When you are learning a foreign language (and you need all the help you can get) you absolutely need connectivity to the Internet at all times (at least in my way of learning)! As I am learning the German language, it seems that I depend on a couple of websites (one of them being http://dict.leo.org and the other being http://www.freetranslations.com). With the Motorola Q and Verizon’s broadband network (download speeds being 400 to 700Kbps or better) these language websites are now accessible almost anywhere and anytime, and the retrieval speed is pretty reasonable—unlike the GPRS speed on my previous smartphone. This is just another little example of how high-speed connectivity is making these devices even more useful!
The new battery working well
The new battery of the Motorola Q is now fully charged and seems to be working well (this is the replacement for the defective battery which was running low as soon as I unplug it from the charger—see day #23 for details). Today the device has been out of the charger for almost half the day with no signs of the battery being low.
Today I have received several e-mails with attachments on the Motorola Q. The typical process to view an attachment is to open the e-mail and click on the attachment in order to mark it for retrieval. The attachment is then retrieved the next time the device sends/receives e-mail. When it gets retrieved, you can then open it and view it. The jpg file looked sharp and colorful, and it was easy to zoom in and out to see the details or the whole thing.
It is almost a pleasure viewing Excel attachments on the Motorola Q. I could easily zoom or pan. If you are in zoom mode, the 5-Way Navigation Key allows you to easily zoom in or zoom out by pressing the up or down arrow keys. If you are in pan mode, the arrow keys will pan you in the direction of the arrow. To view additional sheets in the workbook, I selected the menu, and then the Page menu item, and then I was able to go to the next or previous page (in this case next or previous sheet in the Excel workbook).
Editing attachments? Not really!
The Motorola Q does not allow you to edit attachments. You can easily view them but not edit them. For me the fact that I cannot edit attachments isn’t an issue. I did talk to other users though who consider editing attachments to be a critical need. That is because they would like to use their smartphone as a laptop replacement when they are out and about (so they don’t have to carry their laptop).
Your smartphone as a laptop replacement
If you are planning on editing documents on your smartphone, and this happens to be one of your important requirements, you are probably seeking “laptop replacement” and not just smartphone. If this is the case, you may find that the Treo 700 capabilities in this area are quite suitable (the Treo 700p uses the Documents To Go software to allow you to edit and manage attachments—see day #7, and the Treo 700w uses the Office Mobile applications—see day #15).
More about Usability
The keyboard continues to impress me. The keys are large enough, spaced far enough from each other, and typing feels like typing and not like a struggle. Also, the Home key brings you to the home screen (one keystroke) which is equivalent to the Today screen on the Treo 700w. Once you’re in the home screen, the left key takes you to the Start screen, which is a folder view with icons representing the applications and folders in the Motorola Q. Tomorrow, the experiment will continue, and hopefully with more insights on usability, capabilities, and services.