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  1. Phil Nickinson's Avatar


    Part 1 of our review is up. We'll have more once we've used the thing for more than 16 hours. (Actually use a phone before reviewing it? Madness!)

    Have questions? Ask me here.
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    07-29-2011 08:35 AM
  2. ZDriver's Avatar
    Heard the rear speaker is awesome what do you think?? And how is reception vs. Evo3d. Thanks
    07-29-2011 08:40 AM
  3. dr_hfuhuhurr's Avatar
    What does the bloatware situation look like on this phone in a post bloatware happy Sprint?

    Please tell me the Nascar app is gone? I was embarrassed to have that on my phone.
    07-29-2011 08:41 AM
  4. k425's Avatar


    Part 1 of our review is up. We'll have more once we've used the thing for more than 16 hours. (Actually use a phone before reviewing it? Madness!)

    Have questions? Ask me here.
    Phil!

    Thanks for having your initial review up so quickly!! Great job!

    #1 How does the pentile screen look to you?
    #2 Are those holes in the back cover at the top and bottom for microphones (ala the original Droid X)?
    #3 Is the speakerphone loud?
    #4 How is the call quality?
    #5 My biggest concern about getting the Photon was the drop in resolution of the front camera (VGA on Photon) from 1.3MP on the EVO 4G. How does the FFC quality look?


    Thanks... Android Central Rocks!
    07-29-2011 08:41 AM
  5. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Have you attempted to root the phone via Gingerbreak, or any other known root method?
    07-29-2011 08:44 AM
  6. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Heard the rear speaker is awesome what do you think?? And how is reception vs. Evo3d. Thanks
    Speaker's pretty good -- this is Motorola, after all. I've heard louder, though.
    07-29-2011 08:45 AM
  7. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    What does the bloatware situation look like on this phone in a post bloatware happy Sprint?

    Please tell me the Nascar app is gone? I was embarrassed to have that on my phone.
    lol. NASCAR's still there.

    Along with Sprint ID, Quickoffice, Sprint Mobile Wallet, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Radio, Sprint TV and Movies, TeleNav, a Task Manager and other stuff.

    Look -- Hesse made that statement ... when ... last week? You're gonna have to wait a little while to see if they really do tone down the bloat.
    07-29-2011 08:47 AM
  8. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Phil!

    Thanks for having your initial review up so quickly!! Great job!

    #1 How does the pentile screen look to you?
    #2 Are those holes in the back cover at the top and bottom for microphones (ala the original Droid X)?
    #3 Is the speakerphone loud?
    #4 How is the call quality?
    #5 My biggest concern about getting the Photon was the drop in resolution of the front camera (VGA on Photon) from 1.3MP on the EVO 4G. How does the FFC quality look!
    Screen looks like a pentile screen. I'd prefer it not be, but it's also not going to keep me from buying the phone.

    Yeah. The holes are for mics.

    See speakerphone answer above.
    07-29-2011 08:50 AM
  9. k425's Avatar
    Screen looks like a pentile screen. I'd prefer it not be, but it's also not going to keep me from buying the phone.

    Yeah. The holes are for mics.

    See speakerphone answer above.
    Phil

    Once again thanks man! FFC looks good enough for profile pics or Gtalk video chat!! Woohoo!

    -k425
    P.S. Did you get my email on the info on Pentile Screens from PenTile Blog ? Lots of great into there. Would make a great AC article...
    07-29-2011 08:54 AM
  10. stercast's Avatar
    Evo3D display or Photon display with one is better in your opinion and why
    07-29-2011 09:20 AM
  11. kingjah2gz's Avatar
    Have you checked to see if the bloatware could be deleted yet?
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    07-29-2011 09:21 AM
  12. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Have you checked to see if the bloatware could be deleted yet?
    "uninstalled" insofar as you can remove it from your lists, yeah.
    07-29-2011 09:32 AM
  13. BillCase's Avatar
    Can the font size on the Photon be set and adjusted? I'm currently using a Blackberry. I can set my font size for text and emails at a certain size(10, 12, 14, 16, etc.). Is this possible on the Photon? I don't want to have to "pinch" to increase the text size in text and emails, or any other app/function. I want to set the font to a certain size and not have to worry about it. My vision is going on me in my old age! Haha!

    Thanks for your help!
    kenlperry likes this.
    07-29-2011 09:59 AM
  14. dr_hfuhuhurr's Avatar
    The home screens. I've only had HTC Android phones and a 7" galaxy tab thus far. There are 7 home screens. Can you add more?

    The Galaxy Tab allowed me to add as many home screens as I wanted. HTC was locked at 7.
    07-29-2011 10:03 AM
  15. k425's Avatar
    The home screens. I've only had HTC Android phones and a 7" galaxy tab thus far. There are 7 home screens. Can you add more?

    The Galaxy Tab allowed me to add as many home screens as I wanted. HTC was locked at 7.
    Phil

    In Shawheim's "early preview" he stated that Gtalk Video Chat works on the Photon. In PC World's Photon review, they said GTalk Video chat was missing.

    Can you clarify if the Photon has Gtalk Video Chat or not?

    Thanks K425
    P.S. Shawheim if Gtalk Video chat is absent you got some 'splainin' to do!
    07-29-2011 10:06 AM
  16. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Can you clarify if the Photon has Gtalk Video Chat or not?
    Not on my review unit.
    07-29-2011 10:13 AM
  17. k425's Avatar
    Not on my review unit.
    That is truly a bummer! Thanks for clarifying...

    What's a guy gotta do to get him Gtalk Video Chat going on.... other than rooting (which you can't on the Photon... yet or download Vtok? <--- rhetorical question... no reply needed

    Ok real question... what is the amount of storage allocated for apps out of the on-board internal 16GB of memory?
    07-29-2011 10:25 AM
  18. thatguitarguy's Avatar
    Phil!

    Thanks for having your initial review up so quickly!! Great job!

    #1 How does the pentile screen look to you?
    #2 Are those holes in the back cover at the top and bottom for microphones (ala the original Droid X)?
    #3 Is the speakerphone loud?
    #4 How is the call quality?
    #5 My biggest concern about getting the Photon was the drop in resolution of the front camera (VGA on Photon) from 1.3MP on the EVO 4G. How does the FFC quality look?


    Thanks... Android Central Rocks!
    1. I like the galaxy s sceen more. The resolution is nice but thats it.
    2. I'm trying to figure that out too. I think they're noise canceling mics. My friend said it around like I hung up when I don't talk. Nice.
    3. It is loud. When traveling my notification tone went off and I jumped up. Embarrassing, haha.
    4. Great call quality for the most part. Earpiece is good but has a tubby or hollow sound sometimes. Noise canceling mics?
    5. Its okay. Overall I prefer the epic 4g cameras. The photon is a step down.
    07-29-2011 10:40 AM
  19. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Ok real question... what is the amount of storage allocated for apps out of the on-board internal 16GB of memory?
    2.75GB.
    07-29-2011 10:41 AM
  20. thatguitarguy's Avatar
    Some of the bloatware can be removed. Most of the things you would want to. I don't know if you can change the font size.
    Dee Dee likes this.
    07-29-2011 10:42 AM
  21. thatguitarguy's Avatar
    Sprint ID, wallet, worldwide and zone cannot be uninstalled. Motorola phone portal as well.
    07-29-2011 10:45 AM
  22. k425's Avatar
    2.75GB.
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by k425
    Ok real question... what is the amount of storage allocated for apps out of the on-board internal 16GB of memory?
    2.75GB.

    Awesome that's about 8 or 9 times more than my EVO 4G's app storage space! Sweet!
    07-29-2011 10:52 AM
  23. oversteer325's Avatar
    Does the photon have a gyroscope? Thanks!
    07-29-2011 10:56 AM
  24. VDub2174's Avatar
    The home screens. I've only had HTC Android phones and a 7" galaxy tab thus far. There are 7 home screens. Can you add more?

    The Galaxy Tab allowed me to add as many home screens as I wanted. HTC was locked at 7.
    To go with this question, can screens be taken away on the Photon?
    donniegood likes this.
    07-29-2011 11:07 AM
  25. experiment 626's Avatar
    Phil, How does the Proton treat the 1GB of RAM? Is the 1GB available for use all the time or does it only use 512mb until it's connected to the laptop dock, like the Atrix does?
    07-29-2011 11:38 AM
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