Most phone manufacturers have firmly decided the on-screen keyboard is the future. A few companies, like Pantech and Samsung, still make handsets with physical keyboards, but they typically feel like throwaway devices that were built just to use spare parts from 2006. Only Motorola remains committed to the form factor, and the company continues to churn out Droid after Droid with a full, sliding QWERTY keyboard.

The Motorola Photon Q isn't a Droid, but it might as well be. Its five rows of rubber keys slide out from underneath the device's 4.3-inch display, there to comfort BlackBerry refugees and messaging phone converts. But the Photon Q isn't just a keyboard — it's actually one of Motorola's most powerful phones yet. With a 4.3-inch display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, LTE connectivity on Sprint's network, and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, it packs some real punch. How does it measure up next to the best phones on Sprint's network? And is Motorola wasting its time continuing to make phones with keyboards, or is it just ahead of the comeback? Let's see.