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Motorola PHOTON 4G Review

Motorola PHOTON 4G

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Motorola PHOTON 4G Review
Callers were very pleased with the sound quality of the Photon 4G.  They rated us an 8.5/10 and only complained of some mild hollowness.  We felt the same way on our end, but it was far from a deal-breaker.  Voice reproduction was natural, earpiece volume was good and the speakerphone was nice and loud.  The battery is rated for 10 hours of talk time, which would be far and away the best smartphone Sprint has ever seen.  It didn’t quite make it in our testing, but at 8.6 hours it still out performs almost every other Android device out there.


The Motorola Photon 4G makes a very strong case for being the best phone in Sprint’s lineup.  It certainly has the horsepower with the Tegra 2 dual core processer, 16GB of memory and brilliant qHD display.  The 8-megapixel camera with 720p recording performed well enough to double as a point and shoot for most people.  The battery life and call quality was well above average, and overall the build quality and design is very well done.

In the end it will come down to personal preference if you’re deciding between the HTC EVO 3D.  HTC’s Sense UI again shines through as the superior UI, and in our opinion the EVO 3D felt every-so-slightly faster and smoother.  The Photon 4G has the better display (3D-less as it may be), better camera and a stronger battery.   You really can’t go wrong with either, and for many the lack of 3D may be a positive for the Photon 4G, but one way or another Motorola has delivered an excellent device to Sprint and we look forward to the fruits of their renewed partnership.

Android version: 2.3.4
Software: 45.2.1.MB855.Sprint.en.US

Motorola PHOTON 4G Video Review:


  • Large, crisp and vibrant qHD display
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Good call quality and battery life
  • Great camera performance


  • The Motorola UI leaves a bit to be desired
  • Awkward microUSB port placement
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Size5.00 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches
(126.9 x 66.9 x 12.2 mm)
5.57 oz  (158 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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