- 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)
Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)
The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is hefty, but packs modern Android power, an excellent keyboard, and LTE 4G if you're lucky
Comfortable to hold and use, easy-to-read screen
The Photon 4G takes good pictures, follows your fingers on the touchscreen and quickly loads webpages
An above-average super powerful dual-core Android handset
It's a good reason to consider Sprint
Definitely the first superphone hit of the season
With its stunning display, impressive battery life and solid performance, the Photon 4G comes very close to dethroning Samsung's mighty Galaxy S II as king of the Android hill. This is simultaneously Motorola's and Sprint's best handset ever -- it takes everything we praised about the Droid X2, adds WiMAX support, a global GSM / HSPA radio and WebTop capability, then wraps it up in a much sleeker package. All that's missing now is a laptop dock and a better camera -- one with a proper two-stage shutter key and 1080p video recording with continuous autofocus. For those who, like us, prefer t... Full review
A great phone with a killer specifications list
The enhanced multimedia- and business-centric features give users a solid all-around experience
Aside from its mediocre 4G service, the Motorola Photon 4G easily stands out as Sprint’s most definitive Android phone yet. Network subscribers have been yearning for a high-powered device cut from the same cloth as Motorola’s AT&T powerhouse, and now they have just that. The dual-core holds its weight in performance and produces speedy results, while the enhanced multimedia- and business-centric features give users a solid all-around experience. There’s also some fun to be had with Motorola’s accessories, which are reasonably priced when compared to its laptop c... Full review
A solid phone with very little to complain about
Hardware is excellent, the wireless performance top-notch, the voice quality fantastic, and even the battery life is good
After spending more than four days with the Photon 4G, I am confident in recommending it as Sprint's top smartphone. It hits a home run in almost every department. The hardware is excellent, the wireless performance top-notch, the voice quality fantastic, and even the battery life is good.
If those basics aren't enough to convince you, the messaging options are nearly unlimited, the media playback tools are outstanding, and the system performance is raging fast. The evolution of Motorola's Blur user interface is now complete. It went from an annoying performance-killer on early d... Full review
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