Top 5 New and Upcoming AT&T Phones: Spring 2012
So you’re on AT&T, you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T’s got coming out during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. Well we wanna try to help you avoid that, so here are 5 phones out now or on their way to AT&T and that any AT&T user with an upgrade should be really excited for.
HTC One X
If you’re looking for a phone that takes amazing pictures, has an awesome HD screen, amazing Beats audio, a crazy thin design AND 4G LTE then we think you’re really gonna love this. The HTC One X is the latest and greatest phone from HTC and already is looking like one of the best phones of 2012. Put simply this is a pretty amazing phone. With specs like a massive 4.7 inch Super LCD HD screen (basically its awesome and right up there with the iPhone’s Retina Display and other top screens), 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (for speed), the latest and greatest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 8 megapixel back camera with HD video recording on the back and a second 1.3 megapixel one on the front for HD video chat, built-in Beats Audio (so everything from watching a YouTube video to listening to Pandora or Spotify sounds amazing), a ridiculously thin design (just look at the pic above!), and of course support for AT&T’s extremely fast 4G LTE network.
But here’s the best part– unlike the Galaxy Note and other top Android phones the One X will cost $200 (as opposed to the now common Android superphone price of $300) with a new 2 year contract and data plan when it launches May 6th.
For more information on the HTC One X see AT&T’s site here.
Nokia Lumia 900
If you’re not into Android or the iPhone as your next phone we think you should definitely take a look at this beast from Nokia, the Lumia 900. Unlike those phones, the Lumia 900 runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS; and while Windows Phone isn’t anywhere near as popular yet as Android or the iPhone, we gotta say– every time we use we are more and more impressed. It’s fast, looks great and keeps you connected with what you want your phone to do (like easily stay connected with your Facebook and Twitter). It’s also got one of the best on-screen keyboards we’ve ever used (right up there with Swype and the iPhone’s) and of course support for Xbox Live games.
Now one of the reasons Windows Phone hasn’t been as popular as Android or the iPhone is that it’s lacked some really awesome phones. The first groups of Windows Phones were good, but they were nothing compared to the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S II. Nokia plans to change all of that with their first AT&T Windows Phone, the Lumia 900. Specs wise its solid with a fast 1.4 GHZ processor, 4.3 inch Clear Black display (in other words, a very nice screen), 8 megapixel back camera with 1 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, and a very thin design the should feel amazing in your hand. And like the other phones on this list the Lumia 900 of course has support for AT&T’s blazing 4G LTE network.
But here’s the best part– the Lumia 900– which is out now– is FREE (until April 21st, after that it’s a still solid $100 on contract) on a new 2 year contract with a data plan and $100 rebate. We actually had a chance to check out the Lumia 900 for a few minutes last week and wow were we impressed. The design felt great in our hands, apps opened pretty much instantly and that screen– while not as sharp as the iPhone’s or top Android phones– was nice and clear. Yeah, If you’re looking for an awesome phone that doesn’t cost almost as much as an iPad we think you’re gonna love this.
Samsung Galaxy Note
For those looking for a phone that’s a tablet or a small tablet that could also be a phone allow us to introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note pushes the limits of both categories with its ginormous 5.3 inch HD screen (that’s almost two inches larger than the iPhone’s 3.5 inch screen!). Now if you have small hands this is definitely not the phone for you, but if you want all the power of an Android tablet and Android phone without having to buy both, you’ll love this.
Specs-wise the Galaxy Note is like any other top of the line Android phone or tablet today: 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (for speed), support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, 8 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, and Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread (with an upgrade to the latest and greatest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, expected over the next couple of months). The Galaxy Note also features a special S-Pen which allows you to take notes or draw right on the screen.
Again this is definitely not for everyone but seeing as this is $300 (with a new year contract and data plan), if you’re looking for a solid Android phone and tablet we really think you should check this out first and save some money from buying both (something that would cost you at least a couple hundred dollars more).
The Galaxy Note is available now for $300 with a new 2 year contract and data plan from AT&T.
HTC Titan II
If you love taking pictures then this should definitely be on you’re list for possible new phones. Where the Galaxy Note has an insane screen the HTC Titan II has an insane camera. How insane? Try 16 megapixels! Now megapixels are only part of what makes a good camera (things like the sensor, the lens and software also play a big factor), but something tells us this will take some really great looking pictures.
Other specs on the Titan II include a 1.5 GHZ processor (for speed), a 4.7 inch screen (not as sharp as the HTC One X or Galaxy Note’s but still very good), a 1.3 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS (like the Lumia 900 above), and like all the other phones on this list– support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
All in all, if you’re looking for a fast phone with a super powered camera we think you’ll love this.
The HTC Titan II is out now for $200 with a new 2 year contract and data plan.
Sony Xperia Ion
If the One X and Galaxy Note are too large for you perhaps you’ll like this slightly smaller, yet still powerful Android phone– the Sony Xperia Ion. The Xperia Ion, like the Galaxy Note and One X is one very sleek, powerful Android phone with all those top of the line specs you’d expect: a 1.5 GHZ processor with 1 GB of RAM (for speed), a 4.6 inch 720p HD screen, a 12 megapixel back camera with 1.3 megapixel front camera for HD video chat (not as powerful as the Titan II but still very impressive), Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread (with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich promised for a later date) and support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
And like all other Sony phones the Xperia Ion is PlayStation certified so you’ll be able to play all those PlayStation games on that awesome screen.
No word on a price or release date for the Xperia Ion, but according to the latest rumors it should be out over the next couple of weeks.
So, there you go, some of the hottest phones out now or coming soon to AT&T. As you can probably see, now’s a pretty great time to have an upgrade on AT&T with a very impressive lineup of new phones either out now or expected to be on the way over the next couple of weeks and months. Personally, I’m right now torn between the Lumia 900 and One X as my next phone, but all of these look pretty amazing.
Now fellow AT&T users we have to ask: if you’re up for an upgrade now, do any of these new phones do it for you or do you just plan to try to wait it out until the next iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S III are announced (whenever that is– the latest rumors on both say they’ll be out sometime this summer? Let us know in the comments.