Note: We may earn commissions (at no cost to you) if you buy through links on our site. Learn more.
NOTE: This model is discontinued and may no longer be available to purchase new. See the latest cell phones or compare used prices.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE review

7.1/10 AVG.
Compare Compare  
Compare Compare  

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Informr score
The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Motorola is in the vanguard of Android smartphone development. Proof of this can be seen in the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, a feature-rich high-end model that looks every bit as good in real life as it does on paper. It’s one of Motorola’s best-looking handsets and it’s sold at a fairly affordable price. Should you be scrambling to get your hands on one right now?

The Photon Q will impress you with its 4.3-inch qHD resolution screen. It also has many other high-end niceties such as an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 8GB of internal storage, over 7 hours of continuous talk time per charge, and support for 4G LTE data. Its other features include 1GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, HDMI-out, and microUSB connectivity. And it even has a built-in hardware QWERTY keyboard.

Unless you’re allergic to non-HD screens or you would rather nix the hardware keyboard for a slimmer profile, the Photon Q 4G LTE is an excellent choice. Just be ready to haul quite a bit of heft with you if you plan on carrying it everywhere.

Need to Know: Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

1. Comes with a large hi-res 4.3-inch screen. (The Good)

2. Uses Android 4.0 ICS as the pre-installed software. (The Good)

3. Internal storage space is limited to just 8GB. (The Bad)

4. Thick and bulky. (The Bad)

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
1785 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The question is: does that have more to do with quality or a lack of competition? The Photon Q becomes harder to sell once taken outside of the context of being a great phone with a physical keyboard. This is the best implementation of Motorola's software yet, so there's plenty to like about the pho...

- Andrew Kameka , MobileBurn

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.A marginal battery is one thing, but m...

- Adama D. Brown, Brighthand

If you just can’t stand to let the hardware QWERTY keyboard go the way of the dinosaurs, then hands-down the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE should be an option for you. Next to the Motorola Droid series, there really isn’t much competition out there. It’s got it all, from a snappy dual-core processor to 4...

- Kevin Krause, Phandroid
Android Guys
Android Guys

So after a week with the Photon Q, there’s very little that I don’t like. Aside from the camera bugs and the awkwardness of the rounded corners, this is one of the best devices I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in quite some time. It’s fast, has a fantastic QWERTY keyboard,...

- Justin Marden, Android Guys

Even though the Photon Q has these few niceties, they aren’t enough to save the handset from too many poor choices — the not-true-HD display, the boggy performance, the yawn-boring hardware, the anemic built-in storage and the $200 price tag. For all but the fervent QWERTY keyboard devotees who are...

- Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Wired

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

Motorola backs up the Photon Q 4G LTE with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Photon Q 4G LTE has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

Ask the Community


Manuals / User Guides Helpful Links Share / Embed

Maybe one of your friends will find this review helpful? Please help us spread the word.

Quick view

Screen Size

The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE's screen size is 4.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1785 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 450 minutes.

Photon Q 4G LTE Specs

Release Date September 30, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

Compare Android Smartphones

Processor Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.89 W/kg
Body: 0.77 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1785 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 486 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 450 minutes
Standby Time Up to 9 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 5.0 x 2.6 x 0.5 cm (2 x 1 x 0.2 in)
Weight 170 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Swype
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Auto Answer: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: OTA
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC+, AAC, Real Audio, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Wi-fi Encryption: WPA
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA):
Related Links Manual (PDF)
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Reviews
Where to buy Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Suggest a correction