Ahead of its time, but ultimately doomed by Motoroogle
6 September 2014
Summary: This device was ahead of its time but was totally undermined by sharty Motorola software and stupid Google decisions, not the least of which was reneging on the promised ICS support for this phone. This left me stuck in a 2 year contract with a phone that was obsolete 3 months after I bought it. They even admitted they shafted us but offered us no upgrade path or compensation WHATSOEVER (see CNET article "Android Users Outraged Over Motorola's Broken Promise").
Summary: I am not satisfied with functionality of this product. I both this product and took it to central Africa. t worked for 3 weeks and then stopped. I have been told that this product has problems to be properly unlocked. I will not recommend this product to others.
Excerpt: The phone is sturdy without feeling bulky. It's sharp looking and the gorilla glass is great for resisting scratches. Unfortunately, there's nothing else good to say about this phone. Features and usability are average at best. Typical Sprint bloatware doesn't help. 4G is horrible. 3G makes the slow phone seem even slower. Crashes. Poor speaker phone quality. Swype is only ok, but touch is unusable.
Pros: It hasn't shorted out in my pocket
Cons: Motorola's bait and switch on the OS support. Come out with a year old OS and then never up date., Locking down the firmware - on top of not supporting upgrades., Sprint - need I say more?
Excerpt: Allow me to preface this by saying that the ONLY reason I have had this phone this long is because I have been waiting for an upgrade. However, due to Sprint's poor service, I am switching to a different carrier altogether. This phone works well long enough for the 14 day free replacement warranty to run out. I have to restart my phone daily or it will not ring when I receive a phone call or message (even with the volume at full blast).
Pros: Durable design., Excellent camera., Large display.
Cons: Made by satan as a joke on the rest of us who bought this., See summary.
Excerpt: I had such high hopes for my first Android (coming off the failed Palm Pre). And while this phone started out well, soon it was in BIG TROUBLE and no amount of factory resetting helped the slowness going screen to screen, the failure of the touch screen, the slowness of loading a website. And the ultimate insult: Motorola failing to live up to their promise to upgrade the Android system (I now have applications that will no longer work). The camera is crap indoors.
Pros: Solid feel though a bit heavy, I've dropped it several times and AOK
Cons: After 6 months totally craps out, Moto's broken promise to upgrade system
Perks not worth aggravation of Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
25 February 2013
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.
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: Well I should have known better after all the troubles I had with the previous Photon but all the good reviews said this was a great phone. Battery life is horrible considering the only thing i use the phone for is texting and talking and very little of either. I might make 3 or 4 calls a day and texting maybe twice. The primary reason I got the phone is for the international use because I travel occasionally.
Excerpt: I got this phone as a swap for my s2 which has now had major over heating issues, leading to failure twice. This was suppost to be an acceptable and comparable solution. In comparison it is slow unresponsive, a lot less intuitive than my S2 and general a pain in the neck to operate in comparison. I had high hopes that phone would be acceptable and more reliable solution than my S2. It feels more solid and has a better battery life.
Pros: It is though but it needs be as your going to want to chunk it., It looks nice, but so does a $5 dollar paper weight., The Display is good, The camera may be good the phone it self was to slow use it though
Cons: Slow, Clunky unintuitive UI, Dismal battery life, Slow text input, Bad call quality, Bad reception, Multi-media yeah right you would be lucky to take photos at an effective speed with this thing, Internet I could boot my laptop faster and check the things I need to faster., Over all a Disappointment and I am an nvidia fanboy and this thing still fails to impress.