Verizon on May 26 launched four new smartphones-the LG Revolution, HTC Trophy, Motorola Droid 2 and Xperia Play-along with several firsts.
In time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Verizon is offering
four new smartphones and nearly as many firsts. As of May 26, subscribers can
LG Revolution, the first Android
smartphone to come preloaded with the Netflix app; the
HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone device and the first to let
users play Xbox Live games; the Motorola Droid X2, Verizon's first with a
dual-core processor; and the Xperia Play, which comes preloaded with seven
games and is said to offer the "ultimate gaming experience."
Entertainment is the name of the game with LG's newest
handset. The Revolution features 4G LTE connectivity, a 4.3-inch capacitive
touch screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an Adobe Flash Player, HDMI output
for sharing content with HDMI-capable displays (like an HDTV), a 5-megapixel
rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording and playback, Dolby Mobile
sound and a slew of image-editing tools.
It runs the Android 2.2 OS and can act as a mobile hotspot
for up to eight devices-a feature Verizon is offering at no additional
cost for a limited time. The Revolution ships with a 16GB microSD card, and
additional features include a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, for video
calls, Bluetooth 3.0, VCast apps and Bing Search and Maps.
With a two-year contract, the LG Revolution is priced at
$250. As with all four new phones, you'll need a Nationwide Talk plan, which
starts at $40, and a data package. Unlimited data plans start at $30 a month.
If Windows Phone-or maybe just gaming-is more your
style, the Trophy features a 3.8-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz processor, 3G and WiFi
connectivity and lots of gaming goodness. Customers can sync the Trophy
directly with their avatar, profile and game scores, and play alone or
challenge friends to turn-based games. Plus, buy a Trophy before July 15 and
Verizon will give you a free Xbox 360 console game-Reach, Kinect Sports
or Lode Runner.
In the Music + Video Hub, users can access movies and music
and stream songs-and should you need to check in on actual work, the
Microsoft platform lets users view and edit Office documents and access data on
After a mail-in $50 rebate, and with a two-year contract,
the Trophy is priced at $150.
In contrast to the touchscreen-centric, Windows-running
Trophy, the Xperia Play is an Android 2.3-based phone with a game
pad-complete with directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two
buttons and four PlayStation symbol keys-that slides out from behind
4-inch multi-touch display.
Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital
Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion
(Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris come pre-loaded, and
users can expand their game library via Verizon's V Cast Apps store, which at
launch has more than 50 game titles.
The Play can act as a mobile hotspot for five devices, has a
1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA camera on the front, and
WiFi and 3G connectivity. With a two-year contract, it's yours for $200.
Finally, with the Droid X2 you get a speedy dual-core 1GHz
processor, which should make for easy video watching, paired with the X2's
Adobe Flash Player and 4.3-inch qHD display.
The Droid X2 runs Android 2.2-but has a 2.3 update on
the way-an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, and a Mirror Mode
that lets you share the movies, videos or photos on the phone's screen with an
HDTV (via HDMI output). It can act as a mobile hotspot for five devices, and
features what Verizon says are enterprise-grade security features.
With a two-year contract, the Droid X2 is priced at $200.
Verizon launched its 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network in
December 2010, and plans to have more than
175 U.S. cities covered by the end of this year.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.