LA Gadgets Examiner Rating: B+
Sprint’s Motorola Photon 4G can be purchased at Sprint retail locations (Los Angeles locations listed here).
Sprint’s Motorola Photon 4G completely lacks the “coolness” of many of the carrier’s other phones, but it still packs in a lot of power and features. It’s one of the rare phones that actually gets more appealing over time instead of the other way around.
• 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
• 4.3 inch LED display (960 x 540), 16M colors
• 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM
• microSD slot for up to 32 GB additional memory
• Operating System: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
• Standard removable 1700mAh Lithium (Li-on) battery
• 8 MP autofocus cameras with LED flash and 1.3 MP front-facing camera
• WiFi 802.11 b/g/h, Bluetooth, GPS
Build and Display
The Motorola Photon 4G, at 5 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep, is bulkier than most smartphones. However, the crisp round corners and sleek finish make the Photon easy to hold. You also don’t have to go in battle to remove the battery cover—this is a feature lacking on many other Android phones.
You can find the micro USB and micro HDMI ports on the left of the device. On the right are the volume and camera shutter buttons. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top. You can tell that Motorola clearly thought out the design of the device, which is more than I can say about the display.
The Photon has a 960 x 540 inch pixel display. But don’t let those numbers fool you! Upon first using the device, bad memories of my 4thgrade math class came back. You see—the Photon has a PenTile display which places a noticeable grid on the screen. I was easily able to find the X and Y axis points and imagined my teacher saying, “X=2 and Y=4.” But I was soon reminded that this was actually a phone.
Once your eyes get used to the display, the effect isn’t as noticeable. It’s like moving to a location by an airport—you can’t sleep the first week, but become immune to the sound of airplanes. The color is actually very crisp and the viewing angles are excellent.
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