It’s not a game changer, neither from my perspective as a mobile apps developer, a social entrepreneur who needs cheaper smartphones in the marketplace to scale some of our models, or as a wireless industry consultant.
It’s a minor upgrade from the hardware perspective on the Motorola Droid. It’s on a 2nd tier carrier, and there will be comparable Android devices released later in the year. It’s essentially another G1, a “type 1” device running on T-Mobile. The $500+ unlocked price point isn’t going to do much for anyone – you can get an unlocked anything at that price. By the time it gets into the supported, subsidized lines for major carriers, there will be better devices up there.
So while I’m expecting some uptake because it’s Android 2.1 and a high end processor, it’s essentially a high-end phone. I’m expecting Sony to release an Android Xperia that will blow this out of the water at some point soon, so patience may be a virtue here.
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