The original Galaxy S device, dubbed the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint, was the company’s best and highest performing phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Epic 4G Touch as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III saw the QWERTY keyboard disappear from both devices bringing back a need for a good phone with a good keyboard. The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE has stepped up to answer that question.
The Photon Q 4G LTE features a slim profile with dimensions of 4.98 x 2.60 x 0.54 inches. It weighs 6oz and has a screen size of 4.3-inches. Overall the phone does not feel too heavy in the hand and the slide out keyboard is a nice touch. On the right of the phone is a camera button, volume rocker as well as a microSD card slot. On the left side is a microUSB as well as HDMI port. Finally, you’re greeted with a 3.5mm jack as well as the power button.
The 4.3-inch display is 540 x 960 pixels with a ppi of 256. Said display is TFT technology with multitouch and scratch-resistant glass coating. On the processor front, we have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor that is paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The microSDHC slot will support cards up to 32GB.
Around back, we have an 8MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, 1080p video recording @30fps and a 1.3MP front facing camera. Below the camera is a 1785mAh battery. Cellular technologies include 800 and 1900 MHz on the CDMA network with 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz on the GSM network. LTE is mono-band 1900MHz.
The display may not be sporting a beautiful HD display but it is great nonetheless. It’s beautiful and has some great color representation. The viewing angles are not as great as that of the Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy S III, but they are good and under direct sunlight the screen is still useable.
On the performance side, this phone does pack a nice punch. We run it through some benchmarks and found out it came up just under the HTC One X (available on AT&T). It’s a great performing phone and multitasking is easy and fluid. We opened up 12 tabs on Chrome and the phone never stuttered.
The camera also performed well and the 8MP shooter seems to be the same model we have seen on the DROID RAZR phones. That said, overall performance is good but under lowlight conditions, the device did stutter a little.
Calls were crystal clear and the 4G speeds were great. We will warn you that Sprint’s 4G LTE network is very limited so it may not be available in your area and this phone does not support WiMAX so it’s either 3G or 4G lTE. On a single charge, the battery should be able to carry you through an entire day on moderate usage.
To sum up this phone, it’s the best QWERTY smartphone on Sprint’s network.