Best Android Devices on Sprint, February 2012
This is our new monthly column that will feature the best from Sprint for each month. We are doing one for each carrier in the US. We are going to bring you current promotions as well as our picks as the best Android device in a range of categories that are available on the Now Network. Please feel free to provide your feedback in the comments so we can make this column even better for you. Also be sure to share this with all your friends on Sprint, so if they are looking to upgrade you can give them advice based on our knowledge.
Current News and Promotions
LG Optimus S: Currently Sprint is offering the LG Optimus S as part of their Smartphone starter package, and it is on sale for just $49.99 and monthly charges are as low as $79.99. Since this is a WiMax device it will cost you the extra $10 premium data charge on top of their Simply Everything Data, which brings you truly unlimited data.
Best Android Phone: Samsung Galaxy S2, Epic 4G Touch
Yes, this one is still the best phone in Sprint’s arsenal. It’s also the only CDMA Galaxy S2 device in the world, seeing as Sprint and Verizon are the only CDMA carriers and Verizon didn’t get its’ own Galaxy S2. With it’s huge 4.5″ beautiful display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, and 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor this phone is truly a beast. With unlimited data what more could you ask for?
The Epic 4G Touch does come with Gingerbread, but it will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in the very near future, like always, Samsung didn’t give us an exact date on when the upgrade will be available. This phone is super fast, if you’ve ever used this phone at all (even in the Sprint store) you will notice it is probably one of the fastest phones around. It zips through basically everything you can do on your device. The Epic 4G Touch costs $199 on a new 2-year contract at Sprint.
Best QWERTY Slider Android Phone: HTC EVO Shift 4G
The EVO family on Sprint has been pretty successful, it started with the HTC EVO 4G which was Sprint’s first WiMax 4G device, and now we also have the HTC EVO Shift 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO View 4G, and the HTC Design 4G (which is a world phone).
The EVO Shift 4G has a slightly smaller screen than what we are used to these days, but the color of the device looks pretty nice. We don’t see to many blue handsets anymore, they are mostly black or white, or in the Droid Razr’s case purple. The EVO Shift 4G has a 3.6-inch display, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of on-board storage, and a 1500mAh battery. It doesn’t have a dual-core processor but then this phone is about a year old already. Sprint really needs to step its’ game up and get more Android devices, but Verizon is taking all the good stuff. The EVO Shift 4G is $99.99 on contract from Sprint’s website.
Best World Phone: HTC EVO Design 4G
The HTC EVO Design 4G comes with a 4-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, 769MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage, and a 1520mAh battery. With a price tag of $99.99 on Sprint’s website with a new 2-year agreement, it’s a great device for anyone who travels out of the country often.The newest member of the HTC EVO family, the EVO Design 4G is the first in the family to get global capabilities, and have WiMax capabilities built in.
Best Tablet: ZTE Optik
Ok so Sprint only has 2 tablets which they offer service for, which are the HTC EVO View 4G (Which is almost EOL), and the new ZTE Optik which is just $99.99 with a new 2 year agreement. The Optik has a 7-inch display with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 1.25GHz processor, and a 4000mAh battery. It’s more of a budget tablet, but right now it’s their newest and therefore my pick for the best on the Now Network, since the EVO View 4G will be discontinued any day now.
Best Budget Android Phone: Samsung Transform Ultra
It was hard to decide on a budget device from Sprint, since most of their phones are either $99.99 or less with the exception of the Epic 4G Touch. But the Samsung Transform Ultra is free with a new contract or upgrade on Sprint’s website. It features a 1Ghz snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM with 1GB of on-board storage, powered by a 1500mAh battery. It also is a slider with a full physical keyboard. So it’s not the best budget phone in the world, but you could do a lot worse.
At CES Sprint announced 2 new Android devices that will be available for their LTE network, since they are dropping support for WiMax now. So there will be no more WiMax devices, only 3G or LTE devices. They announced the LG Viper and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Both some really nice spec-ed devices. We all know what the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can do, but this was the first time we had actually seen the LG Viper. The Viper’s spec’s aren’t totally confirmed but we don’t expect launch until late Q2 or early Q3 which is when their LTE network will be launching. But so far we know it will feature a 4-inch display, with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage, powered by a 1700mAh battery. Which from what we’ve seen on Verizon with their LTE devices, 1700mAh is not the best in battery sizes.