Sprint intros affordable Android phones, new app program

Sprint adds three phones to its Android portfolio and debuts a new app program with hundreds of content partners at CTIA.

Sprint brings Android smartphones to the masses with the introduction of three budget-friendly Android phones here at CTIA. Phones include LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio and the Samsung Transform. The three phones will be first to take advantage of a new Sprint app program called Sprint ID, also announced Wednesday.

Sprint ID Explained

Sprint ID is a new offering that packages mobile apps into collections designed for personality types such as sports fans, fitness fanatics, or auto enthusiasts. The packs can then be downloaded by Sprint customers and with one installation creating a suite of apps, widgets, ringtones, and wallpaper that reflect their interests. Sprint ID does the legwork for you by selecting apps, ringtones and videos based on your preferences. The Sprint ID is also constantly updating your pack with new content. Sprint is working with a handful of content partners including E! Online, MTV, HSN and others.

Sprint ID: A Dud?

While Sprint ID might be useful for first-time smartphone owners, I can't help but think that it takes the fun out of app discovery. As frustrating as the Android Market can be, I like being able to browse through it and see which apps are hot and give them a spin.

The three new phones will be available through a variety of distribution channels including Radioshack. We will be getting first-hand looks of these phones on the show floor so stay tuned for our first impressions.

Tags sprintconsumer electronicsPhonesctiasprint nextel

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ginny Mies

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?