CTIA Spring 2010 Wrap-Up: Lots of New Android OS Smartphones

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One of the most important phone-related tradeshows of the year has finished up in Las Vegas. The spring CTIA show saw the unveiling of several new smartphones, all of which will run Google’s Android OS, including the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola i1, and Dell Aero.

There’s no doubt that the Android OS dominated this show, as virtually all the important news was about devices running this OS. But Sprint came out well, too, as two of the biggest announcements were of models heading to this carrier.

Not all of the news coming out of this season’s CTIA show was good. None of the smartphones that were announced this week were released, and the wait for all of them is going to be months long. Sprint and AT&T went ahead and unveiled products that won’t be on the market until this summer.

There can be no doubt that the HTC EVO 4G was the star of the show. It’s impressive collection of high end features made it stand out from the crowd.

This Android OS smartphone is going to offer WiMAX, a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.

I was at the event this week where Sprint’s Dan Hesse and HTC’s Peter Chou unveiled the EVO, so I was able to do some preliminary testing for this upcoming device, and write up my first impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy S
Another high-end model that drew crowds at CTIA was the Samsung Galaxy S, which will sport a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen.

Regular AMOLED displays offer bright vivid colors, and the new Super AMOLED is thinner than the standard type, allowing for faster touch response and greater viewing angles. I got a look at the Galaxy S, and I was definitely impressed.

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HTC EVO 4GMotorola i1
Although the Motorola i1 is going to lack the high-end features that get people drooling, it will be a very practical model that will sell well.

This smartphone is headed for Sprint’s iDEN network, and will be the first Android OS device with Push To Talk (PTT) service. It’s also going to meet military specifications for protection against dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain

I attended the event where Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs announced the i1, and wrote up my first impressions of it.

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Dell Aero
AT&T used the CTIA show to announce that it is going to pick up a version of Dell’s first smartphone, the Aero, at some point in the coming months.

Although Dell had this device on display this week, the until was non-functional, so it’s hard to judge very much about it. Nevertheless, I did my best in a post on my new blog.

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Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for AT&T
These aren’t really new models, but AT&T announced that it is going to offer both of Palm’s latest smartphones in the coming weeks.

Brighthand’s Jen Edwards has already reviewed the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for Verizon, but I also took some video of the AT&T version of the Pre Plus and wrote up my first thoughts on it.

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No News Is Not Good News
Alone of the big four U.S. carriers, Verizon did not unveil any upcoming smartphones at CTIA. This is surprising, as it had been widely expected to unveil the HTC Incredible, a high-end Android-based smartphone.

Microsoft was at this tradeshow showing off Windows Phone 7, but as no models running this OS are expected until next fall there were no new announcements.

RIM was there to demonstrate all the current BlackBerrys, but also had no announcements to make.




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