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  1. john30308

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    If it makes our painful wait for the Bionic release any easier, the Sprint Photon 4G, which is essentially the Sprint version of the Bionic, was released yesterday and is getting rave reviews. It appears the phone is definitely worth waiting for... if we can resist SGS2 temptation when it hits. :)

    Plenty of reviews and first looks here.
     

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    If it's true that the Photon is the Sprint version of the Verizon Bionic, here's where you can download the Photon user guide in pdf format.

    http://androidforums.com/motorola-photon-4g/384393-motorola-photon-4g-user-guide-pdf-download.html
     
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    Photon 4G review | This is my next...

    seems to me like the Motoblur UI garbage on the Photon is slowing it down. This reviewer preferred to just slap Launcher Pro on it. I really, really, really hope that the Bionic doesn
     
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    I actually liked the version of motoblur on the Droid 3 when I had it.
     
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    The webtop setup seems to work much better than the Atrix. This might be what sets the Bionic apart from the pack. I'm very intrigued by the ability to plug my phone into a keyboard, mouse and screen... not sure why! But I am.
     
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    Droid 3 does not have performance issues with half the ram of the Bionic, so why should the Bionic?
     
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    I posted in the Droid 3 review topic Anandtech mentioned the launcher and home screens being gpu accelerated.

    If thats the case...I cant see this version of the UI we will not call Blur...lol...being the main problem for any slow downs. Comparing these versions to the Blur that came with the Droid X1 on Froyo....the newer versions are better.
     
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    There is someone on twitter that is posting things about the Bionic(Dont know the validity of it) but posted that the Photon is NOT the Bionic and that they have totally different processors and that Tegra 2 is the past....
     
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    If anything, the Photon is the original Bionic, since Tegra 2. Not same 4G tech and not same cpu/4G chipset issues, so probably faired better in tests than original Bionic.
     
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    That would be the only way to justify this long wait. OTOH, friend from work has the Photon. It is nice but doesn't seem to be too much of an upgrade to the DroidX.
     
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    The person on twitter is actually spreading some wrong info. Read his/her posts carefully, see if you can spot the errors. (aside from the launch date)

    BTW - Photon will get an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade down the road. Not so for DX (that's one difference right there! :) )
     
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    What I'm curious about? Why did sprint get this first? Does Verizon always loose the race? They are the #1 carrier in the U.S. What's the problem?
     
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    Sprint doesn't have LTE.

    That makes it a totally different phone.
     
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    Yes, and the AT&T iPhone has a different radio than the Verizon iPhone, but they're both still iPhones. The whole point is that the Photon appears to be Sprint version of the Bionic (even though there are differences) and it's getting great reviews, which gives me hope for the Bionic and makes waiting through this long, hot month a little easier. Put it another way. If the Photon reviews were AWFUL, I might already have a D3. :)
     
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    I agree, the reviews are good. Except for a number of them whine about the PenTile display's pixelation. You can really see it in some pictures on this review.
    Motorola PHOTON 4G review

    Although for what it's worth, the qHD display (with Gorilla glass) does make it a lot easier to read/see in direct sunlight. My OG droid's screen is useless in direct sunlight, even at max brightness, while the DX2 I tried out was awesome.

    The Photon is selling for $199 with upgrade. Being so similar to the Bionic in specs, I really hope that VZW doesn't ask for $300. The specs, plus the more-than-half-a-year wait don't justify anything over $200, in my opinion.
     
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