I work for a company where almost everyone carries some type of mobile smart device with them. The vast majority carry a BlackBerry and we are on a corporate Verizon plan. I would say that over the passed few months, a lot of my coworkers have switched from their BlackBerry 7250 or BlackBerry 7130e devices to the Motorola Q. Is there a trend starting?
Now, I should point out, I don’t work for a small company and I am not talking about just a few people here and there that have dropped their BlackBerrys for the Motorola Q. I have seen dozens of folks that have carried BlackBerry devices for years make the switch, most of whom admit that the Q is not as reliable as the BlackBerry, however, they have no intentions of coming back and almost all say that the Q isn’t that bad.
What I have been hearing is that the Motorola Q reboots every know and then, but, other than that it is a pretty sleek device. The question that I asked almost everyone that I know who has switched to the Q from a BlackBerry was “Why did you switch?”, and as though everyone who had a Q on their hip had been subliminally programed to say the exact same thing, the answers came down to two responses, at almost the same clip:
- I wanted a cameraphone that I could get my email on.
- I wanted a new device and I don’t like keyboard with two letters on one button (SureType)
I should note that about a third of these folks gave both responses.
The second answer tells me that a lot of my coworkers wouldn’t have switched if the Blackberry 8703e had been available around the same time that the Q hit the street, however, having a camera phone was important to the majority of them.
By the By…
The push based email on the Q is not bad at all. You can send and recieve email just like on a BlackBerry and you are able to pull down the GAL (Global Address Book) which had been my major reason for not using Windows Mobile in the passed.