Is this the most number of Android devices announced on a single day? It’s a busy day when we get five official device announcements, let alone five Android device announcements — from the same manufacturer, no less. But that’s just what happened yesterday. AT&T got the ball rolling by announcing three device, and Verizon followed later in the afternoon with two of its own. Verizon wins for best overall device, but each of these is worth a peek. The Bravo is the most attractive device that AT&T announced. It’s a full touchscreen device with a 3.7-inch display at 428×854 pixels. The processor, a TI OMAP 3610, clocks at 800MHz, and it contains 512MB of RAM. Other features are pretty standard for recent Android devices: Wi-Fi, camera (3MP), video capture, GPS, etc. It runs Android 2.1 and comes with MOTOBLUR. There is no release date set — AT&T says “this holiday period.” The Bravo will cost $129.99 with a two-year contract.
The Flipout. It sure is…square. And flippy. I could beat around the bush for a while, but I see little point to this device. It reminds me a lot of the Kin, and that’s not a comparison that either AT&T or Motorola wants us to make. In any case, the screen is 2.8 inches at 320×240 pixels, and it flips around
(!!) to reveal a stubby keyboard. The processor is a bit slower than the Bravo, TI OMAP 3410 at 600MHz, but the rest of the features are similar. That includes a 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Android 2.1. It’s a bit cheaper, though, at $79.99. Finally, they released the Flipside, which is a less ugly version of the Flipout. The screen is 3.1 inches at 320×480 pixels, and features full touch in addition to the sliding keyboard. While it contains the same amount of memory as the other two, 512MB, it somewhat splits the difference in processor speed. It’s a TI OMAP3410 at 720MHz. Again, the rest is the same, right down to the Android version. It will cost $99.99 on contract.
Verizon’s announcements, on the other hand, were a bit more exciting. First comes the Droid Pro, which we had heard was a world edition of the Droid 2. Somehow Verizon and Motorola kept the project under wraps through announcement, because that wasn’t the case. Well, it is a world phone, but it’s not exactly like the Droid 2, as you can see in the picture to the right. We didn’t get much in the way of specs, so it might differ greatly from what we saw in the rumored specs
. It will run Android 2.2, thankfully, and it does have a 1GHz processor. While this might be a bit different than people expected, it’s a pleasant type of surprise — that is, unless you hate candybar phones and really wanted a world edition Droid on Verizon. I’ll be interested to see how it stacks up against the sliding Droid 2. On the other end of the announcement was the Motorola Citrus, a smaller, all-touch device. This is, in fact, the WX445 that we examined yesterday
. It appears that Verizon will take the gamble on a lower-end device to help spread the Android platform. As we learned it has a 3-inch screen at 240×320 pixels, a 528MHz processor, and 256MB RAM. It will run Android 2.1. Verizon didn’t hit us with a price or release date, but I’d imagine that the Citrus would fall into the $100 or lower range.
Of the five devices, I’d have interested in perhaps two of them. The Droid Pro looks like a winner, but it’s something I’d definitely want to play around with in the store before I committed to it for two years. The Citrus isn’t for the Android geek — unless, I suppose, that Android geek wanted a low-end handset that he could practice on. In any case, as with all Android devices we’ll await the releases of these. But they aren’t the most exciting Android announcements we’ve heard lately, quantity be damned.