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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

0. phoneArena 20 Aug 2012, 09:11 posted on

The Photon Q 4G LTE aims to offer one of the best QWERTY experience this side of Waterloo. Featuring laser-cut keys, individual LED backlighting and a full five rows, the Photon Q certainly makes a strong case for this fading piece of technology. Of course, a healthy feature set such as Android 4.0, 1.5GHz dual core processor, 4.3” ColorBoost display and an 8-megapixel camera don’t hurt the Photon Q’s case either. Read on to find out how the Photon Q compares to its all touch competition...

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posted on 21 Aug 2012, 19:34

49. ncstu (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I'm disappointed in the battery size, however, I use my ELTE all day and my battery doesn't die. Usage stats say my screen is about 75% so with the smaller screen maybe the Q will do ok? In any case my wife will be getting one because it has a keyboard. As a reminder to all, there is more to battery life than size. So there is also the possibility that it will get awful life for a battery that small. Personally, I've never replaced a cell phone battery so I don't care about that. For me the ELTE is the best phone in the world and for my wife this phone is.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:40

53. whoisnetworkdood (banned) (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


I feel bad for sprint customers as the RAZR/MAXX/HD wipes the floor with this phone.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:47 1

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well this is at least a more compelling choice than the original Droid Razr.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:27

61. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I too feel bad for Sprint customers. IDK why we get all the worst Motorola products. Verizon gets the best ones.

The Motorola devices on the Sprint network DO have the best reception though.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:54 1

65. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, it's true that Motorola really does take care of Verizon.

i want the Motorola experience to be just as good everywhere else as it is on Verizon though because most of us Verizon customers LOVE our Motorolas.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 15:52

56. cynicism (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I loved the HDMI port on my Optimus 2X, especially it being placed on the top. I could play games connected to my monitor while being powered at the same time. Don't have to worry about it running out of juice in the middle of my game. MHL a big fail in my books.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 17:27

57. ibap (Posts: 710; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


The real issue with physical QWERTY phones is that the manufacturers don't want to deal with them. They are mechanically more complex, and if they'd give us a top spec phone with a good keyboard, they'd sell a lot of them. Since they've deliberately dissed this market, people have decided the specs trump the keyboard. I was really looking forward to this phone, and now I'll have to go check this one out for myself.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 21:57

67. mickrussom (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


SIM card is not removable, Android 4.0 is obsolete (Im on JB 4.1.1), and battery is not removeable. Its utter obsolete lock-in trash. Sprint is also trash and a company full of liars and thieves. Go to straight talk ASAP, as the postpaid people are lying scum.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 01:51

70. Janell (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I've never had a phone like this; do they stand up to day-in, day-out back and forth sliding of that keypad??? It seems to me the thing would wear out quickly. Anyone know? I think it would be easier to go to this kind of phone if you weren't already on a touch screen. personally, I love the Samsung Galaxy SIII. I have mine on 4G LTE (via AT&T) and it flies my graphics designs from NYC to anywhere I need them to go.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 14:21

71. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


I sure miss having a qwerty keyboard.. Think im gonna have to go back to one when my contract is up..

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 07:02

75. lessy (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Aw man, finally I would have found a QUERTY/QUERTZ-phone and then it has A FIXED SIM? f**k that! I NEED a new, current, capable phone with a keyboard. What choice do I have now that I read this review? None whatsoever. (I live in Germany) Thanks for pointing it out, though. I would have tried to get my hands onto one soon if I hadn't known that...

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:47

76. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you know Sprint does this with all of their original LTE devices right?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:30

77. baugh009 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I am three months late to this forum; hence, I probably won't get a response. I am on Sprint because of cost. At the places that I most frequent, I have had excellent reception with the old candy bar Sanyos, the 7050 Sanyo flip, and adequate reception with a Blackberry Tour, and a Blackberry Style. My contract was up and I wanted something newer. I ordered the Galaxi S2 4G Touch.

I get "Roaming-out" at all the places that I had, at least, adequate reception with the others. I love the phone (Galaxi), for the reasons that most people do. However, for me, if I can't get adequate reception, then I don't what the phone.

Hence, despite the criticism leveled here, I am returning the S2 and ordering the Motorola Q G LTE. (Yes, I unerstand that I won't get 4G and the LTE is functioning, here. ) Also, I accept that the screen doesn't compare with the S2, and that the camera is subpar for an 8mp. However, what good is a beautiful screen and everything else if you can't get out or receive calls?

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 15:45

78. robinjk (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


Have had this phone for about two months now, after returning the first one within one week due to malfunction. Love the querty keyboard, but that's where the "great" part of this phone ends. The touchscreen is inconsistent and glitchy; sometimes a light tap will get you there, other times there's no response at all. Battery life is close to nil (expect to recharge 1-2 x day, depending on use), and since it's built into the phone there's no way to carry an extra to pop in. But probably the worst part of the phone is the incompetent customer service from the provider, Sprint. It took several DAYS to set up two of our phones, countless hours logged in on the phone with Sprint customer service, "supervisors" and even a trip back to the store (I refused to pay a restocking fee for a phone that didn't work). Boggles the mind how a smartphone like this can be so glitchy AND be backed up by such an abysmal service provideer. Shame on me for buying into the package. Won't happen again.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 09:54

79. photonex68 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


I just got this phone--it's my first smartphone--and I like it quite a bit. So what that I have to recharge it a bit more? I expected that anyway because I'm using it for a lot more things than just texting and calling. My husband and I both got these phones; they were set up in minutes, with only one problem where the salesperson accidentally aborted my husband's registration. We both got it *because* of the physical keyboard.

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