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NEC's first entry into the American Android market isn't exactly auspicious, but it does fill a much-neglected niche. AT&T is now offering the NEC Terrain for sale, right on time and online only. $99.99 on contract gets you the QWERY candybar phone with a miniscule 3.1" screen, or you can shell out $429.99 to own it outright. Considering its ruggedized, semi-waterproof build, that's not such a bad deal... but you will have to live with Ice Cream Sandwich, a year after Jelly Bean 4.1 was released. Ouch.

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That small screen hides some pretty respectable specifications: the NEC Terrain is powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, with a full gig of RAM to back it up. 8GB of storage can be paired to a MicroSD card. The screen is surprisingly dense for its size at 640x480 - not so long ago, anything in this range would be expected to get a 320x240 resolution. It's also protected by Gorilla Glass, and with the small display, the 1900mAh removable battery should last for a good while. The phone includes access to AT&T's LTE bands. a 5MP rear camera, .3MP front-facing cam, front-facing speakers, and backlit keys round out the hardware.

I'm sure this little guy is just perfect for someone, but those who want a bigger screen or better specs might want to splurge on the upcoming Galaxy S4 Active. It's got the same limited waterproof and dustproof spec as the Terrain, plus a 5-inch 1080p screen and Android 4.2, all for $200 on-contract. But if you need that physical keyboard and don't mind the smaller build, go for it. Shipping for the Terrain is free.

Source: AT&T Web Store

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • andy

    way too expensive for an ICS based low range device; you can get better QWERTY smartphones on the same price, or even high end devices on similar offers (I've got Samsung in my mind); also a good JB 4.2 smartphone is V1 Viper (http://androidflagship.com/540-allview-v1-viper-specs-features-price) but I don't think that it would be released in US

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  • Paul

    Depends if one handed typing on a physical keyboard is right for you. Good device for those Blackberry 9700 and 9900 users dying to move to Android but can't stand virtual keyboards. There's been no good Android QWERTY phones lately and even the ones that existed were designed for 2 handed typing. This could fill a small niche market and steal some BB customers who were considering going to the Blackberry X10.

    • Freak4Dell

      I wish Motorola would bring out a new version of the Droid Pro. I loved mine, but it was time to let it go.

      • Paul

        What about the DROID 4?i think it's the best qwerty android phone at the moment which is kind of sad but it's decent. Better than the Captivate Glide or MyTouch 4G slide

        • Freak4Dell

          I have had a landscape QWERTY slider before. I found I just end up using the soft keyboard most of the time because it's too troublesome to rotate the phone and slide out the keyboard. The reason I loved the Droid Pro so much was because it had the portrait QWERTY that was right there all the time. I used Treos before I came to Android, so I was quite fond of that form factor.