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The dream phone,
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I own the fantastic Motorola Q9h - a QWERTY phone running on Windows Mobile 6 Standard.
With Microsoft ceasing support for this OS, it was time for me to go Android.
It's funny that when you go QWERTY, anything else just won't do.
I also own an HTC Desire, but the on-screen touch keyboard proved to be very very annoying.
So with BlackBerry dying out, this seemed to be the sensible phone to go for.
Wow, am I glad I did?
Here's what I love about the phone:
- It has a physical keyboard. This is dead useful for WhatsApping and for assigning shortcuts to launch apps, or just to dial someone by name.
- It has a high-density screen. Although smaller than my HTC Desire in height, the relative resolution is just as good.
- Its speakers are quite nice to listen to. The HTC Desire's speakers were annoyingly tinny and actually hurt my ears.
- The processor is fast enough to deal with even the latest touch games.
- For £158 from Amazon UK, it's a total bargain for such a great phone.
Bear in mind that as soon as you've booted up for the first time, you should get the latest software update from 2.3.5 to 2.3.6.
Reading some pages on the internet 2.3.5 has a serious self-rebooting bug which 2.3.6 fixes.
Some things to note:
It doesn't seem Draw Something is supported (yet?) on this phone. EDIT: I got around this by copying it over from another phone. It works fine!
The keyboard can feel a bit stiff to some. Certainly a lot more stiff than my Q9h phone. It may just be a case of getting used to it.
The back cover can feel a bit plasticky and cheap. For me, it doesn't matter.
I've also managed to root the phone easily (2.3.6) with an exploit called "Motofail" by Dan Rosenberg.
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Initial post: 10 May 2012, 08:55:37 BST
Mr. Deepak Ghotkar says:
I agree it's a really good phone. But I had to return mine due to data connections issues on 3G/HSDPA. I am thinking of giving it a second chance. Have you experienced similar issues with data connection?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012, 09:30:24 BST
I've not had problems on 2G, 3G or on Wi-Fi.
Have you tried using a different SIM?
Good luck with your replacement.
Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 08:55:43 BST
Hi! I'm really keen to buy this phone but am concerned about app compatibility with the screen size. Do you by any chance use the Audible app on it, or could you let me know if Google Play lists it as compatible? I'd be enormously grateful as the phone form factor is a real winner for me, but Audible is one of my major uses of the phone and could be a deal-breaker. Thanks a lot - Christine
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012, 09:07:43 BST
"Audible for Android" by Audible, Inc. is listed in Google Play.
Screen size isn't usually a problem, as you are prompted by Moto after every app install to choose a way of viewing the app: either Full screen or Zoom to fill screen. The latter means zooming *out* so you can see everything, but I've only ever had to do that for one app.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012, 09:35:24 BST
Thanks so much for your prompt reply - that really clinches it and I'll look forward to getting hold of my new phone once I'm back in the UK in a couple of weeks...
Posted on 17 Jun 2012, 02:07:35 BST
Arjun Taheem says:
you should really try swiftkey before dismissing touch screen keyboards all together. Swiftkey is insanely accurate and you can use it with a hardware keyboard too.
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Posted on 7 Aug 2012, 00:20:02 BST
Mr Grumpy says:
Looks like a good handset, before I buy can anyone help with answering these questions:
1. When you first switch on the phone, are you forced to use Moto Blur or can you skip this? (I don't use any social networks and don't want everything linked together).
2. How do you edit text in a message if there are no arrow keys? Is it like an iPhone where you touch the screen and a magnifying glass pops up so you can precisely move the cursor or is it like a Samsung Galaxy S2 where it just shows you a tiny arrow and you have to try and "guess" where best to touch the screen to get the right position?
3. Can the camera be used in portrait mode? Are there any hardware keys for the shutter? Can the shutter noise be turned off?
4. Does the notification LED blink constantly once you get a message or does it stop after a while like a BlackBerry?
5. Can you disable Flash content in the browser?
6. Is Ice Cream Sandwich available for the Pro+?
Thanks in advance.