Motorola Q9c (Sprint)
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: Q9cBLKSPT
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.99
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 11/29/2007
The good: The Motorola Q9c offers a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade as well as GPS, Bluetooth, and EV-DO support. The smartphone also has a 1.3-megapixel camera; decent call quality; and solid messaging capabilities.
The bad: The extended battery adds an awkward and bulky bump to the back of the smartphone, and the keyboard is a bit stiff. The speakerphone produced some feedback, and performance can sometimes be sluggish.
The bottom line: Some design quirks aside, the Motorola Q9c for Sprint is a worthy upgrade to the original Q, adding GPS and more stable performance, among other things.
Darn Good Phone
by Wadek03 on December 3, 2007
Pros: Screen is a knockout. Construction appears solid and feels firm in the hand. Email is terrific and fast.
Cons: Limited to the CDMA network. No spell check for email or word capabilities. No capability of overseas use if not on ATT. Sprint customer service is extremely poor.
Summary: Over the years I have tried many, many phones, from Treo, to Samsung, to Blackberry, Nokia and the Razor. However, after being frustrated with both Sprint's lack of quality ...
Summary: Over the years I have tried many, many phones, from Treo, to Samsung, to Blackberry, Nokia and the Razor. However, after being frustrated with both Sprint's lack of quality customer satisfaction with high cost for Blackberry service, I switched from Sprint's Blackberry 8830 to the Moto Q 9c.
First off, let me say the Moto Q 9c's screen is terrific and clear. Even though the Blackberry has been posted with a 320x240 screen, the Moto Q 9c’s 320x240 screen clarity wonderfully separates it from the Blackberry 8830. Design wise, the Moto Q 9c captures a similar Blackberry feel by having both a "click-wheel" and "thumb-pad”, where the Blackberry surpasses the Moto Q 9c via a Trackball.
The QWERTY keyboard is curved, but solidly built. The Moto Q 9c QWERTY keyboard is similar to the Blackberry. The Moto Q 9c QWERTY space bar is a little smaller, but overall it is fairly easy to adapt. One minor difficulty is that Motorola placed the Capital Lock key is on the right side of the QWERTY keyboard. Thus, initially making an adjustment proves frustrating at times, but not an impossible obstacle either.
The Moto Q 9c has 64 Meg of RAM with a flash memory of 128 RAM. This is offset with the ability to store data via a Micro SD card. The Moto Q 9c’s data storage is easily accessible, versus the Blackberry 8830. The Blackberry’s MicroSD is located inside the unit next to the battery and is equivalent to performing a miracle if one can access the MicroSD and replace it within 10 minutes. The Moto Q 9c’s data storage is located outside the battery compartment and is much more accessible.
Active Sync was installed and the unit synchronized on the first attempt. Both the Moto Q 9c and Blackberry 8830 have no built–in MS Word or Office capability. However, one can purchase DocsToGo for the Moto Q 9c. Additionally, one really neat feature Blackberry has that the Moto Q 9c does not have is Email SpellCheck. The Blackberry has the ability to spell check email prior to sending, whereas the Moto Q 9c apparently does not.
The only other drawback I have seen on the Moto Q 9c is that it lacks overseas capability. The Moto Q 9c is limited to the CDMA network, whereas the Blackberry does has the capability of reaching beyond the US/Canadian/Mexican borders. If you do not travel overseas, then the Moto Q 9c is an excellent replacement for the Blackberry 8830. If you travel overseas frequently, the Blackberry 8830 or the Moto Q 9 offered by ATT is the way to go.
Personally, since I do not travel overseas frequently, the Moto Q 9c beats the Blackberry 8830 in many ways, cost, email, applications and quality.
16 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
built it with almost everything and everything eles you can get!
by E-CYBER on December 20, 2007
Pros: bluetooth, navigation,sprint tv,EVO,updated OS wm6,wifi w/minisd adapter
Cons: winmob6 still abit sluggish, provider(sprint) has crippled the tv,
Summary: Bluetooth, built in navigation, Sprint TV, EVO, updated OS WM6, wifi capable w/mini sd adapter, extended battery for extended talk time and to run your apps, able to take ...
Summary: Bluetooth, built in navigation, Sprint TV, EVO, updated OS WM6, wifi capable w/mini sd adapter, extended battery for extended talk time and to run your apps, able to take up to a 32gb sd card so you can store everything you want, like I said it is one of the only phones in the Sprint line up that can actually do it all, not even the much bigger bulkier pocket pcs can boost that claim. I have the Palm Treo 755p and I love it. I have added my fair share of third party apps to get what I wanted out the Treo but... you just can¡¦t get what¡¦s not there. I'm not carrying a blue tooth antenna around for navigation and wifi is out of the question too (you can¡¦t beat the stability of the Palm OS thou) but it¡¦s limited. Hate to say it but as unstable as windows mobile maybe, they will keep upgrading it and tweaking it and soon it will most likely rule smart phones as windows rules the PC world (oh and by the way I use LINUX on most of my PCs but I have to be truthful Windows is king). Getting back to the Q9¡K people are knocking it because of its bulkiness well you cant have a phone sorry ¡§SMART PHONE¡¨ that can go about two days on a charge without sacrificing something, most people would go out and pay the extra for a larger battery anyway, now you just have to go and get the much cheaper slimmer battery. They actually saved you some money. As for keyboards, I¡¦ve typed on the Treo and now the Q9 and it seems to be with these types of phones just a matter of getting use to them, neither is bad in my option and that is, what this is. Email is great. I have it hooked up to my Yahoo, Gmail, Juno, Sprintpcs and an Outlook account, the phone has been working flawlessly. I have also been using the IM, I have hooked up all three providers AIM, MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger, and all have been running with no problems. Documents to go is a nice addition and thou its not Mobile Office it does work the same to better allowing you to not only read your docs but to edit them as well. Windows Mobile 6 is much better than WM5 but it has its times from what I can tell its only when you actually put a strain on the phone does it act up but that¡¦s probably in addition to the phones processor and ram use too. So it¡¦s a give and take smart phones aren¡¦t PDAs, laptops or PCs, their processor are small and Windows puts a hurtin on them, the Q is no different from any other windows based phone in that aspect. If you¡¦re not an experimenter or one who has to have a 100 games and little novelty apps and you just get the phone and use it with what it has you should be fine with the OS. The only other draw on the OS and the phones processor seems to be Sprint TV, which will lock it up from time to time, but as I said Sprint is messing that service up by taking away everything and making you pay for it all separately so if you don¡¦t add it or watch it don¡¦t worry. I can seriously say that the phone in my opinion is but lacking one thing and that is a touch screen and that is it. My Palm and my 6700 spoiled me with those touch screens and every now and then I want to perform an action on the Q9 by touching the screenƒ¼. Oh and for all you wondering this last question¡K yes with only two third party apps added you can watch¡K YOUTUBE too, right from the built-in browser! So there you have it, I really like this phone, for the price and for what it can do it¡¦s gonna give you the best bang for the buck.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Danwo on November 25, 2007
Pros: Pretty much everything
Cons: No MMS, 1.3mp camera, slight battery bulge
Summary: I went out to my local Sprint store to check out the newly released Motorola Q9c, and after an hour of thorough inspection I concluded that this is one if ...
Summary: I went out to my local Sprint store to check out the newly released Motorola Q9c, and after an hour of thorough inspection I concluded that this is one if not the best phone available for Sprint.
When I said pretty much everything, that's exactly what I mean. Of course the keyboard is fantastic, best of breed in that regard. Windows Mobile 6 runs alot smoother than the original Q, but admittedly it's still no marvel. Like I just said it's WM6 so you know what to expect.
The design is very slick with a soft-touch paint finish and silver lining. It will definitely turn heads. But apparently some don't like the slight battery bulge. I thought I wouldn't like it either according to the pictures I had seen but in person it's really not so bad, kind of fitting in a way. Don't let this minor flaw stop you from getting a great phone though, plus you can change it anytime to a regular battery.
If you are in the smartphone market here is great choice, especially for Sprint customers.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very very good!
by billecorgan on February 2, 2008
Pros: Size, feel, materials, call quality, keyboard, GPS,
Cons: Not many included accessories
Summary: This is a very good phone. I would definitely say the best I've had. I have owned lots (and I do mean lots!) of sprint phones. I had the ...
Summary: This is a very good phone. I would definitely say the best I've had. I have owned lots (and I do mean lots!) of sprint phones. I had the 755p, 700w, 6700, 6800, Sprint Touch, and Old Motorola Q just to name a few. This has best signal quality, sound quality during calls, best speakers for playing music, best keyboard, and best fit/finish/and casing. It also is very good as a PDA. It's the fastest of any of these phones by far. It also has built-in GPS which works great with google maps and windows live maps.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good Phone but not a huge fan of WM6
by im_it1234 on March 21, 2008
Pros: 3G, full intergration with work e-mail, lots of apps, sound quality is good, coverage has been decent
Cons: No Flash?, WM goes slow sometimes. Battery life.
Summary: In general I would say this is an good phone. I love the fact that everything is familiar since it is WM6. This is my first WM phone and I ...
Summary: In general I would say this is an good phone. I love the fact that everything is familiar since it is WM6. This is my first WM phone and I guess my only complaints are probably ones people have against all Microsoft products. Easy set-up and comes closer to a real portable computer. I can shop, watch TV, go to Youtube. Keep in touch with e-mail, IM etc. and GPS works well with MSLive.
I am a heavy data user but it sucks battery power (I have the extended battery). I have to charge it every night.
Sometimes I have to turn the phone off and restart becasue it starts to go really slow.
I do not like that I cannot run opera & I have issues with flash sites. This is probably more of a Microsoft vs Moto thing but still.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great First Smartphone
by emike2k3 on March 11, 2008
Pros: Excellent build quality, outstanding full QWERTY keyboard, GPS, comes with an extended battery
Cons: Thumbwheel awkward to use, could have a better camera
Summary: I've had my Q9c for one month exactly and I have to say I have fallen in love with it and wonder how I was able to get by ...
Summary: I've had my Q9c for one month exactly and I have to say I have fallen in love with it and wonder how I was able to get by on older cell phones for so long.
The screen is stunning and easy to read in all lighting situations. Occasionally I find a quirk with the automatic backlighting but that is far and few between. The QWERTY keyboard is a pleasure to use and seeing as how this was my first phone with a full keyboard I've not had any issues as far as adjusting to the placement of the enter and backspace keys.
Some complain about the "hump" on the back of the phone that comes from the included extended battery but I find I actually like it as it provides a nice balance to the phone. Then again, I have large hands so I can see where some could have a problem with this aspect. I do love the insane battery life I get with this thing. I'm a heavy user of the EVDO data features for such things as Sprint TV, internet surfing, e-mail, Yahoo Go 2.0, and an RSS reader and even with Bluetooth turned on most of the day I still come home at the end of the day with almost half a charge left on the phone. I've only come close once to running the batter down and that was with all the above mentioned activities as well as using Sprint Navigator a whole day.
My only complaints mainly do with the operating system so I won't ding the phone too hard for that. I just wish I didn't have to fire up task manager every so often to kill off applications. My one serious complaint is the implementation of the thumb wheel on the side of the phone. It's a bit stiff and awkward to use so I hardly use it.
I'm very happy with both my purchase of this phone and my service from Sprint.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beats the Centro and Palm Treo's
by djf69 on December 21, 2007
Pros: Screen is great. The keyboard is suited nicely for typing. Call quality is great. Battery life seems to be good and I've used it extensively over the past 2 days and still have 2 bars out of 3.
Cons: Sacrifices a larger size for a larger keyboard. Can make shortcuts permanent. A list of recently used programs are stored though.
Summary: I've been a Treo user for about 5 years, going from the 650 to the 700. I upgraded recently to the Palm Centro but exchanged it for the Moto ...
Summary: I've been a Treo user for about 5 years, going from the 650 to the 700. I upgraded recently to the Palm Centro but exchanged it for the Moto Q 9c. At first I was sort of apprehensive about it. I've had the Moto Q9c for a week now and think it's a great phone. The only feature from the PALM I remotely miss is the touchscreen with the Moto Q 9c does not have but I can live with that. The Moto Q is definitely a much sturdier phone than the Centro. Yes the Centro is smaller but I found the keyboard difficult to use but it all depends on how much you text. It really comes down to what OS your preference is. If you're willing to invest in startup time to learn a new phone and sometimes being a little frustrated because you don't know where to find things, then I would definitely recommend the Moto Q 9c. Or, if you're willing to sacrifice size for keyboard functionaly, the Moto Q 9c would be a good choice. With that said, there is nothing functionally wrong with the Centro operating wise, it worked perfectly. But my needs were a bigger keyboard and sturdier phone.Updated
I found this to be a pretty good PDA. Although, I do get a little quirks here and there, like the GPS audio comes on one time, then I don't get audio, and the next couple times I use it, it suddenly appears. Other Sprint features don't work like call tones and ring tones. But I've had this for about 3 weeks now and I'm quite pleased with it. It feels very sturdy compared to the Centro (which I turned in for this one) and the battery life is pretty good for a PDA. I'm constantly on the net and email and calling/texting and I find I have to recharge it between day 2 and 3.
I would definitely recommend this phone.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
I have the solution to the freeze ups
by dustinwvol on December 5, 2008
Pros: I received the update to windows mobile 6.1 and it's amazing they go through and add a lot of software
texts appear in the same form as the iphone
Cons: The phone still freezes up, and it can get text messages that hang in the system and will get sent to the person over and over again.
Summary: The freeze up problem is caused by too many programs running at once. In order to fix this you need to from time to time for to the task manager ...
Summary: The freeze up problem is caused by too many programs running at once. In order to fix this you need to from time to time for to the task manager and delete programs that are running. I found this out on my 5th call to technical support. (I have verizon so it could be better or worse for you.) This is an issue I wasn't informed of so I am trying to pass on the word that you will have to do this if you buy the phone.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Looks pretty, works well...when it works.
by ian410 on March 31, 2008
Pros: Beautiful device, slim and fashionable. Great display, only not viewable when in direct sunlight. Good speaker phone, crisp load and clear. Great call quality, easy texting interface.
Cons: The device got a thin layer of annoying dust within a week of owning, very annoying. Horrid OS, frequent freezes and crashes.
Summary: The phone itself is beautiful. Got complements on it frequently. The call quality was excellent in my opinion could hear each other clearly and a great feature is the 'land ...
Summary: The phone itself is beautiful. Got complements on it frequently. The call quality was excellent in my opinion could hear each other clearly and a great feature is the 'land line effect' of being able to hear the volume of your own voice in the earpiece when speaking, don't end up screaming into it.
The qwerty keyboard was excellent, very few mistypes despite the size of the keys.
However, that being said I am returning it once again. The first phone I received got the thin layer of dust mentioned above that cannot be cleaned without voiding the warranty. A huge problem of both the first and second phone I received was frequent crashes and lockups.
Three times over the course of a weekend the phone locked up when loading WMP 10, wouldn't power down without removing the battery. At which point wouldn't power up any longer once the battery was replaced. Had to do a hard reset each time which meant losing all contacts, email, and calendar events added since last sync-up with home computer.
Overall, pretty phone that just doesn't deliver.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Sylk282 on July 4, 2009
Pros: large memory. compatible to my home computer files, ie. I am able to download home videos, I am able to retrieve files, like microsoft word.
Cons: Some times it does not turn on or off when I want it to. also you have to go into task to disconnect the programs or else it is still running in the back ground.
Summary: The motoroly Q9c has more features than any other phone rigtht now. The Blackberry that seems to be everyone's favorite pick. looks cute and may be smaller, but does ...
Summary: The motoroly Q9c has more features than any other phone rigtht now. The Blackberry that seems to be everyone's favorite pick. looks cute and may be smaller, but does not have as much featurers, or memory. I chose this one because of the huge memory, and though it be bugging out some times, I just let it ride, and the once in a blue kinks, I have learned to work it out or I have learned how to work around it. The TV works well, it is loud enough, and I can down load home videos to show off. The camera isn't as clear as I would like it to be. Personally I have had this phone for about one year and a half, and am receiving notification that I can purschase another phone of my choice less one hundred and fiffthy dollars.....now given the fact that I love technology my instinct was to purchase that new sprent palm, however, I am not impressed enough to spend additional money and or to give up a phone that is working for me. For all of you who have this phone EXPLORE....EXPLORE... EXPLORE. to bad the phone has been discontinued. The Sprint Motorola Q9C is all that. Just compare the featurers.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: Q9cBLKSPT
- Description: PRODUCT FEATURES: Outstanding multimedia capabilities New and improved optimized keyboard design for faster, more accurate typing Innovative adaptive display technology - automatically adjust display brightness for optimal indoor and outdoor viewing Personalize your home screen, start menu and sounds Compatible with multiple personal and corporate push e-mail options
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Bar
- Phone Design Candy Bar
- Integrated Components Digital camera
- Width 2.6 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 4.6 in
- Weight 4.8 oz
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Service Provider Sprint Nextel
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
- Application Software Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile,
Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile,
Windows Media Player 10 Mobile
- Input Device(s) Keyboard
- Phone Navigation Buttons Thumbwheel,
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages
- Downloadable Content Games,
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.0
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice dialing
- Additional Features USB,
miniSD card slot,
- RAM 64 MB
- ROM 128 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards miniSDHC
- Sensor Resolution 1.3 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 6
- Camera Light Source Flash
- Features Video recording
- Type LCD display
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 2.4 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Connector Type USB
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1170 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 273 min,
Standby - up to 212 hour(s)
- Included Accessories USB cable
Specs: Verizon Wireless,
Specs: Sprint Nextel,
Up to 432 min,
With digital camera / digital player,