Motorola Q

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Motorola Q
Compatible networksCDMA
Availability by regionMay 31, 2006; 17 years ago (2006-05-31) [1]
Mass4.06 oz
Operating systemWindows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone
CPUIntel XScale PXA272 312 MHz
Removable storageMiniSD
Display16-bit Color 320 x 240 TFT display
Rear camera1.3-megapixel
Data inputsIlluminated QWERTY Keypad & Side Thumbwheel

The Motorola Q is a Windows Mobile smartphone first announced in the Summer of 2005 as a thin device with similar styling to Motorola's immensely popular RAZR. Motorola in a partnership with Verizon Wireless released the Q on May 31, 2006. A version for Sprint was released early in January 2007[2] and one for Amp'd Mobile in April 2007.

The Q differs from Verizon's flagship Windows Mobile phone in that it is very thin, runs the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Edition OS (lacking touchscreen support), and has a landscape 320x240 screen. It also employs a thumbwheel on the right side of the unit. Motorola hoped to position the Q as an attractive alternative to the BlackBerry.

The Q was first released in Canada on June 15, 2006, with Telus Mobility. Bell Mobility began offering the phone later that year (September 22) and then became the first North American carrier to offer a black[3] version of the Motorola Q on November 13, 2006.

In late July 2007, a new model of the Moto Q, the Motorola Q 9, was released. The Motorola Q 9h was released in Italy and across Europe and in November in the US through AT&T. In August of the same year, the Motorola Q9m was released in the US through Verizon. In November, Sprint offered the Motorola Q9c. All Q9 models run Windows Mobile 6.


Motorola Q
  • Mobile phone, CDMA model with 800/1900-MHz bands, CDMA2000 1x and CDMA2000 EV-DO networks.
  • Intel XScale PXA272 312 MHz processor (Bulverde)[4]
  • Runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Edition; Optimized for Microsoft Exchange 2003 and a variety of third party email solutions
  • Depth - 11.5mm
  • QWERTY thumbboard, 5-way navigation button and thumb wheel
  • Connectivity via Bluetooth, IrDA and mini-USB
  • Multimedia messaging (MMS) (except on Sprint)
  • Audio formats supported: iMelody, MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, WAX, QCELP
  • Image formats supported: GIF87a, GIF89a, JPEG, WBMP, BMP, PNG
  • Mini-SD removable memory card slot (maximum: 2gb)
  • Display: (320 x 240 pixels, 65K TFT)
  • 1.3-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • PIM functionality with picture caller ID
  • Speech recognition and speakerphone

Camera specifications and options[edit]


  • 1.3-megapixel digital camera
  • Normal, burst, and timer camera modes
  • 7 brightness levels
  • 5 photo resolutions: 160x120, 176x144, 320x240, 640x480, and 1280x1024
  • 4 zoom levels: 1x, 2x, 4x, and 6x
  • 6 white balance options: Automatic, Sunny, Cloudy, Indoor Home, Indoor Office, and Night
  • Camera "flash": a white LED on the back of the device (on/off; not synchronized with camera shutter)

PC synchronization[edit]

The Motorola Q has the ability to synchronize via USB or Bluetooth to a Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange Server database via Windows Mobile Device Center in Windows Vista or via Microsoft ActiveSync in Windows XP and below, allowing the user to synchronize contacts, emails, tasks, and calendar appointments to the Motorola Q. Microsoft Office files may also be synchronized, but Windows Mobile only supports reading them, and only editing Word. PowerPoint and excel are too advanced to edit.

Motorola Q support forums[edit]

The Motorola website includes a forum for user support. Topics include getting started, email setup, bluetooth technology, synching, multimedia features and third-party applications.

Error reporting[edit]

As with most smartphones, an automatic error reporting function can be enabled by the user. Several Q users had found a minor malfunction with the first version of the Q which was exclusively sold by Verizon. The malfunction showed that after some time while the phone had been in use, that if text messaging/phone calls or internet/text messaging happened together, the phone would freeze for several minutes. Motorola and Microsoft discovered the error through the error reporting service and now offer an update you can find through The update repairs the malfunction and resets the phone.

Black Motorola Q[edit]

Verizon Wireless released a new version of the Q in mid January 2007 in a new color, producing it in black to compete with the T-Mobile Dash and Cingular's Samsung Blackjack. The outer casing was made in a rubber compound to resist scratches. The new Q also featured 15% more battery life and an update to fix bugs.

Complete list of Q features and specifications[edit]

The complete Motorola Q list of specifications are:[5]

Type Specification
Modes CDMA 850 / CDMA 1900
Weight 4.06 oz (115 g)
Dimensions 4.57" x 2.52" x 0.47" (116 x 64 x 12 mm)
Form factor Bar internal antenna
Battery life Talk: 4.00 hours (240 minutes) Standby: 192 hours (8 days)
Battery type LiIon 1130 mAh
Display Type: LCD (color TFT/TFD) Colors: 65,536 (16-bit) Size: 320 x 240 pixels
Platform / OS Windows Mobile for Smartphones version 5
Memory 64 MB (built-in, flash shared memory)
Phone book capacity shared memory
FCC ID IHDT56FQ1 (Approved Dec 14, 2005)
GPS / Location Type: A-GPS (Relies on Carrier Towers for position calculations)
Digital TTY/TDD Yes
Hearing aid compatible Rating: M3 (mostly compatible)
Multiple languages Yes
Polyphonic ringtones Chords: 42
Ringer profiles Yes
Vibrate Yes
Bluetooth Supported profiles: HSP, HFP, OPP, FTP, A2DP, AVRC, DUN, HID, BIP, PAN version 1.2 / DUN, HID, BIP
Infrared (IR) Yes
PC Sync ActiveSync
USB built-in mini-USB connector
Multiple numbers per name Yes
Picture ID Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Voice dialing speaker-independent
Custom graphics supported formats: GIF87a, GIF89a, JPEG, WBMP, BMP, PNG
Custom ringtones supported formats: iMelody, MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, WAX, QCELP
Data-capable Yes
Flight mode Standard icon: No
Packet data Technology: 1xEV-DO r0
WAP/Web browser Browser software: Pocket Internet Explorer
Side keys thumb-wheel on right
Text keyboard Layout: QWERTY
Memory Card Slot Card Type: miniSD
Email Alexa Yes
Text Messaging 2-Way: Yes
Text messaging templates Yes
Music player Windows Media Player
Camera Resolution: 1.3 megapixels
Alarm Yes
Calculator Yes
Calendar Yes
To-Do List Yes
Voice Memo Yes
Games Yes
Headset jack (2.5 mm) Yes
Speaker phone Type: full-duplex


  1. ^ Motorola Q is set for launch next week - Engadget
  2. ^ "Sprint's Motorola Q finally goes on sale – Engadget Mobile". Archived from the original on 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
  3. ^ Motorola Q (Black) Cell Phone | Reviews & Ratings | Manual
  4. ^ "Support options for Nokia, Lumia, and feature phone devices". Microsoft.
  5. ^ "Motorola Q Specifications & Features". Ephonenews. Archived from the original on 2006-11-13.

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