My new Moto Q

06 Jun 2006

I’ve been using some old kyocera phone for a couple of years now and it’s limited features were wearing out my patience. I headed down to the Verizon store today to see about getting a new phone and I came home with a new Moto Q.

Some things I like about the Moto Q

It’s awesome. It has a 1.5MP camera, plenty of processing power, a full qwerty keyboard, plus a super thin profile. It’s as tall as a CD and thinner than a finger. Plus, it’s got a great resolution on the screen.

Moto Q drawbacks

It’s running Windows Mobile. Granted, this is much better than their desktop version of windows, but I’d still be much happier if this thing ran something GNU because then at least I’d know that any bugs were sure to be fixed.

It’s not a touch-screen. This might be an advantage because it allowed motorola to build a sturdier (and brighter!) screen, but it’s still kinda lame.

There’s a new learning curve with this thing. I haven’t quite figured out how it expects me to operate. I pride myself on usually having good technological intuition but I can’t quite predict how this phone/computer will react to what I do.

Internet Explorer. Nuff said. I’m trying to get Minimo installed but it’s proving very difficult. IE won’t let me download executables off the web and the mozilla-packed .cab file seems to be ‘unrecognized’. I’m not even sure what that means. I wish there was some kind of ‘advanced mode’ on this thing so it would just get out of my way.

Things I’m hoping to try

  • Playing an Xvid-encoded movie
  • checking a pop3 address that’s set up to reflect the contents of one of my Gmail filters
  • using Net VNC to have google maps visible on my phone
  • setting up pictures for everyone in my contacts
  • learning how to record phone conversations to mp3/wav
  • putting more GNU software on this thing
  • record calls said: any progress on recording phone conversations to mp3/wav?

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