MY EFFIN OPINION - A Christmas Rant on a Dream Phone lets go back two years ago when i had a LG 9800 (the old envy). nice phone, it talked to me. it told me who was calling, i liked it. didnt ever mess up, but it was a simple enough phone so i upgraded. blackberry pearl 8100. wasn't sure about this purchase before i got it. looked cool on paper, looked like somewhat like a bitch phone in real life, but it was cool. i had no idea of anything to do with blackberry at the time, i thought blackberrys were for idiots- those phoney hollywood types, right? it turned out to be a wonderful phone. i never once got tired of using it, never got frustrated with it and was continually amazed how many things i could do with it. i frequently thought, 'damn, this is the best phone ive ever used, no question'. battery life was awesome, and i could charge it from any old 5v source. never worried about battery life. sound quality was admittedly not strong, but it wasnt bad at all so it was a neutral point. overall, that phone was my buddy. then the devil sprint SERO plan came in. $30 a month for unlimited internet, texts and mobile to mobile? 500 anytime with n/w@7pm? sign me up. tmobile phone on sprint network? nope, bye bye pearl. pearl2 on sprint? yes, but for a FORTY DOLLAR PREMIUM A MONTH. so instead of $30 a month it would be $70. worth it? hell no..... i thought at the time so this is where the Q9c comes in. my first windows smartphone. cool i can use orb. (sigh)..... snap back to reality, nope nothing works really- that phone is sorta whack but i think youre too far along to take it back. why rhyme? because im crazy with frustration with this phone. first of all, the battery life sucks. if the Q was bad with the regular battery... oh my god. maybe it wouldnt be so bad if it didnt take half a day to charge up. OR IF THIS STUPID POS WOULD CHARGE FROM A DEAD BATTERY OFF A LAPTOP. yes, lets get into the charging of the q9c. actually, let me just say f u motorola. oh, my blackberry charger wont charge the battery, but it is good enough to run the phone? how does it even know im using a different charger? whatever, all i know is i cant get this phone to charge in my truck or any other way besides in a house with the supplied charger when the battery is totally flat (which occurs often). its just a fuckin usb 5v source, what the hell is wrong with using other brands chargers? if the phone has enough juice to connect to active sync, only THEN will it charge off a laptop. phooey, my blackberry took anything that was 5v, it didnt care. it just charged and charged away. alarm. WTF IS IT. thats not an alarm, thats a slide rule calculator what doesnt have a sounding ring. couldnt be more of a pain in the ass to set, it doesnt always work, and it doesnt work when the phone is off. my blackberry would sometimes die during the night, but in the morning it would regain just enough to turn back on by itself and sound the alarm. I NEVER MISSED AN ALARM ON MY PEARL. never. it was always there for me. my q9c is an absolute JOKE in this regard. sound quality- amazing. it kills my pearl. best sounding phone i have ever heard. the sound and the keyboard are easily the best features of the phone. they are great. volume control, -or volume integration throughout the entire system- if you will. 'what volume am it turning up? did the system volume go down or the program volume? what program isnt working? (oh wait thats another section) froze. wait..... wait.... push buttons, have fun.... super speed button launcher go! phone runs though everything quickly... getting confsuing back to volume control. it would be much better if the side roller acted like a hardware control. god i wish it did, for video porn's sake. back charging contacts. my pearl had them. just drop the phone in its cradle on the table and you go no worries. my q? find the cord, find the cord, find the cord, put it in, have a cord dangling from the phone all day because you cant just charge the phone for the few minutes you dont use it between uses... get it? it just adds another never ending burn for the q... So im done now my buzz is wearing off. please anyone who wants to debate with my opinions, speak up im always open for discussion. after saying all though, and after a year of having the pearl and comparing it to a plethora of others, i am 100% absolutely convinced that blackberrys are the best phones in america and the motorola q's are pretty damn cool but at the same time very damn lame when you go to use it for everyday tasks (stock admittedly, but there isnt many good free apps either). no doubt no question no debate its almost funny to compare it to a blackberry though. blackberrys are phones that can do smartphone tasks and do them both well. a windows q9c smartphone is a crappy computer that can make voice calls usually.