09-02-2012 01:56 PM
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  1. Q-fugee's Avatar
    Well, we discussed the rumors of a Photon Q earlier:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/spr...-photon-q.html

    And now it's moved from rumor to true.

    As suspected, it's Motorola's implementation of the Qualcomm Krait reference platform, with the same innards as the HTC EVO LTE and Samsung Galaxy S 3, plus GSM. Expect similar benchmark results. Very different outards, though.

    It's a real brick compared to the EVO and the Sammy. Someone needs to hand Motorola's prototype sculptors a piece of sandpaper, for crying out loud.

    For all it's shortcomings, I'm still going to grab one and try it for 14 days. I'm really tired of having to grab a cheap GSM phone from an airport kiosk when I travel. Although, with the epoxied-in SIM card, if the rates aren't good I may still do the burn-this-SIM-in-the-bathroom-before-I-go-thru-customs shuffle for a while longer.

    It's just a shame that Sprint/Motorola had two take the two small market segments of people who want a GSM radio + people who want a keyboard and combine them into one hefty slice of brick. I'd much rather have something like VZW's global Galaxy S3.

    --Qfg
    07-26-2012 12:50 PM
  2. antheauxny's Avatar
    I don't think it'll be a brick.
    From the pictures it actually looks pretty sleek. It's looks a lot thinner than the original Epic,
    which was a brick, lol.

    Just my $.02.
    07-26-2012 07:05 PM
  3. Basis's Avatar
    It's 2012 and they're STILL using qHD? On to of that, only 8GB of internal storage and a 1780 mAh battery? Why can't Motorola get it right for once? It's no wonder everyone is flocking to Samsung.
    07-26-2012 07:55 PM
  4. hirenpathak's Avatar
    Looks like a nice phone.. but now I am not sure about this horizontal QWERTY keyboard..

    Sprint Announces Motorola Photon (Q) 4G LTE QWERTY
    07-26-2012 10:37 PM
  5. tirith's Avatar
    It's 2012 and they're STILL using qHD? On to of that, only 8GB of internal storage and a 1780 mAh battery? Why can't Motorola get it right for once? It's no wonder everyone is flocking to Samsung.
    If they want signal issues, let them. I just don't wanna hear them cry. I'm picking the q up shortly after release.

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    07-27-2012 08:06 AM
  6. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    epoxied-in SIM card? Where did you see that? Sprint international rates are horrid, that's no better than a phone that doesn't have a slot for a SIM.

    The unlockable bootloader sounds intriguing, though.

    Motorola Unveils Unlockable Bootloader With Photon Q 4G LTE - iTechPost

    Anyone seen that from Sprint or Motorola?
    Jay20 likes this.
    07-28-2012 05:58 AM
  7. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    Never mind, it was linked in the article, from the official Motorola blog:

    Motorola PHOTON

    Motorola PHOTON™ Q 4G LTE will have an unlockable bootloader
    JULY 26, 2012 : BY MOTOROLA
    We know there are users out there who have been asking for an unlockable bootloader on their Motorola Mobility device. For quite some time now, we’ve been working closely with our carrier partners to find a way to make that possible — all while keeping the networks secure and protecting other users’ experiences. We’re excited to announce that Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, just announced today and coming soon to Sprint’s fast 4G LTE network, will have an unlockable bootloader. We’ll share more details on how to take advantage of this feature closer to availability. And moving forward, we’ll be looking to offer this option on other devices as well.
    07-28-2012 06:02 AM
  8. delacro's Avatar
    I like it. I would buy this phone if its under $100. Otherwise I might end up with the galaxy nexus come Sept 1.
    ctgova likes this.
    08-01-2012 12:11 AM
  9. rpankoe's Avatar
    My guess is $249 or $299 for this, and if the screenshot from motorola is any indication (look at the date in the bubble on the photo), Thursday, August 16 2012 will be the release date..
    08-02-2012 02:26 PM
  10. DWR_31's Avatar
    Just read the specs and even though this is what I'm looking for , it's not what I'm looking for.
    I'll explain.
    This is a regular Photon with a keyboard, on screen buttons, Sprint's 4G LTE (which is non-existant at this point), and no NFC. Basically this thing is last years tech with an upgraded radio for data that can't receive a signal yet.
    My advice is to wait for something that's a little more future-proofed.
    08-05-2012 02:48 PM
  11. tirith's Avatar
    The article posted above states it has nfc..... O.o

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    08-05-2012 05:40 PM
  12. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    The appeal to me is the hardware keyboard. I would have preferred a portrait orientation, like the Pre or the Blackberry slider. But people with the Droid 4 seem to like the keyboard.
    08-05-2012 11:10 PM
  13. tirith's Avatar
    After using so many keyboard phones, I like the sideways keyboard...

    G1, d3, evo shift...

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    08-06-2012 09:59 AM
  14. Kbrn's Avatar
    08-07-2012 08:02 PM
  15. DonnaJ415's Avatar
    Anyone know when the release date is???? MY Fiance s evo shift is almost beyond operational and he needs a physical keyboard.
    08-08-2012 11:30 PM
  16. tirith's Avatar
    Rumored for august 19.

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    08-08-2012 11:33 PM
  17. statdoc's Avatar
    Sprint Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE coming Aug. 19 priced $199.99 | Android Central

    I just pre-ordered one to replace an "HTC Evo Shift 4G" for one of my family members. If it is half as good as my original Photon, it will be a great phone.
    08-13-2012 01:45 PM
  18. 9878's Avatar
    August 19th at Sprint $199 w/contract

    Sent from my MB855 using Android Central Forums
    08-13-2012 02:37 PM
  19. statdoc's Avatar
    UPS will deliver the Q tomorrow afternoon.

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    08-16-2012 11:29 PM
  20. delta7's Avatar
    Post pics and why did you choose this phone? It's not going to be a big seller.

    Sent from my PH44100 using Android Central Forums
    08-17-2012 03:57 PM
  21. statdoc's Avatar
    Post pics and why did you choose this phone? It's not going to be a big seller.
    My son is one of those people who strongly prefer a physical keyboard. He is in the midst of getting to know the phone, but so far, he really likes it. In my limited playing with it, I felt it has very good build quality, bright and vibrant screen, & comfortable keyboard. ICS is nicely done.
    08-17-2012 06:33 PM
  22. bigmooky's Avatar
    I like it. I would buy this phone if its under $100. Otherwise I might end up with the galaxy nexus come Sept 1.
    my upgrade is the same day lol and im trying to decide or g nexus gs3 or photon q
    08-18-2012 12:56 PM
  23. tirith's Avatar
    Only issue with your first two choices is samsungs weak radios... But iirc, gnex has jellybean

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    08-18-2012 01:36 PM
  24. delta7's Avatar
    My son is one of those people who strongly prefer a physical keyboard. He is in the midst of getting to know the phone, but so far, he really likes it. In my limited playing with it, I felt it has very good build quality, bright and vibrant screen, & comfortable keyboard. ICS is nicely done.
    Would you say moto skin is lighter than sense and how's the battery life?

    Sent from my PH44100 using Android Central Forums
    08-18-2012 07:05 PM
  25. dwaynewilliams#WN's Avatar
    my upgrade is the same day lol and im trying to decide or g nexus gs3 or photon q
    Unless you really want the physical keyboard, I would get the GSIII or EVO LTE.


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    08-20-2012 06:46 PM
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