Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Unboxing

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As nice as slab phones can feel in the hand, sometimes you just want the added flair of a slider, and the reassuring click of physical keys under your thumbs. Couple those attributes with 4G LTE support for Sprint’s bands, an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.3″ ColorBoost display, and those roguish cut corners that only Motorola can deliver, and you’ve got yourself a smartphone with a mouthful of a moniker: the Photon Q 4G LTE.

The newest member of the Photon (and Q) family comes to us just a day after the device’s official launch on Sprint, and packs a number of distinguishing features: it’s the first device on America’s third-largest carrier to offer both LTE and a physical keyboard, whose laser-cut keys are side-lit by adjustable-intensity LEDs. It’s also Sprint’s first device with Motorola’s Smart Actions app, and one of the first Motorola devices to feature an unlockable bootloader under its splash-resistant outer skin.

We’ll have a full review up shortly. Until then, let me take you on a brief tour of the Photon Q 4G LTE’s hardware, the box it comes in, and the laser-cut keyboard just begging for your thumbs. Video below.

 

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!