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Tips ***Official Photon 4G Accessories Discussion Thread***

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  1. busted bones

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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.
     

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  2. drexappeal

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    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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    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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    This would be a terribly inelegant hack.
     
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    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:

    http://androidforums.com/2825898-post1.html
     
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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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    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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    Adding that now. Thanks!
     
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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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Amazon is showing that hdmi cable for $0.77 cents. Can that even be right?
     
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    No Amazon prime shipping offered. Shipping bumps up the costs.
     

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