When I think of Sprint, I don't think of performance phones; I think of BlackBerries and ruggedized flip phones meant for use on construction sites, despite the launch of the HTC Evo 4G on the network over a year ago. With the Motorola Photon 4G launch just a few days ago, Sprint continues to diversify slowly—the Photon is a performance handset with a big battery to withstand even the demands of a 4G network. But the Photon is at best a good option for a dedicated Sprint customer, and we don't see it drawing much new blood to the network.
The Photon 4G has a 4.3-inch qHD (540x960) screen backed by a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The rubberized back and beveled edges make the phone comfortable to hold, despite the sizable screen. The Photon's body is light for its size and the design is similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G, though it's thicker and has cut corners, making its front an octagon.