There has been a whole lot of talk about Sprint’s upcoming LTE QWERTY, the Motrola Photon Q, for quite a while now, and it is officially here. As of just yesterday, you’ll be able to walk into your local Sprint store and purchase this “green machine with the power of Android” for a very low price of $200 with a two-year contract. It’s always the two-year contracts isn’t it (if you were willing to pay full price for the phone, I bet you could get it without a contract if that’s what you want to do.)?
If you hadn’t seen the specs on the Motorola Photon Q here’s the full list of ’em:
- 4.3″ ColorBoost display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor (presumably the Snapdragon S4)
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage, microSD card slot
- 8MP 1080p rear shooter, 720p front-facing camera
- HDMI out
- NFC (near field communication)
- Full QWERTY slider
- LTE, global ready
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Honestly, it’s nothing to get super ecstatic over, it’s really just your standard QWERTY phone. But, if you’re looking fort a QWERTY phone instead of the standard smartphones, the Motorola Photon Q is probably the best choice you can get as of this moment. QWERTY’s are pretty cool, and this new Photon Q looks especially cool, but it’s definitely not something I would use as a main phone, I am way to used to my virtual keyboards.
Of course, you shouldn’t forget that if you order any new smartphone through Sprint’s website and then add a new line of service, the carrier will be offering you with a juicy $100 American Express gift card to spend anywhere you like. In that case, you’re essentially getting a $200 phone for $100 if you want to be logical. Of course, if you don’t have any plans to add a new line, and will be patient enough to wait just a few more days to get your new smartphone, you’ll still be able to save a few dollars through Wirefly, who has the device listed for $150 on contract. That said, I think that if you’re adding a new line, the $100 American Express gift card is a fantastic deal. Not only that, but the Motorola Photon Q specs look pretty solid, obviously not on par with the Galaxy S III or some of the more advanced smartphones, but it’s still a pretty good phone.
Otherwise, get into your nearest Sprint store, walk in there, demand that you get a new Photon Q for their low price. Not to mention, with demands like that, they surely will be getting all of their salesmen on deck to pitch you the device. Then, you’ll walk out of the store with a beautiful new 4G QWERTY Motorola Photon Q smartphone. Isn’t that just a wonderful idea (of course, I think I would rather go with AT&T!)?
One thing to note is that Motorola is still giving the development community trouble about the bootloaders, thus if you’re looking to get it and flash it with a custom ROM, you may just want to be looking for a different phone.