AT&T armed to teeth with Android as 2012 winds down
There's more than just the iPhone 5 out there. A string of recent Android announcements from a variety of vendors could spell success for AT&T.
Perhaps believing that it's not wise to put all its smartphones in an
Starting at the " " of the spectrum, Samsung has an of handsets in the and .
Although we still have to wait for the pricing and exact release date, we know a little about each device. The Galaxy Rugby Pro's rugged design offers military-grade protection against water, dust, and shock. While most of these tougher handsets are bogged down with antiquated Android builds, the Samsung phone runs 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. What's more, the phone manages to pack in a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, and push-to-talk capability.
The 4G LTE-ready Galaxy Express is aimed at first-time smartphone users yet still features rather impressive hardware. Details include a 4.5-inch Super Amoled Plus display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 2,000mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. Also running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Express will likely hover around $99 or less with a contract.
If you're begging for an upgrade to the
At some point in the next few weeks, AT&T will release its next Sony smartphone, the
Also due is AT&T's version of the new
If you fancy a phablet, don't forget that the Samsungshould touch down on Ma Bell's doorstep in a few weeks, perhaps around .
AT&T won't necessarily have any advantage over other carriers here, but it's a great device to have nonetheless. For those unaware, the2 is the Android 4.1 handset that boasts a gigantic 5.5-inch display and S Pen technology. If Samsung , you'll see plenty of the Note 2 this fall.
Odds and Ends
AT&T recently revealed that it will begin offering the
Staying with prepaid options, AT&T is just about ready to kick off its new. Featuring unlimited texting and talk time and 1GB data use, its introduction is the perfect opportunity to introduce a new Android smartphone.
Such is the case with the Huawei-manufactured Fusion 2, a $99 handset with yesterday's specs. Details here include Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.5-inch display (320x480), a dual-core 800MHz processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and 512MB RAM. While it's not something you'd replace your existing smartphone with, it's a nice way to introduce Android to your teen or grandparent.
Assuming there are no delays and the prices are right, there will be something for everyone at AT&T over the next few months. Whereas last year's Android arsenal seemed to belong to Verizon, AT&T is doing its part to keep and attract consumers. I'll be curious to see if buyers prefer hardware-heavy devices this fall or if the midrange will win out because of sheer volume. Do you have your eye on a particular model as the year draws to a close?