Motorola Q vs iPhone

Motorola Q

 

I ordered a Motorola Q on Tuesday from my cellphone provider – Verizon. The Q is coming my way via FedEx, I should have it by tomorrow. The Q is replacing my Motorola RAZR, which I’m quite fond of, but needs at the office necessitate the upgrade. The upgrade also means I won’t be getting an iPhone any time soon. Some of you might find this surprising considering my recent iPhone posting frenzy.

Why did I opt for the Q over an iPhone?

1. Cost. The Q, $179 – the iPhone, $499, or $599. 2. Proven track record. The Q is a great phone and a reasonably good PDA – it has the track record to prove it. The iPhone might suck. Even if it doesn’t V 2.0 will be better. I’m going to give Apple some time to make it better and cost less. 3. Windows Ecosystem. I live in the Windows world and so does the Q – it remains to be seen how well the iPhone will do in a Windows world. 4. Verizon. Verizon provides the best all-around service of any carrier I’ve ever used. The phones work, I get great coverage, they don’t drop calls, and their customer service is excellent. Switching from Verizion to AT&T (which I’ve had bad experiences with) for an iPhone isn’t worth it. 5. Zimbra. We’re switching to a Zimbra mail setup at the office – I know the Q supports Zimbra Mobile – the iPhone may not. 6. Microsoft Outlook. I spend a lot of time in Microsoft Outlook. The Q has great support for Outlook – the iPhone may not.

I’m still a big fan of Apple’s products. I have an iPod and I use it almost everyday. I still really like the iPhone and I hope it’s great. I’m just waiting for a V 2.0 that’s better (more storage, better carrier options, a replaceable/extendable battery) and less expensive. The 1st iPod shipped in 2001 with 5g of storage – today, for the same money, you get 80g of storage and a much better product. I’m going to wait – at least a year. More to come on my Moto Q experience.

Update 06/21/07

See Apple already working on cheaper variants of iPhone 

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