have announced this week that they now have two new Android smartphones that you can purchase on , and not just that, but you can get them on the new we covered here which offers fantastic value for money if you are a heavy mobile user.
Firstly, they are now offering the, which is a cut down version of the . Although cut down might imply “cheap”, and it’s fair to say it doesn’t have the spec (or the price) of the , but it’s actually still a very capable Android device; in fact the only compliant I’ve heard about it is that moving forward over the next year or two, the screen maybe too small to allow major OS upgrades, as Google has now specified a minimum spec (including display resolution) for the future, and the falls a little short.
Having said that, it still rivals many other phones, and is still a better display than many other phones of last year! The 3.2″ screen is still a good size, and the 5 megapixel camera is still better than many, and it offers Android v2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI too. All the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. are there too. Also interestingly, although it’s available now in “Metal Mocha” colour, it will also be available onin Red from August, and the Red colour will be exclusive to .
If you aren’t an HTC fan, then there’s always the, which again, is a smaller smartphone (the “X10 Mini” part), but features quite a key differentiator; the “Pro” means it also features a QWERTY keyboard! This is a slide out keyboard (in the same way as the , or ), and although it blatantly doesn’t feature the HTC Sense UI, it does feature some key Sony Ericsson UI customisations instead. These include the ability to specify 4 corner navigation and 3 homescreens, and it also features Sony Ericsson’s Timescape, which brings together your Facebook, Twitter, email, text messages and calls into one place. This sounds an interesting feature, although with many of these manufacturer applications, it may be a little limiting to the “serious” social networker, especially if it can’t be expanded to support other social networks.
Theis available in Black from , and also in White, which will (like the Red ) be a colour exclusive to .
If you want either of these phones on the new, they are available for £30 per month (24-month contract), and remember that comes with 2000 cross network minutes, 5000 – minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB data; if you want to buy them on PAYG, the is £199 and the is £249, both very competitive prices in their own right!
I like the way that whilst historicallywere not able to arrange model exclusivity agreements, they are now sufficiently recognised by the manufacturers to at least able to negotiate colour exclusives, and you never know, maybe this time next year, we’ll see a worthy smartphone launch exclusively on …