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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

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

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 22 Aug 2012, 10:27

52. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4332; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Bugger!!!! I wouldn't want to buy that!!!

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:49 2

11. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

MicroHDMI outdated?? Are you kidding me? The only reason MHL is popular is because manufacturers don't want to put another port on their phone. Its a great idea that fails in practice because it requires you to power the adapter, making you not even want to use it. Even consumers will tell you having a separate HDMI port is the way to go. Until they figure out a way to make an MHL port that doesn't require that, microHDMI is the clear winner.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:40 1

21. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Agreed. And its not like the port is very big. Lazy phone manufacturers is what not having the port means.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:07 2

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4332; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Oh, i was thinking about that too... Since when did having an HDMI port get outdated?
Are you from the future reviewing a present phone thinking of the past??

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:58 1

16. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

I think they mean because of what both Samsung and HTC are doing. there are adapters that plug into the microUSB. 90% never use the HDMI and confuse it with a charger port and jam their charger in there.

Personally: one port should be my data/charger/tv/audio port. One less hole in my device = one less hole in my case

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:00 1

17. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

what if you wanna use the lapdock or charge your phone while sharing your screen, it does use up a lot of juice

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:33

20. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


If you notice HTC got rid of the extra HDMI port and Samsung doesnt use it either. This can all be done on one universal port, hence its name Universal Serial Bus

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 00:32

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

well it keeps me from having to buy a compatible adapter and the inclusion of the micro HDMI port makes it backwards compatible with the Webtop accessories and HDMI is way faster than DLNA, that's not as viable an alternative and mas brings up a good point.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:06

58. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

The webtop dock was a fail. The Motorola rep even offered them to us at $99 since they didnt sell. I almost got one to sell on ebay.

you do make a valid point about HDMI being faster than DLNA though

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:17

59. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

well the gains for NOT making it backwards compatible don't outweigh the losses.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 00:44

73. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

They will discontinue it...
Here's a link from the future, please do not click on it till 9/15/2012

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 00:57

74. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

oh well, the HDMI port still doesn't bother me. it still means one extra adapter you don't have to make sure you have.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:40

42. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4332; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I'd still choose HDMI over the single universal port...gives me more freedom and option of connectivity.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 14:19 1

23. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

btw can you guys also review the Kyocera Rise? I know it will be crappy compared to this, but my wife wants a qwerty and feels the Photon Q is priced too high, so Im interested to see how the Rise is.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:24

60. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

It is overpriced, We just got our Kyocera Rise in today and I was quite impressed. Ive never liked Kyoceras phones, but this is the first device I would ever recommend to anyone that needs a slider.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:42

63. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

definitely not over the Photon Q, you should know as well as anybody that the cost of purchasing the device is insignificant compared to the cost of owning the device for the 2 years that you extend your contract by getting that subsidy.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:50

64. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

overpriced... any way you want to look at it. Its your opinion against every review out there.

Not worth it and I agree 100% with PAs review and their 7 score. Your opinion does not matter because you will take Motorola to your grave. Its the only brand you like.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 23:03

66. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

if it was between that and the Rise then i'd definitely pay the $200 because i don't want to have to pay the oodles of money i'd have to pay for my two year contract to get a price break on a cheap Pantech.

if it was between the Q and an SIII the choice would be subjective as far as what you want out of your daily driver but in terms of value the SIII has it beat because of it's resale value.

i'm just using my numbers here guy and you're right i probably would bring a Motorola to my grave that is until someone else improves enough to change my mind about that, i'm not closed minded, i like Samsung plenty actually and i even like HTC, not Sense but i like their Hardware so i would consider an HTC WP device since Motorola is clearly not an option there and their devices would probably pretty much have the same specs even if they were an option. Motorola is just really holding it down for me, it doesn't mean i dislike other companies that do a good job in one way or the other. just that i like one more overall.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 20:50

27. the_dave (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Non-removable batteries is the worst trend in electronics.

I'm tired of my Epic 4G qwerty but I have a total of 4 batteries for it. They are small, go in a wall charger, and I can carry 1-2 extras in my pocket at all times. It is the best way to fly. I guess with this phone I could use an external USB battery pack but they are bulkier.

I admit I'm a bit of a niche user but ffs, if manufacturers can't make adequately-powered batteries for smartphones then at least let us swap them out.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 21:59

30. crogs (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Your not as niche as you think. I have a few 1800mAh batteries and a few chargers. This is supposed to be a business class device and it's not very business like or productive to be tethered to a battery pack or ac outlet in the middle of the work day. I don't understand the bulky design yet the space saving embedded battery and sim card. I don't understand having an anemic sub 1800mAh battery or a 3500mAh battery but nothing in between. At least HTC threw a 2000mAh battery in there. Battery life is and has been a major Android issue/slash complaint. Why would they not address it in a 4th plus generation phone? It's also not very productive to have to buy a 2nd phone to travel overseas when you're spending $200 on a phone that is touted by Motorola as being "world friendly". What is world friendly about getting a phone bill for a week or two that will be roughly a quarter of the cost of the entire trip when you could pop in a $ 60 prepaid sim and get through your whole trip without refilling it?

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:17

48. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Couple problems with your logic, "business class" does not mean "will replace your laptop". The key advantage to having that keyboard is that you can text more effectively, but that alone shouldn't and probably won't, drain your battery to the point of tethering you to a charger.

It isn't a "bulky" design. The only device of this description that is any thinner is the Droid4, no other qwerty slider is thinner.

And lastly if you're involved in a business, which requires you to go overseas and use your phone for anything important, they typically reimburse you for the fees you incur, which includes cell phone bills. So unless your job BLOWS the cost shouldn't be a problem.
It is world friendly in that you don't need to worry about finding a new SIM card at all or the specifics of what some pay as you go outfit allows. I guess you prefer the other approach sure, and honestly so do I, but you make what this has sound like pulling teeth when it honestly aint that bad.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 10:21

50. crogs (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Sorry, but I already work extensively from my phone in documents to go. Why should I step backwords? These are convergence devices with plenty of horsepower to do most basic business functions. I've even done goto meetings on my phone and tablet. I create and edit various office docs, write lengthy emails and have serious sms conversations because the work environment doesn't dictate phone calls. Any of this would be a chore to break out the laptop. You need to step into the modern age and see how these devices can get utilized by today's "bussiness user" more importantly the road warrior types.

Bulky design is in reference to what was current over the last two years on top of the idea that embedding the battery and sim should provide space savings as well. There is more real estate on a two piece slider and there is more room without the casings for the battery and SIM for user accessibility along with larger removable battery cover. This should either allow for a slimmer overall design or room for a larger battery. There are neither of these. The Droid 4, a phone that is a year old is thinner with a slightly larger footprint. The footprint is less of a concern to being pocket friendly than the depth as it spreads out weight over a larger area where a smaller footprint and thicker device just concentrates it.

I'm a 1099, I pay my own bills, but that means i make more too. If I drop $2500 on an overseas trip I don't want an additional 1/5th of that cost in a phone bill that used to cost $60. And maybe you wouldn't care because it's not your money, but just because a business can pick up the tab, when you submit an expense report and your phone bill is now ten times more than it used to be and again a much larger portion of the overbill, that will send up red flags. Your attitude towards that is what is wrong with this world. It's not my money so what do I care what it costs.

So again, worldy friendly because it can is not the same as world friendly for the consumer. And these devices are marketed towards consumers and how they use the product.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 22:32

31. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

i love the keyboard on the Titan II! It was so awesome it disapeared

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 22:40

32. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

well atleast the bootloader is unlockable...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 22:50

33. crogs (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

at the expense of your warranty. Though I'm sure that can be worked around.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 23:11 2

34. mickrussom (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Obsolete garbage. No jelly bean. SIM is welded in place, battery is stupid-small and welded in place. Piece of utter garbage. Disgusting.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 10:22 1

51. crogs (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

A little harsh at least on the first point. There is no jelly bean in any non nexus device at the moment.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:41 1

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

the big positive thing on this is that you can buy the phone and go to MOTO's website and unlock the bootloader.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:32

62. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

aaand thats about the only good thing.

I wouldnt go as far as mickrussoms rant, but I was soooooo expecting this device to be better than it turned out to be. I went off in a similar rant when we got our training at Sprint for this device, however, I am over it. Its not that bad.

Best Slider at Sprint to date.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 00:17

36. 12013E12T (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)

Wow... a 7 is kind of surprising, I was expecting better. I mean, I can understand this being a 7 when compared to other super phones out there, but how does this compare to, say, upgrading from a Samsung Epic 4G?

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