Updating bluetooth on the motorola q
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).
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).
As if the Q doesn't already have enough packed into its tiny package, it also has a 1.3 megapixel camera with a 6x digital zoom that can shoot still mages or movies.
It's unquestionably one of those smartcameraphones (SCPs) that's likely to give security personnel -- the ones whose jobs it is to keep people from using cameras in banks, concerts, etc. But one other cool feature this SCP has that you're not likely to find on other SCPs (let alone camera phones) is a miniature bulb that automatically comes on when the camera is in use -- one that is amazingly bright for its size and that does a suprisingly good job illuminating people or objects within a reasonable range of the camera.
Anyway, whereas other stereo-capable handsets might relegate stereo-playback to the headphones, the Q has built-in stereo speakers and in my tests, they were plenty loud for most applications.
While DUN isn't natively supported by the phone, there are third party utilities that apparently get the job done (more on that in a future post).
It's a feature I wouldn't have paid attention to unless Zander mentioned it.
But, when you think of it, most handsets have a single speaker which is for speakerphone usage and in many cases, it's not very good.
What's special about this is that it facilitates simultaneous "pairing" with a Bluetooth-based wireless hands-free headset as well as with Bluetooth-based (wireless) stereo headphones.
Or, you can do what I did which was to purchase a single piece of headgear that is both in one (which the Q can work with as well).