Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE (Sprint)
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: PHOTON-Q-4G-LTE
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CNET editors' review
price range: $539.99 - $549.99
- Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
- Reviewed on: 08/21/2012
- Released on: 08/19/2012
The good: The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE brings a fast processor, a superb keyboard, Android 4.0, and a bright, colorful screen.
The bad: Until Sprint LTE is more widespread, the Photon Q 4G LTE is mostly stuck with 3G data. The phone is thick and heavy, it takes disappointing pictures, and its battery isn't user-removable.
The bottom line: The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is hefty, but packs modern Android power, an excellent keyboard, and LTE 4G if you're lucky.
Decent phone if you must have a physical keyboard
by KGilfillan on April 8, 2013
Pros: See pros in summary
Cons: See cons in summary
Summary: On to the device: Like all smartphones, this phone has its pros and cons. I finally went with this phone because of the physical keyboard, which is very roomy. My ...
Summary: On to the device: Like all smartphones, this phone has its pros and cons. I finally went with this phone because of the physical keyboard, which is very roomy. My only issue with the keyboard is that it can be a buggy, due to the software needing to select the Motorola keyboard (for physical keyboard) or Swype (my preferred on-screen keyboard). I try to keep the setting on Swype, since I do use it occasionally for quick messages and don't want to change my input every time, but sometimes this makes some important functions, such as capitalization, not work on the physical keyboard. :/ I did not have this issue on my Samsung Epic 4G.
The hardware is very good on this phone; I don't feel like it's going to break at any moment like I did with my Samsung. However, I am still trying to get used to Motorola's oversimplification of Android ICS...I'm honestly not sure if this blame should be placed on Motorola or Android developers (I know this is supposed to be a 'cleaner' version of ICS), but when comparing the software on my phone to my dad's HTC One and my friend's Samsung Galaxy III, their versions make a lot more sense to me and allow more customization. I hate scrolling through my homescreens and the last one is solely devoted to homescreen options...which I haven't found a way to change.
I also cannot set which screen I want to be my default homescreen; I've never been limited in this way before. I'm considering trying a different launcher. Another thing that really bothers me about this phone: the excess space beneath the screen that could easily fit capacitive keys for the "back", "home", and, "recent" keys. Instead, these buttons are crammed in at the bottom of the screen, which was really just a stupid decision. Why take up more screen real-estate when there's plenty of room beneath the screen? I'm also a bit disappointed in the washed-out pictures the 8mp camera takes, but I was well aware of that before I purchased this phone, so that doesn't affect my rating.
Otherwise, this phone is fast and so far reliable...unlike my Samsung Epic (which I had replaced by another Epic when I first got it because of all its issues, turned out it was just a terrible phone). It's so nice to actually be able to use GPS and all the other features on my phone for once. I can talk on my phone now for longer than 5 minutes! The signal strength in general seems to be way better with this phone. The battery life is decent(once again, at least better than my Epic), but I still keep a charger on me at all times. While the device alone probably deserves closer to 3 stars, I'm giving it 4 because of the lack of options when it comes to smartphones with physical keyboards.
Before you purchase, take more profit at: Sprintandroidphones.blogspot.com/p/photon-q-4g.html
Hope I helps, enjoy!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Perks not worth aggravation of Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
by spiderchik on February 25, 2013
Pros: Full keyboard, large screen, dropped in water and still works with otterbox case protector.
Cons: non removable battery cover, Software updates render phone useless, no SD card, keyboard key coating rubbed off in 3rd week, battery life goes way down after 1 month of use, heavy and large, runs on 3G, lte not available
Summary: Had i been aware of the lack of SD card, non removable battery cover and issues with the software updating, i would have forgone the full keyboard and went with ...
Summary: Had i been aware of the lack of SD card, non removable battery cover and issues with the software updating, i would have forgone the full keyboard and went with a better functioning phone.In addition, the newest issue i'm experiencing is from the lack of SD card. I can't download all of the apps i want to use because there is no additional storage space for them.
Also, what is the point of having a 4G LTE phone when the LTE service is not available yet in my area. I almost can't wait until this phone dies so that i can be rid of it.
Software updates 2 of 3 times have rendered the phone so useless that i had to take it to a sprint store to have a tech fix the issue.
The keyboard keys started peeling and chipping off after only 3 weeks of usage..seems that if a phone's main feature is a full keyboard, more care would have been taken to see that the keys are durable.
Updated on Feb 25, 2013
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: PHOTON-Q-4G-LTE
- Description: Shoot off texts and emails faster than ever before. Wondering how? Motorola PHOTON Q features a keyboard with 5 full rows of laser-cut, evenly spaced and elevated keys including a row just for numbers. That means your fingers fly effortlessly when writing your notes. Add to that LED edge-lighting and you'll see where your fingers are even in the dark. Typing has never been easier. Featuring a 4.3" ColorBoost display, the Motorola PHOTON Q makes doing everything on your phone... well, better. Browse the web without enlarging text, look at detail-rich pictures without having to zoom in, and on a screen this size, watching a show won't strain your eyes. And with Motorola's exclusive ColorBoost display, colors are incredibly rich and vibrant, and words are more clear than ever before.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Slider - Full keyboard,
- Phone Design PDA
- Resistance Splashproof,
Scratch resistant glass
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.6 in
- Depth 0.54 in
- Height 4.98 in
- Weight 6 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider Sprint Nextel
- Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Application Software Quickoffice,
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard,
Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Google Talk
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Google+
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support
- Mobile Services Google Play Music,
Google Play Books,
Google Play Movies,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface NFC,
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features Text-to-Speech (text recognition),
Software updates BOTA (Blur Over The Air)
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards Real Audio,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Clock Speed 1.5 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Dual Core
- RAM 1 GB
- Bult-in Memory 8 GB
- User Memory 8 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Features Video recording
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps,
Google Maps Street View,
Google Maps Navigation
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Display Resolution 960 x 540 pixels
- Connector Type Micro-USB,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Capacity 1785 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 450 min,
Standby - up to 220 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter