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A look at the Motorola Photon 4G on Sprint [Video]

September 3, 2011 |  5:49 pm

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Google agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion last month in a move that, if approved by federal regulators, would be its largest acquisition to date.

The takeover would also give Google a hardware arm that its never had before and position it as both a hardware and software maker for smartphones and tablets, possibly altering the company to compete more evenly with rival Apple.

But what exactly would Google be buying in Motorola Mobility? I took a look at the Motorola Photon 4G, one of Motorola's latest smartphones, and the Motorola Xoom, which is the company's only tablet to date. The Photon 4G is available now from Sprint for a price of $200 on a 2-year data plan.

Check out the video below for my impressions of the devices and to get a feel for just what Google is looking to get into. And stay tuned to the Technology blog -- we'll have a review of the Motorola's next smartphone, the Droid Bionic on Verizon, coming soon.

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Photo: The Motorola Photon 4G smartphone from Sprint, resting on its built-in kickstand. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles TImes

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