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Motorola Photon vs Samsung Galaxy S2 – Will the King Lose Its Crown ?

by Mihai Matei on June 21, 2011


Since Sprint brought the Motorola Photon out of hiding the question that seemed to be on everybody’s lips was: “how will it fare against Samsung Galaxy S2″.

Well i guess it’s time to find out if Motorola Photon has what it takes to compete on the smartphone market. Will Motorola Photon prove itself worthy of wearing the high-end smartphone tag? Let’s see if it can hold its own against the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Motorola Photon vs Samsung Galaxy S2 - Yet Another Motorola Photon Throwdown

Motorola Photon vs Samsung Galaxy S2 - Yet Another Motorola Photon Throwdown

Check out both the Motorola Photon and Samsung Galaxy S2 specs:

Motorola Photon Samsung Galaxy S2
Display 4.3 inches TFT 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus

with Gorilla Glass

Resolution 540 x 960 480 x 800
CPU 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 1.2 GHz Exynos 4210 dual-core
Memory 1 GB RAM, 2 GB ROM

16 GB internal storage

32 GB microSD

1 GB RAM

16/32 GB internal storage

8 GB microSD included up to 32 GB

OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread Android 2.3 Gingerbread
UI GhostBlur TouchWiz 4.0
Camera Rear 8 megapixels Dual-LED flash 8 megapixels LED flash
Camera Front 0.3 megapixels 2 megapixels
Video Capture 1280 x 720p HD 1920 x 1080p HD @ 30 FPS

1280 x 720p HD

Video Out HDMI HDMI via microUSB
Network CDMA, GSM, UMTS, WiMAX GSM, UMTS, HSPA
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 3.0
Dimensions 126.9 x 66.9 x 12.2 mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
Weight 158 g 116 g
Battery Size 1700 mAh 1650 mAh
Talk Time Up to 1o hours Up to 18 hours
Stand-by Time Unknown Up to 610 hours

Here are the conclusions we can draw at this time ( expect another match once Motorola Photon will be released ) – In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy S2 should win this pretty easy. It has the better CPU, better video quality and better display ( and if the Photon will have that damned PenTile screen then the Galaxy S2 wins by a whole lot at this chapter ).

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is much lighter at 116 g compared to the Photon’s 158 g, although the Photon does have that classical look that some of you might be fond of and it “feels” a bit sturdier than the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Overall, both handsets are great but i don’t think the Motorola Photon will make a very big impact on the market when it will be released. It’s not a bad handset from what we can see now, it’s just not ground-breaking and it doesn’t seem to bring anything really new to the table.

Time will tell though, we’ll just have to wait and see. We’ll keep you posted.


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