Excerpt: 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.
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: The $199 Samsung Galaxy S III has a sexier design and more innovative features, while the HTC EVO 4G LTE has a faster camera and built-in kickstand. But if you want to enter text fast without worrying about typos, the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is a fine choice.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Pros: Sharp and large qHD display, fast, very good reception.
Excerpt: A photon moves at the speed of light, shines brightly and has a resting mass of zero. That said, it’s a damn good name for Motorola’s latest Android phone. The Photon brings 4G speeds and dual-core processing power to Sprint customers.
Pros: Brawny phone on a fast network is great for data-gobbling apps. Ships with latest version of Android (Gingerbread 2.3.4). Kickstand for movies and physical shutter button for 8-megapixel camera are nice touches. Fast, fast, fast.
Cons: Sucks battery like a Hoover. Annoying UI is annoying. Optional 0 “Webtop” dock (shown in the photo at top) is a waste of your hard-earned cash.
Summary: The Motorola Photon 4G is one powerful and versatile smartphone, boasting a first-rate industrial design, brilliant display, excellent gaming performance, and a sharp (albeit sluggish) camera.