What iPhone? AT&T Launches Three New Androids from Motorola

AT&T has started taking an ‘iPhone? What iPhone?‘ stance lately, and the three new Android OS powered smartphones it just launched from Motorola certainly seems to back up the new attitude. The Apple faithful will hope this is another hint that AT&T is losing its exclusivity contract for the iPhone in the very near future. Of course, before you read too much into AT&T’s move, just remember that Android devices are selling faster than the iPhone and the BlackBerry right now. The carrier would be foolish not to push them.

The Motorola Bravo

  • Screen: touchscreen 3.7” at 480 x 854 screen resolution
  • Camera: 3 MP
  • Processor: 800 MHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 2GB microSD card included
  • OS: Android 2.1 (Flash Lite support)
  • Price: $129.99 with contract
  • Availability: Holidays

The Motorola Flipout

  • Screen: touchscreen 2.8” at 320 x 240 screen resolution
  • Camera: 3 MP
  • Processor: 720 MHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 2 GB microSD card included
  • OS: Android 2.1
  • Price: $79.99 with contract
  • Availability: October 17

The Motorola Flipside

  • Screen: touchscreen 3.1” at 320 x 340 screen resolution
  • Camera: 3 MP
  • Processor: 720 MHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 2 GB microSD card included
  • OS: Android 2.1
  • Price: $99.99 with contract
  • Availability: Holidays

None of these smartphones are flagships, but they certainly do round out AT&T’s Android lineup and offer customers more options. They all are also running the MOTOBLUR interface layout on top of Android naturally. The low price points (without the hassles of rebates even) are quite nice as well. $79.99 for a 512 MB of RAM packing Android smartphone? Sweet. I would have liked to see higher resolution screens on the Flipout and the Flipside, but oh well. The decision to go with Android OS version 2.1 is also a little fishy, but hopefully AT&T will over the air (OTA) update these to Android 2.2 pretty quickly or even before they actually launch.

It looks like your Android smartphone holiday shopping just got a little more confusing. Don’t worry, figure out what the future owner of the phone really needs as far as features go (you might be surprised). Many of only need half the smartphone we buy for 95% of the tasks we do on it. Let me know if any of these three smartphones caught your eye.

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