Try to say that title 3 times fast, eh? Yesterday I received a text from my fiancee letting me know that FedEx had just dropped off a package for me, and more specifically, Android Police. After the Samsung Captivate arrived the previous day, I wasn’t expecting any additional deliveries, so I had her rip it open, only to reveal that the awesome folks at Samsung sent a shiny new Vibrant our way as well!
Android is getting some love from the great white North: the HTC Desire is coming to Canada on Telus. The Desire features:
- Sony SLCD 3.7” HVGA screen at 800x480,
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 5 MP camera with flash and video recording
- 3G (850MHz and 1,900MHz bands)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
- MicroSD slot with support for cards up to 16GB
Telus is also throwing in an 8GB microSD card for good measure, and the device will be running Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI.
Wow, we knew Wirefly and Amazon were trying hard to compete and offered excellent prices on both the Verizon's Motorola Droid X and the T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant that came out today. And kudos to them.
- Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile: $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate shipped free OVERNIGHT, with a free car charger thrown in
- Motorola Droid X for Verizon: $149.99 after an instant $50 discount, shipped free (though not overnight)
For comparison, both phones are being sold by the respective retailers for $200.
UPDATE: Per our informer below in the comments, this may be limited to only some Verizon retail locations. But, there is confirmation that several actual Verizon locations would not sell unsubsidized devices in the link we’re sourcing.
Numerous persons are confirming in comments and side-notes on DroidLife that some Verizon stores are refusing to sell unsubsidized (full-price) Droid X’s to customers who are showing up and waiting in line for the device this morning.
Word at DroidLife is that the original Droid is being phased out over the next few weeks (presumably with some promotions coming to help move the last of them off shelves). This is likely in preparation for the coming Droid 2, which is coming sometime in August.
The Droid 2 will be a direct replacement for the original Droid, complete with full slide out QWERTY keyboard (whereas the Droid X has none).
Samsung Vibrant - the Galaxy S series representative on T-Mobile - is going live today, July 15th, and T-Mo already made it available in their online store for $250-$50 rebate.
A few days ago, we also pointed out that the phone is also available from Wirefly for $50 cheaper than T-Mo - $149.99.
Well, it looks like today Amazon.com followed suit and is now offering the Vibrant at the same cool $149.99 delivered for free in 2 days.
Manufacturers take note: this is how it’s done. A mere two weeks after the Vibrant was announced, this Samsung’s Galaxy S variant for T-Mobile is now up available for order at T-Mobile’s online store.
The Vibrant is currently listed at a $499.99 off-contract price, or $249.99 plus a $50 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract.
What do you get for your money?
- 4.0” Super AMOLED 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen
- 16GB onboard storage
- 5 MP autofocus camera capable of recording 720p video
- 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
- Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0
- Swype text input
Better Deal From Wirefly
There is a better deal available though, which we posted about a few days ago: if you order from Wirefly, which offers free shipping and free returns, you will not have to deal with annoying rebates and will in addition save another $50.
The moment you've been waiting for is here - Droid X order page just went live at VZW's site.
Were you planning on holding off on your purchase of one of the US Samsung Galaxy S variants because you require root? Well, worry no more – the root method used on the international version of the Galaxy S has proven to work on T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant and AT&T’s Samsung Captivate.
Two methods are already available, and both are fairly simple. Read the instructions below, or check out the source link for the most up-to-date instructions.
On the MyDroidWorld forums, site founder p3droid has recently shared some new and disheartening information about the Droid X. While we reported that the Droid X is locked down with an encrypted bootloader, it now seems Motorola has taken an extra step to ensure no one starts tinkering under the hood.
In the event that the bootloader, kernel, or ROM are noticeably compromised, your Droid X will try to brick itself.