CTIA Rings Up Killer Smartphones from HTC, Samsung, BlackBerry, Microsoft

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CTIA Rings Up Killer Smartphones from HTC, Samsung, BlackBerry, Microsoft

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Microsoft has taken (some) of the wraps off its Windows Phone 7 Series devices, showing off the user interface and "hubs" that aggregate Web content and mobile applications.

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The newly announced Samsung Galaxy S runs Android 2.1, is powered by a 1GHz processor and features Super AMOLED technology that theoretically makes its screen 20 percent brighter with 20 percent more battery life.

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The Samsung Galaxy S features a 5-megapixel camera and a 4-inch screen.

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The Samsung Sunburst (left) and Strive (right) will both run on AT&Ts network. The phones feature 2-megapixel cameras and an emphasis on text and video messaging. The Sunburst includes a touch screen, while the Strive has a sliding form factor.

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Kyoceras Zio M6000 smartphone, which runs Android 1.6, includes a 3.5-inch screen and 3.2-megapixel camera. Other features include a built-in media player, digital compass and dedicated camera key.

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BlackBerry had no new devices debuting at CTIA, but nonetheless the conference saw developments for the popular smartphone line: Skype mobile will be available by March 25 for nine Verizon Wireless 3G BlackBerry and Android smartphones.

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The BlackBerry Wireless Headset HS-500.

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The Palm Pixi Plus and Palm Pre Plus will arrive on AT&Ts network at an unannounced point in the near future.

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The Nokia 5230 Nuron features a 3.2-inch touch screen, with built-in Ovi Maps and Ovi Store for downloading applications. This Nokia smartphone runs on the Symbian operating system.

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The Nokia 5230 Nuron also includes a 2-megapixel camera, which allows video recording at up to 640 by 480 pixels.

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The LG KM900 Arena features a proprietary LG operating system, a 5-megapixel camera and a full touch screen. Its available on AT&T.

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The GzOne Brigade is a ruggedized phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and, for enterprise users who work in rough-and-tumble environments, a document viewer and streamlined access to corporate e-mail.

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The GzOne Brigade includes a 3.2-megapixel camera. Protection comes courtesy of a silicon rubber shell beneath a plastic and polyurethane frame.

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Googles Nexus One smartphone, built by HTC and running Android 2.1, powers its applications and features via a 1GHz Qualcomm processor.

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The newly announced HTC Evo 4G boasts a 4.3-inch touch screen and Android 2.1, but its 4G network capability is whats drawing media attention. Sprint Nextel, Google and HTC have apparently been developing the handset since May 2008.

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The HTC Droid Eris, released alongside the Motorola Droid in late 2009, runs Android 1.5.

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The HTC HD2 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 and features robust social networking capabilities such as Facebook integration and the HTC Peep widget. It also includes a 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

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