A few months ago, I reviewed the Droid X2 and came away unimpressed. Performance was mediocre despite the powerful dual core Tegra 2 CPU, and more importantly, the PenTile display used by Motorola was a step up on paper and a huge step back in practice. Fast forward a few months and I've landed a Motorola Photon 4G (slightly behind schedule thanks to a few logistics issues, but better late than never!) I'm happy to report that despite seeming like it's almost the same device inside, it's quite a different beast this time around.
At A Glance
- Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) + NinjaBlur UI
- 1 GHz Tegra 2 (dual core) CPU
- 1 GB DDR2 RAM (twice the 512MB of RAM in the Droid X2)
- 4.3" qHD (960 x 540) PenTile display
- World Phone - CDMA and GSM bands
- 4G (WiMax) support
- 8MP camera with dual LED flash, 720p video capture
- VGA front-facing camera
- 16GB memory + microSD slot (empty out of the box)
- HDMI Mirroring
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Smooth and responsive performance all around, including in the browser.