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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 reviews of Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and screen. The portability and performance also get good views. There are mixed reviews on the reception and camera, while the size and sound get negative views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 user reviews of Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Opinions about the price and screen are on the whole positive. The portability and performance also get good reviews, but many are less positive about the size and sound. Views about the reception and battery are mixed.

usability, performance, portability, screen, price

reliability, sound, size

59% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Motorola Photon Q 4G Android Phone (Sprint)Motorola Photon Q 4G Android Phone (Sprint)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

Motorola Photon Q Review

 

The Motorola Photon Q is the company's QWERTY slider smartphone for the Sprint network. It is a cousin of Verizon's Droid 4, works on Sprint's LTE network and has worldwide roaming capabilities. As you may have suspected, this is a [...]

While the Motorola Photon Q is not going to win any design awards, users who are looking at a QWERTY slider already know all the usual size trade-offs and we found that the main things that mattered to them was “typing performance”, followed by overall...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Nathan Olivarez-Giles (wired.com)

Review: Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

 

Motorola's new Photon Q, which has a sliding physical keyboard, feels like it's lagging in comparison to today's top-of-the-line Android handsets, particularly at its $200...

Nice backlit keyboard makes for comfortable and easy thumb-typing (if you must). Aside from Google’s own stock Android, Motorola’s installation is the best out there. Splash-resistant coating

Slow, unresponsive and underperforming, considering what’s inside. Low-resolution display is unfit for an HD world. Price is double what it should be. Styling to rival an ’86 Chrysler LeBaron. Paltry 8GB of storage

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE (Sprint)

 

Ever-larger smartphone screens may have obviated the need for a physical keyboard for many, but plenty of consumers still like the feel of buttons underneath their thumbs. The $199 Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE caters to that group, and, with its...

Aug, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Alex Colon (pcmag.com)

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE (Sprint)

 

It's been a long time since Sprint's had a great keyboarded smartphone. The Motorola Admiral was pretty good, but the BlackBerry-style keyboard and push-to-talk capabilities weren't for everyone. And the Samsung Epic 4G paired a top-notch smartphone...

Sublime hardware keyboard. Speedy performance. 4G LTE support

Mediocre call quality. Average camera. Bulky

The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE packs plenty of power and a fantastic hardware keyboard for Sprint subscribers that prefer sending messages to making calls.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Armando Rodriguez (pcworld.com)

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Review: A Nice Keyboard, but Middling Call Quality

 

As someone who uses his phone more often to send text messages than to make calls, I've been disappointed at the lack of phones with physical keyboards. Software keyboards are getting better every year (my favorite for Android is SwiftKey); but until I...

Excellent keyboard ; Very little bloatware

LTE not available in most places ; Call quality is muffled

If you're looking for a smartphone with a great physical keyboard, look no further than the Motorola Photon Q.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Bennett (cnet.com)

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE (Sprint) review:

 

It's not news that Android QWERTY sliders, once the staple of midrange and even luxury smartphones, have become few and far between. Sprint's current hot handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and HTC Evo 4G LTE, are both card-carrying members of the...

The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE brings a fast processor, a superb keyboard, Android 4.0, and a bright, colorful screen.

Until Sprint LTE is more widespread, the Photon Q 4G LTE is mostly stuck with 3G data. The phone is thick and heavy, it takes disappointing pictures, and its battery isn't user-removable.

The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is hefty, but packs modern Android power, an excellent keyboard, and LTE 4G if you're lucky.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Brad Molen (engadget.com)

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE review: the best full QWERTY phone on Sprint's network

 

More Info Motorola ICS UI review Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE available August 19th for $200 Photon Q 4G LTE is coming 'very soon' The future

Capable of GSM roaming ; Wonderful edge-lit keyboard ; Unlocked bootloader

Non-removable battery and SIM card ; Disappointing battery life ; Camera not up to par for a premium device

The Photon Q is the best QWERTY phone on Sprint, but it comes at a higher-than-expected price.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Brian K. (phonearena.com)

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

 

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...

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

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...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Phil Nickinson (androidcentral.com)

Sprint Motorola Photon Q review

 

It's not every day that a phone makes you want to put on a suit and tie. And pants. That's one of the perks of this job -- we can review any phone, at any time, and any stage of undress we s...

But that's beyond the scope of the phone. If you're looking for a slider Android phone on Sprint, the Photon Q is a no-brainer.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Adama D. Brown (brighthand)

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Review

 

The Motorola Photon Q is Sprint's latest smartphone to take aim at business travelers and frequent emailers. Brighthand investigates how well it holds up.

Excellent performance ; Nice keyboard ; International roaming

Sealed battery compartment ; Marginal battery life ; Non-removable SIM cards

The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is arguably Motorola’s best device for texters and emailers since the Droid 3, and has a lot of things that will make business travelers happy. Unfortunately, it also has some compromises that make it problematic for that...

Sep, 2012

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1785
Standby time (2G):220
Talk time (2G):7.5

Call management

Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Voice commands: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.3
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Slider

Display

Display diagonal:10.9
Display Resolution:540 x 960
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touchscreen: Yes

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY

Memory

Internal RAM:1

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Position location: Yes

Networking

2G standards:GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, WCDMA
4G: Yes
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.0.4
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calendar
Proximity sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB port: Yes

Processor

Processor Cores:2
Processor frequency:1.5

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.0.4

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:1024
Internal storage capacity:8
Maximum memory card size:32

Technical Details

Google applications:Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Talk
GSM bands supported:850,900,1800,1900

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.37
Height :12.6
Weight:170
Width:6.6