Editors' note: This article was originally published on July 26, 2012, and updated August 10 with more details.
When we first heard of Motorola's upcoming Motorola Photon Q, we thought that the keyboarded Android smartphone would serve as a nice lifeline for disillusioned and disenfranchised BlackBerry refugees fleeing the sinking ship.
Running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and driven by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the Motorola Photon Q will certainly surpass Motorola's Droid 4.
While the Droid 4 proved that a QWERTY slider could indeed pack in a swift 4G LTE radio, nimble components, and an excellent physical keyboard, it also suffers from a few shortcomings. First, at half an inch thick and weighing a hefty 6.31 ounces, the phone is big and heavy. Second, the Droid 4 still lives in a time warp, mired by the outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
Thankfully, the Motorola Photon Q boasts fresher features. There's the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, joined by access to Sprint's growing 4G LTE network and NFC to support mobile tricks such as Android Beam and Google Wallet.
It'll also get a 4.3-inch LCD screen with... [Read more]