Make no mistake, this ain't your daddy's Motorola Q. Amp'd Mobile, an MVNO that targets the young-and-urban demographic, introduced its own, semirevamped version of the sleek Moto Q for all its young, future corporate-climbing subscribers. Since the hardware and core applications of the Amp'd Q are similar to the other models, we will concentrate on the different, carrier-specific content and the performance of the Amp'd Edition for this review. For more information on the design and basic features, please read our review of the Motorola Q. The Motorola Q, Amp'd Edition is available for $199.
The Motorola Q, Amp'd Edition features an updated Flash interface that makes it a little less business-like and a little more hip and edgy. By default, the sleek Amp'd home screen is set as the background image, and the carrier's entertainment portal is placed prominently at the top of the screen (rather than recently used apps, which are now on the bottom of the screen) for easy access. Of course, you can customize the Q to your liking and change the layout, the display image, the color scheme, and the backlight time. If the preloaded images don't float your boat, you can purchase a wide range of graphics and wallpapers from Amp'd Live.
The Amp'd version of the Q sports the newer, black casing and ships with an AC adapter, a 256MB mini SD card and an adapter, and reference material. To find more accessories, wallpapers, and ringtones for the Motorola Q, please check out our cell phone accessories page.
Entertainment to go, albeit a little slow
Amp'd Mobile provides a lot of content to keep users informed and entertained through its Amp'd Live TV and music offerings. Amp'd TV gives you access to channels such as Fox News, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, A&E, Discovery Mobile, and much more. The carrier also produces original programming with titles including Lil' Hollywood, which captures the trials and tribulations of celebrities in animated episodes, and a fashion show called Fashion Sense. For music fans, you can listen to streaming audio via Amp'd Radio or purchase songs for 99 cents. In addition, the smart phone has integrated Bluetooth with support for the A2DP profile, so you can pair the phone with stereo Bluetooth headsets.