Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE: Conclusion

September 17, 2012 by Adama D. Brown Reads (10,321)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 7
    • Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Value
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is arguably Motorola’s best device for texters and emailers since the Droid 3, and has a lot of things that will make business travelers happy. Unfortunately, it also has some compromises that make it problematic for that same group.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTEA marginal battery is one thing, but mixed with a design attitude that says “We know how you should use your smartphone better than you do,” it becomes a serious flaw. Which is disappointing, since otherwise the Photon Q is nicely built, has solid ergonomics, and blazing fast performance.

If you can live with never being too far from a charger, it’ll serve you well. If not, you might want to look at other devices.


  • Excellent performance
  • Nice keyboard
  • International roaming


  • Sealed battery compartment
  • Marginal battery life
  • Non-removable SIM cards

Bottom Line:

An otherwise solid messaging device hamstrung by a poor battery arrangement.



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