AT&T Bumps Out Four Budget QWERTY Phones
Here’s a quick sampling of the four phones, but we’ll bring you hands-on impressions and full reviews as soon as possible. The Pantech Matrix: The $79.99 matrix has the same double vertical/horizontal sliding design found in the Duo, although this feature phone lacks the Duo’s Windows Mobile smartphone-centric operating system. It features AT&T video-share support, a 1.3 MP camera, mobile music, and AT&T’s AGPS mobile navigator software. The Matrix will be available in a black/green scheme that would make Neo proud, as well as in navy blue. On October 16th, a red version will be released as well. The Samsung Propel features similar software features as the Matrix, has a similar 1.3MP camera, but has a single QWERTY keypad instead of a dual sliding one. It’s available in an assortment of colors including blue, green, red, and red/white and is priced the same. The Pantech Slate looks like a toy smartphone, and for $49.99, it’s priced like one too. It has a 1.3MP camera, IM & Mobile Email support, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The Slate, which AT&T claims is the world’s thinnest full-qwerty phone, will be available in later October in black/royal blue. Finally, the Quickfire, which looks strikingly similar to a Sidekick, has a similar slide-out display which reveals a full QWERTY keypad. This touchscreen device lets you check your messages in either landscape or vertical mode and will set you back $99.99. Other features include Napster Mobile and eMusic Mobile stores for over-the-air music downloads, and three color schemes: orange, lime, and silver.