It is good to see the thorough review by Engadget of the Motorola Photon 4G. http://engt.co/q4whbJ This Motorola phone has already been recognized for its ability to achieve high brightness with long battery life. Saving half the power with PenTile RGBW is no small part in making this happen as the display backlight is a significant consumer of phone power.
The specific comment by Myriam Joire of Engadget was “…With its stunning display, impressive battery life and solid performance, the Photon 4G comes very close to dethroning Samsung’s mighty Galaxy S II as king of the Android hill…”
I had the experience last week of going to a Sprint store to look closely at the Photon PenTile RGBW LCD display. While I was there a young woman, whose eyes had better acuity than mine, was hunting for a new phone. She complained of the battery life of her current smartphone (unsolicited comment I swear). I told her why the Photon was better than her current phone in that regard. In the spirit of full disclosure I told her that some bloggers were complaining of some artifacts in this display. I asked her to see if she saw anythings wrong with the display. When she couldn’t, I pointed out the pattern visibility issue for the battery indicator. She couldn’t see it, so I lent her my eye loop. She could then see it, but said “So what? If this saves my battery life I could care less.”
By the way, in the recent software update for the Atrix I noticed that Motorola addressed the pattern visibility in the battery indicator with some changes that have eliminated the pattern visibility on this icon.
I hope that more reviewers like Engadget begin to put a little weight on battery life, brightness, and overall performance.