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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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RE: An awesome phone...
By Mark Kurlyandchik on 6/28/2010 11:19:43 AM , Rating: 2
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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.


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