After a few delays it looks like Motorola’s Q that kind-of-sort-of competes with the BlackBerry is finally coming out. The Moto Q will be available online May 31st and in Verizon stores by June 5th.
Although you can get email on the Q kind of like on a BlackBerry, I think that the traditional PDA manufacturers like HP and Dell are the ones would should be concerned with loosing even more share. The Q has been dubbed the BlackBerry Killer but I think that it will be more of a Pocket PC killer.
I was just reading your post about BlackBerry connect for the Treo. Do you know if you will be able to run BlackBerry Connect on the Motorola Q. My plan is up with Verizon and I want to get a new device with a camera, but I still need to get email from my Outlook at work…
fyi goodlink from good technology is supporting the q, even if connect will not be supported.
I love the BB’s but i think the “Q” is one sexy beast. And yes I know I’m alone in that.
Your not alone Jason. I really like the Black Q. It kind of the reminds me of Razor…
I think that the Q will also be a huge competitor to the various Treo models out there.
Bottom line: the Q will appeal to kind of the “prosumer” market: consumers who want high end features in their phone/smartphone. The great screen, camera, multimedia, 3G connectivity…along with its cutting edge design will move tons of these units.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some people who otherwise would buy a high end conventional cell phone won’t switch over to the Q instead, due to its small profile as well as very reasonable price of $199 with contract.
In fact, I was surprised by the relatively low pricepoint; before this device came so close to release, many were speculating this would be around $500 with contract, and more expensive than the Treo. At $199 it should sell like hotcakes.
For enterprise users, the blackberry will still be the way to go; but for consumers who want some fun in their smartphone, and even some business owners/users who do as well, this phone will be very appealing.
I’ll make a prediction right now: the Q will be to smartphones what the RAZR has been to conventional cellphones: the hot looking, trendy, “in” model to have.
The damn thing runs Windows Smartphone. The Q isn’t gonna “kill” anything.
The Q will be a strong seller – no doubt about that. As a ‘killer’ of anything, no – just a contributer to an already progressing trend.
The Q runs the Smartphone varient of the Windows Mobile OS. It will be able to use Microsoft’s new push-mail service (check out mail2web.com for a free account), and will indeed appeal to corporate buyers. As soon as BlackBerry or Verizon issues a supported version of BlackBerry Connect, it will be useful in a BES environement as well as a GoodLink system right now.
It does compete directly with BlackBerry devices – don’t believe it doesn’t. Microsoft and it’s OEMs have been pushing, striving to get to this stage for years. The Q is just the first ‘obvious’ device that is a functional competitor.
Yes I’m a ‘fan’ of Microsoft, no argument here. But I’m also a technology analyst for a large corp. in Minneapolis – and we’re in the middle of deploying BES and BlackBerry devices on all four carriers, so I’ve been exposed to the virtues of BlackBerry as well as Windows Mobile. There is room for both, but lets focus on getting the competitive products to help improve over time.