The Samsung Nexus S 4G is already one of the most affordable Android phones; even with its impressive list of features, the phone has a direct price of $30-$100 on contract, depending on how you snag one from Sprint.
But you can get the “flagship Google Android experience” for just one cent at Amazon:
Amazon Wireless has the Nexus S 4G for $0.01 with a new Sprint account and two-year contract. The price of an upgrade jumps to $79. Free shipping.
The LG Thrive is one of the most affordable no-contract Android smartphones available, but finding a case for the handset can be a real challenge. I’m reviewing the Thrive at the moment and decided to try some of the few cases sold for the phone.
My favorite is the very affordable Black Silicone Skin Cover from LG. It’s only $5.45 at Amazon.com and has a very soft, sturdy feel that few inexpensive skin cases have. It also provides clean cut-outs for the data/charging port and audio jack, as well as pass-through controls for the power button and volume rocker buttons.
I think the LG Thrive is an excellent choice for users looking for a prepaid Android smartphone. But the accessories for the phone are, sadly, a bit lacking – at least at this point.
M. Nichols, Products Editor
Android has voice interaction throughout the OS. iOS 5 will also feature updated voice commands. But Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango,” the upcoming version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system may have them both beat… if it actually works.
According to a new post at the Windows Phone Blog, Windows Phone 7.5 will feature advanced voice-based prompts and interaction.
Here’s an example from the post:
WP: [music pauses]You have a text message from Cody Pardi. You can say read it or ignore.
Me: Read it.
WP: “When will you be home?” You can say reply, call or I’m done.
WP: Say your message.
Me: “In about 20 minutes.”
WP: [The phone transcribes and repeats the message] You can say send, try again, or I’m done.
Me: Send. [music resumes]
Check out the PocketNow video below to find out exactly what this speech interface can and can’t do for you once it hits devices later this year.
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In February of this year, the price of a 32GB microSD memory card fell below $70 for the first time since this capacity card was introduced. Now there’s a new price low to announce:
A 32GB microSDHC can now be yours for less than $50.
Amazon.com has the SanDisk 32GB microSDHC Class 2 memory card for $46 shipped.
Looking for a faster card for your Android device? Try the Patriot Signature Class 10 32GB microSDHC memory card.
Prices subject to change at any time.