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Android-powered Aria can be had for $129

AT&T stayed away from Android devices for a long time. Presumably, the company didn’t want to risk cannibalizing its important iPhone sales with Android handsets. Over the last several months, however, AT&T has finally started to offer Android devices.

AT&T announced a new Android handset today called the HTC Aria. The device runs Android 2.1 and has a 5-megapixel camera. The screen on the device is a 3.2-inch HVGA unit. The smartphone works on the faster HSPA 7.2Mbps network and can access AT&T's wide network of Wi-Fi hot spots.

“HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “When you combine the nation’s fastest 3G network, and access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android smartphones available.”

Boy Genius Report reports that the device will use HTC Sense and has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo. It also includes A-GPS, a digital compass, G-Sensor, a proximity sensor, 5MP camera with LED flash, and a light sensor.

Other features include full messaging support, email support, IM capability, and Google Talk. The handset can play music and video in multiple formats and the Aria has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Internal storage for the device is 512MB and it has 256MB of RAM. 

Power comes from a 1300mAh battery with talk time of up to 6 hours and standby up to 15.5 days. The Aria weighs 4.6 ounces and measures 4.6 x 2.3 x 0.47 inches. A microSD card slot offers memory expansion and the Aria includes a 2GB microSD card slot.

The handset can be had for $129.99 with a new contract.

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We'll see
By VoodooChicken on 6/14/2010 11:58:02 AM , Rating: 2
If they brick this anything close to what they did with the backflip, it's just going to be another piece of crap.

RE: We'll see
By tech4tac on 6/14/2010 12:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps that's the idea: to show how "superior" their vaunted iPhone is next to a "budget" Android device.

A user of a proper Android device would be using just as much data as an iPhone user and we wouldn't want that. AT&T, throw this one back into the ocean and give us the big one. If you're going to launch Android into your line up, then do it right!

RE: We'll see
By PAPutzback on 6/14/2010 12:51:23 PM , Rating: 2
HTC builds much better phones than most companies. I doubt this will be a piece of crap.

RE: We'll see
By BigBitch on 6/14/2010 2:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
They do, however if AT&T continues to be cruel against Android, it'll turn out like the backflip. No one likes a device that is permanently locked down.

RE: We'll see
By retrospooty on 6/14/2010 2:24:07 PM , Rating: 1
There are options... Leave AT&T would be my first suggestion. Then you can get all the latest greatest phones on the market, and way better cellular and data coverage while your at it.


Seems a bit much...
By quiksilvr on 6/14/2010 11:58:41 AM , Rating: 2
I would have thought $99 for a device like this, especially when the iPhone 3GS is $149 and will likely go down to $99 when the iPhone 4 comes out.

RE: Seems a bit much...
By hughlle on 6/14/2010 12:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
i get confused easily haha. are those prices you've quoted and in the article the cost of the phone alongside a lengthy contract or just a one off cost for the handset? (i assume it's the former) reason being that my desire cost the equivelent of about $70 on one of the cheapest possible tarrifs.

RE: Seems a bit much...
By Brandon Hill on 6/14/2010 12:10:06 PM , Rating: 1
There will be an 8GB iPhone 3GS available starting June 25 for $99 IIRC. This would be a hard sell against the 3GS IMHO.

RE: Seems a bit much...
By Smartless on 6/14/2010 5:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
Greeeat now instead of a no-brainer decision and getting the iPhone now I gotta think. I hate thinking. It's so hard.

RE: Seems a bit much...
By quiksilvr on 6/15/2010 9:12:01 AM , Rating: 2
This HTC device should go for $49 if that's the case.

AT&T android?
By XSpeedracerX on 6/14/2010 2:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
I hear alot of people complaining about android basically being shot at dawn under AT&T, saying android + AT&T = poo. Anyone wanna elaborate?

Internal Storage
By MozeeToby on 6/14/2010 6:28:58 PM , Rating: 2
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that apps were still limited to running off internal storage on the stock Android OS. I know the Cyanogen mod fixes this and I suppose it's possible that HTC or the Android team have fixed it since last I heard, but if not 512 MB internal storage isn't going to cut it regardless of what SD card the customer gets.

Thats why I left AT&T
By mrdeez on 6/14/2010 11:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
This is the biggest reason I left AT&T, they will never release a good android device unless Apple tells them too....

Now I have the EVO 4g and I love it....

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