Updating bluetooth on the motorola q

And, it launched amongst much fanfare upon its arrival.

But now that's its here and I've been using it on a daily basis, I have to say that, had I been working for Motorola or Microsoft prior to its planned release, this is one device that leaves so much to be desired that I'm not sure that I would have let it out the door.

The key difference between the smartphone edition and the other editions of the same OS that appear in other phones like the Windows Mobile-based Treo (also a disappointment if you ask me) is that the screen cannot be tapped with a finger or a stylus.

In other words, compared to all previous versions of the Windows Mobile OS (including the older Pocket PC OS), the smartphone edition has to give end-users access to any menu item or button that's on the screen at any given point in time through the keyboard, the device's "softkeys" (two buttons that appear below the display and whose role is defined by whatever software is running at the time), a rocker/button that can be used for screen navigation/menu item selection, and the thumbwheel (also used for navigation/selection and volume control).

If you're willing to commit to a two-year contract, the Q is available for 9. This is significantly less expensive than the 9/9 price tags for the same VZW contracts when paired with a new Palm Treo 700w (the Windows Mobile, non-smartphone version).

While a first glance at the phone reveals some of it's more endearing traits (aforementioned), there are some other less obvious attractions to this smartphone.

Two of them that Motorola CEO Ed Zander pointed out to me are the built-in stereo speakers on the Q's backside (pictured left).

The Q's lack of DUN in many ways represents the difficulty in bringing a full-featured smartphone to the market because of the way there are three parties that must work together all of whose interests must be served: the phone manufacturer, the operating system provider, and the wireless carrier. But VZW chose not to include such support in the phone.

Also supported is Bluetooth's profile for wireless keyboards (an interesting inclusion given the noticeable absence of Pocket Word and Pocket Excel -- both of which are found on most other Windows Mobile devices).

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