AT&T released the NEC Terrain, a new QWERTY powered smartphone that comes to the Android market. But, don’t get too excited as even though the Terrain is NEC’s first Android experience in US, the phone is a low range device, which is being offered with a relatively high price tag. The Terrain is featuring only ICS (will anybody buy a new handsets that isn’t running Jelly Bean?) and is also bringing other outdated specs and features, though its QWETY keyboard and the ruggedized, semi-waterproof build are its strengths.
AT&T is already offering the NEC Terrain, so you can anytime order the smartphone from AT&T’s official web page. Its price tag is $ 99.99, only if you agree to sign a new two year agreement, while the SIM free variant will cost you $ 429.99, and that’s a lot – wait until you see the specs and features list and then you will agree with me.
As you can see in the image from above, the phone is not looking bad, though you must note its tiny display – 3.1 inch with 640×480 resolution. Beside that the design is surprisingly appealing as the ruggedized case and the QWERTY keyboard are perfectly combined.
Specs wise, the AT&T NEC Terrain will come with a dual core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage memory and a micro SD card slot. The phone is also featuring a 5 MP camera on the back and a 3 MP front facing camera and also front-facing speakers. Of course, since it’s available on AT&T, the Terrain will come with LTE support, so you will be able to enjoy improved web browsing services. Unfortunately and as already mentioned, the handset will be coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, so no Jelly Bean here. Who knows, maybe an Android 4.1, or higher, update will be released soon.
So, what do you think, do you like the QWERTY based AT&T NEC Terrain, or you rather choose a similar device (in pricing offers) with better performances instead? There are many mid-range devices (that are bringing Jelly Bean OS to its future users) available on the market – such as the recently released V1 Viper (apparently the same will not be coming to US), so it will not be hard to find an alternative.