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AT&T set to expand its Android lineup

It looks as though AT&T is slowly starting to come around with Android-based smartphones. Earlier this week, we told you about the budget-friendly HTC Aria that is coming to AT&T with a price tag of $129 with a two-year contract.

Today, AT&T is announcing another smartphone based on Android 2.1: the Samsung Captivate. The Captivate features a generous 4" Super AMOLED WVGA touch screen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal memory, 5MP camera, 720p video capture, 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, and HSPA 7.2Mbps connectivity.

”Add up Captivate’s amazing screen, huge amounts of onboard storage, a super-fast processor, all fueled by the nation’s fastest 3G network and a nationwide  Wi-Fi network and you get a smartphone we know our customers will crave,” said Jeff Bradley, AT&T Mobility Senior VP of Devices.

“The Captivate represents a new breed of smartphone that will truly change and enrich the way consumers interact with their device on an everyday basis.” 

AT&T won't give any firm availability or pricing information on the Captivate other than to say that it will be released within the "coming months at AT&T retail locations."

Updated 7/8/2010

Boy Genius Report states that the Captivate is coming to AT&T July 18 with a price tag of $199 for a two-year contract.



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By AlexWade on 6/18/2010 8:18:28 AM , Rating: 4
The only good (and true) thing you said was " ALL phone companies ( NOT JUST AT&T ) slow down or cripple the phones by putting their own software tools on it."

Since I have AT&T, I have something to say on this issue. I know someone in my area who just got an iPhone. He is constantly complaining on the call quality. I have a Blackberry Bold. My Blackberry has never once had call problems, except in places where problems are unavoidable such as in the back of Wal-Mart where the 1900 MHz signal cannot penetrate the concrete.

In talking to a lot of people and reading a lot, I have concluded that the iPhone is at fault for call quality, but AT&T with their (deservedly) bad reputation is taking the hit. In much the same way Microsoft took a reputation hit when Vista first came out because things were slow or didn't work. I have a Blackberry, my phone works fine. You have an iPhone and in the same area as me, your phone does not work fine.

That is why you lost me. You actually think iPhone is better than Droid! Since AT&T has never given me any problems and since I am on a sweet rate plan, I will keep AT&T. But I will never get an iPhone. My next phone is going to be a Droid or Blackberry.


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