Posts tagged with: Photon Q 4G LTE
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    As Motorola users are all too aware, while the company does an admirable job of trying to let users know about the Android update situation for each of its models, it has a nasty habit of going back on previous plans to bring updates to certain models. As such, whenever the company gets around to updating that list, we find ourselves walking on eggshells. So, what's the news today? This update focuses on plans for Jelly Bean upgrades. To that end, Motorola lists a dozen models that it currently plans to bring Android 4.1 to. Some of the devices listed have ETAs attached to them; the three ...

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    It is, as they say, a summer of sequels. The last three smartphones we've reviewed here at Pocketnow have been based on follow-on devices, phones with names ending in suffixes indicating they're not the first to carry their family name. Sometimes they're straightforward, as with the Galaxy S III, and sometimes they're more oblique, as in the case of the Atrix HD. The new Photon falls into the latter category; it's the second in a relatively young line, succeeding last year's WiMAX-packing Photon 4G. And as we discussed on last week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, this latest ...

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    A few months back, I penned a Brutally Honest Question Corner in which I asked, Are Physical Keyboards Dead? That article came -as all good ones do- as a result of a barroom conversation. I was with a handful of BlackBerry-toting friends who bemoaned their antiquated software situation, but steadfastly maintained that they could never give up their stodgy Canadian hardware for one important reason: RIM's world-class physical keyboard. I went on to make the case that touchscreen keyboards were the future, and I still believe that's true. Touch input is faster, it allows for sleeker ...

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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 ...

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    We've seen this done before by other phone makers and Motorola is finally joining the club of OEMs that help you officially unlock your phone. There's a new website called "Unlock My Device" where you can navigate to and follow the instructions to successfully unlock your Motorola smartphone (yes, singular). There are five steps to the procedure: 1. check whether your device can be unlocked, 2. install fastboot and the Android SDK, 3. install the latest Motorola USB Drivers, 4. verify fastboot recognizes your device, and 5. sign a warranty waiver and release. One of the first things you ...

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    Last month, Motorola announced the forthcoming arrival of its Photon Q 4G LTE Android for Sprint. The news of the model itself was a bit overshadowed by the revelation that Motorola would use the phone's launch to finally implement its long-promised bootloader unlocking program, but it sounded like a very decent upper-mid-range offering, and one that's even more attractive if you're into hardware keyboards. At the time, we didn't get any details on just how the phone would arrive, short of it happening sometime in August. We're still waiting for official word, but a new rumor suggests the ...

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    It was January, 2011 when Motorola, in response to a public outcry over its policy of selling Androids with locked bootloaders, released a statement promising that it would work towards finding an unlock solution that all parties involved could live with. A few months later, it updated us on its progress, expecting that it would be able to start offering bootloader unlocks on some models by late 2011... and that's pretty much been as far as things got. We've received assurances several times since then that work on such a system was still pending, most recently just a couple weeks ago, but ...

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