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Sprint Photon 4G


Yes I did try another cell phone.  Here are some pictures:

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Sprint and Motorola are taking wireless innovation to a new level with Sprint’s first 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor smartphone on the Sprint 4G Network, Motorola PHOTON™ 4G.

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Sprint’s 4G network
  • Webtop application, allowing users to access and create content from a larger screen while connected to a Motorola accessory dock
  • International GSM capabilities
  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • Dual cameras
  • Kickstand for hands free viewing.

I loved this phone, yes I did return it.  So why did I give it back?


  • Easy to use and hold phone – very important if you spend your day reading email and talking
  • Fast, fast, fast – this phone can handle the demands that I think most users expect
  • OK battery life
  • Easy to connect to email and documents
  • Sprint’s voice coverage in my area is getting better
  • Android 2.3 – more polished and reliable then previous versions
  • Monthly pricing is better then Verizon
  • Integrated Google Voice – if you have not checked out Google Voice, you need to now!


  • Technical support at Sprint is equivalent to asking my 2 year old niece for help
  • The more you use Android the slower it gets.  In my opinion Android cannot get out of it’s own way and just work.  Apple does a better job
  • Sprint 4G is elusive and just adequate – Verizon runs circles around Sprint’s 4G
  • Radio in phone would go from one to off and from 3G to 4G to nothing – this happens when the phone is brought out of sleep **I have seen this issue with my Verizon Thunderbolt as well
  • Not enough to make me switch
  • Cannot switch between Google Voice number and main cell number without patience and technical support from someone/somewhere

I used the phone for 27days and then returned it.  I was sorry to see it go but it’s just not worth the extra time and investment.  Android is almost there and if phone carriers would get out of the manufacturers way, the public would have access to some cool, productive, and user friendly smart phones.

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