Motorola Photon 4G: The Speedy 4G Handset

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-08-02 Print this article Print

I also launched the Motorola Webtop application, which lets users view, edit and manage documents or make calls from the Mozilla Firefox Web browser the Webtop software includes.

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.

If anyone 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.

The Sprint 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.

Motorola 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.

Overall, the 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.

However, the 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.




Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel