Best Sprint Smartphones - Five Great SmartPhones Offered by Sprint
With HTC's Evo 4G phone debuting from Sprint in just a few days (June 4th, 2010) I decided it was about time I updated this guide to the best Sprint smartphones, especially since by now most of the phones featured here are old and decrepit, including my old faithful Treo 755p.
The old Palm device has done well by me the past couple of years, but now I'm ready to toss her aside in favor of the hottest Android phone on the market, the Evo. I just need to call up Sprint and see what kind of deal they'll give me for finally giving up my SERO account.
I'll try to catch up the list of best Sprint smartphones over the next couple of weeks, but for now I think some info about the Evo will do the trick.
HTC EVO 4G
e HTC EVO 4G has a very sexy and large 4.3 inch screen and its operating system is Android so there are lots of fun and useful apps to get.If you happen to live in an area that already has 4G you should be able to experience very fast data services comparable to your home cable or DSL internet speeds. Outside of the 4G cities, you'll have access to Sprint's 3G network, but they are rolling out 4G continually so hopefully you won't have to wait to long to experience the EVO at peak performance.
One of the primary features of this phone is its wireless tethering capability. By using the add-on service that Sprint will be selling for $29.95 per month you can use the HTC EVO to hook up eight of your devices to the internet, just like a wireless router. When you compare this cost to what it would cost you to run either Sprint or Verizon's mobile hotspot devices (around $60 per month) this is a great deal. Especially since I don't think you are required to maintain a contract for this feature so you could turn it on one month and turn it off the next (at least I think so, waiting to confirm!).
Of course, there are Android apps designed to turn an Android phone into a mobile hotspot so if one turns up for the EVO, you'll save even more money -- but I certainly didn't mention anything like not sending Sprint their $29.95 every month ;)
In addition to the Mobile hot spot feature, the EVO also sports some other neat things like two cameras, one a nice 8megapixels and the other a 1.3 front-facing camera -- so presumably you'll be able to videochat. And you can hook up your EVO to your HDTV to watch HD movies. Umm, how does that work exactly. Are you streaming them over your 4G to the TV?? That will be interesting.
Sprint HTC EVO Smartphone Demo
More Info about the HTC EVO
- Sprint - HTC EVO 4G
It's official: America's first 4G phone hits the streets June 4. Check it out.
How much will the EVO phone cost?
The HTC EVO 4G will be going on sales for a subsidized price of $199. If you buy the phone from Sprint, you'll have to pay $299 upfront and then wait for a $100 rebate. If you buy it from Radio Shack or Best Buy, you'll pay just the $199 and won't have to hassle with applying for a mail-in rebate. I believe the full retail price through Sprint will be $449.
As far as plans go, the Everything Data plans work with the
EVO, but you'll be paying an extra $10 month data charge on top of what
you already pay for the privilege -- even if you don't have 4G in your
area yet. I think the base rate is $69.99 and then add another $10 to that for at otal price of $79.99. I guess this is a SUPER BADASS PHONE surcharge. Still cheaper than Verizon or AT&T though.
Best Sprint Smartphones Archive
The following was written back in 2008 when I first bought my Treo 755p. I'll be replacing most of this in the coming weeks, but for now you can see what used to be the greatest Sprint phones :)
This week I've spent most of my time goofing off online shopping for Sprint Smartphones (as I'm switching networks too). I've been using a T-Mobile Sidekick II for the past couple of years and it is has served me fairly well, but I'm really ready for a new cell phone and I decided I wanted one with a lot more features and a superior camera.
When it comes to deciding which is the best Sprint smartphone, a "must have" for me is a QWERTY keyboard on the phone. I spent most of my time on the phone with the data applications and do a lot more email than I do talking and having an actual keyboard to thumb-type on makes a world of difference. I'm pretty quick now too! So all of these phones I'm showcasing have full QWERTY keyboards.
Ultimately I decided on a Palm Treo and switching networks to Sprint, who have some great rate plans and I'll be saving quite a bit of money on my monthly T-Mobile bill. Sprint has a pretty decent selection of Smartphones, in my opinion, and if they have decent service in your area and the places that you frequently travel, you should take a look at their line-up of mobile phones and rate plans.
These are my picks for the best Sprint smartphones currently available.
Palm Treo 755p Smartphone
The Treo 755p with the Palm OS is what I decided to get after hemming and hawwing a bit over whether to go with Palm or Windows mobile.
Ultimately I decided to go with the Palm-based Treo 755p because I really enjoyed my old Palm Tungsten. I consigned it to the closet a few years ago after buying my Sidekick because it seemed silly to carry two PDAs with me and clearly it made more sense to carry the PDA that had a phone in it.
But I definitely missed all the Palm apps and since there are so many third party applications available and a great user community built around this rock solid and easy to use operating system, I was happy to make this choice.
The Treo 755p is a great device. It has a 320x320 resolution screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, can play video and music, has a web browser, a miniSD expansion slot, and Bluetooth. It comes with a Google Maps feature and it can be used as a wireless modem to connect my laptop to the internet, something I seriously could have used while travelling earlier in February.
It can also handle broadband. Since I spend far more time using data features on my phone than I do voice (I might talk 60 minutes a month when I'm not on the road), all of the data features are essential apps for me.
Palm Centro Smartphone
The Palm Centro is the newest smartphone from Palm. It is one of the least expensive Smartphones that you can buy. It is an amazing phone for the price and I almost selected the Centro over the Treo 755p because it has everything the Treo has and more.
The big difference between this phone and the Treo, however, is the Centro's slightly smaller form factor and the fact that it doesn't do voice dialing. Since I spend so much time surfing or writing email on my phone, I decided that it was worth paying the extra money for a the slightly larger screen that the Treo comes with. I also prefer the larger form factor and shape of the Treo.
But if you're in the market for a Smartphone with the Palm OS, then this is one phone you should definitely consider. It will most likely suit your needs. In addition to pink, it also comes in Red and Black.
MOTO Q 9c Smartphone by Motorola
The Motorola Q9c Smartphone is another phone I considered. The friend who convinced me to switch to Sprint with her has this phone and she likes it quite a bit. It's a great choice for anyone who prefers the Windows Mobile operating system as it comes with Windows Mobile 6.
Like my Treo, the Motorola Q9c comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth and a MiniSD port. It can handle broadband and also has WIndows Media Player 10 for playing video and audio. The Q9c also comes with the longest battery life of any smartphone on the market - up to 7.2 hours of talk time. That's about 3 hours more than the Treo gets.
HTC Mogul PPC-6800 Smartphone
The HTC Mogul runs Windows Mobile 6 and features a sliding design which hides the QWERTY keyboard when the device is closed. Another cool feature is that the screen on the phone adjusts its orientation according to the direction in which you are holding the phone so you can read it both vertically and horizontally.
One big advantage of the Mogul over the other phones on my list is built-in wifi. This means that if you're at a hotspot you can use WiFi rather than Sprint's EV-DO Broadband network. You would generally get higher speeds from WiFi, but EV-Do really is no slouch. Still, lots of people want a feature like this on their phone and if you're one of them, the Mogul is one of your best options. And of course, it has bluetooth as well.
The only major drawback of this phone is the camera. While it features 2 megapixels, nearly all of the reviews I've read of the camera complain that it takes crappy pictures. So if your camera is important, check out some of my other suggested phones instead.
Blackberry 8830 Smartphone
If you travel overseas a lot, the Blackberry 8830 is for you. This is the first CDMA Blackberry that also roams on the global GSM/GPRS networks, a critical feature for some business users. Naturally it offers all the standard Blackberry features, including Enterprise Server, but it has some Sprint-specific features as well -- it can run Sprint's Music Choice service and has a built-in media player. Like the Treo, the Blackberry 8830 can also be used as a wireless modem for your laptop and it features Bluetooth.
The only thing the Blackberry doesn't feature is a camera, so I personally wouldn't buy one, but if you are in the market for a world phone, this is one of your best options.
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