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Aug 10 2010   9:45AM GMT

AT&T Finally Gets Serious about Android

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AT&T was the last of the “big four” carriers to release a smartphone running Google’s Android OS, and for a long time it’s offerings were anemic at best. But that has changed, and the company now offers a decent selection of models running Google’s operating system

Samsung Captivate from AT&TSamsung Captivate — The Captivate offers cutting-edge features like a 1 GHz processor, a Super AMOLED touchscreen, and 16 GB of internal storage. This Android OS device also has a 5 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi, and much more. The asking price is $200.

HTC Aria — With its 3.2-inch, 320 x 480 (HVGA) touchscreen, the HTC Aria is much smaller than the Captivate, but it still has a lot to offer, like a 5 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, and much more. AT&T sells it for $130 with contract.

Motorola Backflip — The Backflip has a very unusual design featuring a flip-around keyboard and a touchpanel behind its 3.1-inch, HVGA screen. This consumer-oriented device sells for $50.

Brighthand‘s reviewer Jen Edwards liked the first two models, but didn’t warm up to the Backflip.

In addition, this carrier has announced plans to offer another Android OS model, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, next week.

It has taken a while, but AT&T customers are finally getting a respectable selection of Android OS-based smartphones to choose from.

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