Motorola Q - Treo 650 Killer?
As a self-proclaimed Treo 650 Junkie, I am always making sure there is no competing device that I should be lusting after...
A few weeks ago I started to see reports about the Motorola Q. This phone seems to be Motorola's answer to the Treo 650 (or maybe even the Treo 700!). It's a thin somewhat attractive PDA phone running windows. What makes it more like a Treo (or the upcoming Blackberry 8300c) is its form factor including the compact QWERTY keyboard.
My test for the true usefulness of a QWERTY keyboard is whether I can write an email comfortably with one hand while stopped at a traffic light. Usually to add to this test I need to do so without my wife noticing ("could you please stop emailing while you're driving!?") and all this over the noise of our 6 kids, 4 of whom are under the age of 4.
So if I were deciding which PDA to get in the next 3-5 months it would be between: Treo 650/700 Blackberry 8300c and the Motorola Q.
So why the excitement over the Motorola Q?
I think the main reason is because of how Motorola is changing how people view their cell phones. Look at the runaway success of the Motorola Razr V3 for Cingular and T-Mobile. Look also at the upcoming Magenta (can you say 'pink'?) and Baby Blue (uh, it looks grey to me!) phones. Motorola is doing a great job in branding as well as advertising while also giving a great feature set at a low price.
The one drawback I can find - the one that might keep me from getting the Motorola Q? No touchscreen. I am not sure why they would have designed this device without one... I think the main problem with no touch screen will be getting Treo faithful to switch over. So if you are into the touch this may not be for you.
If Motorola Can do for the Motorola Q what it did for Razor phone - we may see a virtual explosion in sales of PDAs past the corporate Blackberry zone.
Sam Michelson is a cell phone maven with over 10 years of hi-tech product marketing experience. Over the past 3 years, his company YouNeverCall - http://www.younevercall.com has become one of the internet's most successful independent cell phone stores. Sam Michelson's blog http://www.mphone.net features many of his reviews and commentary on the cell phone industry and market trends.
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