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Motorola at 3GSM Congress

At 3GSM Congress, taking place from 12 to 15, February, Motorola presented the broad audience with its brand-new solutions apart from handsets the companys booth welcomed its visitors with some interesting accessories. But let us do the first things first and kick off this article with cell phones and write a few words on everything else in the end.


The model succeeds MOTOSLVR L7 and continues the family of slim monoblock-shaped devices in the L9 the vendor has revamped the faceplate of the device by framing it in polished metal. And because of this slight design trait the handset looks totally different, but if you turn it over, the a substantial touch of the L7 will certainly be there. The L9 packs a 2 Mpix camera, support for microSD (up to 2 Gb in size), MP3-player and RDS-enabled FM-tuner, as well as a rich suite of connectivity options, among which are GPRS/EDGE and Bluetooth-module (that works with most profiles, including A2DP).


A successor to the K1, and unlike its forefather, the K3s casing is by no means mirror-finished. Only due to that the handset now seems to be a business-device, rather than a glamorous gadget. Over and above, the K3 has gotten boosted with 3G support (UMTS) and a forward-facing camera for video calls. Also it does well on HSDPA (high speed data transfer used in 3G) front. The unit houses a 2-inch TFT display with QVGA (320x240 pixels) resolution, capable of 262 K colors. But that is not all a 2 Mpix camera, Bluetooth 2.0 with most profiles enabled, are thrown in for good measure.


The Z8 is housed in slider design measures 15.3 mm thick. The handset runs on Symbian OS with reworked UIQ interface. Apart from that the device has been given an offbeat design when zipped open, the bottom part slightly cracks, allowing the handset to take the shape of a boomerang, rather than an angle we have come to expect from most slide phones. This is meant to improve the experience you get from making calls with the Z8. To me, personally, the design seems sturdy enough, yet this opinion may be subject to change after a while of playing around with the handset.

The phone mostly aims to appeal the youth tiny bright-green framings speak in favor of this assumption, as I doubt anyone other than young consumers would fall for a trim like this.

The Z8 comes equipped with 3G and HSDPA support, as well as 2.2 inch QVGA (320x240) display and a 2 Mpix camera. The handset plays host to microSD memory cards slot (up to 4 Gb) and a Bluetooth module.


At 3GSM Congress Motorola has come up with two versions of its QWERTY-armed smartphone going by the name of MOTO Q, that was all the rage in its time - MOTO Q gsm and MOTO Q q9. But there isnt much to say about these devices, since the company has too much time deciding whether to release them into the wild or not. If only Motorola released the MOTO Q a year ago, it would be destined for globe-wide success, however today it looks much less attractive, due to having some counterparts made by other manufacturers (for example, Samsung i600 and HTC S650, which we are facing off at Mobile-Review.com shortly).

Specifications for MOTO Q q9:

  • 11.8 millimeters thick
  • QWERTY keyboard and large, crisp display
  • Quad-Band (GPRS/EDGE) functionality
  • Video capture and playback at 30fps
  • HSDPA technology for fast data transfers, streaming media and web browsing
  • Connectivity: EMU, USB 2.0 full speed transfers and data access
  • Integrated Class 2 Bluetooth wireless technology, includes such profiles as AVCTP, AVDTP, AVRCP-Target, BIP-ImagePush, BPP-SenderDev, DUN-GW, FT-Server, GAP, GAVDP, Headset-AG, HFP (1.5) AG, OPP-Client, OPP-Server
  • Messaging via MMS, SMS, Instant Messaging and Windows Outlook Mobile
  • Supports a variety of audio formats including AMR NB, AMR WB, MWA, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, MIDI
  • Video formats supported includeH.263, MPEG4, WMV, H.264 decode
  • Up to 2 GB of optional removable storage space with a microSD memory slot
  • Integrated 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom and LED photo indicator light
  • Special productivity features: Opera browser, Attachment Viewer or Editor, Voice Recognition, File Manager, Voice Notes, VPN capability and Anti-Virus protection

Specifications for MOTO Q gsm:

  • Full QWERTY keypad, 5-way navigation and thumb wheel
  • Quad-band GSM
  • High-speed data transfer in GSM networks via GPRS class 10 and EDGE class 10
  • 128 Mb of flash memory, 64 Mb RAM (with about 40 Mb of user-manageable), plus microSD slot with support for cards up to 1 Gb big
  • Display: 2,4 inches, up to 65 K colors, TFT
  • 1.3 mega pixel LED flash enabled camera
  • Enhanced music experience featuring Windows Media Player and integrated music player that supports multiple audio files: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV.
  • 2.5 millimeter headset jack
  • Video formats supported for Windows Media: H.263, MPEG-4, WMV
  • Connectivity: USB 1.1 (Full Speed), Bluetooth V 1.2 Class 2, WiFi 802.11b/g (with miniSDIO)
  • Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system
  • Messaging: IMAP4, POP 3, SMTP, Exchange with support forPush email, RIM and Good
  • Microsoft Explorer browser
  • Document viewer/editor

MOTORAZR maxx V6 Ferrari was also a highlight at Motorolas booth the thing that sets it apart from the original model is the customized menu, etched Ferrari logo on the faceplate and a corresponding label on the back.

Apart from that one could see two new Bluetooth stereo-headsets at Motorola place. The first one is Motorola S9.

The other offering comes shaped as clip-on Bluetooth headphones - Motorola DJ Headphones S805. As the manufacturer claims, they can put up 17 hours of music playback.

Also there were Motorola-branded jackets with collar-mounted headphones winter edition, which was on show as well, could really be all the rage in Russia.

Vladimir Fokin (vladimir.fokin@mobile-review.com)
Translated by Oleg Kononosov (oleg.kononosov@mobile-review.com)

Published — 15 February 2007

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