Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Fascinate, Verizon Droids Sum Up Android Summer

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Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Fascinate, Verizon Droids Sum Up Android Summer

by Clint Boulton

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Motorola Droid X

Verizon, Motorola and Google kicked off a promising Android summer June 23 by unveiling the Motorola Droid X in New York City.

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One of the many features Verizon Wireless touted for this 4.3-inch device was the wireless hotspot and tethering capabilities, allowing users to connect up to five devices in the home using the smartphones as the WiFi hub.

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Motorola Droid 2

This 3.7-inch device, the first to with Android 2.2, offers a big boost over the original Droid from November 2009.

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The Keyboard

The slideout keyboard is vastly improved, boasting raised keys and better layout.

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Samsung Captivate, Vibrant

AT&Ts Samsung Captivate (left) and T-Mobiles Samsung Vibrant (right) were the firstof four phones in the Samsung Galaxy S line. Both boast 4-inch super AMOLED screens for indoor/outdoor use and are based on Android 2.1.

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Samsung Epic 4G

This device is the thirdSamsung Galaxy S device, coming with a slide-out keyboard from Sprint. However, Sprint's $249.99 price tag may be the kiss of death for this device in a market where the Android 2.2-based Droid 2 sells for $199.

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Samsung Fascinate

Verizon Wireless' stake in the Galaxy S game, the Samsung Fascinate, is so fresh it went on sale online Sept. 8 and in Verizon's retail stores Sept. 9 for $199. This Android 2.1-based device, like its brethren from other carriers, will also get the Android 2.2 bump soon.

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What's interesting about this device is that it's coming in the wake of the wildly successful new Droid X and Droid 2 on Verizon. Both of those devices sport Android 2.2. With the Droids as competition, will people buy the Samsung Fascinate?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung isn't only leveraging Android for smartphones. The company is launchingthe Galaxy Tab tablet this month in Europe and later in the United States.

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Galaxy Tab vs. iPad

The 7-inch-screen tablet runs Android 2.2 and should be a joy for augmented reality apps, games and other apps that require more real estate on a mobile device.

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Rumor has it the Galaxy Tab will costbetween $200 and $300, or at least $200 less than the low-end Apple iPad. That should make it quite agreeable for holiday shoppers this fall.

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Archos & Android

Galaxy Tab will be beat to market in the United States by two of these five Archos devices. Behold the Archos 28, a smartphone-like tablet with a 2.8-inch screen and costs $99.

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Archos 32

This Archos 32 sports a 3.2-inch screen and costs $149.99. Rounding out the portfolio later this year will be the Archos 43, 70 and 101.

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