Swap Photon for Evo 4g?

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I recently upgraded from iphone. Supper happy about that.
I bought my wife the EVO 4g and myself the Moto Photon 4g. The photon was $100 and the EVO was $29.

My moto suffers from self-power off. A known issue. Since setting up both phones I like my wife's EVO a lot. I am not sure I see a huge difference between the two. I realize the hardware like processor, ROM, RAM is different. But the EVO seems to be an awesome phone.

I though I might take back the photon and get an evo. Save $70 and have a great phone. Am I missing something here? Being new to Android and coming from an old iphone 3g, the EVO is a huge upgrade.

Would I regret exchanging the photon for the EVO.
I don't need the world phone aspect of the photon.

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i looked at the Photon and the SG2 and i still prefer my EVO 4G. i love HTC and believe that they build the best Android phones and offer the best customer experience because of build quality, Sense, and OS update urgency/frequency.

it sounds like your gut is telling you to get the EVO. i say follow your gut.

good luck!

p.s. maybe take the wife out to a nice dinner with the $70 savings! win-win!
 

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It would not be a downgrade in my eyes. I ordered an SG II S a couple of nights ago and will still be keeping my rooted, extended battery wearing evo4g...

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I personally would not swap them, especially if you are getting the phone on contract. It kinda of depends on how you use the phone also. If you are only doing phone calls, text, and email, then it would be ok. It is just that the evo is an older phone, and if you want to play the latest games, want better browser performance especially using flash, and worried about future support, then stick with the photon.
 

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Personal choice. The Photon is newer and faster. I love my Evo. Sounds like you have a great chance to play with both and maker a good decision for you. Personal choice.
 

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Yep, I love my Evo4G, too. I'm looking forward to my SG II, but will carry my Evo at work as it gets reception inside the hospital while all the other nurses and techs struggle with their different makes and models across the board on all the different carriers. Nobody where I work says Sprint sucks when I'm able to talk or download wherever I'm at. I hope the SG II gets decent reception, and I hope it sounds decent when playing music also, but I'm not getting my hopes up. It'll be more of a weekend phone.
 

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Yep, I love my Evo4G, too. I'm looking forward to my SG II, but will carry my Evo at work as it gets reception inside the hospital while all the other nurses and techs struggle with their different makes and models across the board on all the different carriers. Nobody where I work says Sprint sucks when I'm able to talk or download wherever I'm at. I hope the SG II gets decent reception, and I hope it sounds decent when playing music also, but I'm not getting my hopes up. It'll be more of a weekend phone.

why waste your upgrade on it?
 

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I'm not. I bought it outright.

ok why waste the money on a questionable upgrade to add to a great device you already own when the new Ice Cream Sandwich devices will be here in a couple of months? perhaps even the new EVO HD?

i have the money but i'm a minimalist and hate waste and inefficiency. i hate wasting money and would hate managing and fumbling back and forth between 2+ devices. i'd rather have the one latest quantum leap device.

to each his own but i am just curious.
 

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I'll trade you my Evo with Seido extended battery, nice True Protection screen protectors, plus some cash for your Photon. Interested?
 

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I recently upgraded from iphone. Supper happy about that.
I bought my wife the EVO 4g and myself the Moto Photon 4g. The photon was $100 and the EVO was $29.

My moto suffers from self-power off. A known issue. Since setting up both phones I like my wife's EVO a lot. I am not sure I see a huge difference between the two. I realize the hardware like processor, ROM, RAM is different. But the EVO seems to be an awesome phone.

I though I might take back the photon and get an evo. Save $70 and have a great phone. Am I missing something here? Being new to Android and coming from an old iphone 3g, the EVO is a huge upgrade.

Would I regret exchanging the photon for the EVO.
I don't need the world phone aspect of the photon.

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C Dubya

Did her EVO come with Gingerbread? Is she not experiencing the memory leak, white screen soft reboots, or lag that EVO users who upgraded to Gingerbread, have experienced? I would not swap out a Photon for an EVO. That's a downgrade you will regret. The EVO lacks memory at best, and suffers from memory leak at best. Don't do it. The world phone aspect of the Photon is CDMA + GSM in the same phone. The EVO doesn't have that. The Photon has more internal memory than the EVO and doesn't have any of the issues that ultimately plague the EVO. The EVO was great with Froyo but with Gingerbread, not so much.
 
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ok why waste the money on a questionable upgrade to add to a great device you already own when the new Ice Cream Sandwich devices will be here in a couple of months? perhaps even the new EVO HD?

i have the money but i'm a minimalist and hate waste and inefficiency. i hate wasting money and would hate managing and fumbling back and forth between 2+ devices. i'd rather have the one latest quantum leap device.

to each his own but i am just curious.

I don't consider it wasting money. The only questionable part for me, for now, is the reception, and how the speaker sounds. It may turn into my daily driver, but I'll be keeping my Evo forever just because. I had a Treo I couldn't wait to get rid of, several other POS's, and I even sold my little HTC Hero when I bought the Evo. The Evo will sit in a glass case when I finally retire it. I'm not a minimalist by even the loosest definition.

There isn't any fumbling back and forth either. I don't know why you'd even say that. It is taking over my second line. I have a work/personal phone (Evo) that I use in place of my hospital issued Blackberry, (and they pay the phone bill on) and the SG II S will be my strictly personal phone that only a handful of people at work know the number to. I'll be "wasting" more money when ICS phones come out, and then the hospital will pay the bill for my SG II S.
 
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Did her EVO come with Gingerbread? Is she not experiencing the memory leak, white screen soft reboots, or lag that EVO users who upgraded to Gingerbread, have experienced? I would not swap out a Photon for an EVO. That's a downgrade you will regret. The EVO lacks memory at best, and suffers from memory leak at best. Don't do it. The world phone aspect of the Photon is CDMA + GSM in the same phone. The EVO doesn't have that. The Photon has more internal memory than the EVO and doesn't have any of the issues that ultimately plague the EVO. The EVO was great with Froyo but with Gingerbread, not so much.

I'm rooted and running Deck's 2.3.5. My Evo has ZERO issues. Absolutely Zero. Partition the SD Card, and it frees up all kinds or room and memory.
 

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I'm rooted and running Deck's 2.3.5. My Evo has ZERO issues. Absolutely Zero. Partition the SD Card, and it frees up all kinds or room and memory.

That's great, but no one should have to root a phone to get it to work the way it should. Froyo was great. Gingerbread on the EVO has bugs. Tinkerer's who enjoy tinkering go for rooting. The rest of us who don't have the time to waste or just aren't interested in Tinkering need a phone that just works. That isn't an HTC EVO with the Gingerbread update, apparently. Rooting may be the solution for some, but not all. If he has a problem with his current Photon, I advise just getting it replaced with a working Photon and avoid HAVING to Root an EVO just to avoid the Gingerbread bugs. Rooting voids the warranty, right? Who wants to be stuck for two years with a phone who's warranty isn't supported due to user's actions?
 

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i have a stock Gingerbread EVO with absolutely no issues. i think the majority are happy otherwise we would be hearing a mass outcry on these forums. it is the exactly the opposite. i'm sorry you are having problems. have you tried a factory reset with manual restore?
 

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i have a stock Gingerbread EVO with absolutely no issues. i think the majority are happy otherwise we would be hearing a mass outcry on these forums. it is the exactly the opposite. i'm sorry you are having problems. have you tried a factory reset with manual restore?

Check the memory leak thread here:

http://forums.androidcentral.com/htc-evo-4g/113424-yes-another-post-about-phone-memory-2.html

There have been reports of memory leaks since the Gingerbread Update and the problem continues to happen to quite a number of EVO owners. If your EVO came with Gingerbread, perhaps they resolved these issues on the ones deployed with it, but many of us who got the Gingerbread update got this bug and several others. It's good you aren't affected, but many others are. I hate having to root this damn phone just to get it to work properly, but it looks like I have little choice in that matter. If the Nexus isn't out for Sprint in December, I surely will not go through this nonsense with another HTC phone.
 
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That's great, but no one should have to root a phone to get it to work the way it should. Froyo was great. Gingerbread on the EVO has bugs. Tinkerer's who enjoy tinkering go for rooting. The rest of us who don't have the time to waste or just aren't interested in Tinkering need a phone that just works. That isn't an HTC EVO with the Gingerbread update, apparently. Rooting may be the solution for some, but not all. If he has a problem with his current Photon, I advise just getting it replaced with a working Photon and avoid HAVING to Root an EVO just to avoid the Gingerbread bugs. Rooting voids the warranty, right? Who wants to be stuck for two years with a phone who's warranty isn't supported due to user's actions?

I didn't root my phone to fix a problem. I rooted my phone for the wifi hotspot, and the ability to do whatever I wanted to do with it. I don't know for sure that rooting a phone voids the warranty as the phone wasn't locked down by the phone maker. The carrier locks the phones down. I'm pretty sure HTC would still honor the warranty. Anyway, I was just saying I had no issues with my Evo after the GB update. I'm sorry you are.
 

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Check the memory leak thread here:

http://forums.androidcentral.com/htc-evo-4g/113424-yes-another-post-about-phone-memory-2.html

There have been reports of memory leaks since the Gingerbread Update and the problem continues to happen to quite a number of EVO owners. If your EVO came with Gingerbread, perhaps they resolved these issues on the ones deployed with it, but many of us who got the Gingerbread update got this bug and several others. It's good you aren't affected, but many others are. I hate having to root this damn phone just to get it to work properly, but it looks like I have little choice in that matter. If the Nexus isn't out for Sprint in December, I surely will not go through this nonsense with another HTC phone.

no - i got my EVO on launch day and have updated to Froyo and then to Gingerbread myself.

again i ask - have you tried a factory reset with manual restore?
 

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no - i got my EVO on launch day and have updated to Froyo and then to Gingerbread myself.

again i ask - have you tried a factory reset with manual restore?

No, but I just got done rooting, so we shall see if Rooting makes it better. I'm not messing with any custom Rom's for now. I just want to delete Bloatware and reclaim some memory so this thing works long enough to get me to December.
 

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No, but I just got done rooting, so we shall see if Rooting makes it better. I'm not messing with any custom Rom's for now. I just want to delete Bloatware and reclaim some memory so this thing works long enough to get me to December.

Just keep in mind there are some bad@ss ROM's out there Deck's and r3chargeD for 2 of them that will make your phone feel, look, and act brand new...Deck's is Android 2.3.5, and r3chargeD is Sense 3.0. Both are fast, good on battery, and require nothing other than flashing them from the user. BE WARNED THOUGH: Flashing ROM's is like smoking crack. IT'S HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!
 

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