We have now 2 devices down and 7 more to go. I have used the Treo 700p for 9 days (day #1 to day #9 of the experiment), and the Treo 700w for 9 days (day #10 to day #18), so we have 7 more devices to go. If we were running a marathon, we would be at mile 6 or so. In other words, we are getting warmed up, and ready for the rest of the journey.
So what is coming up in the next days and weeks?
Having been working closely with a Windows Mobile device (the Treo 700w), I decided to continue with this theme, and move to yet another Windows Mobile device that many of our workshop participants have been asking about, and that is the Motorola Q from Verizon.
If you are curious about what will be coming up after the Motorola Q, I think I will be making a major shift by going into the BlackBerry and the GSM/GPRS/EDGE network camps. It is likely to be the BlackBerry 8700 from Cingular or T-Mobile, followed by one of the 7100 or 7130 models (unless the 8100 model makes a sudden appearance in the market). Then, I may try one of the Symbian phones before revisiting Windows Mobile on the HP iPAQ latest model, potentially the T-Mobile MDA of the similar phones from Cingular, Sprint, or T-mobile, while still trying to find out if there is any new breakthrough device that should be reviewed.
As I plan the exact order in which I will use these devices, one thing I will be taking into account is the fact that I am going to be in the UK the last week of September, and in Germany and maybe Austria the first week of October. So ideally I would have the GSM/GPRS/EDGE devices during that period in order to be able to communicate internationally (as opposed to the CDMA devices--the network used by Verizon and Sprint for instance, and which has limited international capabilities).
The Motorola Q purchase
I stopped by the Verizon store to get the Motorola Q today (yet one more stop at Verizon, and maybe the last time for some time). Getting the Motorola Q was a "no brainer". Mainly because I already have the plan with Verizon, and all I needed is to get the device (if you want to learn more about the details of the Verizon plan that I got earlier, you can refer to day #1 when I got the Treo 700p with the voice and data plan).
The cost of the Motorola Q was $419.99 before tax. However, if you buy the device with a new two year plan (which means if you are not an existing Verizon customer), you get the device for $299.00. I know this sounds like a good deal, and it it is, probably $100 to $200 cheaper than the Treo 700p or 700w (depending if you get the plan or not). However, when comparing the costs of these devices, it makes more sense to compare the cost of ownership over a 2-year period, and not the cost of the device itself. When you consider the accessories, add-on software, and monthly voice and data plans over a 2-year period, you can then get a better perspective on the cost differences, and the initial device cost may seem insignificant.
Tomorrow the device will be out of the box and in use
Tomorrow, I hope to provide my first impressions of the Motorola Q, and then followed by the installation of the software and synchronization. By the way, the phone is already functional, and I did make my first call, and I tried to access the internet, but that didn’t work. For some reason, accessing the Internet with these devices seems to always take an extra technical support call!
So let us see what the Motorola Q will bring to us tomorrow!