As Sprint has launched bigger and better smartphones for 2012, it’s only natural that we see an entrant in the QWERTY arena and that’s why Sprint decided to bring its customers the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone. Now many of you are thinking wait a minute— the original Photon 4G was neither an LTE smartphone nor a phone with a slide-out keyboard. While those two points are certainly true, the 2012 refresh of the Photon Q certainly has a lot going for it. There’s a fast processor, gorgeous ColorBoost display and a pretty slick design. Moreover, it doesn’t hurt the physical keyboard is possibly one of the best keyboards on an Android phone.
The Photon Q has internals that competes quite nicely with other premium phones, but the phone is priced at a princely sum of $200. That’s certainly a far cry from Motorola’s Atrix HD which is essentially a premium smartphone priced at $100. Then again Sprint’s other QWERTY smartphones currently in its lineup are the Samsung Epic 4G that is priced at $100— despite it being a two-year old device and the Kyocera Rise smartphone priced at $20. So in essence, the Photon Q certainly has an edge over the other QWERTY devices because of the fact that well, there’s virtually no other phone to compete with in Sprint’s lineup as far as pure specs and raw power. So is Sprint’s newest Motorola toy worth the price? Join us after the break to see if the phone is indeed worth the money.
What you are looking at pictured above is Verizon’s rebate information on the Samsung device pictured below. This may not be that ultimate leak you have been dying for but it says that Big Red is going to offer a $50 rebate for the upcoming Samsung Illusion, a 3G phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The only real info we have on this device is a flickr image and some speculated specs. We expect the Illusion to have either an 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a 480 x 320 screen, and a 3 to 5MP camera. We originally believed the device to have a possible $50-$100 price tag, but with this leaked rebate info we may actually see this device cost nada. Either way, if your looking for an affordable QWERTY device keep an eye out over the next couple weeks because that is when we expect to see the device become available. Besides, the rebate period is only valid between Nov. 1st and Nov. 28th.
The Cliq 2, from T-Mobile, is now available on their website and in stores for purchase starting today. This is a much different Cliq this time around folks and could very well be a worthy successor to its previous model. The Cliq 2 offers a full qwerty slide out keyboard with something a little new in the design dept. It also offers T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G speeds, a 1GHz processor and 3.7″ multi-touch capacitive display. The device is only offered in one color at the moment, smoke gray. So, if you’re ready for an upgrade to your Cliq 1, and wanted something more along the G2 lines, only sporting MotoBlur, the Cliq 2 is your device. Head on over to T-Mobile’s site or check the device out at your nearest local retailer.