Now we’re talking. Finally a “real” Android device is being released in the New Zealand market. The HTC Desire is a wicked fast phone with the latest (well, almost, but let’s not quibble), Android software. HTC also have a reasonable track record of keeping their current devices up to date, so with Android 2.2 out to the public yesterday, we might see it on the Desire in the near future.
There’s a new Sony Ericsson listed there too, but it’s running 1.6 and Sony have been appalling at getting upgrades out. Hopefully I’ll get a Mini Pro to test, but I’m not holding out any hope that it will be a decent device.
Brilliantly titled full press release follows:
These are the Droids you’ve been looking for
Vodafone is unleashing the power of Google’s Android operating system on the New Zealand public with three new Android-powered devices joining our line up.
Vodafone was first in the country to offer the revolutionary power of Google’s operating system on a smartphone with the HTC Magic and we followed up last month by launching Sony Ericsson’s flagship Xperia X10i.
Now we’re adding three new Android smartphones to our range.
First off the rank we have the HTC Desire, with its 1GHz snapdragon processor and its 3.7” AMOLED full touch screen. The Desire is one of the leading lights of the Android world and includes HTC’s native platform “Friendstream” which collates all your social media updates from Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.
The HTC Desire will be selling for $999 RRP (less if you’re on a contract).
Complementing our Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i is the X10i Mini PRO which offers a full touch screen plus slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. Retailing from $599 RRP.
Rounding out the Android collection will be the LG Optimus (GT540), with its 3” full touch screen display, 3MP camera with auto face tagging technology and advanced multimedia supporting DivX & Xvid. The LG Optimus will be selling for $399 RRP.
Vodafone’s Director of Sales, Grant Hopkins, says Vodafone is leading the smartphone revolution in New Zealand.
“We already offer some of the world’s best-known brands in the smartphone space and now with this full range of Androids at different price points, we have the country’s most complete range of smartphones.
“Smartphones are the fastest growing segment in the handset world, yet the devices themselves have always been at the top end of our price range. With Google’s Android operating system available right across the range we now have a smartphone to suit every pocket.”[/quote]