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Motorola Photon 4G Video Review

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Carrier: Sprint
Manufacturer: Motorola
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What's hot: Sharp and large qHD display, fast, very good reception.

What's not: WiMAX 4G coverage is spotty.


Reviewed August 16, 2011 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

The Motorola Photon 4G is Sprint's latest top tier Android smartphone. It runs Android OS 2.3.4 Gingerbread on a dual core Tegra 2 1GHz CPU. The Photon is both a world phone with GSM for roaming overseas and a WiMAX 4G phone. Reception is above average on Sprint's network for both 3G and 4G, though WiMAX coverage is still spotty and Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A network is slower than the other three big US carriers.

Motorola Photon 4G

This a a large phone with a 4.3" qHD display. The display is very sharp and colorful, and looks better than Motorola's usual PenTile screen. Build quality is good, and the design is attractive and a little different thanks to the cut-off corners. The Moto has a VGA video chat camera and a rear 8 megapixel camera that takes OK but not wildly impressive photos, and it can shoot 720p video at 30 fps.

In terms of industrial design, display, reception and call quality, the Motorola Photon 4G is one of our top picks on Sprint for the summer/fall of 2011.

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Motorola Photon 4G Video Review



Price: $199 with 2 year contract, $549 without contract.



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Display: 4.3" capacitive multi-touch display. Resolution: qHD 960 x 540 (240 dpi), supports both portrait and landscape modes. Has an accelerometer and ambient light sensor. Has tri-color notification LED.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. 1700 mAh.

Performance: 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor. 1 gig RAM, 16 gigs flash storage with approx. 9 gigs available.

Size: 5.0 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches. Weight: 5.6 ounces.

Phone: CDMA dual band digital with 3G EV-DO Rev. A and WiMAX 4G. GSM quad band world phone with 3G HSDPA on the 850/1900/2100MHz bands.

Camera: Front VGA video chat camera and rear 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. Can shoot 720p video at 30 fps.

Audio and Multimedia: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack. Has micro HDMI port 1.3a.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

Software: Android OS 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Adobe Flash and standard Google apps like Market, Search, web browser, Maps, Navigation and YouTube. Includes the usual suite of Sprint apps including Sprint Music and Sprint TV.

Expansion: 1 SDHC microSD card slot under back cover.


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