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Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

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If 3D matters to you than the EVO is your phone, but if not then read on for a more detailed comparison.  The EVO 3D uses dual 5MP cameras to capture its 3D images, but of course can shoot in 2D mode as well with just one of those cameras.  We found results to be above average but not spectacular for a device of this nature.  Under proper lighting conditions results were quite good but it did not do so well in low light situations.  HTC offers a lot of control with the camera, which we appreciate.  It can shoot videos in 720p, but like past HTC devices isn’t very good at doing so.

Motorola Photon 4G camera interface - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
Motorola Photon 4G camera interface - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D camera interface - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D camera interface - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D camera interface - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D camera interface - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

The 8-megapixel camera on the Motorola Photon 4G takes decidedly better images than the EVO 3D with plenty of detail and accurate color reproduction.  It loses some of its luster in low light situations despite the dual LED flash, but this is a phone not a camera so we can’t dock it too much.  HD video capture at 720p was much better than the EVO 3D.  The one drawback is that there is very little user adjustment with Motorola’s camera software so what you have is pretty much what you get.

HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D

Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
Motorola Photon 4GOutdoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D (left set) and Motorola Photon 4G (right set) - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D (left set) and Motorola Photon 4G (right set) - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D (left set) and Motorola Photon 4G (right set) - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D (left set) and Motorola Photon 4G (right set) - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GIndoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GIndoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GIndoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4GIndoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D

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Darkness with flash - Motorola Photon 4GIndoor samples - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

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Both devices handle all types and resolutions of video we threw at them.  The EVO 3D has the advantage of being able to play 3D content.  For those who have problems with 3D pictures, they found the movie mode to be much more pleasing.

Motorola and HTC have included more comprehensive music players than the stock options.  The HTC player holds true to the Sense philosophy with sliding “tabs” along the bottom for artists, albums, playlists, songs, genres and composers.  With SRS sound was actually pretty good from the single speaker in the back and was equally good thorough headphones.

The music player of the HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
The music player of the HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
The music player of the HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
The music player of the HTC EVO 3D - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

Motorola’s music player incorporates your library, podcasts, internet radio and FM radio into the interface, so it wins points for easy convergence.  It interestingly pulled its own artist images for our music library.  The Photon 4G’s speaker is louder than the EVO 3D, but the EVO had better quality sound.  The Motorola player has suggested internet radio stations, YouTube videos and news articles based on what you’re listening to.  In terms of overall layout they are both good, but the Motorola Photon 4G offers a more comprehensive experience from all media angles.

The music player of the Motorola Photon 4G - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
The music player of the Motorola Photon 4G - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
The music player of the Motorola Photon 4G - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
The music player of the Motorola Photon 4G - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D
The music player of the Motorola Photon 4G - Motorola Photon 4G vs. HTC EVO 3D

All of that said, neither support Google Music Beta and we found ourselves installing the inferior music  player on both devices for the convenience of streaming our music from the cloud.

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