Hands-On: Motorola Photon 4G and Triumph
The Triumph is a surprisingly capable Android handset for Sprint's Virgin pre-paid brand. It clearly is the best phone available from Virgin's meager selection of handsets.
Unlike the Photon 4G's smooth plastics, the Triumph has a rubbery, soft-touch coating that makes it stick in your hand. It is thin, light, though the styling is a bit blocky and simplistic.
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It has microSD and microHDMI ports tucked into the bottom edge, with the power/lock key on the upper left edge, and the volume toggle on the upper right edge. These buttons worked well, though I wish they were reversed.
The 4.1-inch display is not nearly as awesome as the Photon 4G's in terms of quality, but it still has plenty of real estate to interact with apps and widgets.
The Triumph runs Android 2.2 and has a single-core 1GHz processor. The units on hand were very sluggish. I noticed a lot of problems transitioning between screens and applications. The main menu, in particular, was very slow.
These quibbles aside, the Triumph is a triumphant victory for Virgin, which can now lay claim to a solid smartphone.
Motorola fields its first WiMax handset for Sprint in the Photon 4G, a new super slab that takes every feature to the nth degree. Motorola sends this Photon torpedo into the heart of the smartphone competition in hopes of blowing them all up.
Jun 9, 2011
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Oct 20, 2012
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Sep 23, 2012
Motorola has indicated that the Android 4.0 update for the Droid Bionic that was scheduled to occur in during the third quarter of this year has been delayed until the fourth quarter. No details were provided as to why, but Motorola VP of product Punit Soni promised that the update will be delivered before the end of the year.
Jul 11, 2012
Sprint today detailed changes headed to the Motorola Photon 4G by way of a maintenance update for its system software. The update makes it easier to import contacts from an SD card, improves music playback via streaming music services, boosts the performance of the mobile hotspot feature, and makes it easier to create and accept calendar meeting requests on the phone.
4.3" display 540 x 960 pixels
dual-core Nvidia Tegra2 processor
1,700 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)