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Old July 29th, 2011, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UPS just dropped it off. Pics to come!

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Update your sig, you upgraded!! :-)

Looking forward to your pics and taking some of my own. C'mon UPS dude!
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Here it is. I can confirm the phone can rest easily on the kickstand with the charging port facing upward!
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EDIT: Nm, just saw your other post in the Ordered thread.
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i was just about to make a thread of has anyone gotten the photon yet ?? you answered my question . congrats man
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What time did you order it? I didn't get my order in until about 11am, so I hope I made the cutoff.

Also, did you have tracking info for it?
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Here it is. I can confirm the phone can rest easily on the kickstand with the charging port facing upward!
EXCELLENT!!! and congrats on being the first to get it and post it!!

But the other big Q that remains on my list is do you need the dock to use webtop or can you use it with just the HDMI cable plugged into the phone?? BIG Q there that everyone is curious about.
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What time did you order it? I didn't get my order in until about 11am, so I hope I made the cutoff.

Also, did you have tracking info for it?
I ordered it at 8am. I never received any tracking info for it from Sprint. And when I checked my status 30 min ago it still was in processing.
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I ordered it at 8am. I never received any tracking info for it from Sprint. And when I checked my status 30 min ago it still was in processing.
You should call them and offer to give them the tracking info so they can update the site for you.
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Maybe they'll send him another one
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Godfather13... can you please verify if gtalk has video or not. Reviews are saying no but I am adding this to my curous list. Also the HDMI webtop without the dock is my other Q.

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EXCELLENT!!! and congrats on being the first to get it and post it!!

But the other big Q that remains on my list is do you need the dock to use webtop or can you use it with just the HDMI cable plugged into the phone?? BIG Q there that everyone is curious about.
I do not have the answer to this yet.
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Mine has just arrived via UPS.

Tracking on sprint's site still says processing... lulz.
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When I first plugged the phone in the screen flashed the battery charge screen and showed 70% charged. The notification light was lit a yellow/orange color. Its been charging 53 minutes now and the light is green. I still havent turned it on yet. (Im paranoid if I dont let it go 3 hrs Ill have a battery that loses power faster then it should...yes, OCD).
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I read on Android Central that the phone does not come with a microSD card. Is this true? That's a bit of a bummer...it'll be the first Android phone (really any recent Sprint phones) that does not come with a microSD card.
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I read on Android Central that the phone does not come with a microSD card. Is this true? That's a bit of a bummer...it'll be the first Android phone (really any recent Sprint phones) that does not come with a microSD card.
Correct. There is NO sd card with the phone. It comes with the Li-Ion battery, AC Charger with USB cable, SIM card installed, Get started guide, another booklet for terms/conditions, and a bag for recycling an old phone if you want.
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I read on Android Central that the phone does not come with a microSD card. Is this true? That's a bit of a bummer...it'll be the first Android phone (really any recent Sprint phones) that does not come with a microSD card.
Moto said that with 16GB internal memory, they did not feel the need to include an SD card.
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I read on Android Central that the phone does not come with a microSD card. Is this true? That's a bit of a bummer...it'll be the first Android phone (really any recent Sprint phones) that does not come with a microSD card.
you are correct, there is not SD card. The internal memory is at 16gigs and is split up into various places.

With that can we get someone who boots the phone to give us a screenshot of the memory screen? pretty please
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Ok, so it seems to follow the Samsung Captivate model.
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My son just called to say UPS dropped.it off, ordered at 7:52 yesterday . is it a little lame if I'm seriously considering leaving work early....
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is it a little lame if I'm seriously considering leaving work early....
I'd say it's a little lame if you don't!!

BTW, if you don't, can you at least send it to me? I'm still waiting on mine to get here.
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You look terrible, you should go home early... ;-)

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My son just called to say UPS dropped.it off, ordered at 7:52 yesterday . is it a little lame if I'm seriously considering leaving work early....
Not at all, hurry home!
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Just got mine from UPS at ~3PM. Ordered around 9AM EST yesterday.
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Correct. There is NO sd card with the phone. It comes with the Li-Ion battery, AC Charger with USB cable, SIM card installed, Get started guide, another booklet for terms/conditions, and a bag for recycling an old phone if you want.
wow, so it doesn't come with headphones?? that sucks./
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wow, so it doesn't come with headphones?? that sucks./
Yeah, it does suck. Even my crappy Epic came with a 16gb MicroSD card and headphones.
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is it my eyes or is the screen moving on me ? like its refocusing or something!
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Wooohoooo!!! My Photon just got here. Now to get rid of my crappy Pre! (Had an EVO and Hero but sold them when I foolishly left Sprint, Pre was the only phone I had left)
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I am not at all upset about the lack of sd card or headphones.

Given the onboard memory, if they included an sd card it probbaly would have been a completely useless 1GB card just to fill the slot.

As for headphones, aren't the ones that come with phones complete garbage anyway? Besides, unless this is your first phone, wouldn't you already have a pair (or 5) from your previous phones? Let alone actually owning a decent pair you actually purchased at some point.

EDIT: I didn't mean for this message to be as snarky as it might sound.
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Yeah, it does suck. Even my crappy Epic came with a 16gb MicroSD card and headphones.
yeah, that is the best thing or used to be the best thing when getting a new phone.. didn't have to pay for headphones But I can understand why Motorola didn't send it with one.


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Wooohoooo!!! My Photon just got here. Now to get rid of my crappy Pre! (Had an EVO and Hero but sold them when I foolishly left Sprint, Pre was the only phone I had left)

I still have my pre I traded with someone a while back from a blackberry from a Hero lol. I want to trade back to Android but I don't know if I should just wait.
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As for headphones, aren't the ones that come with phones complete garbage anyway? Besides, unless this is your first phone, wouldn't you already have a pair (or 5) from your previous phones? Let alone actually owning a decent pair you actually purchased at some point.

EDIT: I didn't mean for this message to be as snarky as it might sound.


Not necessarily, most of my phone headphones are actually good but they get messed up from me. The reason i like headphones in the box with a new phone is because they have the pause/play button I like so much.... Besides, paying for them is overrated lol.
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I can see why they did not include the sd card but still it is the first one in quite a while that i get that didn't include one. It just forces me to stop being lazy and go get that 32 gb one that I've been wanted to get for a while now.

anyway....

so at 1:45 something tells me go home and see if they dropped off the box. Especially since my mother in law is away on an appt, there isn't anyone home and UPMS has a habit of taking things back to the holding depot.
Well i get home turn the corner and park. I look out my side mirror to make sure that no speeding cars are coming to open the door and what do I see a big brown truck about to cross over the avenue.
As i get out he honks me (this shocked me since never once did any deliver truck honk at me like they knew me) but it so happens that he says I got two packages for you. i guess he remembered me from another waiting episode, but i don't remember the guy. lol

Anyway, first package is the padron peppers (which those that followed me on Google plus, know what I mean) and then the box I've been hoping for. The Sprint Box. woo hoo

So I go int the house and unpack one to get it charged for my spouse when he gets home, and take the other one to work to play around with.

The box is cute, unlike the one that the EVO 4G cam in (you remember the egg carton) well the front has little cut outs of the world to symbolize the world phone capabilities.


On the back of the box it does lists all the frequencies and it does list the following bands..
CDMA frequency band 800MHz/1.9Ghz,
Wimax/4G band of 2.5-2.7 Ghz,
GSM band of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and
UMTS band of 850/1900/2100
So there you have it a world phone.


isn't she pretty. (or handsome for those who don't call their phones pretty) lol


All the accessories that come in the box.
Sorry, no sd card.


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btw i can confirm that the HTC EVO 4G's usb cord and or the usb wall charger does work with the Photon.

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Did _ANYONE_ get real tracking info on their phone before it arrived? I ordered mine hella late yesterday, so I wonder.
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Got mine about 1 PM (ordered at 11 AM yesterday). Nice looking piece of hardware--unfortunately, it's still in the box until after work.
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TS, did your Photon come with two batteries?
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Excellent. Confirms that this phone is indeed quadband GSM and that Moto's spec. sheet on the web has a typo (as most thought it did since it would have made no sense to leave out GSM1800).
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No just one battery, but instead of plastering so many images, I figured i cut and past one side onto another photo.

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I finally got mine at 4pm almost exactly. and i was so negative earlier, i didn't think it would come!
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My wife just told me mine showed up at the house as well. She is charging it for me now, so I can't wait to get home
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You didn't unbox it yourself that is half the fun and makes it feel like Christmas
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I finally got mine at 4pm almost exactly. and i was so negative earlier, i didn't think it would come!
i believe you owe Sprint an apology for not believing that they would deliver.

So no sd-card for you.

oh wait, no one gets an sd-card.

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My holster arrived exactly 14 hours after I ordered it.

.....and there was a Motorola Photon™ 4G in the box too!

Charging now. And as I wait, ordering the car dock and the Home dock.

(I wonder if the Photon can be inserted in the dock with the protective cover, that came with the holster, still on the phone?)
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Has anyone who have their photon already figured out if the webtop feature can be used without the dock? & also how much of the 16gb memory is available for apps...
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My holster arrived exactly 14 hours after I ordered it.

.....and there was a Motorola Photon™ 4G in the box too!

Charging now. And as I wait, ordering the car dock and the Home dock.

(I wonder if the Photon can be inserted in the dock with the protective cover, that came with the holster, still on the phone?)
Are you ordering from Sprint? I went to the accessories page yesterday afternoon and they had taken the photon off as a selectable Motorola Sprint phone.
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Has anyone who have their photon already figured out if the webtop feature can be used without the dock? & also how much of the 16gb memory is available for apps...
On the device shawheim got, there were close to 3gb of internal space, just dedicated to apps.
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Just got mine, unboxed and setup. First initial thought is that I really like. I don't notice in major differences in the screen quality compared to the Evo. Oddly enough it feels smaller than the Evo. I guess just more comfortable? It's hard to say but I def. like the way it feels in hand better than the OG Evo. As far as call quality the speaker phone is really good, but when off speaker phone it kind of has a cave effect when talking...not an echo so much but like you feel like your voice is amplified or something...kind of strange but def. not a deal breaker. I'm a loud talker so it will probably make me talk a little softer now lol. One thing that is pretty annoying is that I had a CSV file I sent to myself from my old phone to gmail for my contacts and it is not letting me download it from the mobile version of gmail...grrr.

Oh I wanted to add that you can see the screen door effect on the display if you look hard enough. Of course this is not a big deal to me but I know it is for some. Also I like motoblur over sense in the short time I'm using it...just my two cents.
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Just got mine, unboxed and setup. First initial thought is that I really like. I don't notice in major differences in the screen quality compared to the Evo. Oddly enough it feels smaller than the Evo. I guess just more comfortable? It's hard to say but I def. like the way it feels in hand better than the OG Evo. As far as call quality the speaker phone is really good, but when off speaker phone it kind of has a cave effect when talking...not an echo so much but like you feel like your voice is amplified or something...kind of strange but def. not a deal breaker. I'm a loud talker so it will probably make me talk a little softer now lol. One thing that is pretty annoying is that I had a CSV file I sent to myself from my old phone to gmail for my contacts and it is not letting me download it from the mobile version of gmail...grrr.

Oh I wanted to add that you can see the screen door effect on the display if you look hard enough. Of course this is not a big deal to me but I know it is for some. Also I like motoblur over sense in the short time I'm using it...just my two cents.
Bolded for emphasis! Music to my ears.

Not sure I like the cave effect, but sounds like something I can deal with. Isn't there some sort of noice cancelling thing on the phone that was being talked about? I really can't remember completely, but I wonder if it's a setting that can be turned up or down.

Easy fix. Turn off "mobile" version on the browser, log into gmail through the browser and you can try setting it up that way.

Screendoor effect isn't a deal breaker for me, but how do you compare to the EVO? You think it'll be something that I'll noticed compared to the EVO?
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Can someone confirm the use of the kickstand upside down in landscape, to be able to charge the phone?
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Bolded for emphasis! Music to my ears.

Not sure I like the cave effect, but sounds like something I can deal with. Isn't there some sort of noice cancelling thing on the phone that was being talked about? I really can't remember completely, but I wonder if it's a setting that can be turned up or down.

Easy fix. Turn off "mobile" version on the browser, log into gmail through the browser and you can try setting it up that way.

Screendoor effect isn't a deal breaker for me, but how do you compare to the EVO? You think it'll be something that I'll noticed compared to the EVO?
I didn't notice it at first, I feel like the screen looks a little better...but I've always had my Evo on the low brightness since the battery on the Evo was horrible. The screen door effect is not noticeable unless you really focus on a select set of pixels such as the signal bars. For me it'll never be a big deal but if you were super anal about your screen resolution and all that jazz I could see it being annoying...but again I bought this for business, it's just a plus it can do everything else.
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