Mobile manufacturers and mobile operators launched a series of Featured Android operated smartphones last week at the CTIA mobile technology conference and expo in San Francisco, California. All of these Android manned smartphones come at a less expensive price tag of not more than $150. One carrier has even slashed down its phone price to $50.
Rates for these smartphone data plans are already made known by some operators. However, not all consumers are quick to jump in at the idea. Some fear that these phones won’t be as good as the “reliable” higher-end smartphones, thinking that quality comes with price. Whether this is true or not is generally debatable.
The Cheaper Android smartphone Participants of the CTIA mobile technology conference are:
Sprint and T-Mobile has both announced that it is launching a low-cost starter smartphone versions of the LG Optimus at $49.99 (for Sprint). ?At this bargain price, the mobile carrier company will not decor the phone with all the possible glitz and glamour add-ons. Both phone operator’s version (Optimus T for T-mobile and Optimus S for Sprint) will stick with the standard 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture capability, microSD expandable storage and Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) OS.
Sprint has revealed that the phone will be available this October 31. At $49.99 an extra “Sprint ID” service is provided.T-mobile, on the other hand, has not yet announced the exact detail of their promo.
According to Android Central, this slider-style QWERTY keyboard smartphone has already been around the market since October 10. At $149.99, users take home a smartphone with 3.5-inch HVGA with 480×320 pixel touchscreen display, 3.2 mp dual (front and back-facing) cameras for full video conferencing support, expandable microSD storage of up to 32GB, 800 MHz processor, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and 3G.
At $99.99, Kyocera’s Sanyo Zio is readily available for users. The phone boasts a 3.5-inch WVGA touch-screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 3.2 MP camera/camcorder with auto-focus and 30-frame-per-second video, microSD card slot including a 2GB card, BlueTooth, WiFi, GPS, and 3G. Additional features of this phone includes Visual voicemail, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Zone, and Intuitive trackball for easy navigation. Offer is available with sprint so the “Sprint ID” service is automatically enabled.
Motorola Flipout, Flipside and Bravo
AT&T also launched its Motorola featured smartphones. Motorola Flipout is scheduled to make its debut on October 17 at $80. The phone uses Android 2.1 technology and features a unique keyboard that flips out when the device around the top corner is rotated. This smartphone is an eyecandy with 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen. Motorola Flip out is build with a 3mp camera with fixed focus, 3G connectivity, and expanded microSD card storage.
Flipout’s sister, The Motorola Flipside is also affordable by AT&T at $100. This smartphone comes with Wi-Fi B/G, GPS, and Bluetooth capability. The phone has a HSDPA 7.2 Mbps speed, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, 2GB microSD card, and 3.1-inch HVGA screen, .
The last Motorola variant, the Motorola Bravo is offered at $130. Bravo is a full 3.7” WVGA touchsccreen operating on a 800 MHz processor. It has a 3MP camera with digital zoom and auto focus.
(All prices are after rebates, and with a two-year contract.)