Friday, August 19, 2011

The Motorola Photon (First thoughts and first few days)

Another addition to Motorola's high end Android smartphones.

The photon is truly the sprint Atrix with a 8 MP camera, but for sone reason Motorola decided to give the photon a very under powered 1750 MaH battery when the Atrix has 1850-1900 MaH. A very backwards move, because even with the scaled down Motorblur interface the phone's functions still use a fairly large amount of juice.

They scaled back Motoblur, which is my second favorite Android interface (right behind HTC Sense) the fact that you can log into the phone without signing into Motoblur is a plus, but the fact that you have to manually add each service is annoying and backwards if you already have a Motorblur account and went through the time to tweak it to your liking. If you missed my review of the Atrix, one of the biggest selling points (of Motorblur) was the one button post to twitter option for the media player. In fact, the media player was overly impressive as it could offered a ton of features but you had to menu crawl to put a album on repeat, and there is No way to get one tract to repeat unless you put it in a playlist.

I will chalk up my negative experiences to a bad headset, but I had a hard time connecting to my home WiFi network, having to forget it the first couple of days to et a stronger connection. But overall the Photon is a great phone, minus them major setback by motorola.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

At&T and the Motorola Atrix: Hello and Goodbye

Soo, I returned to Att, spent a few days with the Atrix. I have to say Motorola did a excellent job. 1900 Mah battery out the box, motoblur getting a nice overhaul, it was all good till I burned out my battery after 13 days of light usage mainly due to Att data caps.
Soooo I decide to get a new phone I go to the Att kiosk and asked for a simple exchange the worker says they can't because I don't have the box (like who walks around with the box in their back pocket) I've never heard of that, so come to find out that I have 60 days to go to any store, then after that I have to travel about 30 miles outside the city to get a same day replacement phone or take the wonderful overnight order your phone.

I received a replacement phone but it was way worse than what I started with. My phone would cut off after the screen blacks out...the joy, but the issue is that they have no repair center in the city when the old store bear my house used to very a repaid center. Such anger so I went room a new carrier, ironically other was for the same fashion of phone, the Motorola photon.