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Motorola PHOTON 4G Review

0. phoneArena posted on 01 Aug 2011, 06:34

Not too long ago Motorola was teetering on the brink of viability, but along came a little green robot and the company’s fortunes have changed drastically. Sprint’s situation isn’t quite as bleak, but its hoping that their renewed partnership with Motorola helps turn the tide for the nation’s number three carrier. They’re kicking things off with a bang with the Motorola Photon 4G, a beastly phone with a massive spec sheet...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 12:48

22. roddeyp (unregistered)

I have the phonton and i love it...

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 16:25

25. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

My question here is isn't the Photon supposed to be Sprint's version of the Bionic? if so i wonder how this will impact that release... my boyfriend desperately needs to replace his Droid X as it's been constantly plaguing him with random reboots.... i WANT so badly to get him the Motorola Bionic but i'm incredibly hesitant. What do you guys thing?

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 17:39

26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Wait, you're a girl?

Relax guys, she's only fourteen. Dirty pedos.

Anyway, it depends on whether Sprint works well in your area and whether you're okay with not getting the absolute fastest data speeds available on any wireless network. If those aren't deal breakers for you, the Photon will work fine. Heck, if screen size doesn't matter to you, you could even get the Atrix right now and save a hundred bucks while you're at it. But then there's the question of whether you are okay with AT&T. If you are, and if you're okay with the smaller size and 5 mp camera, then the Atrix is a great buy as well.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 21:04

28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

for all we know the Bionic could be coming out with a 1.5GHz OMAP4440 after all this time. Samsung is supposedly bumping Exynos to 1.4GHz in their Galaxy S II around the same time frame so it would make sense that Moto would want to stand up to that with such an upgrade.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 21:42 1

30. Henrick (unregistered)

The Samsung Galaxy SII continue to be the best Smartphone out there & I´m sure not even the upcoming Iphone 5 will surpass it.

A very difficult handset to beat.

I own one very proud.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 23:09

31. MTSMega (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

This phone normal. Very large internal memory 16gb

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 10:19

35. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Even with 1gb of RAM its still petty laggy. This thing would be a beast if it was running stock android.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 03:09

36. Dr.Peanut (unregistered)

I would prefer this over the EVO 3D if it did not have that pentile display. This would be a much better phone if they used the same qHD displays that HTC uses.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:42 2

37. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

Is the only phone in the Sprint line up that would love to get... and no surprise.. is from Moto....

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 15:45 2

38. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

This phone looks super badass. It should pull a lot of attention to sprint.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 05:06 1

39. Illusionist (unregistered)

i wonder why all present smart phones are tending to have the same shape,colors and look??
without the logos of manufacturers, they are the same!!

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 11:48

40. MotoDango (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)

Respectfully, the Con "Awkward microUSB port placement" in the review is inaccurate. The phone kickstand is made to allow the phone to be placed on EITHER side. The phone will flip the display either way. So, you can have it freestanding and connect to the charger at the same time.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 12:24

42. JayQ330 (Posts: 60; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

i have to say that in the back of the photon 4G's box it says that the phone uses sprint's 800/1900 mhz network & im getting reception where i wouldnt with my evo 3D *ex evo 3D* & even my t-mobile vibrant...even the evo 3D while on roaming on verizon's 800 mhz channel i would only get 2 bars in the concrete & glass building im living in now. now i get a full 6 bars where i would roam or get no service/signal at all...in the 3rd floor of my building i get all 6 bars as well! i wouldnt even be able to roam off verizon's service in that area because there was too much concrete in the walls,i can get 4 bars in the basement with the photon!. the building i live in is a 30 story tower which i stress because i wouldnt get signal at all, no one could! but this phone does & it does with all 6 bars which is crazy, im sure it cant be just a "good antenna" even if it was such a good antenna im sure that the 1900 mhz wouldnt penetrate threw because the closest i use to get to service was roaming & that was on the 1st floor only,not the 3rd floor where i now get all 6 bars. could it be that the sprint 800mhz SMR frequency is already in use? the box says so in the back fineprint that it uses sprints 800 & 1900 mhz as i said before. can it be smr? or is smr still i know the evo 3D will start using it in a couple of months, but motorola still owns i believe it is 24% or 48% of nextel, so maybe theyre using there iden channel before anyone else? also i remember with my nextel phone years back you would get the echo effect that everyone hated allot, well i experienced that today...alot of things are pointing to smr. anyone have same experience post it up i want to compare.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 19:28

43. UncleD (unregistered)

After this site's horrible review of the Palm Pre and perceived (mine) iOS bias, I find all your comments (pros & cons) more useful for this phone. I'm dying slowly with the Pre, and need to make the jump to Android. I'm premium Sprint & have the $$ off on a new phone annually. Mostly business user - calls & email - but look forward to some apps. Would you pick up the Photon now or suffer a bit more with the Pre waiting an unknown amount of time for the S-II?? Staying with Sprint, so no other option. Thanks for your input.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 20:44

44. thatoneguy.... (unregistered)

used both phone and i got to say this is a good phone but not worth it giving up my 3d.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 09:17

46. mj (unregistered)

I think the word you used about Sense 3.0 was "buttery." It sure is, and I really wanted an HTC phone for that. But, no single phone on the market today has everything I want, and the fact that I can travel overseas with the Photon was the tipping point. I'm really surprised you don't mention the fact that this is a world phone in your list of "Pros." This is really a huge plus for Sprint customers, and for people thinking of switching.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 05:56

47. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1298; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

I had the EVO 3D and the antenna signal sucked. In mid town Manhattan I got 1-2 bars, and that's when I knew there are phone issues. I took it back for the Photon because I need a phone to make, and receive calls on! Sense is way better than Blur, but I can live with it and launcher pro helps. Out side of 3D and Sense the photon is definitely a great phone. If antenna signal is an issue do not hesitate to get this phone unless you can wait for the Galaxy S2. EVO 3 D has Sense, and 3D viewing, weak speaker and volume. The Photon IMHO has better picture quality, way better antenna signal, a screen you can view from all angles, a stronger speaker with better volume. The EVO 3D is much smoother with sense, but seems to me that the rotation from landscape to portrait is smoother with the Photon. Blur will take time to get used to but a working phone supersedes smoke and mirror 3D. IMHO the 3D needs to be polished on the EVO and to trade up from the EVO 4G is a waste unless the 4G is broke. The EVO 4G has a wider screen, and better antenna signal, but is not as fast duh....it's older and should be slower......but my EVO worked better than MY 3D.......so I kicked the 3D to the curb. Sprint recognizes that there is an antenna issue just like many of the very first reviewers have made reference to....shame on you Sprint for ruining my experience with a faulty phone!

posted on 11 Aug 2011, 14:59

48. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Will I be able to use this phone on ATT 3G network, as is?

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 22:53

49. Jose15killer (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)

I think this is a realy good phone

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 02:21

51. Cell Phone Reviews (unregistered)

nice info.... my blog

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 19:36

52. yungmel0 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 Jun 2011)

Today was the my first day with the device and i must say im in love with it!!!! I switched from the EVO 3D due to the headaches from the pictures or videos i took personally. Other than that i would of kept the EVO. I hate that i couldnt enjoy the 3D unless it was on a movie or a video game. I must say the pics that I took that didn't give me headaches was amazing. From a personal stand point I like how well the Photon 4G responds. its just as fast if not faster than the EVO. I would prefer SENSE over the MotoBlur/GhostBlur but its still a powerful and fast phone. I downloaded LauncherPro and that pretty much took care of all of that. While the phones stack up quite evenly on everyday use the Photon performs nicely. As for looks, When i whip out the Photon its attracts way more attention. People often call it a "Diamond phone". Im still downloading all the apps i previously had and am bringing the phone up to speed. I'm looking forward to buying all the accessories (Laptop Dock, HD Dock, Wireless Keyboard). With the functionally of the phone itself and all the upcoming accessories Im feeling like i made the right choice when turning my EVO 3D in.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 06:36

54. abdulwahab (unregistered)

i would like to see a test for the (video recorder) and also (voice recorder) by record a sample from any song inside the car , and volume up the voice then volume down ,, to see the quality of the sound , many people like to record their favourite moments in the clubs :P , when they see what they recorded the sounds like s**t ,, i think the iphone is the best for recording videos and also voice ,, best quality of sound ...

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 15:07

57. photonuser (unregistered)

Well.. I got my Photon yesterday, and am not happy about the Muted Call issue.

A lot of people are having problems with trying to make a call, and neither person on either end of the call can hear anything. The call connects (and charges your minutes) but it's useless for talking. The fix is to pull the battery and reset the phone.

I talked with Sprint about this, and they admit the problem, but they say this is not a defect. DO WHAT???? The damn thing doesn't work for the main intended purpose.. MAKING CALLS... THAT is a defect.

Supposedly, a fix is being worked on, but Sprint and Motorola are being quiet about it, and when it will be released...

Otherwise, it blows my Droid X outta the water... but what good is a phone that you have to reboot ot make a call with?

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 15:10

58. photonuser (unregistered)

Oh... one added thing... running the phone on 4G all the time will kill your battery in a mattter of a couple hours.. Turn off the 4G and the battery seems to do really well. I've gotten to where I only turn on 4G when I need to get something off the web quick and don't have time to wait.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 23:17

67. Chevy (unregistered)

I'll be waiting for ATRIX sequel.. It was damn handset cons for blur and locked bootloader. I find the finger print reader very innovative as no handsets has used this..
Moto Rocks... Samsungs are better but not better than the best of Moto..

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 17:32

77. paxmossss (unregistered)

Unfortunately, it is on Sprint.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 22:03

82. Raki (unregistered)


posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:03

83. cellularseller (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

i love my motorola photon. i had the htc evo 3d for 5 weeks before i got my photon, and needless to say, i am much more satisfied with my photon!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:08

84. cellularseller (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

and the battery life is FAR MORE SUPERB than the htc evo, evo 3d, evo shift, samsung epic, or any other android out there. thank you motorola!!!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:51 1

86. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

love my photon

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