As the iPhone 4 Juggernaut Rolls, the Android Camp Counterattacks

The iPhone 4 is turning out to be setting new records with its early sales — almost 1.7 million in first three days alone. And the Android camp is doing its very best to counter what seems like a monster launch from Apple.  In many ways the iPhone 4 has once again re-defined the smartphone landscape. Witness Apple’s competitors: they are introducing feature packed, big screen devices that are powered by beefy processors.

Last week we saw Motorola, Verizon and Google jointly announce the new Motorola Droid X. Now comes word that T-Mobile is launching Samsung Vibrant (which runs on Android 2.1), which comes bundled with my favorite app, Amazon Kindle. The device has a 4-inch screen, making it great for reading and watching videos (via MobiTV) and reading books.

Samsung has also launched EPIC 4G for the Sprint network and it too runs on Android 2.1. In addition to a big 4-inch AMOLED screen, the 5 megapixel camera, it also has a front-facing camera for video conferencing and a full QWERTY (slider) keyboard. Samsung devices are powered by Samsung 1 GHz Cortex A8 chip. Both Samsung phones are part or Samsung’s Galaxy S series of smart phones. T-Mobile USA also launched Motorola Charm, a qwerty keyboard phone which is also using Android 2.1 but with MotoBlur user experience.

Anyway it will be interesting to see if the growing number of feature-packed and powerful phones will be able to stop the iPhone 4 juggernaut. Or will this be a repeat of iPod — too many different MP3 models would do nothing in stopping Apple momentum.

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