1) Open Source
2) Running "powerful" applications besides poorly scripted java phones. IE: webkit browser, widgets, games
3) Homebrew apps,emulators of games etc
I also like to get on MSN without freezing occasionally.
off topic but: Virgin Mobile has made some changes to their site. http://www.virginmobileusa.com/
They also listed some cool information regarding "unlimited data"
"†Speed varies based on location and coverage with average downlink data speeds between 600 and 1400 Kbps. Virgin Mobile does not restrict your speeds based on data usage caps."
They list two different prices for the Touch ($149 and $129) and I couldn't get to a page that lists what phones or plans they offer.
The Blackberry did show at a price of $249. I didn't pay attention to it before but I think this is a price reduction for it. Could this be a signal of the approximate pricing for an Android phone?
The site keeps getting worse. The Rumor2 shows at two different prices also: $89 and $79.
I expect it will be another day or so before we can find any reliable information from the VM web site.
I'm sure glad the people who maintain the web site aren't the same ones who are upgrading their network servers. Otherwise, the VM service would be completely down right now.
Last edited by Lew93; 08-26-2010 at 08:17 AM.
You're right, that website is definitely broken.
In a response to a tweet regarding the Samsung Intercept, VM's twitter feed says this:
http://twitter.com/virginmobileus@VrgnMble I'll be posting any announcements here, just stay tuned!
about 17 hours ago via web in reply to VrgnMble
Not sure if that's new per se, but figured it may add something.
In a nutshell, there are two approaches to smartphones: the older, PDA-like approach, and the newer iPhone-like approach. So far the only true smartphone to make it onto Virgin USA is the BlackBerry, which is an example of the older approach. Short of moving to AT&T contract service, Android is the best option for iPhone-style smartphones, which is the "new hotness" and really is a much better user experience for personal use. Intuitive touchscreen UI, powerful apps, good web browsing, etc.; Android has it all.
I don't know why people complain so much about web browsing, thats what I have my laptop. As long as the apps run smooth when downloaded, and angry birds dosent run choppy I am fine. Web is just in case I need to look something up when I don't have wifi available.
Thanks for the info though. thanks to everyone else as well. It seems like Android is great depending on your needs. I mainly just text and use web with my phone, so for right now, my rumor touch works good enough.