Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

It was a little over a year ago when the Motorola Photon 4G launched on Sprint, so it seems like the right time for a follow up. Motorola has done just that with the Photon Q 4G LTE. The addition of LTE speaks for itself and the Q signifies the addition of a QWERTY slider keyboard. This device is very much like the DROID 4 with a little more horsepower and the addition of the same diamond cut corners that were on the original Photon.

The Photon 4G LTE has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) ColorBoost display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, 1785mAh battery, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and Android 4.0.4. It’s also considered a world phone, but the SIM isn’t removable so it’s not going to be as flexible as you would like since you’re forced to work with Sprint’s roaming agreements abroad.

Since it’s a QWERTY, it’s not the thinnest phone in the world at 13.7mm thick, but the keyboard is the most usable and the sexiest to date. If you are a Sprint customer and you love QWERTY’s, then this is the phone for you, but I’m still questioning the $199 price tag on this one. On the flipside, the Photon Q 4G LTE is the first Motorola phone to have an unlockable bootloader via the tools on their new site.

Our own Roy Alugbue will do a full review, but for now check out my initial hands on video after the break.


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Jeroham Ortiz

    Looks neat! I would get it and switch again with Sprint but they don’t have a date for LTE here in PR and their 3G speeds are lately too slow,

  • David Tomson

    i wish Motorola would make something like this available on ATT