Motorola Announces 3 New Android Phones for Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T
We briefly mentioned the new Motorola Devour for Verizon in our post on the new Skype-Verizon deal, but that wasn’t the only new Android phone Motorola was getting ready to unveil. Both T-Mobile and AT&T are set to get new Motorola phones of their own very soon as well in the Cliq XT and Backflip respectively.
So what’s new in these 3 phones? Read on to find out.
This one’s arrival has been long-rumored, but now Verizon and Motorola have finally released the details on this bad boy’s release date. Verizon’s 3rd Android phone, the Devour (formerly known as the Calgary), is no Droid, but definitely a respectable phone in it’s own right.
So what’s in the Devour? Some pretty solid specs including:
- 3.1 capacitive touchscreen (smaller than the Droid’s massive 3.7 inch screen)
- Motorola’s custom Android interface MOTOBLUR as seen on the Cliq to keep you constantly connected to all your friends latest Tweets and Facebook status updates
- microSD card slot with an 8 GB card pre-installed
- a full slide out QWERTY keyboard
- 3 megapixel camera
- Android 1.6 with all we know and love from Android, like Google Maps (with Navigation) and the Android Market.
Also included in the Devour is support for Flash, which definitely is great to hear and should give this a little more of an advantage over other Verizon smartphones like the Palm Pixi Plus (at least until webOS gets it’s Flash support).
While we’re not sure when/if this will have multi-touch as the Nexus One and Droid have recently received (or even an update from 1.6 to 2.1), let’s hope Motorola and Google spread some of the latest Android love here as well.
Verizon will be selling the Devour for what I think is a pretty steep $149.99, considering that is only $50 less than the Droid and not as powerful (this is more on the likes of the Pixi Plus– which goes for $79.99, a much more reasonable price for a phone like this) and the same price as the much more powerful Pre Plus. Heck, at Best Buy (where you can order the Devour now), the Devour goes for a much more sensible $99.99, but Best Buy also is selling the Droid for that same $99.99. Let’s hope this gets a little cheaper to help separate from the much more powerful Droid.
We know this has been a longtime coming (I mean, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon have all launched multiple Android phones last year), but AT&T is finally jumping in on the Android fun today, announcing their first Android phones (one of 5 to come this year, including one from Dell): the Motorola Backflip. The Backflip is a pretty cool phone, and not just with the specs. The design of the phone is definitely a unique one, taking the pretty traditional full touchscreen with full keyboard design one step further– the keyboard doesn’t slide out like on the Droid or Cliq, rather it has a “reverse flip design” where you flip it from the back of the phone to the front. Not only that, but the screen can also “flip back” to enable a media mode– good for watching videos, sharing pix or using your phone on say a desk or table, as seen in the pic below.
Sure, this too is more of a Cliq than a Droid (as are all these phones), but it’s also got some solid features as AT&T’s first Android phone. Specs include:
- 3.1 inch touchscreen with slide out keyboard
- Backtrack, otherwise known as a touchpad behind the touchscreen, so that you can navigate the phone with full view of the screen– without question something we haven’t seen before
- 3G, GPS, and WiFi (all musts on any smartphone)
- 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and video recording
- microSD card slot with 2 GB pre-installed
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Android 1.5 (which will be upgraded to 2.1 at some point)
- last but not least– MOTOBLUR as with the Devour.
Pricing on this bad boy is said to be in a much more reasonable $99.99 with 2 year contract (with a smartphone plan) after $100 mail in rebate when the Backflip launches this Sunday, March 7th.
Motorola Cliq XT
So you’re on T-Mobile (the first carrier to start the Android craze), and want a new Android phone, but want something like Cliq with MOTOBLUR just don’t want the keyboard part? Try the Motorola Cliq XT.
Not only does it have a sleek, all touchscreen design, but it too has a solid amount of specs including:
- 3.1 inch multitouch screen
- T-Mobile 3G with GPS and WiFi
- 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and video recording (similar to the Backflip)
- Android 1.5 with MOTOBLUR (though here there is no definite word on if this too will be upgraded to 2.1)
- touchpad (like on the Backflip, just here its on the front of the phone)
- built-in Adobe Flash Lite to view the real web
- FM radio
- microSD card slot with 2 GB included
There is no price known yet on the Cliq XT, but expect this too to come out sometime this month.
So there you have it, some solid new Motorola phones coming soon to a Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile store near you. We wanna know– if your looking at a new phone on any of these carriers– you gonna go with any of these? Sound off in the comments.