Comparison: DROID Bionic vs. Atrix 4G vs. Galaxy S 4G vs. Photon 4G

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If you were wondering how the DROID Bionic will stack up against some of its beefier competition, then you’ll want to click on the chart above that breaks it all down (excluding the Sensation and EVO 3D for some reason).  Also, if you wanted official specs on the device (like we haven’t seen them enough already), this would be a good place to look.

We get confirmation on everything:  4.3″ qHD screen, LTE, 8MP rear camera (shoots 1080p video), VGA front camera for video chatting, HDMI out, 16GB SD card pre-installed, 14GB (?) internal storage, Swype, “Motorola UI” (aka new Blur), LapDock capabilities, dual-core processor, and mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices.  It has all of the specs needed to be considered a top tier device in 2011.  Whether we think some of those specs actually are top tier is another story for another day.

Oh, and since when does the Photon run HTC Sense 1.6?  Is it from 2009?

Cheers ___!

Motorola Photon 4G Bootloader Unlocked – Hoping This Means The Bionic Has A Chance

Huge news for Motorola fans today. The Photon 4G’s bootloader has just been unlocked, and everyone is still celebrating. We are expecting not too many people here actually own a Photon (since we usually only cover Verizon related phones), but what this could possibly mean, is that the DROID3, and even the Bionic have a chance of an unlocking. All these devices are different, but we definitely have our fingers crossed.

If you are interested in unlocking your Photon 4G, then head on over to XDA and try it out. If you are more interested in congratulating the developer who made this possible, give him a shout out on the thread. We need all the hard working developers we can get with an expected Bionic announcement sometime soon.

If the Bionic was going to have an unlocked bootloader shortly after release, would you forget about all the other phones?

XDA Thread

Cheers Jigga_Z!

Motorola Plans to Hand Out Photon 4Gs for the Entire Month of August in a Daily “Lighting Hour”

Motorola has launched a new contest called the “Lightning Hour” that will run from today through the end of August and reward lucky readers with prizes like the Photon 4G.  Each contest will be up for one hour each day (the “Lightning Hour”) and will require entrants to complete some sort of simple task.  The tasks will be announced through Moto’s social networks:  Twitter and Facebook.  Once you see the tweet or wall post for each day’s hour, you will have limited time to jump on it, so be quick!  Today for example, all you have to do is head to their Facebook page, watch a video, and then enter in your info.

Enter today’s contest here.

Easy enough, right?

If the DROID Bionic Ends Up Being Verizon’s Version of the Motorola Photon 4G, Will You Be Disappointed?

All talk around these parts has been about the DROID Bionic lately, since well, it was announced almost 8 months ago and was supposed to be the device to change the Verizon world.  Since Motorola and Verizon can’t seem to get it to work properly with 4G LTE though, companies like Sprint have swept in to release a phone that many are thinking is exactly what we’ll see from the Bionic, the Photon 4G.  I’m just wondering if we’ll all be disappointed by the time it gets here if indeed it does end up being nothing but a prettier version of Sprint’s beastly 4G phone?   (more…)

Motorola Photon 4G Will NOT Ship With an Unlockable/Relockable Bootloader – What Does That Mean Though?

We’ve got some additional details to throw into this morning’s Motorola Photon 4G bootloader story.  We’ll just say “details” because we’re not sure if what we’re about to tell you is a bad thing, good thing, or somewhere in between.  What we did was reach out to Motorola hoping to find an additional confirmation that this new phone would indeed have an unlocked bootloader, and received this back:

Motorola has recognized the passion around this topic in our communities.  As we’ve previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, where operator and channel partners will allow it.  However, this feature is not included in the software found on PHOTON 4G.

Since a “locked” bootloader has a variety of meanings, we rephrased our question and asked one more time to get some clarity:

It will not contain the unlockable/relockable feature; additional details beyond that will be available when the product comes to market.  As you mention, our intent is to enable this feature on devices later this year and we will share updates on that as they become available as well.

So, before you start hammering on Motorola, let’s talk about this a bit.  When they refer to a phone having an “unlockable/relockable” bootloader, I assume that they are saying that this device would not fall under the category of the say the XOOM or Nexus phones.  Those are essentially developer devices that can be unlocked using a simple adb command of:  fastboot OEM unlock.  There really are very few devices out there that have this ability.

On the other hand, what we’ve seen from non-developer devices, are essentially “locked” bootloaders, but ones that we have been able to bypass because they either haven’t been signed at all, or haven’t been signed well enough.  What I’m trying to say is that Motorola may not be releasing this phone with a bootloader that can be unlocked and relocked, but they may be issuing it with one that is easily bypassed like we saw on the original DROID.

This probably just threw a lot of confusion into the situation, but we wanted to at least give someone from Motorola other than a rep at a press event the chance to comment on it.  So it won’t be unlockable/relockable, but we can still hold out hope that it and the DROID Bionic won’t be locked up as tightly as the DROIDX or Atrix.  And this is me shrugging…

Motorola has recognized the passion around this topic in our communities.  As we’ve previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, where operator and channel partners will allow it.  However, this feature is not included in the software found on PHOTON 4G.