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Virgin Mobile Gives Us More Choices


It seems like it was yesterday when I wrote a post about the survey I had taken in which Virgin Mobile was asking me what I thought of the potential names of their upcoming phones.

Almost one month to the day of that post, today Virgin Mobile announced two brand-spanking-new models: the LG Optimus Slider and HTC Wildfire S. Strangely, neither of these phones bear the names for which I was surveyed but with the addition of these two models, Virgin Mobile now has a total of five Android phones for consumers to choose from.

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Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus Slider (MSRP $199.99)

With its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the LG Optimus Slider looks pretty much like a replacement for the LG Rumor Touch only it’s running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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Virgin Mobile’s HTC Wildfire S (MSRP $199.99)

Speaking of clones, it looks like the HTC Wildfire S could be a clone of the LG Optimus in terms of screen size (3.2”), processor (600 MHz), etc. It’s a little thinner and lighter than the Optimus but comes with a 5MP camera and a flash, something previous VM Android models (except the TRIUMPH) lacked. Like the Slider, the Wildfire S also boasts Android’s 3.2 Gingerbread platform.

But with the few pluses comes a huge minus: talk time. According to the specs, this model has an astounding 3.8 hours of talk time. By comparison:

  • Motorola TRIUMPH: 4 hours
  • Optimus V: 6 hours
  • Samsung Intercept: 6.4 hours

Granted, with texting often being the preferred choice of communication these days, talk time may not seem to relevant but hey, I’d expect a little more than that.

All in all, Virgin Mobile seems to be sending in the clones with these two models and I don’t see myself rushing to sell stuff on eBay to buy either of them. The only good thing here is that the prices will definitely drop on all other Android models to make way for these, which is great news if you’ve been eyeballing that Optimus V.

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2 thoughts on “Virgin Mobile Gives Us More Choices”

  1. Very nice write up, Dave. I must now investigate these cool android phones. Honestly, if I didn’t own one already, these would be really nice to buy. Just like you, none of these are enough to make me sell mine on ebay or amazon to get a new one. If they did have an hdmi output, then that might may think about it.
    Now, if and when they come out with a $99 VM 10 inch Tablet, I will buy it.
    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks. You’re right — they are unremarkable if you already own an Android phone but nice if you are interested in one and didn’t know where to look.

      I would be all over a tablet, too. In fact, I just pre-ordered the Kindle Fire for my son’s Christmas present. Now that I really like and, dare I say it, could give the iPad a run for its money at that pricing point. 8GB may not be much for some but for what my son would use it for, it’s just perfect. As long as he can play Angry Birds, watch cat videos on YouTube and read a book, he’s happy.

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