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Motorola Photon Q to Ship with Unlockable Bootloader

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Tofuchong

Aug 9, 2012, 4:24 PM
over in the "Motorola Photon Q" discussion:

Release a non-keyboard version

And call it the Photon T, trust me, star trek fans everywhere will gobble this up.
they already have its called the atrix hd
vertigo_2_20

Aug 10, 2012, 8:16 PM
over in the "Motorola Photon Q" discussion:

Battery life

Slightly larger battery, same size display, but 25% less talk time vs the Photon? And it's a real shame to see Motorola follow the poor standard being set by the other phone makers with an integrated battery. I have to switch out batteries in my Photon once every 1-2 days, as it can't make it through an entire day with anything more than minimal usage. Poor move Moto. And the display on the Photon was probably the most common negative comment it received, yet it looks like they hardly did anything different on the Q. While I'm sure it'll be a good phone, I see it as a disappointment, especially considering how long it's been since HTC and Sammy have released their flagships for the year.
The original Photon has WiMAX for 4G, which was notorious for bad battery life.

LTE is generally better for battery life, especially with the newest Snapdragon chips that integrate the radio and processor on one chip. That makes a huge difference.
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smcgarvey6

Aug 1, 2012, 9:42 AM
over in the "Motorola Photon Q" discussion:

Eric or Rich

The Photon Q only has 4.8MB available to user for storage is that a typo or for real.
Whoops! That should be GB, of course.

Fixed.

Thank you. Smile

(In the future, please submit corrections using the link at the bottom of the spec page. We don't always check each of these forums, but that link will ensure that we see it right aw...
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scottegos2

Jul 30, 2012, 12:28 PM

Doesn't make up for locking the SIM (or battery)

Well, it's nice in principle that they're unlocking the bootloader. Maybe it's a sign of good things to come if they ever come out with an LTE phone that's actually worth buying. I have the Photon 4G and was initially super-excited about the Q. Then I realized that they locked the SIM card so that you're stuck with the insane Sprint international roaming and kept virtually the same size battery and made it non-removable! I can honestly say that, without a spare battery or two, my Photon would be useless to me. Unbelievable.
I wouldn't hold my breath until I see the actual bootloader unlocked....unfortunately Moto has been using this to lure customers for years. I thought Google acquiring Moto would be a positive step in this direction but that will remain to be seen. Goo...
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Captain Ahash

Jul 26, 2012, 4:37 PM

I'm guessing

this was greatly influenced by their new owners?
Heck, who cares.. It's a great improvement! Smile

After all, when you buy a phone, it's your hardware. You can talk on it, use it like it is, root and mod it, or prop up an uneven table leg with it. So an unlockable bootloader is how it should have b...
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tastybento

Jul 26, 2012, 5:46 PM

Motorola Mobility - right?

There is still Motorola Solutions, which isn't owned by Google...
Motorola broke up into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions back in early 2011 I believe. Motorola Mobility makes mobile phones, tablets, modems, home phones, home digital video, two way radios, and baby monitors and is now own by Google. Motoro...
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