launched the Motorola Webtop application, which lets users view, edit and
manage documents or make calls from the Mozilla Firefox Web browser the Webtop
If I have one big complaint about this, it's that most of
the phone content looked grainy on my 46-inch Toshiba TV screen as it
translated from the 4.3-inch display of the Photon 4G.
knows how to fix this, drop me a line. I played with some of the controls on my
TV, but I'm not sure something isn't getting lost in the translation between
the phone and my TV.
The dock has
additional ports to let users connect keyboards, mice or other peripherals. But
you also get a wireless remote to manage the content ported to your TV so you
might be happy with that.
The Photon 4G
is a phone, so you can make calls, too. Calls were crisp and this so-called
"world phone" can make them near and far, thanks to its support for
WiMAX 2500, CDMA 800/1900 (Code Division Multiple Access 800/1900), WCDMA
850/1900/2100 and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 bands.
wireless hotspot capability will support up to eight 4G or 3G devices, as long
as you don't mind spending the $30 a month for the perk.
One thing that
can't be helped about using this phone is how much you burn down its battery.
At 1,700mAh, it's no slouch.
Yet you might
be surprised at how fast it burns down when it's not plugged into a power
source, and you're watching several videos or listening to music when the
device is propped up and playing continuously.
claims 6.5 hours of video playback and 10 hours of talk time. I saw only two
hours of life max from constant video play, as well as accessing multimedia
content via my TV with the HD station.
I did spend
one whole day just doing normal texting, calling and emailing with occasional
Web data use, and it lasted 10 hours with no threat to the battery.
Photon 4G is a solid entry in the ever-expanding Android army of high-end smartphones.
You'd be right if you said the Photon 4G seems like existing devices on the
market. It admirably continues the multimedia-munching legacy of the Motorola
Droid X and HTC Evo lines.
Atrix 4G is the only other phone that works with docking stations to flash
phone content on the big screen. So if you want an update to that device on a
network that is truly 4G, the Photon 4G might be the right choice for you.