October 11, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Whoa, AT&T. Slowdown! Just as we were getting ready to write about two new Android phones from Samsung, AT&T Wireless hit our inbox with news of an additional 3 devices! The 5 new phones announced make good on the company’s promise earlier this year to offer 12 Android phone devices, and represent a “something for everyone” line of products.
Yes, the ink on your Samsung Galaxy S II may have yet to dry, but that hasn’t stopped AT&T from announcing more phones. The CTIA Fall 2011 conference is happening in San Diego right now, so the torrent of phones isn’t a total surprise. Below is a quick rundown of the just-announced phones. Pricing and release date information are not yet available.
Samsung Captivate™ Glide
Physical QWERTY keyboards aren’t dead yet. Samsung has given this device a dual-core 1 GHz processor, a 4″ Super AMOLED screen, front-facing camera for video chat, and an 8 megapixel rear camera for video chat. Remember all of the things that you wanted the original Captivate to have? Well, this one has it, all though it’s very late to the party. The Captivate Glide has Android 2.3 and built-in Exchange ActiveSync support for IT policies, so it’s for both work and play.
Motorola Atrix 2
Less than a year after the original’s release, the Motorola Atrix already has a follow-up. Just like the original, this is a Motorola phone with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4G HSPA+ speeds (14 Mbps max), and Android 2.3. More importantly, it supports Motorola’s Webtop interface that allows the phone to turn into a laptop when connected to a special dock. The Atrix 2 also has a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1080p HD video recording, 8 MP camera with LED Flash, HDMI mirror mode, 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB microSD slot, and a front-facing camera.
While the Atrix 2 and Captivate Glide at least update previously popular phones that might find an audience, the DoubleTime seems less appealing. For starters, it has Android 2.2. Seriously, how do these companies look at themselves in the mirror knowing they are subjecting people to software this old? Other entry-level specs include 600 MHz processor, 260 MB memory, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. The DoubleTime name comes from the dual screen revealed when the user flips the pink-black-and-white phone open.
Also on the entry level side, the Pantech Pocket at least makes an effort to entice users to take it home. The 600 MB internal storage isn’t mouth-watering, but the device has Android 2.3, 4-inch touchscreen with SVGA, 5 MP camera with flash, and support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network. Count on seeing this used primarily by “customers focused on social entertainment and messaging.”
Finally, the Avail is a phone for prepaid customers. You may not be very interested in it, but your kids or someone who doesn’t need a smartphone might find comfort in it. Produced by ZTE, the Avail has Android 2.3, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, a 5 MP camera, and a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.