Verizon, kicking off what's likely to be a busy week, announced it will begin selling the 5-inch LG Intuition and enterprise-friendly Samsung Galaxy Stellar Sept. 6.
Verizon Wireless will add two new Android smartphones to its 4G Long-Term
Evolution (LTE) network during the week of Sept. 3, the LG Electronics
Intuition-a 5-inch tablet that is LG's answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note
franchise-and the enterprise-friendly Samsung Galaxy Stellar.
Verizon will begin selling the LG Intuition online Sept. 6 and in stores
Sept. 10. Anyone who buys the device between those dates will receive an LG
Tone Stereo Bluetooth headset at no additional cost. With a new two-year
agreement-a Verizon data plan isn't an option, though the phone can be added to
a Verizon Share Everything plan for $40 a month-the Intuition is priced at
Like Samsung's Note devices, the Intuition comes with a stylus of sorts that
LG calls a Rubberdium pen, though users can also employ a fingertip to add a
handwritten note to photos, Websites, maps or other types of content. There's a
QuickMemo app on board, for such handwritten notes, as well as a Polaris Office
app in which various types of documents can be viewed, edited and shared.
In addition to a 5-inch display with a 4:3 aspect radio and a 650 NIT
display, making it easy to view even in bright sunlight, the phone runs Android
version 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon
processor and 1GB of RAM.
There's an 8-megapixel camera on the back, with LED flash and 1080p HD video
recording, and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front, Bluetooth 3.0 and Hotspot
capabilities that make it possible to share the phone's 4G connection with up
to 10 WiFi-enabled devices.
The Intuition is also among a growing number of devices to include NFC (Near
Field Communication) technology. LG is including two programmable NFC tags with
the device-using an LG Tag+ app, the tags can be programmed to perform a list
of possible actions, such as dimming the display or turning off the ringer. LG
has put together a selection of common modes-Office Mode, Car Mode, Sleep
Mode-to further simplify the process.
Moving on to the newest Samsung handset: It's exclusive to Verizon and will
arrive Sept. 6 for the low, low price of free after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The phone is an interesting one-a simple, fast device ideal for first-time
smartphone users who plan to bring the phone to work.
The Galaxy Stellar is Samsung Approved for the Enterprise (SAFE), so it has
256-bit encryption on it, as well as support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync,
virtual private networks (VPNs) and mobile device management (MDM) solutions.
The Stellar has a 4-inch display, is 4G LTE capable, and runs a 1.2GHz
Snapdragon processor and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
First-time smartphone users may appreciate the option to choose between
Standard and Starter modes. The latter features a simplified home screen with
the ability to call frequently phoned numbers without leaving the home screen,
while the former is, as the name suggests, a more traditional Android
The Stellar features a Media Hub, where users can buy or rent video content.
The expected Google apps-Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, etc.-are also
included, and so is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3.2-megapixel
camera on the back.
There's a microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB of storage, WiFi
connectivity and a Backup Assistant Plus app that helps users store content in
the cloud and easily access it.
The Verizon news comes ahead of what should be a busy week for the mobile
industry-Motorola and Nokia have events planned for Sept. 5, at which each is
expected to introduce a new phone, and Amazon has an event scheduled for the
next day, at which it, too, according to the rumors, may introduce a