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Monday, March 29, 2010

Super smart phones -4G

HTC EVO 4G (Sprint 4G)

The star of CTIA, the HTC EVO 4G is the first Android smartphone with 4G network support. Coming to Sprint's 4G network, the EVO 4G packs some powerful specs and features a slick, stylish design. And with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 by 480 pixels) touchscreen with multitouch support, an 8-megapixel camera, and HD video support, the EVO is the ultimate multimedia smartphone.

The EVO 4G also sports a front-facing 1.3-megapixel video camera (video chat, anyone?) and an HDMI port, and comes preloaded with Qik, a video-streaming app (as shown in the photo). Powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the EVO 4G runs HTC's updated Sense user interface over the Android 2.1 mobile OS.

Samsung Galaxy S
The EVO 4G wasn't the only Android superstar to debut at the show. Also powered by Android 2.1, the Samsung Galaxy S boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture; it is also the first phone with the new Smart Life user interface. Super AMOLED technology has touch sensors on the display itself as opposed to creating a separate layer (Samsung's old AMOLED displays had this extra layer), making it the thinnest display technology on the market

Kyocera Zio
Kyocera is mostly known for its lower-end messaging and feature phones, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the Zio, the company's first Android phone. The Zio isn't the company's first smartphone, however; six years ago the company introduced the Symbian-based 7135. Though it will be affordable and targeted at first-time smartphone owners, the Zio packs some pretty solid specs. It has a bright 3.5-inch WVGA display, a full HTML browser, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and, of course, all the Google services that come with Android.

Motorola i1 (Sprint Nextel)
Another Android first: Motorola launched the i1, the first push-to-talk Android phone on the market launching this summer on Nextel's iDEN network. iDEN phones are typically targeted at people who work in construction and other outdoor industries--they're built to withstand all environments, and generally, they're not the slickest-looking devices. The i1, however, has the specs and the features of a midrange smartphone. It sports a bright 3.1-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, and four touch-sensitive buttons with a 5-way navigation wheel.

LG Remarq (Sprint)

LG's first green phone, the Remarq is constructed from 19 percent recycled plastic. It also contains no hazardous materials, and 87 percent of its parts are recyclable. And yes, its packaging is made from recycled paper that can also be recycled after use. Other earth-friendly features include a low-energy charger as well as an eco-calculator to reduce your carbon footprint. The Remarq will be free with a 2-year carrier contract in early May.

Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus (AT&T)

While Palm didn't announce any new handsets at CTIA, the company did announce a new carrier partner. The Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will arrive on AT&T in coming months for $150 and $50 respectively. Almost identical to the Verizon model, the Pre Plus ships with 16GB of internal memory, a Touchstone-compatible back cover for inductive charging, and a keyboard that's slightly improved from the original Sprint version.
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