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Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the durability and design are generally positive. The screen and performance also get good comments. Many are negative about the size and camera. The reception and reliability get mixed reviews.

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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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the durability and price. The portability and performance also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the size and sound. The reception and camera get mixed reviews.

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56% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

May, 2015

Expert review by: Nathan Olivarez-Giles (

A Slider That Slips


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 price point.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: David Pierce (

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE review


Most phone manufacturers have firmly decided the on-screen keyboard is the future. A few companies, like Pantech and Samsung, still make handsets with physical keyboards, but they typically feel like throwaway devices that were built just to use spare...

Good, roomy keyboard ; Fast performance ; Genuinely useful software tweaks

Keyboard causes some build problems ; Thick and heavy ; Sprint's LTE isn't widespread yet

A high-end phone for keyboard lovers

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE


The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE delivers a comfy keyboard, bright screen and world roaming capabilities.

Large comfortable physical keyboard; Bright sharp display with vivid color; Solid performance and graphics; Decent battery life; World roaming capability

Bulky design; Camera produces hazy photos; 4G LTE not widely available yet

Click to EnlargeRoad warriors wary of giving up the physical keyboard on their BlackBerry will have a more than suitable replacement in the $199 Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. Not only is this smartphone easy to type on, but its speedy processor, bright...

Aug, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Alex Colon (

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: Jeffrey Van Camp (

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE


The Motorola Photon was one of our favorite Sprint phones last year. Its comfortable styling and fast processing stood in sharp contrast to many of the other phones hitting the market. But with a new year comes a new phone. In its second go round,...

Fantastic keyboard ; Fast processor ; Runs Android 4.0 ; Good feel and size ; 4G LTE connectivity

Poor battery life while idling ; Camera doesn't match up to competitors ; Poor LTE availability on Sprint ; Some call drops and data slowdowns

The Photon Q is a perfect phone for anyone who wants a slide-out keyboard. For mobile typing, it doesn't get better than this.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Armando Rodriguez (

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 (

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE ( Sprint)


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 (

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: Chris Burns (

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review


This week we've had a look at the next slide-out QWERTY smartphone to hit the 4G LTE universe in the Motorola PHOTON Q. This device represents some of the best and the worst in the smartphone market today, starting with Motorola's lovely take on a...

As it stands, this is a rather nice piece of hardware on a surprisingly less than acceptable network. If you've used this carrier before and you've had a lot of luck, then certainly you'll be good to go with this device. But if you're new to the...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Brian K. (

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
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