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Old July 27th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #51 (permalink)
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You know, the one thing I'm hoping for is to see more aftermarket manufacturers making accessories.
It will be interesting to see if the Bionic turns out to be the Verizon version of the P4G. And we still havent seen if any of the other Atrix accessories are usable with the P4G.

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It will be interesting to see if the Bionic turns out to be the Verizon version of the P4G. And we still havent seen if any of the other Atrix accessories are usable with the P4G.
I saw that some of the blogs and articles are talking about that. They mentioned at the June 9 event that the Photon would have accessories made specific for the Photon and wouldn't be compatible with the Atrix accessories due to design differences.
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Does anyone know if the same HDMI cable that works for the EVO 4G will work with the Photon 4G? Thanks.
I'm pretty sure it should work, but not 100% positive. I gave mine to my cousin because I ended up getting the EVO 4G hdmi dock...ugh.
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Wonder if the current Laptop Dock thingie for the Atrix could be modified for the Photon to fit & work with? Hmmm...might have to take a stab at that.

Seems the ports were reversed on the photon...so should be a simple matter of doing the same to the dock on the laptop.

EDIT: OR...what about using extension cables (micro usb & mini hdmi) to connect the Photon to the Laptop Dock???
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EDIT: OR...what about using extension cables (micro usb & mini hdmi) to connect the Photon to the Laptop Dock???
This would be a terribly inelegant hack.
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This would be a terribly inelegant hack.
Oh truly...but handy if it worked.
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Since many of you may have your phones tomorrow or Saturday, I figured I'd take the time to organize this accessories thread a little, so I edited my first post to put in categories for different accessories that you can already purchase.

If you guys find any accessories that you want to share and add to my first post, pm me the link and I'll be happy to add it to the top post:

***Official Photon 4G Accessories Discussion Thread***
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I have been doing some research on the "micro" HDMI video and "micro" usb cables. There are several sizes or "types" of each of these cables. For the Photon 4G (and the Atrix, and EVO 4G but not the EVO 3d) the cables you need are as follows:

For the HDMI cable you need a "standard" type "A" connect to a "micro" type "D" HDMI connector.

For the USB cable you Need a standard usb to a "micro" usb type "B" connector. (not sure what they call the standard rectangular usb connector).


These cables vary WIDELY in cost. In stores they often want $40 for the Micro hdmi cable. They have them for under $7 with shipping on amazon and Walmart online (not in-store though).

Hope this helps. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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I have been doing some research on the "micro" HDMI video and "micro" usb cables. There are several sizes or "types" of each of these cables. For the Photon 4G (and the Atrix, and EVO 4G but not the EVO 3d) the cables you need are as follows:

For the HDMI cable you need a "standard" type "A" connect to a "micro" type "D" HDMI connector.

For the USB cable you Need a standard usb to a "micro" usb type "B" connector. (not sure what they call the standard rectangular usb connector).


These cables vary WIDELY in cost. In stores they often want $40 for the Micro hdmi cable. They have them for under $7 with shipping on amazon and Walmart online (not in-store though).

Hope this helps. Please correct me if I am wrong.
1st post in this thread has the proper HDMI cable, per Sprint's accessories page for the Photon. Type D >Type A is what it says
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Some Basic Cheap silicon skins here on Amazon.

AccessoriesGuyStore @ Amazon.com: photon

I ordered one for 7.50 with shipping. He may be raising his prices though. I figured this will help until I decide on a fancier case I have had one like this on my Hero for about 18 months. I will report what I think when I get it next week.

Edit 8/1/11 Recieved the basic skin today. Fits well, and does seem to protect well. Will collect lint, but hey it is 5 bucks plus shipping. Does have a nice lip around the edge of the screen so it will not lay on the screen when face down. I will have to decide whether to stay with this or get an otterbox later, but I feel the Photon is much less prone to damage now.
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AccessoriesGuyStore @ Amazon.com: photon

I ordered one for 7.50 with shipping. He may be raising his prices though. I figured this will help until I decide on a fancier case I have had one like this on my Hero for about 18 months. I will report what I think when I get it next week.
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I ordered this HDMI cable from amazon for $3.76 shipped

Amazon.com: 6ft Micro HDMI (HDMI Type) to A Cable for Nokia cell phone: Electronics
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I recommend Monoprice.com for cables. They have the best prices, and I've never had any issues with the USB or HDMI Cables I've ordered from them. They have multiple lengths of both the USB and HDMI cables that fit the photon.
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I recommend Monoprice.com for cables. They have the best prices, and I've never had any issues with the USB or HDMI Cables I've ordered from them. They have multiple lengths of both the USB and HDMI cables that fit the photon.
I normally order from monoprice, but the same cable from them is $6.87, 4-5 day shipped vs. $3.76, 2 day shipped (Prime) from amazon.
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I wish I had Prime, I just haven't been able to justify the cost to myself yet. I last ordered from Amazon on the 11th, got the first box on the 21st and finally got the last box yesterday, so 4-5 days is sounding pretty good to me right now.
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I wish I had Prime, I just haven't been able to justify the cost to myself yet. I last ordered from Amazon on the 11th, got the first box on the 21st and finally got the last box yesterday, so 4-5 days is sounding pretty good to me right now.
I ordered a skinomi sp on the 13th and still didn't get it
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You can split Prime between 5 people, only $16 per
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I ordered a skinomi sp on the 13th and still didn't get it
Yeah their super saver shipping is so slow I feel like I'm being blackmailed into getting prime.... and it just doesn't sit well with me.
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Yeah their super saver shipping is so slow I feel like I'm being blackmailed into getting prime.... and it just doesn't sit well with me.
I have prime it just wasn't a prime shipping they refunded me
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FYI - The Photon was taken down in the accessories area on Sprint's website, so maybe they were selling more than they thought?
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well otterbox cases are in stock direct from the manufacturer but 35$+ship for the commuter is too much for me; im waiting till amazon has them in stock for 25$ or cheaper. amazon still saying 1-2 months for delivery which is usual for a placeholder.

Motorola Photon 4G Cases // OtterBox.com
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Isn't the HD dock station suppose to be $100 not $130. Scroll down to Robust Accessories.
Sprint Newsroom | Motorola PHOTON 4G Debuts on July 31 for $199.99

WTH is going on here.
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Isn't the HD dock station suppose to be $100 not $130. Scroll down to Robust Accessories.
Sprint Newsroom | Motorola PHOTON 4G Debuts on July 31 for $199.99

WTH is going on here.
don't panic...the box for the dock says a 129 dollar value...so perhaps they are selling it for 100...which is still pretty high for what it is. That said I haven't had a phone with a dock for ages...this one would be great as a clock radio alarm clock.
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I normally order from monoprice, but the same cable from them is $6.87, 4-5 day shipped vs. $3.76, 2 day shipped (Prime) from amazon.
Amazon is showing that hdmi cable for $0.77 cents. Can that even be right?
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Amazon is showing that hdmi cable for $0.77 cents. Can that even be right?
No Amazon prime shipping offered. Shipping bumps up the costs.
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Does anybody that used to have a motorola Android phone before know if it's true that the Droid X / X2 batteries are the same battery as the Photon?

I listed a battery early on that had all 3 phones compatible, but wondering if anybody can confirm that.
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Does anybody that used to have a motorola Android phone before know if it's true that the Droid X / X2 batteries are the same battery as the Photon?

I listed a battery early on that had all 3 phones compatible, but wondering if anybody can confirm that.
I was wondering if this battery would fit without a special back as well...
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I REALLY like the idea of the Skinomi TechSkin - Black Carbon Fiber Film Shield & Screen Protector 4G for Motorola Photon.... has anyone had any experience with them?
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I REALLY like the idea of the Skinomi TechSkin - Black Carbon Fiber Film Shield & Screen Protector 4G for Motorola Photon.... has anyone had any experience with them?
I was on the verge of ordering the same thing yesterday. From other videos I've seen, it looks kinda nice. Only thing that stopped me is if or when the other custom skin companies come out with a product, I know I'm going to be ordering a custom skin.
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I REALLY like the idea of the Skinomi TechSkin - Black Carbon Fiber Film Shield & Screen Protector 4G for Motorola Photon.... has anyone had any experience with them?
I heard they were good but I ordered a screen protector from them when they first came online for the photon and it never shipped to me was supposed to take 5 days and by day 15 they finally had responded to my email by just refundning the never even told me what was going on
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I was on the verge of ordering the same thing yesterday. From other videos I've seen, it looks kinda nice. Only thing that stopped me is if or when the other custom skin companies come out with a product, I know I'm going to be ordering a custom skin.

they have great feedback on Amazon
Amazon.com At a Glance: Skinomi

I like the whole carbon fiber thing.... if I pull the trigger I'll let you guys know how it goes for sure. You said you had gotten an invisible shield for yours though? I couldn't find it anywhere...
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Has anyone bought anything from here?

Portable Flash Memory - Ionic air purifiers | backpack camera bags | wireless security cctv cameras | metal detectors | walkie talkie | photo studio in a box

The prices seem too good to be true (so I assume they are..)
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I like the whole carbon fiber thing.... if I pull the trigger I'll let you guys know how it goes for sure. You said you had gotten an invisible shield for yours though? I couldn't find it anywhere...
Yeah, the Sprint store I went to sold it to me early. It's not available anywhere yet because they don't have the retail boxes for them yet. The manager pulled them out of his pocket and said to his rep, go ahead and sell to him if he wants them.

At first, I thought they were the Sprint ones, but then I looked at the backing and it clearly said "Invisible Shield." Since I was getting the 25% discount, I figured it'll be fine for now and I can always take it off whenever the SGP screen protector comes out. Thing is I don't intend on using the back cover part of the invisible shield I got.
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You can get better deals at Amazon. Just depends if you want a class 4 and up card. The ones listed on that site are Class 6, but I'd go with a class 4 from Amazon before getting one from this site.
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Yeah, the Sprint store I went to sold it to me early. It's not available anywhere yet because they don't have the retail boxes for them yet. The manager pulled them out of his pocket and said to his rep, go ahead and sell to him if he wants them.

At first, I thought they were the Sprint ones, but then I looked at the backing and it clearly said "Invisible Shield." Since I was getting the 25% discount, I figured it'll be fine for now and I can always take it off whenever the SGP screen protector comes out. Thing is I don't intend on using the back cover part of the invisible shield I got.

o_0 that is odd... I work in a corporate store and there isn't anything about any invisible shields for the photon. Do you live in the Matrix?
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o_0 that is odd... I work in a corporate store and there isn't anything about any invisible shields for the photon. Do you live in the Matrix?
Close enough...L.A. where there are 10 million mobile phone stores everywhere trying to compete for business. This was a Sprint not many people know about, in the mall. It's such a small store that people normally just pass by it thinking they don't have anything in it.
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They had the Motorola bluetooth keyboard 89451n or Sprint MKX8945Q on sale for $34.99 (HALF price) at BestBuy. It is the same keyboard they sell for the Xoom tablet.

I can confirm it works great, and paired right up. It has a whole series of android specific keys. It is a full size chick-let style keyboard, but no separate number pad. Works well wit the Photon on its kickstand.

I may buy a spare for my tv room at this price.
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Don't buy the RocketFish Hard Shell case that Best Buy is selling...it's utter crap. Snaps together front and back...but not securely...and has a sharp lip that irritates the hand when holding.
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Are the Rocketfish car chargers OK to buy from Best Buy? I heard a long time ago to be careful when buying aftermarket car chargers cause some charge at a higher rate and could damage the battery/phone. Not sure if thats true or not but if I can get the Motorola Photon car charger at Sprint for 25% off then Ill be good with it.
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Are the Rocketfish car chargers OK to buy from Best Buy? I heard a long time ago to be careful when buying aftermarket car chargers cause some charge at a higher rate and could damage the battery/phone. Not sure if thats true or not but if I can get the Motorola Photon car charger at Sprint for 25% off then Ill be good with it.
I've personally never run into any problems using a non-OEM charger, but that's just my experience.
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I need a good pouch or sleeve type case for my Photon. Coming from the Pre I really liked using the pouch that came with it. Good protection for my phone in my pocket, and out of the way with no extra bulk when I need to use the phone.
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Are the Rocketfish car chargers OK to buy from Best Buy? I heard a long time ago to be careful when buying aftermarket car chargers cause some charge at a higher rate and could damage the battery/phone. Not sure if thats true or not but if I can get the Motorola Photon car charger at Sprint for 25% off then Ill be good with it.
Get this charger Amazon.com: Motorola Vehicle Power Adapter micro-USB Rapid Rate Charger: Cell Phones & Accessories
By far the best charger at the lowest price and brand name to boot. I bought a couple for friends and family too. It is a fast charger unlike most no name brand ones.
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3023448[/URL]]Get this charger Amazon.com: Motorola Vehicle Power Adapter micro-USB Rapid Rate Charger: Cell Phones & Accessories
By far the best charger at the lowest price and brand name to boot. I bought a couple for friends and family too. It is a fast charger unlike most no name brand ones.
thanks, just ordered one
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I also received the $3.79 amazon HDMI cable for the photon, and it worked well and seemed to be a very nice quality cable. About 5 feet long or so.

Again, excellent for the price. I think I ordered the cable on Thursday, and received it in the mail today (Monday 8/1).
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Amazon.com At a Glance: Skinomi

I like the whole carbon fiber thing.... if I pull the trigger I'll let you guys know how it goes for sure. You said you had gotten an invisible shield for yours though? I couldn't find it anywhere...
Id really like to see the how the carbon fiber piece is cut. I wonder if it has openings where the back cover says 8MP HD Video and or the Sprint logo or if its just a solid piece and it covers all that up.
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I ordered the skinomi skin last tuesday, before i bought the photon

I just ordered the screen protection, not the back cover skin. I am hoping to go naked with just screen protection.

it still hasn't come yet

but when it comes in I will be sure to review it and take pictures, I am hoping it will perform as well as zagg or bodygaurdz.

....I purchased a skinomi skin awhile back as a cheap solution for my gf's ipod touch and it worked out well.
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Id really like to see the how the carbon fiber piece is cut. I wonder if it has openings where the back cover says 8MP HD Video and or the Sprint logo or if its just a solid piece and it covers all that up.
I am thinking I'll bite the bullet on this. I believe I'll have to wait until the 14th of this month before I can get the phone though. Nonetheless I'll report how it goes.
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I purchased the rapid car charger, the hdmi cable and one of the $4 silicone cases just to have since it was so cheap. Ill report on quality of each when they come in.
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New Motorola Photon 4G Accessories - Best Buy Mobile Accessories
No, what's funnier to me is these accessories can be used on any phone yet Best Buy has Photon labeled on each like they're specific to that phone. I guess any gimmick to make money works for them.
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I ordered the skinomi skin last tuesday, before i bought the photon

I just ordered the screen protection, not the back cover skin. I am hoping to go naked with just screen protection.

it still hasn't come yet

but when it comes in I will be sure to review it and take pictures, I am hoping it will perform as well as zagg or bodygaurdz.

....I purchased a skinomi skin awhile back as a cheap solution for my gf's ipod touch and it worked out well.
I ordered the 13th and i had them refund me on the 27th so i would request a refund
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