November 20 will be a busy day for Android AT&T customers. The carrier just announced it will launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, Samsung Captivate Glide, Samsung Doubletime and Pantech Pocket all on the same day. In addition, AT&T will also epxand its 4G LTE network to six new markets including Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City,Las Vegas, Oklahoma City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the smaller brother of the Tab 10.1 we’ve been playing with for months, and it will be AT&T’s second LTE tablet. (The other is the flop known as the HTC Jetstream). Samsung’s offering will sell for a hefty $479.99 with a two-year commitment, but AT&T is tossing in a free Galaxy S II Skyrocket or Galaxy S II at no cost for a limited time.
Next we have a pair of Android smartphones from Samsung that were first announced last month at CTIA. The Samsung Captivate Glider is the first Android phone to feature a QWERTY keyboard, Tegra 2 processor and support for 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps. Then we have the Samsung DoubleTime, which you will probably want to avoid. It ships with the ancient Android 2.2 Froyo and a 600 MHz processor.
Finally we have the Pantech Pocket, another odd Android offering. It features a 4-inch display with 800×600 resolution, 5 megapixel camera and a single-core 1 GHz processor. I wasn’t really impressed with the Pantech Pocket at CTIA, and I can’t think of any reasons to recommend this phone over AT&T’s other offerings.
The already launched Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid are most likely the best high-end Android devices we will see on AT&T this year, so today’s announcements likely won’t impress the hardcore crowd. However, we are always glad to see AT&T expand their 4G LTE network.