There a lot of smartphones (iPhone, BlackBerry, LG Ally, Android an' Droid) coming up the pipe this summer and it's hard to keep track of the what and when of them.
There are pre-sale dates and then official launch dates, these can all figure into your smartphone decision- making, say for example if you wait a few weeks, you can get a smartphone with more features for about the same price. We found that for us the best way to view all the launches in a box-style calendar.
We have not been able to find the kind of calendar we wanted anywhere else so we made our own for May and June and will keep moving it out for the rest of year.
Let's look at what we've seen so far in
May. Although the
well-reviewed Droid Incredible started selling on April, it
frequently sold-out with delivery dates a week or two after after
BlackBerry Bold 9650 (formerly Tour2) is due from Sprint on
May 23 with a not-known June launch from Verizon.
3G Slide is coming out from T-Mobile on June
2. The latest iPhone 4G is expected sometime around June 22, with
announcement in early June at WWDC.The LG Ally has a silver-and-black outer case
with 3.2" touchscreen (with tactile vibration) and slide-out QWERTY
keyboard, Wi-Fi, S-GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth 2.1. There
are Iron Man 2 LG Ally promotions
including an augmented reality
content and comic book, contests and
The micro-site reminds users, "Failure is not an
The HTC EVO 4G allows for simultaneous voice and data connections
Video calls can be made via Qik over its EV-DO and WiMAX networks. It
has the usual smartphone features including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooh, visual
voicemail and an FM radio tuner.
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 has a QWERTY keyboard, 512 Flash memory
which is double previous model, microSDHC (expandable to 32 Gb, 2
gigabytes included) 3.2 Megapixel camera, 3.5 mm audio jack, 480 x 360
245ppi display, Bluetooth, GPS, voice dialing, and speaker phone. The
model has a keyboard similar to the BlackBerry Tour 9630 with the
trackball replaced by a trackpad.