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Motorola Photon Q (Sprint)

3.5 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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  • Display: 4.3-inches
  • Camera: 8-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • PC-like 5-row keyboard with LED edge-lighting makes typing fast and effortless in any setting
  • Big 4.3 inch ColorBoost display with unbelievably vibrant colors
  • Smart Actions can extend your battery life by automatically adjusting the way you want your phone to act based on situations, environment, or time
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 2.59 inches, 0.54 inches, 4.97 inches
  • Weight: 5.92 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: LTE
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 750 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 204 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

*4G LTE models may require LTE sim card, which is not included but will be provided by your carrier. Data plan may be required for use.
This wonderfully made dual - core phone , which offers a 4G connectivity, that has all the useful features a smartphone must need to have to work well such as: an HD display, an 8 Mega pixel camera that captures all the greatest moments we have and with a 1GB RAM.

Phone Specifications

Accessories Camera Connectivity Data Display General Input
Case 8.0 MP Bluetooth A-Gps Color Alarm Side Keys
Screen Protector Camera Flash Mobile Hotspot Airplane Mode Touch Screen Calculator
Video Camera PC Sync

Motorola Photon Q (view larger).
Motorola Photon Q

  • 4G LTE connectivity

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor

  • 8 MP rear camera with 1080p HD for crisp, clear HD videos

  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD for high-quality video chats

  • 4.3-inch with ColorBoost display offers vibrant colors

  • 4G mobile hotspot capability supporting up to eight devices
At a Glance

Fast Keyboard. Big screen. World smart.

The Motorola Photon Q features 4G LTE and a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor for fast, easy multitasking on Android 4.0. Offering both virtual and five-row PC-like physical QWERTY keyboards, the Photon Q provides the best of both worlds for fast typing. And, with edge-lit keys, you can type easily at night.

The Photon Q offers 8 GB internal memory (expandable to 32GB microSD) to store your songs, videos, and more. Its 4.3-inch ColorBoost display has scratch-resistant glass and splash guard coating help protect against everyday scratches and spills, and WorldPhone support lets you travel internationally without switching devices.


The Photon Q features an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p HD for crisp, clear HD videos, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD for high-quality video chats. The device is NFC-capable, and features Mirror Mode via HDMI to share photos, videos, and presentations on the big screen.

Smart Actions

Smart Actions on the Photon Q make your smartphone smarter by adjusting phone settings to automate everyday tasks. Smart Actions are activated by triggers such as time of day or location, and include announcing incoming calls and reading texts aloud while driving, or silencing the ringer while in meetings except for VIP callers.


Skip the desk, not the business with the Photon Q. Set up meetings, e-mail, host or attend a video conference call, and edit reports without ever setting foot in the office. The Photon Q provides secure access to work e-mail and calendar contacts, and features VPN integration and advanced data security.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola Photon Q weighs 5.92 ounces and measures 4.97 x 2.59 x .54 inches. It features a 1785 mAh embedded battery that provides up to 7.5 hours of talk time and 204 hours standby time, and runs on Sprint's 4G LTE network (available in limited markets).

What's in the Box

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone, AC Charger, USB Cable, Battery, Get Started Guide (English and Spanish), Terms and Conditions of Services, Wireless Recycling Envelope

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System

The Motorola Photon Q runs the Android 4.0 operating system (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich), which adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing while improving on the best Android features: easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and more.

The new Ice Cream Sandwich interface features an onscreen navigation bar that replaces the hardware buttons for Back, Home, and Menu found with older Android-powered phones. And with Google+ integration, you can video chat with groups of up to 9 friends as well as easily upload and share photos and videos. Other features include:

Face Unlock

You can now unlock your phone with just your face using the Face Unlock option. It takes advantage of the front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your phone in front of your face to unlock (or use a backup PIN).

And the lock screen now lets you do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, you can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, you can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Home Screen Folders

Quickly access related apps right from the home screen by organizing apps and shortcuts into folders--just drag one app onto another to create a folder.


Multitasking is even easier and more visual in Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently--tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

Voice Input

The new voice engine in Android 4.0 lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want. You can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.

Sprint's 4G LTE Network

Note: The Sprint 4G LTE network is currently available in limited markets, but continues to expand across US cities.

Sprint 4G LTE services dramatically increase download speeds for photos, videos and large files. You can download a favorite song, picture, sitcom or large video in seconds, not minutes, or watch live streaming video--all while on the go, not just from the home or office. Additionally, businesses can benefit from the fast connectivity speeds of 4G LTE. Some examples include:

  • Real estate agents can conduct virtual property tours.
  • Construction teams using 4G LTE in the field can save valuable time by sharing schematics with engineers online.
  • Insurance companies can speed their claims management through real-time communication with on-site adjusters.
  • Health care professionals can improve their ability to remotely monitor patients.
  • Emergency first responders can rapidly assess and coordinate disaster action with real-time on-site video and audio.
  • Photojournalists can instantly transfer high-resolution images to the newsroom.

Just a few of the Sprint ID packages.

Sprint ID

Make your phone a reflection of who you are with Sprint ID, which helps you get the most out of your phone by allowing you to choose a total experience for your device. You'll be able to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience--including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers--all at once. Packs are designed to meet your interests--whether you're a sports fan, fitness fanatic, or auto enthusiast.

And the catalog of Sprint ID experiences will grow and expand--it's a marketplace full of experiences just for you. Choose from a single experience or many--it's about customizing your phone with the information you want in the palm of your hand. Here are a few examples of currently available Sprint ID packs:

  • Entertainment ID: Features a host of fun video, music, photo and news apps including Facebook, Celebrity Tweets, Pandora, Shazam, Rhapsody, E! Online and more.
  • Socially Connected: A customized experience for keeping users connected with friends on-the-go. Pack includes: Facebook, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Mashable, Tweetcaster, YouTube, and more.
  • Health and Fitness: Features all the best wellness related resources for eating right, staying fit and tracking users' progress with the ability to customize to their specific interests and goals. Pack includes: Workout Coach, Fitness Tips, Calorie Counter, BMI Calculator and more.
  • Business Productivity: The perfect solution for busy professionals who want to stay connected, entertained and informed on-the-go. This pack features all the best tools to assist with travel plans, organization, communication and more.


  • 4G LTE connectivity via Sprint's LTE network. Where 4G isn't available, your phone will connect with the 3G network.
  • Worldphone-capable
  • Wi-Fi-capable 802.11 b/g/n/a
  • 4G mobile hotspot capability supporting up to eight devices
  • VPN integration for working on the go
  • Free turn-by-turn directions via Google Maps Navigation
  • NFC for quickly sharing content and pairing Bluetooth devices


  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor
  • 4.3-inch ColorBoost display with scratch-resistant glass
  • QWERTY edge-lit PC-like, five-row keyboard


  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Expandable internal memory to 32GB microSD
  • 1 GB RAM


  • 8 MP rear camera with 1080p HD
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD

Other Features

  • Mirror Mode via HDMI
  • Smart Actions
  • Play Store access to thousands of apps
  • Sprint Zone
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Sprint Hotspot

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 0.5 x 5 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B008UDPAQ8
  • Item model number: Photon Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,819 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

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I recently upgraded from the Motorola Photon 4G (which I loved and have passed on to my mother-in-law). The Photon Q is a great phone, feels solid, and the build quality is what you'd expect from Moto. Gone is the blur (thank god) and now it is a more simple almost stock android interface. The keyboard is solid and looks nice. But the best part to me are the smart actions. You can set up actions based on location. When you walk into work it will automatically send txt to any one calling you, or if your battery is low it will change your setting so that you can make it a little longer. All in all a great phone that spec wise is right up there with SIII and Htc evo 4g lte, the major difference is the screen resolution and size.....
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This phone is fantastic. I really like having a top notch phone with a physical keyboard. I really like the user interface and the smart actions are really cool. The smart actions allow me to have different settings for the phone based on GPS location or time of day. There are also other smart action functions like battery saver mode, etc.

Even though the phone is a slider form factor, the phone feels really solid. The keyboard is laid out perfectly and allows me to type long texts and emails very quickly and without all the typos. The phone has a nice equalizer which boosts the sound quality of music on my headphones.

There isn't 4G service in my area yet, but the 3G service is still pretty fast on this phone. I can't wait for Sprint to bring 4G service to our area.

So far there have only been two negatives. (1) The call quality is not quite as good as my old phone. I can still hear people fine, but they sound a bit different than on a land line. My old phone had land line call quality. (2) My wife's iphone 4s takes better pictures. But, I didn't buy a phone to take pictures. I bought it to keep in touch with people and to listen to music.

Overall a great phone.
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I was waiting and waiting and waiting for a qwerty phone that had flagship specs and not miniscule capability and finally one had arrived on sprint that has the same processor as the galaxy s3 and htc one x and htc evo 4g lte, plus it has a gorgeous screen in which the colors are really good. It does have lte capabilities, yet I do not have lte in my area but unlimited data is useful because I do not need to manage my data usage. If you are a heavy texter and want a phone that has NFC, bluetooth 4.0, a good display that is not HD, yet it has 256ppi on a 4.3inch for me this was a no-brainer to get as I desperately needed to move away from Verizon and their pricey plans to sprint, that is much more reasonable. I will say the call quality is not the best but just turn it down, but sound from youtube comes out very well. If you want unlimited everything, go with sprint and if you just gotta have a physical keyboard as an option, it is great because you can obviously still use the screen and it comes with android 4.0.4 and since motorola is owned by google, I know it will get jelly bean in the near future. For $99 it is at a great price point, but not for $199 so wait for it to go down more or if you saw the $99 grab it and you will not regret it.
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I purchased this phone for my son, so my review is a repeat of all that he has stated to me about it. The reason that I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is an issue related to mobile hotspot; however, my son was not concerned with that problem and wanted to give it the 4 because of slow internet, which has now resolved on its own, and would be a Sprint problem anyway.

In relation to the slow internet, I started to think we were being throttled - it was that slow, but the problem lasted two weeks and has been over for a week now. My phone (Nexus S 4G) had the same issue for the two week period, so it had nothing to do with this particular phone.

The first few days there was some sort of problem with images in texts (MMS?). Before he even had the time to call Sprint tech support, it resolved on its own and has no issue at all with sending images in texts since (more than a month now). I figure there must have been an update.

This is the phone for the serious texter. My son suffered with a crap phone after he gave-up his Blackberry long ago until this phone was available. He was unwilling to go with a touch smartphone. Get the two-piece Otterbox case with it - works perfectly for the slider.

The sound quality is excellent. The battery is okay and really I wish Motorola had not secured the battery inside the phone so he could purchase an extra battery. In my opinion, that was a big mistake. At any rate, it lasts longer than the battery on my Nexus S 4G, so there's no real reason to complain.

The problem:

Before ordering this phone, I read everything about it everywhere (I'm weird that way). If you notice, on Amazon product comparison, the box for mobile hotspot has a red X.
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**Update** I exchanged my device (after a lot of rigmarole) and the replacement has been better in many areas:

-My slide is much better than it was on my first device.
-The call quality issue appears to have been a known issue with the local network - NOT the phone itself

Those were my two greatest complaints and both of which have been resolved or are being tended to.

The camera quality "is what it is" and it's mediocre at best. Instagram, with it's earthy, vintage-vibe can make that noisy, grainy look appear deliberate so I've just used that for most of my photos.

After receiving a replacement (and a bunch of hassle to get it) I'm revising my rating up to a 4 from a 2. For a QWERTY slider it is about as good as it gets right now. **

I'm a QWERTY guy. I've been using an Epic 4G for almost 2 years and I'm married to a keyboard for typing e-mails and long text threads. So this wasn't so much a choice for me as a necessity and the only device available. A qualifying statement *I'm an "Advantage Club" member, meaning I have a Sprint sponsor who gets me monthly service discounts. And he's also the manager of a retail location. They offered this device at a discount to employees and he purchased it for me.

When I got the device, after having read other reviews, I was impressed with the build, screen quality, and the keyboard. The phone didn't lag and it was more responsive than my Gingerbread Epic. I had it for a week and then the wheels fell off.

Call quality is virtually unbearable. I'd read this in other reviews but thought I could get by since phone calls account for about 15% of my device usage. I was wrong. There is a constant crackle on either my end, the receiver's end, or both. Constant.
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