- Jeffrey Van Camp , Digital Trends
The Motorola Photon 4G offers dual-core power and 4G speed, but still suffers from Motorola’s notoriously bad display technology.
The Motorola Photon 4G is one of US Cellular’s best mobile phone offerings to date, offering many great hardware and software features. But when compared to other phones from the competition, just how good is the Photon 4G in terms of overall usage and user experience?
Well, imagine your first time using a smartphone with a screen that’s larger than your palm. Oh, you’ve never been able to experience that before? Then that’s the perfect excuse to get your hands on this one. It features a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display, an 8MP camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and support for 4G wireless networks. There’s a 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM onboard, which should make navigating menus and using apps mostly trouble-free. And speaking of apps, it supports all kinds of software products that are designed to work with Android version 2.3.
Back to the hardware side of things, this Motorola also comes with microUSB and HDMI-out ports, which makes it useful for applications that involve the use of stand-alone computers or computer peripherals. And when not connected to any such things, it lends itself to a variety of mobile Internet related uses, including mobile Web browsing thanks to its support for EV-DO Rev. A, HSDPA, and LTE.
Battery life is one of its weak points, as it only comes with a 1700 mAh capacity unit, possibly the best thing they could fit in its 12mm thin casing. It certainly has a lot of features that could be put to good use, only don’t expect more than one full day’s worth of usage without interruptions for charging.
Need to Know: Motorola Photon 4G
1. Support for a wide range of mobile networks ensures fast and reliably mobile data connections wherever there is network coverage. (The Good)
2. Inclusion of kickstand allows for comfortable usage on the go. (The Good)
3. Default operating system is seriously outdated and limiting considering the kind of specs it is packing. (The Bad)
4. Relatively low-capacity battery unit gives disappointing battery life, especially for users who constantly use 4G. (The Bad)
The Motorola Photon 4G's screen is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.
There is a Qualcomm Tegra Dual-Core 1 GHz processor (CPU).
The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).
Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.
The phone is powered by a 1700 mAh Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are: 8.5 days standby time, 600 minutes talk time.
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