QWERTY devices are a lost art. With touchscreen handsets literally growing in stature, smartphones equipped with actual physical buttons are becoming that much more scarce. And on the road to extinction, company’s have forgotten how to make a quality device with a usable keyboard.

People out in the market longing for the tactile feedback of a good QWERTY might have found their savior. Motorola’s Photon Q 4G LTE on Sprint is a device that could make typing on a tiny keyboard feel natural, or at least more comfortable than a touchscreen. Whether you’re a messaging junkie, email guru or someone who just hasn’t gotten used to all-touch, the Photon Q is a device to keep in mind if the Galaxy S III or iPhone isn’t your cup of tea.

We’ve only spent a few waking minutes with the Photon Q, but we’re excited to put it through its paces. With the QWERTY market floundering against its more popular touchscreen foe, can the Photon Q keep devices equipped with keyboards above water?

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Specs:

  • Release Date: Available
  • Price: $199.99 with two-year contract
  • Operating System: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Dimensions: 4.98 x 2.60 x 0.54-inches
  • Weight: 6.0-ounces
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Display: 4.3-inch (960×540), TFT LCD with ColorBoost Tech
  • Battery: 1785 mAh
  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core
  • Internal Storage: 8GB, expandable with microSD
  • Camera: 8-megapixel with 1080p video recording; 1.3-megapixel front facing
  • Network: Sprint LTE
  • Bluetooth / NFC: 4.0 / Yes
  • Notes: International capabilities and Smart Actions. Comes with an unlocked bootloader.

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