Touchscreen Cell Phones
Here is one of the big trends in Cell Phones right now- touchscreens. We all know of one of the bigger leaders in this group- AT&T with the LG Vu (that we covered here), and Apple’s iPhone (the new 3G model coming July 11; we will hope to have al the info on that covered for you tomorrow)- but what about Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, do they get in on this touchscreen madness? The answer to that is yes, and we got some info for you on some of the current and future touchscreen phones for all these groups.
LG Vu and Apple iPhone (not 3G) for AT&T
Verizon actually will release a few touchscreen phones this summer– the LG Dare and the Blackberry Thunder. The Dare is something we mentioned in our LG Vu post a little while back, and from what we found it will have:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with flash
- Mp3 player
- Verizon’s 3G
- The best feature of them all…. entirely touchscreen– just like the V
The Blackberry Thunder on the other hand is a mainly touchscreen phone, a first for Blackberry, though it does have buttons like Call and End call, play/pause, a camera button and several other assorted buttons. Both phones should be out this year, with the Dare coming first, this summer.
Verizon also has some existing touchscreen phones: the all-touchscreen HTC Touch, and partial touchscreens like the LG Voyager and Samsung Glyde. The Glyde and Voyager are available from verizonwireless.com for $199.99 each, with the HTC Touch also available now, but for $299.99.
LG Dare typing and Pic of Blackberry Thunder (with another pic available from Boygeniusreport.com when you click on the pic)
Sprint also has some interesting touchscreen phones, such as the already available HTC Touch– similar to Verizon’s version but at $249.99 from Sprint.com and with a slightly different review by Cnet– and Palm Centro–$99.99 smartphone which btw is also available for AT&T and may soon be coming to Verizon.
But their big prize is the upcoming Samsung Instinct. Marketed as Sprint’s iPhone competitor, it actually offers a lot of the same features; it has all-touchscreen, Visual Voicemail, full Internet browsing. It also includes3G and GPS, features still noticebly lacking in the iPhone (though the iPhone should add these tomorrow in the rumored 3G model). Although the Instinct isn’t supposed to launch till the 20th of this month, Cnet.com already has a review up here.
Okay, Okay. So T-Mobile doesn’t have a lot of traditional touchscreen phones, but they do have some phones that compete with the other models, including the whole Sidekick series and the Motorola Rokr E8 — a possible upcoming phone that we mentioned a while back. The cool part about the Rokr is the unique keypad; it changes based on what your using it for– music, taking pics, etc. Not much is known on this phone right now, but when more info comes out, we will keep you updated, as always.
(btw, for those of you with T-Mobile who want a touchscreen phone, you could always “jailbreak” an iPhone , though we wouldn’t really recommend that).
Okay so there you have it–some of the touchscreen phones for all the big carriers. Which one interest you the most, or are you more comfortable with the traditional, basic models. Let us know in the comments.