Chasing Treo: The Moto Q
Yesterday the web was abuzz with Motorola’s announcement that it plans to release a new smartphone – the Moto Q – sometime in Q1 of 2006. Evidently, officially announcing this product a full 6 to 9 months before its intended release appears to be designed to undermine both our Treo and the Blackberry against which the Moto Q plans to compete.
- It has no external antenna
- It is half the thickness (11.5mm versus 23mm)
- The screen is smaller (320x240 versus 320x320)
- It will be about 30% lighter (115gm versus 178gm)
Additionally, the anticipated hardware differences will include:
- Dual, stereo-quality speakers
- Mini-SD instead of SD memory card slot
- 1.3MP camera instead of 0.3MP
Lastly, the Moto Q (pictured below side-by-side with our Treo 650) will be running Windows Mobile 5.0 instead of the PalmOS.
However, although this Moto Q is certainly one of the best looking of any Windows Mobile smartphones that I’ve seen to date, the fact is that once you’re past all of the hype surrounding it only its thickness and weight are real differentiating factors.
Moreover, one must consider that the Moto Q will not be competing against our Treo 650 but instead against our next-generation Treo 700. Aside from the thickness and weight of the Q, the future Treo 700 is likely going to surpass it in all other design and hardware respects. In both cases however we’ll have to wait until early next year to find out exactly what these new smartphones hold in store for us.
Finally, as seasoned Treonauts know, the single most important issue in developing a successful smartphone and delivering a superior user experience is the seamless integration between hardware and software – an area where our Treo 650 still excels and outshines all others.
A future contender? [Treonauts]
Motorola to take on BlackBerry, Treo with new Q phone [Chicago Sun-Times]
Moto Q [Motorola Press Release]
The Motorola Q vs. the Treo 650 [Engadget]
Treo Zen Preview [Treonauts]
Treonauts are leading the race…