I knew it would be a hot and humid day and traveling to Manhattan wasn’t going to fun. And when i showed up this morning at 18th Street I felt as if I had become walking liquid. We got temporary respite entering the building but our relief was short lived as we had to exit immediately (fire hazard). Fortunately, we only had to wait another 10 minutes as the Sprint/Motorola crew made their last minute preparations for the Event. I stood in line knowing everyone’s article would begin with the Weather…….
In a short time our oppression ended and cool relief was our reward. As we entered the Event Room, waiters walked about with tiny bits of interesting things to nosh on and I patted my moist brow with Sprint paper napkins. Sprint/Motorola went ALL OUT on this event. The decor was all red, yellow, white with black accents – flowers, pillows, walls……and the food was spectacular. Well made, well presented. Tasty!
After my Margarita drink and a shrimp, fish tacos, vegetarian spring roll……precisely at 12:30 Sprint CEO Dan Hesse came out to express his glee at the upcoming launch more than 10 new Motorola wireless devices in 2011 for the prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.
The two phones Sprint and Motorola are introducing today are the Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Motorola’s first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android™ 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities, and Motorola TRIUMPH™, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola.
“Over the years, we have teamed with Motorola to bring top of the line devices to our customers across both prepaid and postpaid brands,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “I am pleased to see our collaboration grow. Together we will enhance the customer experience by bringing innovative devices to market, such as the Motorola PHOTON 4G and Motorola TRIUMPH.”
Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the number one most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years, according to the survey.
He was joined by Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. They stopped as everyone madly took photos. Sanjay took over the presentation:
“We are excited to be partnering with Sprint to announce a new portfolio of innovative, differentiated Android-based products that make the mobile experience better for people – whether at home or at work, These devices showcase our deep insight into consumer needs and harness the power of Sprint’s networks.”
Motorola Photon 4G
This is Sprint’s first 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor smartphone on the Sprint 4G Network. Yes, this phone is about speed and power but what impresses me are features like remote wiping and other valuable security measures, widgets that take all your social network apps and integrates them into one location so you don’t have to go LOOKING around the phone for one or the other. I especially love the Motorola accessory dock. Connect this phone to a Motorola dock and you will be amazed at what is possible. It turns your phone into real ‘computer’ with the ability to display on HDTV’s, use Bluetooth keyboards, etc.
Get ready for this baby in the summer.
3G/4G Handset – The latest arrival to America’s favorite 4G network
1GHz dual-core NVIDIA®Tegra™2 Processor for quick downloads and app performance
4.3” qHD touchscreen for cinematic viewing with kickstand
Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread operating system
International GSM capabilities
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices (additional fee required)
Corporate (MS Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP & IMAP) email access
Messaging – personal and business email, Google TalkTM instant message and text messaging
Sprint ID offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all in a single download
GPS navigation enabled
Dual cameras – 8 megapixel HD video capture camera and VGA front-facing camera
720P HD Video capture and the ability to output HD video (1080P) via HDMI
Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
HD Multimedia Dock* and Car Dock* for a truly unique handset experience
16GB of on board memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GBIMG_0038
Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (sold separately) to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
Dimensions: 2.6 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches (66.9mm x 126.9mm x 12.2mm)
Weight: 5.6 oz (158 grams)
Display: 4.3-inch qHD 540×960
Memory: 16GB eMMC ROM/1GB DDR2 RAM
Battery Specifications: 1700 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Talktime: CDMA: up to 10 hours; WDCDMA: up to 9.1 hours; GSM up to 10.4 hours
*Accessory docks sold separately
The First Motorola Available on Virgin Mobile – finally, all those USA VM customers can now get Grown-up phones. This one is exclusive to Virgin Mobile USA. And comes with the added flexibility of a no contract plan. Yippie, Skippie!
It’s got a HD-Video (720p) capture camera and (mini) HDMI output and believe me, I SAW this output and it’s FAB-U-LOUS! It requires HDMI cable – sold separately. The TRIUMPH also comes preloaded with the Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 app used to access the Virgin Mobile branded music stream. Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 is a social networking music application which will provide all Android users free access to the company’s critically acclaimed music stream hosted by DJ Abbey Braden, as well as live music performance videos, and “check in” features at special events. All status updates made using the app will also sync with Facebook and Twitter.
5MP back-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera
HD video capture and playback in 720p, both on device or over HDMI
Massive 4.1” display (800×480 WVGA) and ultra-thin at .0.4”
1400 mAh battery
512MB RAM with 2GB ROM and SD card slot for extended
Froyo (Android 2.2) with Flash support for enhanced browsing (download from Android Market)
Soft touch design for comfort in hand
Software Platform: Android – Froyo
Messaging/web/apps: MMS, SMS, email
Camera: 5MP AF with flash, VGA front facing
Video: 30 fps @ 720 p decode, 30 fps @ 720 p 14 Mbps encode
Connectivity: microUSB, 3.5mm , HDMI port
Browser: Android Webkit Browser
Bluetooth: BT V2.1 + EDR
Memory: 512MB RAM/ 2GB ROM, uSD Slot
Location Services: aGPS
Form Factor: Tablet
Experience Category: Media Centric
Baseband: Qualcomm MSM8655
Dimensions: 4.8” x 2.5” x 0.4”Display: 4.1” 800 x 480 WVGA
Business-Class Android OS Smartphone
On June 5, Sprint and Motorola debuted Motorola XPRT™, the first Motorola smartphone powered by Android from Sprint to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Designed for business users, Motorola XPRT offers a sleek, compact design built on Android 2.2, Froyo.
High-resolution 3.1-inch HVGA display with physical QWERTY keyboard
5 megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance
2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and Quickoffice for opening Microsoft Office™ documents
Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries
Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
It is available now in Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales (sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) for $129.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.
What’s coming up later in the year:
Motorola Titanium™: Available late summer, Motorola Titanium leverages Sprint’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk capabilities as the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1. Motorola XOOM™ with Wi-Fi: In May, Sprint made available Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi through Direct Ship sales channels for $599.99 (excluding taxes). It is the first device to feature Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the version of Android designed specifically for tablets and features innovations in widgets, multitasking, web browsing, notifications and customization. It also offers a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, 1GHz dual-core processor and two cameras, a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with flash that can capture HD video and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for Google Talk with video chat.
Boost Mobile recently announced availability for three new Motorola devices: Motorola Clutch™ + i475, successor to the highly popular Motorola Clutch, is a candy-bar QWERTY device with a larger display screen, improved keyboard for text messaging and walkie-talkie functionality. It is available now for $99.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer, major retail outlets nationwide and at boostmobile.com with free shipping.
Available later this month and priced at $79.99 (excluding taxes), Motorola Theory™ is a sleek, candy-bar QWERTY at an affordable price. Key features include a high-finish premium design, threaded messaging, web and email access, Bluetooth® technology, 1.3MP camera and 2.4-inch QVGA display.
Coming late June, Motorola i412 is ideal for wireless users craving an uncomplicated phone for talking, texting and walkie-talkie functionality. It will be available for $69.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retails stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country, boostmobile.com with free shipping and major retail outlets nationwide.
Motorola Clutch + i475 and i412 are the latest walkie-talkie phones to offer Push-to-Talk service operating on the Nextel National Network, the fastest national Push-to-Talk network.
All three devices will be available with Boost Mobile’s $50 Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage plan where the longer you stay, the less you pay simply by making on-time payments. For every six on-time payments, a Boost Mobile customer’s monthly cost will shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $35 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text, web, email, IM and calls to 411. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.
All in all, it was worth battling the heat coming out to see this event. It’s great news when VM and Boost customers get these great phones. The Android OS has changed the playing field. Combining a great OS with Sprint widgets that help customers new to Android navigate that complex landscape is a Good Thing. And the docks are fabulous. It almost makes laptops obsolete.