the month of October, Best Buy is running a little promotion -- you
may have heard of it -- called Free Phone Fridays. Every
Friday throughout the month, the big box retailer will be giving
away* free phones like, say, the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon (*with
a qualifying two-year contract). As if the promotion, and the lack of
mail-in rebate, isn't reason enough to skip over the direct wireless
retailers, Best Buy will also exclusively stock four high-end
corporate press release, Best Buy will soon begin carrying a
white Samsung Fascinate, a white Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the Dell
Streak, and the HTC Surround.
one of these devices offers something new and unique to the market
and we are excited and honored to bring them to our customers,"
said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile.
X10, Fascinate, and Dell Streak will all be available as early as
Oct. 24, and will run $99, $149, and $299 respectively (with a
qualifying two-year agreement). The Windows Phone 7-powered HTC
Surround will be available Nov. 8, the
WP7 launch day, and will run $199. All of the devices are
currently available for pre-order at Best Buy locations and online at
remember what sets these smartphones apart? Here's a quick recap of
Sony Ericsson X10 is a smartphone on AT&T's network, running
Android 1.6. If it had been released closer to when it was announced
last year, it could have been a top-tier device. And while it will
most likely get lost in the Android shuffle, it does boast a few nice
features: an 8.1-megapixel camera; a 4" WVGA touchscreen; a 1
GHz Snapdragon processor; and -- here's the clincher -- an "ultimate
media pack of Taylor Swift content." And don't forget, it's
with Sony Ericsson LiveView.
Samsung Fascinate is Verizon's
Galaxy S variant. It boasts a snappy, 1 GHz Hummingbird
processor, 5-megapixel camera, 4" Super AMOLED touchscreen, and
an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. It is currently
running Android 2.1 out of the box, but should be receiving
Froyo in the very near future.
where things really get interesting. The Dell Streak is a 5"
tablet-style smartphone on AT&T. It measures in at a svelte
0.4 inches thick and weighs only 7.7 ounces, making it more
pocketable than your average 6" device. On the downside, it's
currently running Android 1.6, though a Froyo update is promised
"later this year." It's powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon processor, and boasts two cameras -- a front-facing VGA,
and rear-facing 5-megapixel. The screen is covered by Corning's
"scratch-resistant" Gorilla glass, but that doesn't
necessarily mean that it's more durable. Did we happen to mention
the beautiful, 5" screen, because that's what really sets the
we have the HTC Surround, a Windows Phone 7 device for AT&T. The
Surround boasts a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (like every WP7
phone is minimally required to), and is similar in form factor to
Sprint's HTC EVO 4G. It is a bit smaller than the EVO, though, with a
3.8" touchscreen, and features a 5-megapixel camera. The
Surround gets its name from a very cool feature that certainly
differentiates itself from its peers and gears it towards the
"multimedia friendly," -- it boasts dual Dolby surround
sound speakers that slide up out of the central body. That's a very
cool feature to use when propping the phone up on its integrated
kickstand to watch videos or listen to music.