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Verizon Wireless in association with Motorola launched the latest smart phone from their family.

The Q9m, the successor of the Motorola Q, has been provided with all the advanced features that are common for the latest smart phones. It has a fully functional elaborate QWERTY keyboard. It is provided with Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition. It supports Bluetooth with A2DP as well as EV-DO. Last but not the least, it supports Verizon’s V Cast Music Store through which the user can download innumerable songs. However, it does not support V Cast video.

The Q9m is a wholly multimedia-based smart phone aimed at young customers. After the success of the Q among young smart phone users, Motorola is further motivated to please them with this modified version from the Q class.

Comparing the dimensions of both the Q and Q9m, one would easily notice the bigger size of the Q9m. It measures 4.6 inches X 2.6 inches X 0.6 inch (height X width X thickness), and it weighs 4.7 ounces. In effect, the Q9m is bulkier than the Q and weighs 0.7 ounces more.

Having said that, one cannot deny the fact that the Q9 excels in its performance, much better than its predecessor and other smart phones in its genre. The improvements are made in its speed, voice quality, connectivity and multimedia features.

The new Q9m looks more attractive with its rounded form and the black casting. It is beautified with a fine strip of red along its outer edges. The 2.5-inch diagonal non-touch TFT screen is modified with an adaptive technology that adjusts the screen backlight according to the surrounding, a feature that is very essential for better display, especially in bright light and darkness.

The home page displays the multimedia features by default. It is a circular menu that gives an appearance of a watch dial. It consists of the media player controls on one side and the access to the multimedia files on the other side. There is an optional Windows Mobile view; you can select it using the toggle button.

There are a few modifications done in the navigation keys – the Talk and End keys are bigger now; the navigation toggle is made of metal instead of plastic in the Q version. The most notable change in the keypad is the larger rectangular keys in the place of the oval keys in the earlier version. These features, along with the non-slippery texture of the keypad, facilitate an excellent typing environment.

The Q9m uses the 1.3-megapixel camera like its earlier version. It provides a full-screen viewfinder. It has a built-in flash and 6X zoom capability. It has many options for selecting the resolution, brightness, shooting modes, etc., as in the standard smart phones.

As the Q9m is programmed to Windows Mobile, the user will get all the facilities such as the Windows Media Player 10 Mobile. It has an on-board memory of 64MB of RAM and in-built memory of 128 MB. Apart from the normal phone features, the Q9m is provided with a duplex speakerphone, voice dialing and commands, smart dialing, three-way calling, and text and multimedia messaging.

Considering the excellent voice quality, advanced multimedia features, and the physical attributes, the Q9m very well qualifies to be called a ’smart phone’. It is available in stores for $249.99.

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