It’s been just over a month since we’ve last looked at the phones available on AT&T and a lot has changed. Most of the phones I recommended last month are gone off the list, but a few have remained. I am trying to cover most bases here, from people with athletic lifestyles to the business person. If you have any specific requests or questions, feel free to post them down below and I will do my best to answer them to the best of my abilities.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4G came out near the end of last month which is why I missed it on my previous Buyer’s Guide. Let me just say this up front: this phone isn’t for everybody, but is well suited for the business person and the media fanatic alike. With a screen size of 5.3 inches, this phone is huge, so it’s sometimes referred to as a phablet (a phone/tablet hybrid). If you are looking for something to replace that 7″ tablet, or that 4.5 inch phone, or a device that can do the job of both, this is your phone. It has all the latest specs and its most notable feature is the 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED WXVGA screen with a resolution of 1280×800. With a screen that size you will be able to watch movies in great detail and with great colors. Last, but certainly not least, is the battery which comes in at 2500 mAH. You’ll have no problem using all the features of this phone without having to worry about it dying in the middle of the day.
A phone from last month’s list, the HTC Vivid made it’s way to March’s line up. Spec-wise, the Vivid is impressive, sporting technology that will (we hope) keep you in the game for the next two years. This phone is shipping with Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread, but the roll out for ICS has begun! It is available in black or white, so have your pick. While the HTC Vivid is one of the best phones currently available on AT&T, it does have its share of downsides. One of them is the battery, which is ridiculously small when compared to any other 4G phone out there today – it’s barely pumping out 1620 mAh. This is not such a big problem though, since it is can remedied with an extended life battery.
For the outdoorsy among us, comes the Samsung Rugby Smart, an Android smartphone designed to take a beating. Beyond just being able to take a fall from your pocket (it’s shockproof), it can also be submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes (waterproof). Although the specs are not stellar, they should keep this phone alive and well for the life of a 2-year contract. So, for those who often find themselves behind the wheel on their way out to a new adventure, instead of stuck behind a computer monitor or desk, this is the phone for you.
The Samsung Captivate Glide (SCG) has again made it to my list of phones this month. This is not because it is an amazing phone, but mainly due to a lack of good phones with slide-out keyboard as an alternative. While the SCG is, spec-wise, a surprisingly capable phone , it still leaves something to be desired (mainly a higher resolution screen). For anyone who needs a QWERTY keyboard, this will do the job; I highly recommend it over any other QWERTY on AT&T’s network. If you can live without the keyboard, I would strongly recommend picking the Vivid instead, due to its spectacular specs and features.
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I felt the HTC Vivid filled the slot of the skyrocket well, plus I had enough Samsung devices for one month.
What is the best 4G Tablet available on AT&T today? Something that rates near an Ipad 3?
I was going to say the Jetstream, but I could not find any forsale on the AT&T website. I guess the next best thing would be Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, but I really dont think the specs match the iPad
http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=20875&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=32643 (if you cant find one)
Good to know about the AT&T Buyer’s Guide March 2012.
would you get an att refurbished phone? Which is better, the Galaxy skyrocket at $20.00 or the HTC vivid at $.01?
It is always a risk getting a refurbished phone, sometimes they have bad ESN’s (electron serial number) or they could be more worn then the reseller lets on. Generally with a bad ISN they will replace the phone IF it is a reputable seller, but scratched screens, and scuff backplates are the norm with a refurbed phone. I was considering a refurbed Rezound but ended up just adding a new line to avoid the hassle.
Between the Skyrocket and the Vivid. It comes down to two things, screen and personal preference. The phones are so similar that you are choosing between a lower resolution Super Amoled screen (SGS2), or a high resolution LCD screen (Vivid). I would prefer the Higher resolution LCD myself. Next it comes down to manufacturer skins, do you like sense or touchwiz more, again I prefer Sense. Both have leaks of ICS available so you can have your choice of that later.
Thanks for the info. The referbs would be from att with a 90 day warranty. I have no knowledge of either sense or touchwiz so I will go back to att store to get familar with both. Again, thanks the insight was helpful.
Nothing helps more then getting some hands on time. Both are good phones and in this case come down to personal preference.