Motorola Q9m - The First Week

October 10, 2007
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I’ve spent a week so far with my new phone, the Motorola Q9m.  While its touted as a multimedia phone, I mostly got it for a smartphone and a MS platform to throw some code on.  When you buy a phone its married (for the most part) to the provider and my provider is Verizon Wireless.  I picked up this phone after two years with them for only $199 + a $50 mail-in rebate.  Good deal for a phone of this quality.

Here are some pros and cons of the phone from my perspective:


  • Great size!
  • Good memory.
  • Keyboard feel is exceptional.
  • Battery life so far is great.
  • Can charge via USB 2.0!
  • Screen is crisp and clear.


  • Verizon removed instant messaging.
  • Can’t charge via USB 2.0 if battery is completely dead.
  • Case sucks.
  • Dialing phone #'s is difficult for my Shrek-sized hands.
  • Hard to tell when I am consuming Broadband minutes.

Overall I am very happy with the device though when the battery ran dry in Boston and I only had the USB 2.0 cable to charge it I panicked.  Luckily I picked up a quick car charger and was good to go the next day.

Here are some things I did when I got the device that i would recommend to users:

  • To alleviate the instant messaging I picked up a great little free IM app called Prelude.  To get full IM support (MSN, AOL, Yahoo, etc.) you need to download it from Handigo (its free).
  • Switch to using the normal home screen.  The default one that Verizon throws up is hard to read and nasty.
  • Visit and spend some time at - they have a great list of tips and tricks and if you look in the forums there are lots of free home screens that are just exceptional.
  • Sync to your computer to get the most of out the phone.  The new Windows Mobile 6 version of contacts does a great job of syncing details (and really important to me) the images you’ve attached to contacts.  When I view them on my phone or in Outlook I get the image.

phone in hand