I met a colleague for dinner tonight, and she asked me the difficult question: “What did you do today?” However, I was able to quickly recite the tasks that I worked on today, one by one, giving specific times and relevant details. I did this easily with the help of the Motorola Q, looking at my calendar items through the colorful and sharp screen that is nicely lit and easy to read.
Even though it was already late in the evening, and the Motorola Q has not been plugged into the charger today, the battery was still doing quite well. Just to conclude on the battery life issue, the new battery of the Motorola Q is doing its job. I have been charging the device overnight and then using it throughout the day and into the night (without being plugged into the charger and without being plugged into the computer). So no worries about the battery life as far as I am concerned.
Browsing the Internet, fast and easy
I have already noted yesterday that with the Motorola Q and the Verizon broadband network, browsing the Internet is now possible and pleasant. Yesterday, I was able to make use of many language related websites and today I did some Google searches and successfully navigated through the search results to get the answers I needed.
Filling out the Web survey wasn’t as easy
I also tried to take the Internet browsing experience to the next level. So I attempted to fill out the same Web survey that I tested successfully with the Treo 700p on day #4 and the Treo 700w on day #16. Unfortunately the Motorola Q wasn’t as successful in this area. It wasn’t possible to activate the link of the survey in order to start filling out. This is a situation where a stylus and a touch screen would have been helpful.
Using the Motorola Q as a modem for your laptop? Not really!
I was hopeful at first when I saw the “Modem Link” application in the Accessories folder in the Start screen of the Motorola Q. However, when I tried it, it didn’t work and it disabled ActiveSync and caused a number of “inconveniences”. Then after calling technical support, I found out that the Motorola Q cannot be used as a modem for the laptop. It seems that I need to experiment with PdaNet and see if it comes to the rescue once more (see day #15 when I used PdaNet to connect the Treo 700w to the laptop and serve as a broadband modem).
Installing add-on applications
I wanted to add the screen capture add-on application on the Motorola Q (the one I used on the Treo 700w) in order to take some screen shots. The installation process was pretty much the same as the one I used with the Treo 700w. This consisted of installing the add-on application on the laptop first, and then the next time synchronization took place, the add-on application got installed on the handheld device.
However, the screen capture add-on application (from ValkSoft) gave me an error indicating that this application is not compatible with this device--even though it is supposed to be compatible with all Windows Mobile devices. I will see if this is something that can be fixed, but if not, this means not only that we won’t have screen shots from the Motorola Q experiment, but also that there in general there are no guarantees that a third-party add-on application will work equally well on all Windows Mobile devices.
Some early conclusions, but still to be confirmed later
As I continue to use the Motorola Q, it is becoming more clear to me that it is a slick device, with an easy interface, and well equipped to handle the functions that I need the most (phone, e-mail, calendar, contacts, and internet browsing, with some nice-to-have capabilities such as the voice recorder, the camera, and the music player). What the Motorola Q doesn’t seem to handle as well seem to be the document editing capabilities and the more serious Internet transactional capabilities.
So for most users, this is a fine device with a relatively high “charm” factor (combination of a slick design, small form factor, and great usability). However, for those users who are thinking of “laptop replacement” and not just “smartphone”, and therefore want to edit documents and complete some Internet transactions, the Motorola Q may not be their best bet--the Treo 700p and 700w may be more appropriate in this situation and potentially some of the upcoming devices that we will be reviewing as the experiment continues to unfold. So stay tuned for more!