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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE

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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review
Callers were impressed with the Photon Q. They said we sounded realistic with no echo, and that we were clear even with a lot of background noise. Overall they rated us an 8.25/10. We would have liked a better sounding earpiece, but it got the job done. Callers sounded a bit hollow and thin, but we didn’t have any issues understanding them.


The 1785mAh is rated for 7.5 hours of talk and in our time with the Photon Q it was passable. As one might expect the screen was the biggest culprit in battery drain, but most users could go through the day without having to recharge. It would be a good idea to keep a spare charger at the office though, due to the lack of a removable battery.


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. The Photon Q may not have the highest resolution screen or best camera, but it does offer quality hardware and quick performance with some nice software tweaks. There is plenty of room for improvement and we hope to see a true high end Motorola device on Sprint again soon, but for now the Photon Q is a good option for users upgrading from the Epic Touch or coming from a BlackBerry.

Android 4.0.4
Software 77.6.36.XT897.Sprint.en.US
Build number 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-89_ASA-36

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  • Well designed, comfortable to use physical keyboard
  • Snappy OS performance
  • Bright, vivid display


  • Non-HD screen resolution
  • Camera performance could have been better
  • A fixed battery means you’ll need to manage your battery better
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Dual-core, 1500 MHz
Size4.98 x 2.60 x 0.54 inches
(126.4 x 66 x 13.7 mm)
6.00 oz  (170 g)
Battery1785 mAh, 7.5 hours talk time

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