is very public, I receive over 200 spam emails a day. I have a spam filter on the Outlook account.

Once my email was configured thru the Q auto-sync, I would receive these unwanted spam emails because the emails were pulled from the server, not my inbox. I was told this was the only possible way to do this. My only option was to only allow specific senders thru my VERY LIMITED push preferences. This is not practical either, as I need to get email from people contacting me thru my business website.

But that's not the worst part! There is no option to block attachments on emails coming to the ph...
Don't know what you can do about the spam, but you can set limits on the size of the files you receive in e-mail. If you get one with a big attachment, you can choose to download the whole message or just wait and check it on a PC.

I get spam in my...

Sep 26, 2007, 7:42 AM

You CAN adjust the sound

There's a control in the Accessories folder called Audio Enhancement. You can adjust the phone speakers in three categories: Surround Sound, Bass and Clarity. You can adjust all those for the headset, too, plus a control called Speaker Size. These adjustments are surprisingly effective and you can really improve the sound of the music with them.
Yes, but they are not part of the media player, and are only found after digging around into menus and subfolders.

I didn't think they were that effective. I tested them on my S9s as well as the external speakers. The sound was worse when used with...

Sep 20, 2007, 9:39 PM

signal strength

This is the first review I have read which said the signal strength was low. Can this be confirmed by any other users?
I am not a moto q9m fan boy but I don't notice any major signal differences over the black q that I had. Call quality is great and the keyboard is superb over the last q. To be honest, my q9m is resembling blackberry like quality especially with my ...

Sep 24, 2007, 1:58 PM


Just what one would expect from the combination of Motorola and Win Mobile. Poor signal strength and sluggish performance. Tell my why I would want this phone again.

Sep 20, 2007, 6:08 PM


You kind of have to expect a "so-so" battery life with a phone like this.

When it comes to the laggy processor, they probably just have some left over from the old RAZR and decided to stick them in there.
😛 We all know Motorola has finally upgraded there processors with the new RAZR2 and W490 phones, so it is definately an interesting choice to keep an older, slower processor for the Q9M.
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