The Teen First Look: Motorola Photon 4G

motorola photon 4g home screen

A lot of you have been wondering about more information about a phone we consider to be one of the top 5 coming to Sprint this summer— the super powerful Motorola Photon 4G. We got a chance to spend a few minutes with the Photon and we have to say, now is a really good time to have an upgrade on Sprint.

Obviously the biggest competitor with the Photon 4G is the upcoming HTC EVO 3D, and for those who don’t want 3D but still a very fast and powerful phone, the Photon looks to be an excellent choice.

motorola photon 4g first look in hand

Design wise the Photon 4G looks very nice and also feels great in the hand. It’s very thin and light, but not too thin and light that you’re worried it will snap in half if you hold it the wrong way. We also really liked the slanted edges around the phone’s corners as they are not only a very nice little styling touch, but at least to us, helped make holding the phone a bit more comfortable.

motorola photon 4g browser

The screen and specs of the Photon 4G are also very similar to the EVO 3D. The 4.3 inch high-res qHD screen, while obviously not 3D, was very sharp and impressive with everything we saw on it phone coming off crisp and clear. In terms of cameras, the Photon packs the now common 4G requirement of two cameras, a front one for video chat and an 8 megapixel one on the back for when you want nicer, better quality shots (or HD video recording). In our brief time with the phone both took very nice, clear shots. The Photon also has a 1 GHZ dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM and in our brief first look, both seemed to work just as you’d hope and expect– with the Photon running very quickly and smoothly with no lag, freezing or waiting. In terms of software the Photon also comes with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom Motorola theme on top, which from our brief time looked very nice.

motorola photon 4g first look back

On other thing that we found interesting was that Motorola told us that the Photon would have the Webtop OS found on the AT&T Motorola Atrix. And while they wouldn’t say what accessories would make use of it, this does mean it could theoretically have a laptop dock like the Atrix which would make this phone a double threat of phone and laptop (again though, that’s just one possible way it could be used and Motorola didn’t officially give us any info on if this will or won’t happen. They did though say that the Atrix’s laptop dock wouldn’t work with the Photon and if the Photon were to get a laptop dock it would need a special one designed for the Photon– though this is probably because the Photon’s screen and size are a little larger than the Atrix with the Photon’s screen being 4.3 inches while the Atrix’s is just 4 inches. We’ll of course keep you updated on all this as we learn more).

Motorola was also very tight-lipped about when exactly we can expect the Photon to launch or for how much, just telling us it will be available “later this summer.”

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Posted on June 23, 2011, in Cell Phones, First Look/Reviews, Sprint and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The Motorola Photon & the iPhone S5, both will be great phones. But what going to killing sprint, is their core infa-structure. It’s been over a year, that Sprint rolled out the EVO 4g, and there’s still major market without 4G coverage. That’s INEXCUSABLE. Sprint, stop rolling out high-end smart phones, and concentrate your efforts on providing a strong 4G infa-structure, that can support the full functions of the phones coming out.

  2. lol it costs sprint next to nothing to have OTHER companies make smart phones for them. rolling out infrastructure is NOT cheap or easy. Do you realize how hard it is to get a permit to put a cell phone tower in a major city? Not easy!!!

  3. you forgot to mention that this phone also does GSM/UMTS-WCDMA in addition to CDMA/4G-WiMax

  4. The photon sounds like a nice phone – nice big, clear screen, 8MP camera and a slim phone.

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