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Motorola Q9h review

8.2/10 AVG.

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The Motorola Q9h currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola Q9h is a powerful Quad-band smartphone and a thoughtful improvement over the original Motorola Q.

Preloaded with Opera 8.6 as its default browser, your web-surfing experience on the updated Q is better and richer than what can be achieved with Explorer. Add a 320x240 pixel display and you receive crisp text and vibrant graphics.

One of the most exciting features of the Q9h is an improved keyboard. Larger, raised, rubberized keys with ridges make typing on the Q9h easier and more enjoyable than other bar phones that have knobby, slippery keys.

The Motorola Q9h is an excellent value, too, when you consider that it comes with Opera, a $25.00 value, and two converter jacks: one that converts to a mini USB and the second which converts to a 3.5mm jack so you can maximize music playback with a better choice of headphones.

Unlike the shiny, fingerprint showcasing Blackjack, the Q9h has a rubberized, matte look and feel which has no fingerprint problems.

In a series of informative YouTube videos, Brandon Minniman of conducted a side-by-side comparison of the Q9h with the Samsung Blackjack 2 and found that the Q9h response time was better in almost every category. In fact, it acquired a GPS signal in only 45 seconds, which was 45 seconds faster than the Blackjack 2.

Another great feature of the Motorola Q9h is that it allows for significant customization. In fact, you can actually choose “lists” or “Icons” as a format not just for the entire OS (Windows Mobile 6), but for each section! You also have many other customizable features, including colors, icon size, etc.

The talk time for the Q9h is 6.5 hours and the standby time is 480 hours (These numbers will vary considerably depending on how you use the device).

Other features include a 2.0 megapixel camera with flash, Bluetooth 2.0, up to 2 gigs of optional external memory, and it runs on HSDPA, providing the fastest available download speeds for a mobile device.

The Motorola Q9h has everything a professional needs to create, edit and view documents, stay connected and informed, while also offering the fun extras of music, video and the ability to customize the device.

If you enjoy the candy bar form factor but were concerned over prior keypad issues, the Motorola Q9h may be just the phone for you.

Operating system
355 MHz
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


A pretender to the BlackBerry throne, the new Q rocks at messaging and editing, thanks to its tactile keyboard and superior Documents To Go software, which syncs desktop files and lets you create new ones. You can give Internet Explorer the heave-ho in favor of the worthier Opera browser. Alas, thes...

- Rick Broida, Wired

Motorola has brought out a solid performer, retaining all that was good about the original Q and adding a little more to the package.

- Brad Kellett, MobileBurn

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Common Questions

Motorola released the Q9h on May 17, 2007.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Q9h user manual here.

Motorola backs up the Q9h with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Q9h has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Motorola Q9h's screen size is 2.4 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

355 MHz

There is a Texas Instruments OMAP 355 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Custom 6.1 Standard operating system (OS).

2+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1170 mAh battery.

Motorola Q9h Specs

Release date May 17, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Custom 6.1 Standard
Processor Texas Instruments OMAP 355 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 0.74 W/kg
Body: 0.59 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset, Car Charger, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1170 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 6.7 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 9 numbers
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Visto
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN, SYNC
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
8x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, MP3, Real Audio, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo, WMV
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Q9 Global

A Windows Mobile 6.1 update is now available.

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