The Motorola Droid Pro is one of the most interesting devices that was announced at CTIA Fall 2010. The Droid Pro is meant as Motorola's counterpart to RIM as a business-centric device. The handset is quite the juggernaut -- 3.1 inch HVGA display, a full QWERTY keyboard that is very similar to the one on the BlackBerry Bold, a 1Ghz processor, and it is also the first global Android handset, with the ability to use both CDMA and GSM networks.
The Motorola Citrus is billed as an entry-level smartphone. It only has Android 2.1, and it doesn't have a QWERTY keyboard, just the 3-inch QVGA touch screen. The Citrus is also made out of recycled materials--25 percent post consumer recycled plastic, in fact. It is also PVC and BFR free. It's certified "CarbonFree" because Motorola invests in renewable energy sources during the product's lifetime (also known as purchasing carbon offsets).
The Motorola Bravo is probably not the most advanced Android smartphone we've seen at CTIA Fall 2010, but it's certainly one of the curviest. Its rounded corners and smooth shell exterior makes this a phone that feels pleasant to hold. We were also pleased with the 3.7-inch WVGA touch screen, though we weren't so happy with the fact the Bravo ships with only Android 2.1. It does have the updated MotoBlur interface, along with an 800Mhz processor, DLNA support, and 3G.
The Motorola Flipside is what Motorola calls "web-wise and work-smart", hoping that it will work as both a smartphone for work and play. The Flipside has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which we thought was quite roomy and the keys had a nice raised texture as well.
The Motorola Flipout has a unique swivel form factor that is similar to the Nokia 7705 Twist. The keyboard is quite small, but the keys are raised with a bubblelike texture, so we can see it as a quick messaging device.
The Samsung Transform is one of three new smartphones that Sprint announced at the fall CTIA show here. With a 3.5-inch touch screen, a slider design, and a full alphabetic keyboard, the Transform's design is nothing we haven't seen before. Yet, that's not to say it's unattractive. The device has a comfortable feeling in the hand, and the keyboard is spacious and comfortable even if the keys are rather flush. We also liked the bright 3.5-inch display that supports 16 million colors. Inside you'll find a decent assortment of features including a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, an MP3 player, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, GPS, and the usual assortment of Android features. Running Android OS 2.1, the Transform also sports the new Sprint ID feature.
Minus the chrome edges, Sprint's Sanyo Zio looks the same as the Cricket Wireless version of the phone. Inside, however, it offers Android 2.1 (the other Zio had 1.6) and it has Sprint's new ID feature. Pictured here is the standard Sprint design for the home screen.
The LG Optimus S is one of Sprint's launch devices for Sprint ID Packs, a user interface customization system that lets you swap out different suites of widgets and applications based on an "ID" profile. You can swap out different ID Packs for home and work purposes, for example, and you can have ID Packs by content partners like Disney, ESPN, and Yahoo.
The Optimus S itself is billed as an entry-level affordable smartphone. It has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, and no QWERTY keyboard. However, it does ship with Android 2.2 and it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G/EV-DO. It will also act as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five devices. The Optimus S should be available for only $49.99 after a two-year service agreement, and it will be in stores on October 31, 2010.
Aisle411 is a feature-packed and user-friendly app aimed at helping you navigate large retail locations, such as Home Depot and grocery super stores. The app has many functions, but what stands out are its list and location features. So for example, you can create a list of all the items you need at Home Depot and it will map out exactly where the items are at the particular retail space you intend to visit.
Vlingo is a service that aims to keep users' hands on the wheel and eyes on the road with its new InCar feature for Android. The functionality, which will be available exclusively on Sprint handsets through the end of the year, adds a read-back feature for texts messages. So now you can not only speak texts through Vlingo, but it will also read the replies out loud.
The service is aiming to keep users' hands on the wheel and eyes on the road with its new InCar feature for Android. The functionality, which will be available exclusively on Sprint handsets through the end of the year, adds a read-back feature for texts messages. So now you can not only speak texts through Vlingo, but it will also read the replies out loud.
In addition, Vlingo has integrated Google Maps so that you can get directions without ever having to touch or look at your phone. The service has also thrown in an extra feature, dubbed Vlingo Answers, that lets you speak a question (such as "what is a good French wine?") and then receive an answer back aloud.
Twonky Mobile is rather aptly described by the diagram at right, which we swiped off the Twonky Web site. In layman's terms, the app turns any Android phone into a really fancy universal remote for just about any networked media device on the market today, including the Apple TV, the Sonos systems, the Logitech Squeezebox, the XBox 360, and many more. All you need is the network password for any given spot and you're good to go.
The Twonky app can access any media on your phone, including the onboard library and any variety of Web favorites, such as YouTube, Flickr, and Last.fm. (Last.fm is a part of CBS Interactive, which also publishes CNET Reviews.) You can then stream the content to compatible devices, and control playback with your phone. Switching between different devices (such as your home setup and that of a friend) is a simple task of pulling up a connections menu and selecting the new output from the list.