Motorola Photon 4G Android Worldphone Review


The Motorola Photon 4G is a good-looking phone with angled corners and a vibrant 4.3-inch qHD (Quarter High Definition) display. It also has all of the internal specs you'd expect from a high-end phone that's on the market today, including a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor along with 1GB of RAM and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Another key feature of the Photon 4G is its ability to operate overseas on compatible GSM networks.

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We appreciate that Motorola is offering a HD Multi-Media dock accessory for the Photon 4G to expand its functionality. Although this accessory may not be quite as useful to business customers as the laptop-style dock that's currently available for the Motorola Atrix, it's still a nice option to have. There are other accessories available as well and Motorola says a Lapdock is in the works for the Photon 4G.

In terms of performance, benchmark scores were reasonable though most of the time the Photon 4G wasn't at the top of the charts. In real world use, we felt that the Photon 4G performed as well as other high-end phones we've tested recently. Thanks to a software update, the microphone issues we experienced were resolved and we had no further problems to report.

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The bottom line is this: The Photon 4G is a great phone that's definitely worthy of consideration, particularly for world travelers who want a powerful Android-based device that'll work almost anywhere.



  • 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • Worldwide GSM capabilities
  • Kickstand
  • Sprint's 4G network isn't quite as fast as other networks
  • Lukewarm benchmark results, but good real-world results


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