Sprint Motorola Photon Q.

Here she be, folks, the Sprint Motorola Photon Q. It's one of Sprint's newfangled 4G LTE devices, with a five-row keyboard thrown in for good measure. And what's more -- it's a "global-ready" device, too, meaning you can use it outside of the United States on a GSM network. And that combines a couple of key features we know a you road warriors have been craving -- a great keyboard with some world-phone love. 

The long and short of it is this: The Photon's got the same great keyboard we've experienced on the Droid 4 on Verizon. It's a spitting image. The Photon Q has a 4.3-inch qHD display, it's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and it's running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (with a Jelly Bean update expected just as soon as possible, we imagine).

You'll also notice that new homescreen. And out of the box, the Photon has just that single homescreen. Crazy, no? Crazy like a fox, we'd argue. Swipe to the right, and you're presented with a screen that lets you add another blank screen, or one from a template. That's a great way of doing things.

Want more? We've got a quickie gallery and a few minutes of hands-on video after the break. Huzzah!

More: Photon Q specs; Photon Q forums


Reader comments

Sprint Motorola Photon Q hands-on


Hey Phil did you happen to look and see if you can still disable apps? Even though I didn't see much bloat which is good.

Man do I miss physical keyboards. Only thing I miss from my blackberry days. I would love this or a D4 if they had better batteries whilst keeping the same size.

The sim card is non replaceable. The battery is tiny compared to the competition and is not replaceable. Even if they hit a home run with the software this phone wont do very well in the long term.

Considering it is the best physical keyboard phone available on Sprint I am sure it will do fine. It is a perfect replacement for those who had the EVO Shift or Epic.

<<<(with a Jelly Bean update expected just as soon as possible, we imagine).>>>

More than likely before us Photon owners see ICS, I imagine.

Phil got his, now why don't I have mine? When you're done playing with it, send it on over my way... :)

How's the screen look? Is it pentile? Compared to the EVO LTE for example, can you tell a huge difference between qHD on a 4.3 vs 720p on a 4.7" screen assuming the Photon Q is not pentile?