Friday, 30 September 2011

Motorola Photon 4G - Review

In this review, we will talk about Motorola Photon 4G, running on the Android 2.3 platform.

The Motorola Photon 4G features a solid and really sleek build with simple to use multimedia functions for your use. It comes with a good display screen that gives out excellent and bright colored images. The Motorola Photon 4G carries a MicroSD card under its battery cover, so easy swapping has gone out of question. However, the device is packed with a lot of space for your data i.e., 16 GB, which is quite sufficient for normal usage. Motorola Photon 4G is a sleek phone, measuring up to 127 mm in length, 67 mm in width and in terms of thickness, and the phone measures just around 12 mm. The phone is marked by attractiveness alongside being slim. The phone weighs only 158g. For more information, just go through the review.

Now in the review, we will discuss some of the features of the phone.

Motorola Photon 4G carries a big 4.3’’ display screen, having a resolution of 540x960 pixels. The touchscreen display screen on the cellular is capacitive, not resistive, which makes it very responsive. We also realized that the display magnificently sharp and accurate but not really as great as Super AMOLDED display screens. Reading through textual content is really an easy job to do on the cellular, whereas viewing images and WebPages seem to be clear. Furthermore, the display screen on the cellular is also supporting of pinch-to-zoom feature, even as it also comes with a built-in accelerometer. The device runs on the Motoblur interface, in which we don’t experience many concerns around. It's really a clean interface and it’s very good to use.

The navigation on Motorola Photon 4G is pretty simple. The device runs on a powerful 1 GHz (dual-core) processor, because of which, tossing between apps and screens seemed to be very smooth. The overall performance of the cellular is very good; it is very instant, responsive and fast. Multi-tasking on the cellular is also quite an easy and comfortable task.

Now in the review, we will take a look at the camera on the cellular.

Motorola Photon 4G features an 8 MP camera with dual-LED flash by which, it can take good quality pictures even in dark environments. Auto-focus, face detection and image stabilization are the key characteristics of it features. The camera is also capable of recording HD videos with 720p @ 30 fps. The image quality of the phone is quite good. However, images turn out bit underexposed and colors are duller than we would’ve liked. There is a front-facing VGA camera too, right above the display screen, suited to video calling purposes.

Now the review will discuss the other features of the phone.

Motorola Photon 4G operates on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) by means of that, you will get access to stuff just like Gmail, an app for YouTube, Quick Office for Android as well as others. Furthermore, at the time Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) runs on the cellular, the browser of the phone comes in complete support for Adobe flash 10.1. WebPages which are Flash-heavy could be accessed without having much of lagging, and that is another pleaser. As being the Smartphone runs on Android Os, you'll have the option of syncing with Gmail, IMAP and exchange accounts. The device can also be capable of integrating with social networking sites. Some other options that come with the phone contain Bluetooth v2.1, WI-Fi. The device comes in support of wide range of music and video codec’s like MP3, AAC, WAV and MPEG-4.The phone also have a support for DLNA, which enables content streaming with other devices that are DLNA enabled. The device also equipped with the feature to use it as Wi-Fi Hotspot and HDMI port for TV-out as well. The voice quality over calling is exceptionally good, because of active noise cancellation with dedicated mic on the phone.

To conclude off of this review, we’d suggest that Motorola Photon 4G is a Smartphone that offer some very good features all around, the camera on the cellular is good, and so can be its display screen. No doubt, The Motorola Photon 4G is one of the best Android Smartphones available in the market.

Specifications & Features of Motorola Photon 4G

Display and user interface
Screen size: 4.3"
Type: TFT, capacitive touchscreen
Up to 16 M colors
Resolution: 540 x 960 pixels
Touch-sesitive controls
Multi-touch input method
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

Size: 126.9 x 66.9 x 12.2 mm
Weight (with battery): 158 g

Available colors

Operating frequency / Network
2G Network: CDMA 800 / 900
                       GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
                       HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm jack: Yes

microSD memory card slot,  max. 32 GB
Internal memory: 16 GB Storage / 1 GB RAM / 2 GB ROM

3G: HSDPA, HSUPA, Rev.A Up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, WiMAX 802.16e
Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0

Primary: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels
Features: auto-focus, geotagging, face detection,
Self-timer, Image stabilization, dual-LED flash
Effects: Grayscale, sepia, and negative
Video: Yes, 720p @ 30 fps
Secondary: Yes, VGA

Software platform
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)

Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 AP20H chipset

Email and messaging
SMS(threaded view): Yes
MMS: Yes
Email: Yes
Push Mail: Yes
IM: Yes

Browsing and internet


SNS integration
Digital compass
HDMI port
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC+ player
MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Google Talk
Built-in kickstand
Document viewer
Photo viewer/editor
Adobe Flash 10.1
Voice memo/dial/commands
Predictive text input (Swype)

Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Ring tones: Mp3, WAV
Pre-installed themes
Changeable color themes

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
High-Speed USB v2.0 (microUSB connector)
3.5 mm Jack
HDMI port

Power management
Li-Po 1700 mAh
Talk time (maximum): 2G Network: Up to 10 hrs / 3G Network: Up to 9 hrs 
Standby time (maximum): 2G Network: Up to 310 hrs / 3G Network: Up to 540 hrs

Personal Information Management (PIM)
Detailed contact information
To-do List

Call management
Contacts: Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Supported
Logs of dialed, received and missed calls
Integrated hands free speakers
Call Waiting
Conference Call

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