We’ve seen many carriers opt for mid-range handsets lately, which again highlights one of Android’s major advantages. They not only have high-end devices, such as the recently released Droid Bionic, but they can also play to other demographics.
This helps it stand out in a market that Apple has long shaped. The Milano provides another example of what’s possible when a low-cost manufacturer decides to install Android on its device.
The Milano is really nothing special. It’s a little undersized, with a 3-inch screen at 240 x 320 pixels. Yet it’s also a little heavy, weighing 5.6 ounces. That’s quite a deal heavier than many of the lower-end Android handsets we’ve seen popping up. Of course, it’s all a trade-off for the rest of the features.
As expected, it doesn’t have a top of the line processor, but it has a manageable single core 800 MHz chip and 512MB of RAM. That is, it’ll run fast enough, but it won’t blaze through operations sans lag. Again, it’s all about the trade-offs. Of course, as the title indicates, it runs Android 2.3, so you’ll have all the latest features.
The biggest advantage comes from the price tag. It’ll cost you just $49.99 on a two-year contract. That’s a great deal with Sprint, because you actually get unlimited data. The cheapest plan costs $69.99 per month, giving you a two-year cost of ownership of $1,730, plus monthly taxes and fees.
You can pick it up at Sprint’s website.