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: 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Sharp and large qHD display, fast, very good reception.
Motorola Photon 4G Reviewed - Sprint's Next Big Thing, Now!
9 August 2011
Summary: 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. But is it just a carbon copy, or something more?
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.