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.
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.
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.
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.”
So Sprint users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks/months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what Sprint’s got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to Sprint (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to Sprint that if you have an upgrade should be really excited for (and trust us– they’re really good).
On Sprint and waiting anxiously for any news on when their 3D superphone– the HTC EVO 3D— will be coming out? You can relax now as HTC and Sprint have finally released the final two bits of info on this 3D beast: it’ll be available starting June 24th for $199.99 on with the usual new 2 year contract and data plan.
For those who don’t know, the EVO 3D is the successor to the very popular EVO 4G released last year and the first glasses-free 3D phone to be released in the US. Like the EVO 4G it’s a pretty powerful phone with a 4.3 inch qHD high-res glasses-free 3D screen (so it’ll look amazing whether you’re viewing 3D pics, games and videos or 2D everything else. It’ll also come with the “The Green Hornet 3D” movie and a demo of the game “Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D” pre-loaded so you can see view its 3D goodness right when you get it), dual 5 megapixel cameras to capture videos in 3D (or full HD 1080p when not in 3D mode), front camera for video chat, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest HTC Sense 3.0, dual core 1.2 GHZ processor and of course 4G.
We checked out the EVO 3D at CTIA when it was announced and we were very impressed with what we saw. Everything was fast and the 3D screen looked great. You can see our full first look here, but if you’re on Sprint and looking for a powerful 4G phone you should definitely wait a couple of weeks to check this out.
It’s official. Sprint has officially announced the HTC EVO 3D! Picking up where the EVO 4G left off, the EVO 3D continues with the incredible awesomeness. Packing specs like a 4.3 inch qHD high-res glasses-free 3D screen (so it’ll look awesome whether you’re viewing 3D pics and videos or 2D everything else), dual 5 megapixel camera to capture videos in 3D (or Full HD 1080p when not in 3D mode), front camera for video chat, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, dual core 1.2 GHZ processor and the latest and greatest version of HTC Sense (with some really cool looking animations and a much more improved lock screen to get you from locked to your app in one click), and of course 4G.
We were able to get our hands (and eyes!) on the EVO 3D after Sprint’s launch event concluded moment ago, and we gotta say, assuming the price isn’t too high (we are talking about a glasses-free 3D, 4G beast after all!) and the battery life is solid (Sprint reps are telling us we can expect a full days use out of this– which would be insane!), Sprint looks to have another winner on their hands here.
The screen on the EVO 3D in 2D mode was nice, clear and crisp— and with the same resolution as the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, it’s one of the sharpest we’ve seen. And when we went to a 3D pic or video (which is for now all the 3D is used for– pic and video watching), it was equally mind-blowing. Sure glasses-free 3D isn’t perfect yet (you need to be looking straight at it to really see it), but it’s still pretty remarkable and will no doubt impress you and your friends every time you take it out.
A 3D pic on the EVO 3D
Speed on the EVO 3D also seemed extremely fast from the brief time we’ve spent with it. Apps opened up quickly and 3D videos played extremely well. You should have no problem playing Angry Birds and multitasking on this.
The EVO 3D’s 3D cameras. That 2D/3D switch on top? That controls whether you’re shooting in 2D or 3D
Last but not least, the 3D camera looks to be as impressive as everything else on here and should be great for sharing high quality 3D and 2D video with friends (you can even video chat with other EVO 3D users in 3D using the back 3D camera!).
No price has been announced but Sprint says we can expect a launch early this summer.
Looking for a new Sprint phone? If we were you we’d hold off on that for a few more days. With CTIA 2011 (CTIA is where a lot of the new cell phones for the US are announced, kinda like CES just completely focused on cell phones and tablets) set to kick off next Tuesday, Sprint has sent out invites for an “exclusive event.”
Now we’re sure you wondering right now: what does this all mean, and more importantly what new device(s) are they about to show off? Well, if the rumors are any indication, Sprint is about to unveil some seriously insane and awesome stuff. Rumors have been saying the event (which is slated to run an insane 2 and a half hours!) will include the next generation of the incredibly popular EVO 4G (which just so happens to have been announced at CTIA last year) possibly called the EVO 3D (yes, that would mean this phone would pack 3D!), an HTC EVO View 4G tablet (possibly an Android tablet with 10 inch screen), and a Sprint 4G version of Samsung’s Nexus S. Yeah, things look to be incredible indeed.
We’ll be live all week next week from CTIA in Orlando and will be at Sprint’s event, so make sure to check back here for everything you’re gonna want and need to know.