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Sprint Announces the Photon Q, This Should Have Been the DROID 4

Sprint and Motorola announced the Photon Q this morning, a device with a 5-row slideout keyboard, 1.5GHz dual-core processor (probably the Snapdragon S4), on-screen navigation keys, Ice Cream Sandwich, NFC, 1785 mAh battery, 4.3″ qHD display, an 8MP camera, and 4G LTE. Sounds decent, right? Then why wasn’t this the DROID 4?

The DROID brand, which once stood for top-of-the-line and best-of-the-best is now nothing more than a marketing gimmick on its last leg. Sure, the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX are decent phones, but the two DROID releases since those have been embarrassments. Yes, I’m talking about the DROID 4 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. Neither are even close to being leaders with their sub-par specs, poor screens, and cheap build qualities. There is a chance that Motorola will attempt to do us all right later this summer, and set this brand straight again. Does anyone care, though? 

It’s sort of sad to see this happen to the brand that started the Android craze, but most of us realized long ago that it wasn’t going to carry us to the promised land forever. Phone manufacturers seem to want to stand on their own these days rather than be roped into Verizon’s marketing program. In fact, I’d much prefer it if phones were good enough to stand on their own like the HTC One X and Galaxy S3. It’s time for OEMs to give us their best at all times, rather than relying on the term “DROID” to do the work.

  • http://www.animesenpai.com/ AndroidTeamStrike

    Man…I wish Samsung would make a device with a nice Galaxy sliding keyboard. I do miss my physical keyboard for gaming and emulators. Which is what I use my device for when not using as a phone.

  • GazaIan

    First off, I really don’t get how you can call the Droid 4 an embarrassment, but what REALLY bugged me is that you called the Incredible 4G LTE an embarrassment. Seriously? Wow.

    Secondly, does this come in a GSM flavor? I’d take one.

  • DWJ

    Have you used the Droid Incredible 4G who’s screen/specs you slam? qHd is much sharper on the DINC4G’s 4″ screen than it will be on the Photon’s 4.3″. Have you used the DINC4G in sunlight? It’s AWESOME. No need to shade it or anything, very bright and sharp…close to iPhone pixel density at a very manageable size. Sub-par specs…really? The DINC4G has Android 4.03, 1GB RAM with an S4 processor and a 1700mAh battery…which translates to very fast performance and good battery life. How in the world is this sub-par? The ONLY negative about the DINC4G specs is the storage space…it comes with 8GB built-in. If this affects you then stick a 32GB SD-Card in the thing…they’re $17.29 on amazon with free shipping.

    This is a terrible, misleading artice. I just started reading this site recently and after garbage like this, I’ll gladly move on.

  • Madea

    Samsung eats you! I love this piece of plastic and its so puuurrrrrrrttttyyy!

  • David Parrella

    But it’s not as drastic of a difference as was between the D3 and D4, so I’m not disappointed.
    -D3 and D4 owner ;D