Critic reviews

8.6
7 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    9.4
  • Display
    8.8
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    8.8
  • Design and form factor
    8.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.8
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.8
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

8.3
11 reviews
9.0
Engadget Aug 15, 2011

With its stunning display, impressive battery life and solid performance, the Photon 4G comes very close to dethroning Samsung's mighty Galaxy S II as king of the Android hill.

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9.0
PC Mag Jul 29, 2011

The Motorola Photon is the phone Sprint early adopters have been waiting for. It's fast, it's powerful, it connects everywhere, and its nettop functionality is pretty intriguing. Motorola actually added some useful software without gumming up the phone's performance.

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8.0
CNET Aug 1, 2011

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.

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8.0
PC World Jul 29, 2011

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.

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9.0
SlashGear Jul 29, 2011

For what you pay for this is an extremely powerful and versatile phone. ... While other phones may offer the same dual-core performance they don’t have the webtop abilities and the kickstand all at the same time. Making this right up there as a top tier Android offering.

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9.0
Good Housekeeping Mar 1, 2012

Tying for the top prize, the Motorola Photon 4G was simple to navigate and type on, and very comfortable and easy to hold. The phone boasts great call quality, and you can sit back and enjoy movies on the brilliant 4.3-inch qHD display with a convenient kickstand built in.

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8.0
BGR Jul 29, 2011

The Motorola PHOTON 4G is Motorola’s first real 4G handset, and it’s a winner. It easily trumps Sprint’s other flagship device for the summer, the HTC EVO 3D. From the phone’s styling and feel, to speed and functionality, the PHOTON 4G is one of my favorite Android devices in a long time.

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9.0
groovechicken groovechicken

Since there are already a lot of general reviews of the Photon available, I am focusing my review on the specific details that concern me the most rather than making this a broad review of the features and specs. I will also be comparing this to the HTC EVO 4G since that was the phone I upgraded...

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9.0
rmcvey rmcvey

Can't really complain about to much on this phone, love the HDMI port, will be buying the HD Station, hopefully they also make the laptop dock for it. Also the kickstand functionality is very nice, becomes an alarm clock when the kickstand is pulled out. (well if you wish it to anyway). Battery...

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9.0
dansch dansch

The main gripe I have with the Photon 4G is that after 14 months of ownership, it is still running Gingerbread when Jelly Bean has already been out for a couple of months. Other than that, I have been very happy with the phone and I really like the hardware and its unique design. The kickstand is...

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6.0
kaguru kaguru

I picked this one up because I wanted a Sprint phone with GSM/HSPA capability (outside of the US), and because it was reasonably well reviewed. I like the look and feel of it, and it's held up well for two years without any case. But, Motorola really put the knife in the back of Photon owners,...

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9.0
thor79 thor79

A solid phone. The Motorola interface isn't in your face and lets you do what you want with the phone. Radio is excellent...picking up the Sprint signal in place my Nexus S couldn't. The screen is nice and sharp, and looks quite good compared to my dad's iPhone 4. Battery life is my only real...

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4.0
JaredTheGeek JaredTheGeek

I purchased the Photon a while after it arrived with the hopes of an ICS update that was announce by Motorola to be disappointed that one will not happen. So while I was a fan of the phone I will have to pass on a recommendations of this device.

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