09-17-2011 11:32 PM
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  1. mastrcruse's Avatar
    Hi Everyone,
    My company is pushing us away from our blackberry's and now I"m searching for my next phone. Since I have hit 3000 "anytime" minutes a month, Sprint's everything plan is the way I have to go.

    SO....

    I'm going back and forth with which phone to go with...Either the Photon or the Galaxy S II. I have a friend with the Photon and after the updates it seems like a great phone. Anyone know from reviews you've watched ect. the pro's or cons of each phone?

    Will the Galaxy S II have the officequick application like the Photon? I saw that the Galaxy S II doesn't have an HDMI port but has an adapter. The Photon has the security levels that are required by my company...I'm guessing the Galaxy S II will also have the same security capabilities. Any news on this?

    Thanks in advnace for your help.
    09-14-2011 09:57 PM
  2. SlippingBack's Avatar
    Both awesome phones. Samsung has a much better display, is lighter and thinner, and has the better processor. Photon doesnt need HDMI adapter and can work with the laptop-like dock they offer. There are apps that you will be able to use for office on the GS2. The Samsung has Kies air which is really awesome, its basically a wireless way to manage the phone contents through a secure web page. Motorola has some pretty nice software as well, but I believe you need the dock to take advantage of it.

    I'd go with the GS2 but they are both great, I don't think you can go wrong.
    09-14-2011 10:09 PM
  3. whatsitsname's Avatar
    Without question get the Photon if it is for business. Reception and call quality is superb on that phone.
    09-14-2011 10:12 PM
  4. ravizzle's Avatar
    Also if u travel photon uses gsm sim carrds as well. Photon is a bussiness phone while sgs2 is more multimedia.
    09-14-2011 10:23 PM
  5. boggs3010#AC's Avatar
    For work I would say the Photon, the security features are better then the S2, such as the remote wiping feature. And as mentioned the call quality is the best I have ever had with a cell phone. No issues since the update 2 weeks ago. The screen on the Photon is really good. Granted the S2 is better.
    09-14-2011 10:52 PM
  6. BRIVERS73's Avatar
    +1 for the Photon as a better work phone.
    09-14-2011 11:07 PM
  7. Mikest's Avatar
    If your work takes you outside of the country the Photon with its global GSM sim capabilities is the way to go. Other than that I'd say both are excellent devices, don't think you can go wrong either way. I currently own a Photon but I'm switching to the Galaxy SII Epic Touch 4g for the Amoled Plus Screen. My friends tell me I'm insane but as a graphic designer and a photographer I notice the pentile matrix on the Photon's screen and it drives me batty. They don't notice it, but I do. As mentioned before call quality on my Photon has been outstanding, fantastic battery life, really the entire experience has been great. The only reason I'm switching is just the screen which may or may not be an issue for you.

    As always best advice would be to go check the two out in the sprint store and see which one you think will work best for you.
    09-14-2011 11:30 PM
  8. JayWill's Avatar
    Yeah if your eyes can tolerate the PenTile screen, the Photon is likely the superior phone for business, and it's no slouch for media either.
    09-14-2011 11:34 PM
  9. whatsitsname's Avatar
    If your work takes you outside of the country the Photon with its global GSM sim capabilities is the way to go. Other than that I'd say both are excellent devices, don't think you can go wrong either way. I currently own a Photon but I'm switching to the Galaxy SII Epic Touch 4g for the Amoled Plus Screen. My friends tell me I'm insane but as a graphic designer and a photographer I notice the pentile matrix on the Photon's screen and it drives me batty. They don't notice it, but I do. As mentioned before call quality on my Photon has been outstanding, fantastic battery life, really the entire experience has been great. The only reason I'm switching is just the screen which may or may not be an issue for you.

    As always best advice would be to go check the two out in the sprint store and see which one you think will work best for you.
    I might exchange it for the Epic 4g Touch for the screen too. The pentile screen door effect I can live with. I just can't stand the overly red tint and black crush effect. I am pretty Motorola can solve it with a software update but I don't think they see it as a problem.

    Besides the screen/display I absolutely love the phone.
    09-14-2011 11:42 PM
  10. chuckz28's Avatar
    Just wanted to throw this in there but the Sprint Galaxy S2 version does have hardware and software level encryption for enterprise use it just isn't a global phone like the photon.
    09-15-2011 02:40 AM
  11. mastrcruse's Avatar
    Thanks everyone. I do not travel globally so the global capabilities of the photon aren't that big of a deal. I will definitely look at both but after reading other reviews and your comments, I think the Photon will be the best out of the two. I have played with the photon and the screen quality doesn't bother me...although the anti glare scratch resistant cover drives my eyes batty.

    I do have to have good call quality and reception though. I support hospitals and cannot be out of touch much.

    Thanks again for the help.
    09-15-2011 07:53 AM
  12. LancerzRalliart's Avatar
    Both awesome phones. Samsung has a much better display, is lighter and thinner, and has the better processor. Photon doesnt need HDMI adapter and can work with the laptop-like dock they offer. There are apps that you will be able to use for office on the GS2. The Samsung has Kies air which is really awesome, its basically a wireless way to manage the phone contents through a secure web page. Motorola has some pretty nice software as well, but I believe you need the dock to take advantage of it.

    I'd go with the GS2 but they are both great, I don't think you can go wrong.
    The photon also has a way to wirelessly manage the phones contents through a secure web page called phone portal. And the wireless radio is also the best I have ever had on a sprint phone. With any other phone I barely got 1 bar in the house, now its a constant 4-5 which is nice. If you use your phone to actually make calls then definitely get the photon and also if you want a quality built phone, but if you want a bigger screen with super amoled+ and don't care about the other things then get the SGSIIE4GT...dam, that name is long even with just the first letters lol.
    09-15-2011 07:57 AM
  13. Thunder82's Avatar
    My experiences regarding the Photon are completely different than many of yours. I have several co-workers that are eagerly looking for a switch from the phone because of call quality issues. I'm not saying the E4GT will be any better, obviously nobody knows the answer to that question yet, but saying that the Photon is better sounds like an uneducated stretch at this point.
    09-15-2011 08:08 AM
  14. evansgw's Avatar
    Even if you do travel globally, I do about 20% of my time, get a cheap Nokia dumb phone and the E4GT. I don't use data when travelling other than wifi at the hotel... Which you can connect to anyway.
    09-15-2011 08:12 AM
  15. cacherpaderp's Avatar
    The photon also has a way to wirelessly manage the phones contents through a secure web page called phone portal. And the wireless radio is also the best I have ever had on a sprint phone. With any other phone I barely got 1 bar in the house, now its a constant 4-5 which is nice. If you use your phone to actually make calls then definitely get the photon and also if you want a quality built phone, but if you want a bigger screen with super amoled+ and don't care about the other things then get the SGSIIE4GT...dam, that name is long even with just the first letters lol.
    Many of the reviewers have touted the good call sound quality. Also, remember that the SGSIIE4GT has Kies Air which is the exact same thing as the Photon has to wirelessly manage the phones through your computer's browser.
    09-15-2011 08:24 AM
  16. steveh552's Avatar
    My experiences regarding the Photon are completely different than many of yours. I have several co-workers that are eagerly looking for a switch from the phone because of call quality issues. I'm not saying the E4GT will be any better, obviously nobody knows the answer to that question yet, but saying that the Photon is better sounds like an uneducated stretch at this point.
    Have they got the software update? I read the reviews before and after the update and with the update its a great phone. I bought mine and it updated at activation so i did not get to try it before.

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    09-15-2011 08:38 AM
  17. Ninjak's Avatar
    I looked at the Photon, not bad at all. But remeber that the E4T will SSP protocols built in. That is the reason I will get it. The apps that can be build will be interesting for this phone...
    09-15-2011 09:43 AM
  18. mycrownvic02#WN's Avatar
    Its really no contest to me.. I know what I see, and I see alot of photons coming back to my repair bench at the store. Constant software issues, and glitches. Im not convinced moto can make a phone I can stand for more than a day or so. The gs2 is on another league imo, and it runs so much smoother than any android to date by far.
    09-15-2011 10:04 AM
  19. LancerzRalliart's Avatar
    I'll wait for the real reviews from people who spent there own money for the phone and aren't being paid to review them. I've had my photon for about 4 days now and its easily the best phone I've ever owned to date. Now if the REAL reviews from the people come back and its like OMGWTFBBQSAUCE you have to get this phone then i'd probably swap it out lol. Theres a big difference when someone sends you a phone in the mail for free and when you spend $400-$600 for it.
    dullgeek likes this.
    09-15-2011 10:47 AM
  20. YBCold's Avatar
    Photon will give better reception but the Samsung has better business oriented apps and the calendar is much better on the sammy as well.

    I'm going Sammy!
    09-15-2011 06:17 PM
  21. mastrcruse's Avatar
    I ended up getting the galaxy. I love it ago far. Compared to my gf.s photon it runs about one bar lower in bad reception areas. The screen is much nicer and the battery life seems to be okay. I've been downloading apps, surfing the web, texting, calling since 7a this morning and I still have 85% battery. I'm going to test it out for the next week and see ifI wasn't to keep. Probably will.
    09-17-2011 01:11 PM
  22. Cobravision's Avatar
    Theres a big difference when someone sends you a phone in the mail for free and when you spend $400-$600 for it.
    Actually, I think the people who don't pay for the phone are more impartial than the ones who do. Once you sink $200-$500 on what you thought was the best phone, you're probably going to get defensive if everyone tells you different. The mood in the Evo 3D and Photon forums right now is very deep resentment and denial.
    09-17-2011 01:15 PM
  23. willysp's Avatar
    Actually, I think the people who don't pay for the phone are more impartial than the ones who do. Once you sink $200-$500 on what you thought was the best phone, you're probably going to get defensive if everyone tells you different. The mood in the Evo 3D and Photon forums right now is very deep resentment and denial.
    Impartial reviewers are quite rare - the people who get them for free seem to review Every new phone as the Best Ever!

    And resentment and denial is a bit of an overstatement, i think What I see in those forums today is no different in any forum when a new competitive phone is released:
    - 1/3 Fanboys who act like their perceived superiority of their current phone is directly tied to their self-esteem and say "only my current phone is any good",
    - 1/3 Haters "anyone who doesn't love the new phone is an ***** or blind",
    - 1/3 who offer reasonable opinions and aren't offended if others have differing opinions.

    For me - I had a EVO 4g, then EVO 3D, then Photon, and am considering the SGS2. All of the last 3 I mentioned are quite nice leading phones.
    09-17-2011 05:22 PM
  24. willysp's Avatar
    Even if you do travel globally, I do about 20% of my time, get a cheap Nokia dumb phone and the E4GT. I don't use data when travelling other than wifi at the hotel... Which you can connect to anyway.
    Nothing wrong with that approach - many of my colleagues do that since their phone gives them no other option. Me though, I hate carrying 2 phones especially if overseas for an extended time. I carried 2 for a year in China, and was always swapping back and forth during the day for calls versus emails. Having recently spent 6 months in India, I really liked putting a local SIM card in my Touch Pro 2 and still having all my contacts, emails, pics, etc in the same phone.

    That's one of the main reasons I switched from EVO 3D to Photon.
    09-17-2011 05:31 PM
  25. willysp's Avatar
    I'm out of the US right now, so can't see the Sprint version. I've seen the non-US versions and was wowed by the thinness. What kind of protective cases is Sprint offering, and how much does that reduce the perceived thinness?

    The bare Samsung is much thinner than my bare Photon - but since a same-brand/style case will add the same thickness and about the same weight to both phones, I wonder how much a case will reduce the perceived difference in thickness and weight?
    09-17-2011 05:48 PM
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