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Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (20 votes)

Released: 2012-08-19

Motorola Photon Q 4G Android Phone (Sprint) by Motorola

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  • Display: 4.3-inches
  • Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Operating System: Android 4.0
  • PC-like 5-row keyboard with LED edge-lighting makes typing fast and effortless in any setting
  • 4G LTE speed gives you the power to do more faster
  • Big 4.3 inch ColorBoost display with unbelievably vibrant colors
  • Shoot professional quality pictures, HD videos, or video chat for work or pleasure
  • Smart Actions can extend your battery life by automatically adjusting the way you want your phone to act based on situations, environment, or time


The Sprint Motorola Photon Q MOTOXT897 Locked Cell Phone delivers smooth and impeccable mobile operations using its 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor. Access thousands of applications on Google Play as this excellent mobile phone comes with the advanced Android 4.0 platform. For optimum and blazing-fast Internet access, it gives you its 4G LTE capability feature. Capture your precious moments with stunning and rich color image quality using its 8MP main camera and 1.3 secondary camera. Create text messages and call your loved ones without breaking a sweat, thanks to its Slide-out keypad and 4.3” capacitive touchscreen display. Share files without hassles using its Bluetooth. Store tons of files like photos, music, sounds, applications and more in its 8GB intenal memory. This amazing cell phone is also designed with an SD card slot, allowing you to expand its storage memory. Maximize its potential by using its microHDMI and USB 2.0 ports.

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Motorola Photon Q.

Motorola Photon Q

  • 4G LTE connectivity

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor
  • 8 MP rear camera with 1080p HD for crisp, clear HD videos
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD for high-quality video chats
  • 4.3-inch with ColorBoost display offers vibrant colors
  • 4G mobile hotspot capability supporting up to eight devices

Fast Keyboard. Big screen. World smart.

The Motorola Photon Q features 4G LTE and a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor for fast, easy multitasking on Android 4.0. Offering both virtual and five-row PC-like physical QWERTY keyboards, the Photon Q provides the best of both worlds for fast typing. And, with edge-lit keys, you can type easily at night.

The Photon Q offers 8 GB internal memory (expandable to 32GB microSD) to store your songs, videos, and more. Its 4.3-inch ColorBoost display has scratch-resistant glass and splash guard coating help protect against everyday scratches and spills, and WorldPhone support lets you travel internationally without switching devices.


The Photon Q features an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p HD for crisp, clear HD videos, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD for high-quality video chats. The device is NFC-capable, and features Mirror Mode via HDMI to share photos, videos, and presentations on the big screen.

Smart Actions

Smart Actions on the Photon Q make your smartphone smarter by adjusting phone settings to automate everyday tasks. Smart Actions are activated by triggers such as time of day or location, and include announcing incoming calls and reading texts aloud while driving, or silencing the ringer while in meetings except for VIP callers.


Skip the desk, not the business with the Photon Q. Set up meetings, e-mail, host or attend a video conference call, and edit reports without ever setting foot in the office. The Photon Q provides secure access to work e-mail and calendar contacts, and features VPN integration and advanced data security.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola Photon Q weighs 5.92 ounces and measures 4.97 x 2.59 x .54 inches. It features a 1785 mAh embedded battery that provides up to 7.5 hours of talk time and 204 hours standby time, and runs on Sprint's 4G LTE network (available in limited markets).

What's in the Box

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone, AC Charger, USB Cable, Battery, Get Started Guide (English and Spanish), Terms and Conditions of Services, Wireless Recycling Envelope

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System

The Motorola Photon Q runs the Android 4.0 operating system (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich), which adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing while improving on the best Android features: easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and more.

The new Ice Cream Sandwich interface features an onscreen navigation bar that replaces the hardware buttons for Back, Home, and Menu found with older Android-powered phones. And with Google+ integration, you can video chat with groups of up to 9 friends as well as easily upload and share photos and videos. Other features include:

Face Unlock

You can now unlock your phone with just your face using the Face Unlock option. It takes advantage of the front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your phone in front of your face to unlock (or use a backup PIN).

And the lock screen now lets you do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, you can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, you can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Home Screen Folders

Quickly access related apps right from the home screen by organizing apps and shortcuts into folders–just drag one app onto another to create a folder.


Multitasking is even easier and more visual in Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently–tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

Voice Input

The new voice engine in Android 4.0 lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want. You can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.

Sprint's 4G LTE Network

Note: The Sprint 4G LTE network is currently available in limited markets, but continues to expand across US cities.

Sprint 4G LTE services dramatically increase download speeds for photos, videos and large files. You can download a favorite song, picture, sitcom or large video in seconds, not minutes, or watch live streaming video–all while on the go, not just from the home or office. Additionally, businesses can benefit from the fast connectivity speeds of 4G LTE. Some examples include:

  • Real estate agents can conduct virtual property tours.
  • Construction teams using 4G LTE in the field can save valuable time by sharing schematics with engineers online.
  • Insurance companies can speed their claims management through real-time communication with on-site adjusters.
  • Health care professionals can improve their ability to remotely monitor patients.
  • Emergency first responders can rapidly assess and coordinate disaster action with real-time on-site video and audio.
  • Photojournalists can instantly transfer high-resolution images to the newsroom.

Just a few of the Sprint ID packages.

Sprint ID

Make your phone a reflection of who you are with Sprint ID, which helps you get the most out of your phone by allowing you to choose a total experience for your device. You'll be able to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience–including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers–all at once. Packs are designed to meet your interests–whether you're a sports fan, fitness fanatic, or auto enthusiast.

And the catalog of Sprint ID experiences will grow and expand–it's a marketplace full of experiences just for you. Choose from a single experience or many–it's about customizing your phone with the information you want in the palm of your hand. Here are a few examples of currently available Sprint ID packs:

  • Entertainment ID: Features a host of fun video, music, photo and news apps including Facebook, Celebrity Tweets, Pandora, Shazam, Rhapsody, E! Online and more.
  • Socially Connected: A customized experience for keeping users connected with friends on-the-go. Pack includes: Facebook, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Mashable, Tweetcaster, YouTube, and more.
  • Health and Fitness: Features all the best wellness related resources for eating right, staying fit and tracking users' progress with the ability to customize to their specific interests and goals. Pack includes: Workout Coach, Fitness Tips, Calorie Counter, BMI Calculator and more.
  • Business Productivity: The perfect solution for busy professionals who want to stay connected, entertained and informed on-the-go. This pack features all the best tools to assist with travel plans, organization, communication and more.


  • 4G LTE connectivity via Sprint's LTE network. Where 4G isn't available, your phone will connect with the 3G network.
  • Worldphone-capable
  • Wi-Fi-capable 802.11 b/g/n/a
  • 4G mobile hotspot capability supporting up to eight devices
  • VPN integration for working on the go
  • Free turn-by-turn directions via Google Maps Navigation
  • NFC for quickly sharing content and pairing Bluetooth devices


  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor
  • 4.3-inch ColorBoost display with scratch-resistant glass
  • QWERTY edge-lit PC-like, five-row keyboard


  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Expandable internal memory to 32GB microSD
  • 1 GB RAM


  • 8 MP rear camera with 1080p HD
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD

Other Features

  • Mirror Mode via HDMI
  • Smart Actions
  • Play Store access to thousands of apps
  • Sprint Zone
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Sprint Hotspot

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