Summary: Most phone manufacturers have firmly decided the on-screen keyboard is the future. A few companies, like Pantech and Samsung, still make handsets with physical keyboards, but they typically feel like throwaway devices that were built just to use spare parts from 2006. Only Motorola remains committed to the form factor, and the company continues to churn out Droid after Droid with a full, sliding QWERTY keyboard.
Pros: Good, roomy keyboard, Fast performance, Genuinely useful software tweaks
Cons: Keyboard causes some build problems, Thick and heavy, Sprint's LTE isn't widespread yet
Summary: Motorola and Sprint are companies on the outside looking in when it comes to their respective fields. Both companies trail their rivals - Apple and Samsung for Motorola, AT&T and Verizon in Sprint's case - and want to grow to be an elite competitor. The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, available now at Sprint, is a small part of that effort.
Summary: Road warriors wary of giving up the physical keyboard on their BlackBerry will have a more than suitable replacement in the $199 Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. Not only is this smartphone easy to type on, but its speedy processor, bright display and world roaming capabilities means that the Photon Q can get the job done in almost any corner of the globe.
Pros: Large comfortable physical keyboard, Bright sharp display with vivid color, Solid performance and graphics, Decent battery life, World roaming capability
Cons: Bulky design, Camera produces hazy photos, 4G LTE not widely available yet
Conclusion: With the Photon Q 4G LTE, Motorola continues its upward trend in design and usability. The Q keeps up with competing phones in every important way and though the battery and camera still leave something to be desired, they are serviceable. Most importantly, the Photon Q is a perfect phone for anyone who wants a slide-out keyboard. For mobile typing, it doesn’t get better than this.
Pros: Fantastic keyboard, Fast processor, Runs Android 4.0, Good feel and size, 4G LTE connectivity
Cons: Poor battery life while idling, Camera doesn't match up to competitors, Poor LTE availability on Sprint, Some call drops and data slowdowns
Conclusion: So, is Motorola’s Photon Q a good enough phone to keep the QWERTY alive? Probably not, considering it is probably the carrier's fourth best LTE phone. Still, for those who just can’t let the QWERTY go, the Photon Q does offer an outstanding keyboard to go along with a respectable set of features. The Photon Q may not have the highest resolution screen or best camera, but it does offer quality hardware and quick performance with some nice software tweaks.
Pros: Well designed, comfortable to use physical keyboard, Snappy OS performance, Bright, vivid display
Cons: Non-HD screen resolution, Camera performance could have been better, A fixed battery means you’ll need to manage your battery better
Conclusion: With the Photon Q 4G LTE, Motorola succeeds on a few fronts. It spruces up Sprint’s unremarkable hardware-QWERTY lineup, and gives Verizon Wireless converts looking for a Droid 4-like experience reason to consider the Now Network. More important, though, it improves on the experience provided by the original Photon 4G, and goes a little way toward restoring the prestige of the venerable “Q” brand. As in Hollywood, success in the smartphone world can’t always be found by...
Pros: The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is available now, exclusively from , . Though its full retail price is a steep $549.99, that’s on par with other devices in its class, and if you’re a new Sprint customer -or a Sprint customer eligible for upgrade discounts- that price drops to a more manageable $199.99 in exchange for a 2-year contract commitment.
Cons: The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is available now, exclusively from , . Though its full retail price is a steep $549.99, that’s on par with other devices in its class, and if you’re a new Sprint customer -or a Sprint customer eligible for upgrade discounts- that price drops to a more manageable $199.99 in exchange for a 2-year contract commitment.
Motorola Photon 4G Reviewed - Sprint's Next Big Thing, Now!
30 September 2011
Excerpt: Sprint hasn't been known as a carrier that has powerful Motorola smartphones, but things have been changing for the better. The XPRT debuted on Sprint as the counterpart to the Droid Pro and now the Photon 4G has popped up to take on the Atrix 4G...
Conclusion: If you’re in the market for a new wireless carrier, the Photon 4G gives you a good reason to consider Sprint. Unlike the EVO 3D, Motorola’s new phone doesn’t rely on crafty gimmicks. It’s just a good overall phone. Unfortunately, while we like the design and craftsmanship, the Photon does suffer from the same screen issues that have plagued recent Motorola devices, and the camera is nothing to write home about.
Pros: Great design and feel, Motorola's widgets rock, Battery life slightly higher than other dual-cores, 16GB internal storage, Large 4.3-inch screen, Sprint 4G WiMax works great in some areas
Cons: Poor screen quality, Can't charge and use kickstand, Camera does not impress, NinjaBlur is bland, Sprint doesn't have 4G LTE
Excerpt: The Motorola Photon 4G is Sprint's latest top tier Android smartphone. It runs Android OS 2.3.4 Gingerbread on a dual core Tegra 2 1GHz CPU. The Photon is both a world phone with GSM for roaming overseas and a WiMAX 4G phone. Reception is above average on Sprint's network for both 3G and 4G, though WiMAX coverage is still spotty and Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A network is slower than the other three big US carriers. This a a large phone with a 4.3" qHD display.
Pros: Sharp and large qHD display, fast, very good reception.