10-03-2011 05:49 PM
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  1. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    Septifurmus, there's an app or widget or something to toggle each radio on and off. I have buttons for airplane mode, 4g, blue tooth, and wifi on one of my home pages.
    08-03-2011 10:13 AM
  2. Septiformus's Avatar
    Septifurmus, there's an app or widget or something to toggle each radio on and off. I have buttons for airplane mode, 4g, blue tooth, and wifi on one of my home pages.
    I have that too, the power control, along with individual widgets, but not one for 3G, on HTC's it's just labeled "mobile"
    08-03-2011 10:34 AM
  3. milominderbinde's Avatar
    I have that too, the power control, along with individual widgets, but not one for 3G, on HTC's it's just labeled "mobile"
    See the Getting Started section on Applications and then the Widgets area for the Data Data (APN) On-Off widget (free). There are some other great widgets there:

    Widgets
    Beware: some widgets will drain your battery!
    Tajm - The amazing clock widget in words instead of numebrs shown above.
    Battery Status (free, Upgraded $1) - Puts the real battery percentage in the Notification Bar.
    The Weather Channel - Puts the temperature in the Notification bar.
    • Speed Dial Widget: Folder Organizer (free), Go Contacts (iPhone theme), MeContacts, or QDial.
    Battery Left Widget - Estimates battery time left.

    Today Widget - Day and date in a 1x1 widget. ($1 Pro version has color options)
    • Curvefish: • Brightness LevelWiFi On-OffBluetooth On-OffGPS On-OffData (APN) On-Off
    Volume Button Controller – All the volume levels in one place.
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    08-03-2011 01:24 PM
  4. anon(409656)'s Avatar
    I cannot move apps to the homescreen from the app drawer. I open all apps, longpress the app I want to move (tried several to make sure), tapped add to homescreen. At this point, the homescreen reappears and no app icon comes with, and it is no where to be found. I have a co-worker who got a Photon on the same day, and tried the same operation on his, and it worked fine. Any suggestions, anyone else see this issue?
    08-03-2011 03:05 PM
  5. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    Instead of opening the app drawer, press and hold the spot on the home screen where you want to put the app. A menu will pop up (maybe after you release?) and from there it's pretty obvious. Most apps are in shortcuts /apps.

    Once an app is on the screen you can press/hold it to move it.
    08-03-2011 03:23 PM
  6. MacBook's Avatar
    I cannot move apps to the homescreen from the app drawer. I open all apps, longpress the app I want to move (tried several to make sure), tapped add to homescreen. At this point, the homescreen reappears and no app icon comes with, and it is no where to be found. I have a co-worker who got a Photon on the same day, and tried the same operation on his, and it worked fine. Any suggestions, anyone else see this issue?
    thats a bit strange... I just tried it with mine and it worked fine.. maybe your unit is slightly defective??
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    08-03-2011 03:32 PM
  7. anon(409656)'s Avatar
    Instead of opening the app drawer, press and hold the spot on the home screen where you want to put the app. A menu will pop up (maybe after you release?) and from there it's pretty obvious. Most apps are in shortcuts /apps.

    Once an app is on the screen you can press/hold it to move it.
    that worked, fantastic! Thanks.

    Ex-Pre- owner support, i see!
    08-03-2011 03:33 PM
  8. milominderbinde's Avatar
    Instead of opening the app drawer, press and hold the spot on the home screen where you want to put the app. A menu will pop up (maybe after you release?) and from there it's pretty obvious. Most apps are in shortcuts /apps.

    Once an app is on the screen you can press/hold it to move it.
    Look at you!

    In just a couple days you have gone from newbie to helping others!

    Way to go Puzzlegal! Have fun in Germany.
    08-03-2011 05:26 PM
  9. rrobster's Avatar
    You can go to 'all apps->accounts' then at the bottom of the screen is an add account button. Touch that and then select 'e-mail' and enter your gmail user name and password. Then when you select the e-mail icon, you can then press the phone's menu key and select 'choose account' to switch between any (gmail, yahoo, hotmail-etc.) you want. This even works for POP 3 mail too.
    08-03-2011 07:06 PM
  10. willstwins2's Avatar
    Anyone know how I can get a # to appear for Text Message. I have it on my home screen, but I cannot see if I have a new text, without opening it.
    08-03-2011 07:59 PM
  11. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    Look at you!

    In just a couple days you have gone from newbie to helping others!

    Way to go Puzzlegal! Have fun in Germany.
    As a newbie, the memory of struggling with exactly that issue is still fresh

    Any advice re launchers? I would like to be able to toggle between two apps, say, to check a number in email half way through dialing it.

    Thanks.
    08-04-2011 09:43 AM
  12. jfenton's Avatar
    Turned in my EVO 3D a few weeks back as I have hearing aids and the sound quality was horrible.....plus it kept dropping calls as the radios left something to be desired.

    Have had the MOFO since last night so I haven't delved into it entirely but I have two points....

    Call quality is superb. I was always looking for something which came close to my BB Tor and this is even better.

    I thought I would hate the screen but you know what? I like it!I'm a photographer and I am really picky about screens and image quality and for a phone, I am more than happy.

    More after I really have a chance to get a feel for it.

    Sprints 3G speeds still suck but they are stronger than they were on the 3D.
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    08-04-2011 12:34 PM
  13. anon(409656)'s Avatar
    As a newbie, the memory of struggling with exactly that issue is still fresh

    Any advice re launchers? I would like to be able to toggle between two apps, say, to check a number in email half way through dialing it.

    Thanks.
    Have you tried Perfect Task Switcher? Once set up, you have a way to look at running processes in a psudo-card view. You can even long press and flick off screen to kill the app. Not actual Cards but similar. still slower than WebOS as far as that goes but similar (the ONLY thing slower!) Otherwise longpress home might help.
    08-04-2011 01:23 PM
  14. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    Have you tried Perfect Task Switcher? Once set up, you have a way to look at running processes in a psudo-card view. You can even long press and flick off screen to kill the app. Not actual Cards but similar. still slower than WebOS as far as that goes but similar (the ONLY thing slower!) Otherwise longpress home might help.
    No, I I will give it a try, thanks.
    08-04-2011 05:18 PM
  15. mrhanki's Avatar
    I'm having an issue...every couple of hours, my phone stops working...I can't hear anything from the speaker and no one can hear me on the other end. A power cycle fixes it though. I've had to do that 3 times already today though.
    I've experienced this issue as well a couple of times. I really like this phone and hope I won't have to return it.
    I also noticed that apps installed on the phone's "Media Area" randomly uninstall and disappear from the app drawer. This has happened twice already and I can't figure out why. Has anyone else experienced this?
    08-04-2011 09:05 PM
  16. RBrown9180's Avatar
    I've experienced this issue as well a couple of times. I really like this phone and hope I won't have to return it.
    I also noticed that apps installed on the phone's "Media Area" randomly uninstall and disappear from the app drawer. This has happened twice already and I can't figure out why. Has anyone else experienced this?
    it happened to me today. Lost 2 apps but put them right back on. I was like "huh wtf"
    08-04-2011 09:46 PM
  17. TheM8rix's Avatar
    For battery life: I'm on my 13th hour off the charger with 20% battery life. That's all on 4G, using Google+ to chat, Twitter, Facebook, downloading a game (want to see the Tegra 2 processor in action), texting, emails, and market browsing.

    My EVO wouldn't have lasted that long.
    I've been 14 hours and counting...still at about 20% with approximately the same amount of usage (indoors and out) as you! I would have charged my Evo4g 3 times by now! Never thought I'd see this kind of battery performance from a Smartphone EVER!
    08-05-2011 04:37 AM
  18. TheM8rix's Avatar
    Thats very disappointing to hear that the signal strength and data speeds arent that great because thats one of the main reasons that im returning my Evo 3D tomorrow for the Photon... Hopefully its just your device and not a widespread issue.
    Honestly, I have had none of these antenna issues with my phone...so it may just be that particular phone, or tower problems in that area. Best to check in with Sprint to see if the weirdness is on their end....my data experience has been impeccable.
    08-05-2011 04:46 AM
  19. VDub2174's Avatar
    I've been 14 hours and counting...still at about 20% with approximately the same amount of usage (indoors and out) as you! I would have charged my Evo4g 3 times by now! Never thought I'd see this kind of battery performance from a Smartphone EVER!
    Awesome!!

    When I was on 3G I got about 30 hours on one charge. Unfortunately, 4G isn't too strong in my area but compared to my EVO the Photon lasted way longer
    08-05-2011 08:45 AM
  20. jbuggydroid's Avatar
    Think its a bit too early to see what kind of docks will come. The two sprint stores I went to were displaying the media dock, but didn't even have it for sale yet.

    There is sometimes a delay for the kickstand mode clock options to appear. Put the kickstand back and try it again and wait like 5-10 seconds.

    Well I figured out that when using a custom launcher (go launcher in this case) the clock widget would not appear when I went into kickstand mode until I pressed the home button. Then it would pop up. So fyi for people using different launchers. (only tried it on go launcher. Dunno if other launchers do the same thing.)


    I also love how the moto widgets can still be used even if you don't use the moto launcher.

    Another positive... I mentioned earlier that I game on my phones and this phone is amazing for it. I have been using emulators with a wiimote awhile mirroring the phone to my tv and it is awesome. Also some roms that didnt work well on n64oid work better on the photon then the epic. I was able to get some gameloft games to run on this device tho it is not officially supported by gameloft yet. Th e tegra games are fun too I did notice that playing them on a tv in mirror mode the mirror image wasnt as crisp as the image on the phone but was still pretty cool.

    All in all I simply love this phone. Love the fm radio, built in shoutcast internet radio, and how things just seem to go together nicely. I especially love the blue theme.

    I def see this phone lasting me two yrs easy.
    08-05-2011 09:23 AM
  21. beantown's Avatar
    hey jbuggydroid, i was wondering, when you paired your Wiimote, did u need to download any app from the market or does it connect directly?
    08-05-2011 12:32 PM
  22. Astrolux44EVO's Avatar
    I love everything about this phone except for the battery life. I unplugged from the charger at 8am and right now it is 3pm and I only have about 35% left. I have been on 3G and all other radios are turned off. I have made one short phone call and haven't really used it. Why is it draining so quickly?
    08-05-2011 02:11 PM
  23. mgiven's Avatar
    6th day with the phone and remain impressed.

    Build quality...rock solid. Feels well build, but at the same time light and just "fits" in the hand.

    Reception ...damn impressive. Just back from the beach where I constantly got 1 bar if I was lucky with my pre-minus and that 1 bar floated in and out of no bars. This phone got 5 bars the whole 3 hours and didn't change from it.

    Battery life....getting a solid 10 hours or so as advertised, which is pretty good IMHO. Seems to take awhile to charge though, but not too bad.

    Notifications..being able to dismiss one at a time is big for me.

    Screen... Love it. Yes I can slightly see the pixel/blinds effect if I'm indoors on a light background and really look for it. However, it's a MOBILE phone and also spend lots of time outdoors and the screen just rocks in bright light, where other screens fail miserably. I'll take this trade-off anyday. If I'm indoors at home I'm on a laptop or desktop instead anyway.

    UI...actually liking this version of what Motorola shipped with. It's customization enough to steer away from anything you don't like and I'm fine with it.

    Added Toys: kickstand...awesome. Ability to turn it upside down when charging and still view in landscape (double awesome) Car dock and media dock look amazing and can't wait to get my hands on those.

    Camera. I like the interface and gallery a lot, but the pics are a tiny bit washed out. Trying out Vignette, Camera Zoom FX and Camera 360 along with the stock camera to see if it can be improved a bit with an app, but still decent enough.

    Just a solid phone and does all I was looking for and more. Will be interesting when the SGS2 comes out. I figured it was 25% odds to keep the photon and 75% change to the SGS2. Now I'm not so sure since I'm loving the Photon. Sounds strange, but the SGS2 might be TOO small/thin/light for me. I like to pocket phones with no covers and the Photon just fits perfect seems solid. I get the sense that if I went any smaller/thinner/lighter that I might break it. We'll see but that's my "so far" update.
    08-05-2011 02:57 PM
  24. TheM8rix's Avatar
    Awesome!!

    When I was on 3G I got about 30 hours on one charge. Unfortunately, 4G isn't too strong in my area but compared to my EVO the Photon lasted way longer
    Yeah, I definitely expect even better battery performance once I remember to toggle to 3g when 4g isn't necessary! 30 hours is just insane!! Who wudda thunk?!?!
    08-05-2011 04:07 PM
  25. TheM8rix's Avatar
    Photon Review:

    I am a recent provider jumper, having been with TMo for 10 years, and coming from a long history of Blackberries. Just prior to my departure from TMo, I had a brief and unsatisfying relationship with an Android dual core device, the LG G2x.

    So after deciding that Sprint was the best alternative, I researched both online, and in-store, the Evo 4g, 3D, and the Photon. I tested the Evo 4g in hand for 3 days (which I still feel rivals the 3D in certain areas), and after playing with both the 3D and the Photon in-store (including w/dock), decided to give the Photon first dibs on my loyalty.

    I was already prepared for certain problems, as some folks had reported audio problems with calls, phantom reboots, battery pulls, sub-par battery life, poor reception, camera problems (including but not limited to a front-facing camera that performs worse than a 1964 Instamatic, and those loyal to the HTC's Evo 3D also warned against the horrors of Pentile screens and the dreaded Motoblur (Ghost) UI.

    I got home, rolled up my sleeves, and fired up the beast.

    THE GOOD:

    1. Phone was so light in my hand, I thought they forgot to include the battery!

    2. After a full charge (no conditioning, and no marketware extras like Juice Defender, etc...), I managed to retain a 20% charge after 14 hours of moderate use (phone calls, texts, taking pictures, editing pictures, uploading pictures, IM'ing, surfing, gaming, a little Sprint TV, etc...yeah, for me that's "moderate.")

    3. Having come from the G2x, and the Evo 4G, I was anticipating HATING the screen (which, btw, would have been one of my list's deal-breakers), I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't bother me much, and as time went on, not at all. Yes, there is a slight degradation if you're spoiled by that crisp clear HD OMG kinda Amoled screen vibe (and believe me, I like it as much as sex and chocolate), but honestly, I was not experiencing any kind of squinty-eyed resentments. It looked absolutely fine. And to be honest, the only time I noticed any type of gridding was when outside in bright sun-light (screen sleeping), and if I angled the phone just so.

    4. I was able to install SPB Shell (my favorite Android launcher), and it was lighting fast, equal to the stock 3D HTC Sense. Bear in mind, the stock Motoblur (Ghost) is fast, but not buttery fast. I have found the blur Ghost to be a completely satisfactory launcher/UI nonetheless.

    5. I liked the fact that the Evo 4G had a fairly loud speaker, and calls were loud and clear. However, testing mp3's, video, and other sounds on the Evo 3D was one of the primary reasons why I did not see myself buying it. The audio, video, and call audio on the Photon is excellent! In fact, I had to turn the call volume down. HA! Photon, you're a rockstar!

    6. The kickstand is such a great convenience,(yeah, yeah, I know I can buy a case with it for the 3D...), but I love the fact that it comes stock, and that the Photon can function with it on either side, and even straight up and down. The clock widget (and extras are a nice touch).

    7. Camera rivals the G2x, once you learn how to use it. Always use the touch focus box prior to using the shutter. The on-board editing suite isn't as fancy as what you might find in Photoshop or Paintshop on your pc, but it nicely corrects the most common flaws.

    THE BAD:

    1. Took a bit longer to boot then similar dual core challengers.

    2. The unlock swipe is still a bit jerky, but I've read some have noticed this smooth out over time.

    3. The VGA front-facing camera is absolute crap and shouldn't have even been part of the package. If you're going to have so much right with this phone, don't let the video-chatters down with this garbage...unusable and unacceptable.

    4. It does not come with a microSD card, which may be a problem for some people. Not a problem for me, but consider yourself warned.

    5. Stock browser doesn't always load websites when I use it. Installed Dolphin and Opera, and have not had that problem with them. Odd.

    5.5 Does not play .avi files. I had The Matrix.avi (surprised?) on my Evo 4g, and it played perfectly. And while the Photon can play the video portion of the flick, it cannot render the audio. I have tried Mobo player, but, the problem persists. I hate having to convert files. Anyone got a fix?

    6. Took FOREVER to sync my contacts from gmail....couldn't figure out why until I noticed that it was also syncing my Twitter and Facebook contacts. I have several thousand followers on Twitter, so it muddled the process down for sure. Not necessarily a bad thing, just unexpected. The upside to this down, is that ALL your personal and social network contacts are together, so....if you want to twitter someone, you can just scroll down to their name and viola! Saves time and battery power because you're not using the browser or widgets to scroll through what could be pages and pages of names (which AREN'T *shudder* in alphabetical order). This one particular cloud has a rather shiny silver lining.

    7. At first I wasn't able to see my moto on my pc when connecting it via usb. I had to download the drivers separately from moto's website. Once the phone was recognized, I was only able to see the "thumbnails" of pics and vids stored on my moto. However, after careful review, I noticed that my pc recognized the moto and the microsd card in the moto as separate entities. So, pay attention to your pc autoplay windows...there may be one that says "moto" and one that represents a letter drive. The letter drive is your phone's microsd card.

    THE UGLY:

    1. I lifted the phone to take a call today. The side of it hit the edge of my glasses (and not very hard, either), and it chipped the edge of the phone. So, while the body of the Photon may look like a strong, smooth Harley gas tank...it's definitely a cheap ruse. To chip not just the color, but the actual resin/plastic/space-age polymer whatever it is, was a warning to all of us: get a protective case on this bad boy, or you'll wind up with one of the least aesthetically pleasing world phones you've ever seen.

    2. Also, I'm not particularly fond of the volume and camera buttons. They look unpolished and a bit antiquated. A friend mentioned they looked H.R. Giger'esque...so now I can live with them. Perhaps some ALIEN wallpaper and the look will be complete.

    I'll continue to tinker with the Photon, and will report anything that might be helpful to current and future users. If the phone continues to perform as it has, then there is very very little chance I will return it for an Evo 3D. I'm sincerely picky, and quite impressed.
    08-06-2011 01:08 AM
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