Motorola Photon 4G on Sprint Plans


  • Android
  • 8 megapixels
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Talk time: Up to 6h
  • Standby: Up to 8d 7h 12m
  • 1.02GB RAM
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"Battery life on the Photon 4G is fantastic. Like the Droid 3, without my heavy usage pattern, I would consistently see t..."
4.5/5 Stars

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Motorola Photon 4G Specs

TypeTFT Capacitive
Screen Resolution960 x 540 pixels
Screen Size4.3 inch (10.9 cm)
Resolution8 megapixels
Front Facing-
3D Resolution-
Flash TypeDual-LED
Video Camera720p@30fps
Music & Video
Music PlayerYes
Video PlayerYes
Video CallsYes
FM RadioYes
Audio FormatsMP3, WAV, WMA, AAC+
Video FormatsMP4, WMV, H.263, H.264
ExpandableUp to 32GB
Form FactorSlate
Width66 mm
Height127 mm
Thickness12.7 mm
Weight142.2 grams
Main Connectivity3G
Maximum Data Speed-
USBmicroUSB 2.0
NetworksCDMA 800, 1900 GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Data NetworksGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Push EmailYes
Text Messages (SMS)Yes
Picture Messages (MMS)Yes
Battery (2G Talk)Up to 6 hours
Battery (Standby)Up to 8 days 7 hours 12 minutes
App StoreAndroid Market
Processor Type1GHz
Operating SystemAndroid
Release DateAugust 2013

Motorola Photon 4G Reviews

Average Score
(7 reviews)



"Battery life on the Photon 4G is fantastic. Like the Droid 3, without my heavy usage pattern, I would consistently see two-plus days of power before the device popped up a low battery warning. While other devices typically feature the screen very high on the battery usage scale, the display in this case is often listed very low on that scale - the power of PenTile, it seems. " 4.5/5 Stars

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"This is simultaneously Motorola's and Sprint's best handset ever -- it takes everything we praised about the Droid X2, adds WiMAX support, a global GSM / HSPA radio and WebTop capability, then wraps it up in a much sleeker package."

Engadget (engadget.com)
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"An excellent voice phone, I got significantly better 3G and 4G reception with the Photon than with the competing Sprint HTC EVO 3D ($199, 3 stars). The earpiece gets quite loud, and voices are clear. There's a lot of side tone, the reflection of your own voice in your ear that prevents you from yelling. The speakerphone is loud enough to use outdoors. Transmissions sounded pretty good; when there was a lot of background noise they got a bit wobbly, though. The Photon connected effortlessly to our Aliph Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset ($129, 4.5 stars) and activated its accurate Nuance-powered voice dialing. Battery life, at 8 hours and 20 minutes of 3G talk time, was very good." 4.5/5

PCMag (pcmag.com)
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"It’s got good guts stuffed inside that big black rubberised frame: dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, 16GB of storage, sitting behind a delightfully bright, vivid and responsive 4.3-inch 540×960 display. Streaming HD music videos popped, and watching them with the less-obnoxious-than-usual kickstand was a treat. Add in Sprint’s 4G connectivity, and it’s a very fast treat too — like microwave kettle corn."

Gizmodo (gizmodo.com)
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"With a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4G speeds, enterprise-level security, and world phone credentials, the Motorola Photon 4G is a top-notch Android phone for Sprint customers." 4/5 Stars

CNET Reviews (reviews.cnet.com)
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"Of all the Motorola phones we've seen this year, the Photon is definitely the best of the pack. The design is one-of-a-kind, and the Tegra 2 processor paired with Sprint's 4G network is hard to beat. But the Photon 4G suffers from some issues we've seen across multiple Motorola devices, such as the bluish tint to the display and the uneven camera. " 4/5 Stars

PCWorld (pcworld.com)
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"The Photon 4G boasts a bright and crisp display with qHD resolution, which means 960 x 540 pixels. When we put the phone side by side with the EVO 3D and played the same soccer clip on YouTube, we noticed that the Photo 4G had wider viewing angles but that the grass looked a little greener on the EVO. When we were viewing websites, the Photon 4G's display also looked brighter and crisper. Overall, we prefer the screen on the Photon 4G, at least in 2D mode." 4/5 Stars

Laptop (laptopmag.com)
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