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The Vibrant comes pre-loaded with exclusive content and apps.  (Source: T-Mobile USA, Inc.)
Vibrant is the latest addition to T-Mobile's growing Android lineup

Though it wasn't much of a secret -- thanks to T-Mobile's own social media marketing campaign -- the nation's fourth-largest mobile provider announced July 21 as the official launch day of the Samsung Vibrant, one of the first in the Galaxy S lineup to hit the U.S.

The Vibrant is one of the slimmest and lightest Android-powered smartphones on the market weighing in at 4.16 ounces and measuring 0.39” thick. 

Highlights of the device include a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4.0" Super AMOLED touch screen, 5MP camera, 720p video capture, and Android 2.1 -- all features also present on another Galaxy S phone recently announced by AT&T.

What differentiates the Vibrant, though, in addition to HSPA+ capability, is a list of pre-installed apps and media -- a strategy T-Mobile has been employing in its high-end devices. 

By combining best-selling, award-winning content and amazing hardware that brings that content to life, T-Mobile continues to deliver on its commitment to bring innovative mobile entertainment experiences to consumers’ fingertips,” Paul Cole, a T-Mobile spokesperson said in a press release.

Along with the Amazon Kindle for Android App, MobiTV, Slacker Radio, and Gogo Inflight Internet, the Vibrant also comes with the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar, pre-loaded on the included 2GB microSD card. As for gaming, the device comes with a full version of The Sims 3 Collector's Edition.

The device will run $199.99 with a qualifying two-year contract. 

In other mobile news, Sprint expanded its 4G footprint to three more U.S. cities. Its WiMAX service is now available in Salt Lake City, St. Louis, and Richmond, Viginia, the company announced in a press release. 

The Galaxy S Pro, whose specs were leaked last week, will be compatible with Sprint's 4G network.

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An awesome phone...
By quiksilvr on 6/28/2010 10:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
But a couple red flags come to my attention:
1) No LED flash. Kind of lame that in 2010 they still do this.
2) No HDMI out. Not a real biggie but it still would have been cool if they had this.
3) Android 2.1. Ugh...I'm sure in the fall it will most likely get 2.2.

Other than that, it looks like a killer phone.

RE: An awesome phone...
By Mark Kurlyandchik on 6/28/2010 11:19:43 AM , Rating: 2
3) Android 2.1. Ugh...I'm sure in the fall it will most likely get 2.2.

It's nice to think so, but that's not guaranteed considering how long it took Samsung to upgrade the Behold 2 to even Android 1.6. Hopefully the backlash from that will have an impact on their future procedures.

RE: An awesome phone...
By fic2 on 6/28/2010 9:12:05 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I currently have a Samsung phone that has several annoying bugs. Never been updated. I doubt I'll ever buy a Samsung phone again since they never update firmware.

I would like to get an Android phone, but not until at least 2.2 is on a phone - might be one out there already I don't pay that much attention to the market.

RE: An awesome phone...
By Motoman on 6/28/2010 11:41:58 AM , Rating: 2
...and I didn't see anything about a real keyboard either.

RE: An awesome phone...
By quiksilvr on 6/30/2010 10:35:49 AM , Rating: 2
It comes with Swype, which is awesome and truly bridges the gap between virtual and physical keyboard performance.

RE: An awesome phone...
By amanojaku on 6/28/2010 11:41:46 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I fall into the minority that can't stand touchscreen-only smart phones. A smart phone has to replicate the basic functions of a PC; the majority of my non-phone time is spent messaging (email and IM), and that means typing. I wouldn't attempt more than a paragraph on a touchscreen, no matter how advanced it is. In my opinion, all but the tiniest of keyboards is preferable to a touchscreen, unless that screen is operating a POS system or an ATM (big virtual buttons with only a few clicks).

Most of the things I see people doing on a touchscreen smart phone are things I would only do on a big (>10") screen, like reading, video and games. Touchscreen-only smart phones are just a compromise, in my opinion. Devices like Nokia's N900 are closer to what I'm looking for, but they're also expensive.

Yeah, I'm sticking with my crap-ass RAZR (great call quality at less than $100!) and company-supplied blackberry 8700("full-size" keyboard). My peers don't even bother to type on their iPhones; they lug around their laptops. What's the point of that?

RE: An awesome phone...
By AnotherGuy on 6/28/2010 12:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
why would u need to email more than a paragraph from a phone anyways.... I use my touchscreen all the time for messaging and emails... no problems for me....

I think this is really an opinion... some plp like only real keyboards and some are fine with virtual keyboards

RE: An awesome phone...
By Mojo the Monkey on 6/28/2010 8:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
I work in the real world. I need to type a full paragraph (sometimes 5) to my secretary when I'm not in the office all the time. A physical keyboard is a must for me.

And no, its not really a matter of preference. Not one person in my organization with my kind of position uses a touchscreen-only phone for work communications for this very reason (we can pick our own phones, btw).

Sure, I'd like to be able to choose some of the sexy new touch-only phones out there, both for specs and slim form factor, but I cant. That being said... c'mon T-mobie... gimme a nice qwerty slider with top tier hardware.

RE: An awesome phone...
By Jason H on 6/28/2010 6:52:34 PM , Rating: 2
I've never seen the point of having a tiny keyboard - I'd much rather have a thinner touchscreen-only phone with no moving parts. As for typing, just use Swype - it's incredibly fast!

RE: An awesome phone...
By ChronoReverse on 6/29/2010 10:25:20 AM , Rating: 2
Second the part about Swype. After teaching it some more words along with getting used to using it, I'd hate to not have it for any touchscreen keyboard.

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