Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE a nice keyboard, but middling call quality

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

By Armando Rodriguez, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, Motorola

Some app icons have little arrows next to them that you can swipe to pop up a small "quick-look" window. Depending on the app, these windows display different information. For example, swiping the Browser app icon will pop up a grid that displays your bookmarks, but swiping the Email app icon will show your inbox and identify the number of unread emails you have. The fact that Motorola Mobility (the part of the company that makes phones) is now a subsidiary of Google may have led Motorola to exercise some restraint in tricking out its overlay, but in any case I'm glad that the new overlay doesn't change the look and feel of Android too drastically.

The Photon Q comes with two preloaded Sprint apps (Sprint ID and Sprint Zone) that can't be uninstalled, but I applaud the carrier for keeping the quantity of preloaded apps to a minimum.

Entertainment

With only Sprint's snail's-pace 3G network to connect to, and without widespread LTE coverage, you probably won't be streaming many HD movies to your phone unless you live in one of the 15 areas in the United States that currently have Sprint LTE. It'll be a while before the rest of us can connect to that faster network.

If you hate "the cloud" and want to keep all of your media locally on your device, you'll probably want to invest in a MicroSD card. The Photon Q offers 8GB of built-in storage, but that fills up pretty quickly once you start downloading apps and taking pictures.

The rear speaker on the phone delivers decent sound; but for higher-quality audio, I recommend using headphones.

Camera

I wasn't particularly impressed with the photos I got from the Photon Q's 8-megapixel camera. They tended to be a bit dark, and colors looked washed out. The Photon Q's Camera app provides few extras, though the phone does have a zero-shutter-lag camera courtesy of Android 4.0. The front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera works well for video calls and is clear enough that you can use it to take a quick Facebook self-portrait.

The Photon Q can record video in 1080p, though footage looked a tad too dark. Audio pickup was slightly muffled, probably due to the location of the microphone (it's on the bottom half of the phone to the right of the keyboard).

Overall, the Photon Q's camera isn't the best I've seen, but it's adequate. Indoor photos may come out looking rather dark, so try to avoid shooting in poorly lit areas. The phone's video quality is quite good, but don't expect it to pick up every bit of audio from whatever you are recording.

Bottom Line


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