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Motorola Photon 4G Android Phone (Sprint)
 
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Motorola Photon 4G Android Phone (Sprint)

by Motorola
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)


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Technical Details

  • Android Gingerbread 2.3-powered smartphone with 4G wireless connectivity and 4.3-inch qHD multi-touch display for brilliant video playback
  • 1.0 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor plus 1 GB of RAM for excellent multitasking; Wi-Fi networking (with optional hotspot capability)
  • 8-MP camera; HD 720p camcorder; 16 GB internal memory; microSD expansion; Bluetooth stereo music; access to personal and corporate e-mail; HDMI mirroring to external monitor
  • Up to 10 hours of talk time, up to 200 hours (8.3 days) of standby time; released in July, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, USB cable/charger, pre-installed global SIM card, quick start guide
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005C5QLVK
  • Item model number: Photon
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,021 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

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The Motorola PHOTON 4G for Sprint provides ultra-fast, on-the-go connectivity via Sprint's 4G network as well as global voice and data connectivity for your world travels. Running the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (learn more below), it's powered by a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and includes 1 GB of powerful PC-grade RAM, empowering you to browse, download, and multitask all at maximum speeds. And with the optional HD Multimedia Dock, you can connect to an external monitor to play music and videos on the big screen as well as take advantage of Motorola's innovative webtop application for full Firefox multi-tab browsing.



The 4G-enabled Motorola PHOTON 4G (view larger).

It runs on Sprint's expanding 4G network, offering simultaneous voice and data connectivity and download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, the phone can still connect to 3G data services in areas not currently served by Sprint's 4G network (learn more about Sprint's 4G network below). And whether traveling to Europe or Asia, the PHOTON 4G provides globetrotters the freedom of reliable global connectivity to GSM and 3G UMTS networks via Sprint Worldwide international services.

The PHOTON 4G features a brilliant 4.3-inch qHD display, which offers a rich 24-bit color depth and a 960 x 540-pixel resolution for extremely sharp images. And the screen is made of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with a glare-reducing coating. It also comes with a kickstand integrated into the rear of the handset for easy viewing of video.

Equipped with powerful imaging enhancement software, the PHOTON's 8-megapixel camera delivers shutter lag speeds rivaling those of a standalone digital camera--less blur, fewer missed shots, more action, more picture perfect photos. You can capture HD 720p videos from the rear 8-MP camera, and the PHOTON 4G boasts a front-facing VGA camera for easy on-the-go video chats.

Connect to home, business, and hotspot networks with the integrated Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, and you'll be able to share your 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously via the 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability. Other features include GPS for navigation and location-based services, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 16 GB internal memory, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, full HTML browser, and up to 10 hours of talk time.



Includes integrated kickstand for optimal video viewing (view larger).

Access Entertainment

Stream the latest Hollywood hits and TV shows instantly and view them in beautiful clarity thanks to the Motorola PHOTON 4G's stunning 4.3-inch qHD display. With the optional HD Multimedia Dock, you can connect to a big screen (either HDTV or external monitor with HDMI port) as well as plug in peripherals such as a keyboard or a mouse via its USB ports for a PC-like experience. You can also connect the PHOTON 4G to external monitors via an optional wired HDMI cable as well as stream video and audio to compatible DLNA devices.

With 16 GB of onboard storage with the option to expand storage of up to 48 GB with an optional microSD card, the PHOTON 4G allows you to keep photos and videos directly on the device. Or if you prefer, share them immediately on social media sites like Flikr, Picasa, or Facebook.

Access Business Productivity

The PHOTON 4G features Motorola's revolutionary webtop application, which extends the PHOTON into something far beyond the average smartphone. Just connect your PHOTON to unique HD Multi-Media dock accessory and webtop does the rest. Via an HDMI connection to HDTV or PC monitor, launch a full Firefox 4.0 browser that gives you access to your phone’s interface, 200,000 Android Marketplace apps, surf the Web, make calls, send texts, or run GoogleDocs, and other Web apps.

To make sure this data remains yours alone, PHOTON 4G implements several business-grade security measures such as data encryption and remote device management for maximum security. Take it everywhere as PHOTON 4G keeps you connected with world phone calling and video chat for the easiest way to stay ahead the world around.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola PHOTON 4G weighs 5.6 ounces and measures 5 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches. Its 1700 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 200 hours (8.3 days) of standby time. It runs on Sprint's 4G network as well as the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.

What's in the Box

Motorola PHOTON 4G handset, rechargeable battery, USB cable/charger, pre-installed global SIM card, quick start guide



Connectivity

  • Ultra-fast 4G connectivity with simultaneous voice and data capability (peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps)
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) in areas not yet served by 4G (peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps)
  • GPS navigation capabilities via Google Maps Navigation (plus pre-loaded Telenav GPS Navigator)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
  • DLNA capabilities enables you to share your photo albums, videos and movies wirelessly with a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device.

Google Integration

  • Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Preloaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Communications & Internet

  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging.
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype text input for fast text entry.
  • View attachments using pre-loaded Quickoffice app (compatible with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF)

Hardware

  • Dual-core 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • 1 GB RAM for improved multitasking
  • 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display (Quarter High Definition; 960 x 540 pixels) with accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors.
  • MicroUSB port
  • HDMI port with 1080p HMDI Mirror Mode output to your HDTV or monitor.
  • Removable battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Camera

  • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, touch-to-focus, face recognition, panoramic modes, and more.
  • Capture video in Full HD 720p resolution (30 fps)
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chats

Multimedia

  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
  • FM radio

Memory

  • 16 GB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.

More Features

  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • TTY compatible
  • Bilingual interface (English, Spanish)


Sprint's Blazing Fast 4G Network

Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service in 32 markets (with more coming online soon). Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, giving this mobile phone the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today. Sprint 4G network coverage is expected to reach 120 million people by the end of 2010.

Sprint 4G services dramatically increase download speeds for photos, videos and large files. You can download a favorite song, picture, sitcom or large video in seconds, not minutes, or watch live streaming video--all while on the go, not just from the home or office. Additionally, businesses can benefit from the fast connectivity speeds of 4G. Some examples include:

  • Real estate agents can conduct virtual property tours.
  • Construction teams using 4G in the field can save valuable time by sharing schematics with engineers online.
  • Insurance companies can speed their claims management through real-time communication with on-site adjusters.
  • Health care professionals can improve their ability to remotely monitor patients.
  • Emergency first responders can rapidly assess and coordinate disaster action with real-time on-site video and audio.
  • Photojournalists can instantly transfer high-resolution images to the newsroom.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

The Motorola PHOTON 4G runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread)--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation. Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The PHOTON 4G also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Picasa, and YouTube. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

 

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Product Description

The Motorola Photon™ 4G Locked Cell Phone is perfect for the extreme tech lover whose personal and professional lives tend to overlap. This phone has all of the must-have features you'll love like a 4.3" qHD display, worldwide GSM capabilities, dual cameras, and a unique kickstand for easy hands-free viewing. The Sprint Motorola Photon 4G Locked Cell Phone is a media powerhouse that will quickly become your entertainment command center.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
111 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sprint's Best Android Phone for Business August 1, 2011
By Cos
As a business user two real important factors in a phone for me were call quality and battery life. Having used the Evo for the past year and a half, I had the itch to upgrade and picked up this phone after my disappointment with the Evo 3D.

For a business Android phone, the Photon was really my only dual core option with Sprint;

I had upgraded my original Evo to the Evo 3D and was extremely disappointed.
- Call quality and batter life were very poor, even in comparison to my older Evo
- I was in San Diego for comic con and my phone would leave my charger at 7am and be dead before 1pm.
- This is with only making 1-2 calls and no internet surfing, minimal texting.
- That was with GPS / Bluetooth / 4G turned off.

I need a phone that can last the work day and the Motorola Photon does not disappoint.
- I was easily able to make a large amount of calls, text, email and still have 25-40% left on the battery (7am-6:30pm)
- This is with Bluetooth and GPS on the whole time.
- Phone also did not get as hot as the Evo 3D

There is a very significant difference in call quality between the evo 3d and the Photon.
- Both voice and speakerphone were signifcantly better with the Photon.
- Signal reception was the best of any Sprint Phone I have owned (i.e. was able to get 4G Data in spots where my Evo or Evo 3D could not)

I like the way the phone looks cosmetically.
- Build quality is solid, but not a big fan of the back of the phone
- Screen quality is very good. (i.e. Great Color and Contrast, but you do notice the "Pixalated" look at times)

The Doc Station is a nice touch
- Purchased the Doc Station (Which by the way sells for $99.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A huge upgrade over the original HTC EVO August 4, 2011
I purchased the EVO when it first came out last year and loved it. It was the first smart phone of it's kind I had ever owned. First android device as well. I loved it. The camera, the kickstand, the UI, as well as the button placement. However, after a years use it started constantly rebooting and having problems. I upgraded to the Photon as soon as I could. I must say, this phone blows the Evo out of the water. Obviously just by comparing specs you would hope that it would. 1ghz dual core tegra 2 processor with 1GB of ram,motoblur UI. I realize it's aimed more towards business users but I think it's great for my uses as well. The screen is very nice and bright. I am actually able to see it outside in sunlight, where as the Evo I couldn't. Moving between apps is a breeze with the processing power that this phone has, I haven't had it lag yet. The camera seems to be about the same as the EVO, I can't tell a huge difference but they were great to begin with. BATTERY LIFE, BATTERY LIFE, BATTERY LIFE. I cannot stress this part enough. The biggest, noticeable upgrade is the battery life. The EVO was horrible at this and struggled so hard to be a phone that could make it through the work day. I had to manage and control so many things to get that phone through the day. With the Photon I don't have to worry about a thing! It's still up as I type this and looking at the battery information it has 1d 0h 25m. That's with moderate texting, internet browsing,facebook, and app downloading. Of course, unlike the EVO, I have a lot of things left on like background downloader, auto updates, etc. The only thing I've managed is the screen brightness which is turned down below half and the timeout of the screen(30 seconds vs a minute). Read more ›
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photon/Android Versus iPhone 4GS/iOS October 16, 2011
After recently purchasing the Photon for myself and the iPhone 4GS for my wife, I jotted down some of the advantages of each based on my initial impressions for a friend who is trying to decide between the two:

Photon/Android Advantages
* 4G is roughly twice as fast (loading most web sites) as iPhone's 3G
* Larger screen (4.3 inches versus 3.5)
* Easier to browse/read web sites with the larger screen since you don't have to zoom in and out as frequently
* Much better keyboard with numbers and symbols easily available (versus have to switch to different keyboard screen)
* Swype keyboard option (13% faster in my test after just a couple of weeks of light use; some people claim it's twice as fast after you get some decent practice)
* Since the screen is larger, the keyboard area and keys are larger. Additionally, the keyboard always rotates into horizontal/landscape mode when you turn the phone (doesn't always rotate on the iPhone, for example if you are configuring certain settings)
* Period and comma are available on default keyboard screen
* Widgets!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The phone has a million add apps!!!
I ordered this phone, it came in perfect condition. However, I am constantly getting add pop-ups that slow my phone down and drain my battery! I have no idea how to get these off!.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Norvelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great phone, great value
I had purchased a different phone before this and had nothing but trouble. This seller was fast, and offered excellent value. Very glad I went with this purchase.
Published 6 months ago by Shannon Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Used Phone
Bought this phone to switch from T mobile to Ting. I did have the sensation 4g on T mobile....there is no comparison on performance, the sensation was better;... Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Longo
4.0 out of 5 stars great phone
I realy enjoyed this phone. It never ran out of space to download anything in my imagination. I also invested in the lapdock which was great fun. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Still loving it!
I'm still loving my Photon. I'm now eligible for upgrade but plan to just settle in for another year or two. Haven't seen any new phones worth jumping to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Ordered the wrong phone
I meant to purchase the Photon Q (It has the physical keyboard), but bought this one instead because of the similarities in name. It was a decent phone while I had it though.
Published 8 months ago by Corey Dyson
1.0 out of 5 stars Never Worked!
Bought it, signed a two year agreement, never worked. Called Sprint they sent me an Airave for better reception in the home, never worked. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Sharkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid phone
had original Photon I bought for over 2 years before it had any issues. Great phone great features, and tough to boot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Another Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!!!!! Motorola Photon Q 4GLTE
DO NOT GET THIS PRODUCT. I purchased my cell phone from Sprint on May 3, 2013. I paid $200.00 for it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Elliott
2.0 out of 5 stars OK at best
Phone was great back in the summer of 2011 when I got it. Motorola refuses to support this device anymore, so if you still have it in 2013 as per your contract, you're basically... Read more
Published 10 months ago by James G
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