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Both the T809 and A900 have great QVGA displays. The A900's is slightly larger, which is to be expected given the clamshell form factor. As a Korean Samsung executive recently pointed out, large display size is one of the major advantages of the "thin and wide" form factor of a phone like the A900 or RAZR. And the QVGA resolution is a major advantage of the A900 over the CDMA RAZR, which only has a 176 x 220 pixel display.

 

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The A900 has an interesting feature that will display the U.S. state you're calling once you enter the phone number. I'm not quite sure how it works. It's not a simple zip-code lookup as you might expect, because I tried entering a Pennsylvania zip code with a Virgina exchange (the next three digits) and it said "Virginia"...

As an EVDO "Power Vision" phone for Sprint, the A900 includes "On Demand", an application that provides quick access to simple online information such as news, sports, weather, and maps. The blue hand logo on the screenshot above indicates that this application is, in fact, Pocket Express from Handmark. It might seem redundant since all of the same information is already available via WAP, but it's actually much faster than WAP, because, well - frankly - anything is faster than WAP.

As you can see from the other screenshots above, the A900 also sports Bluetooth, speaker-independent voice control, a megapixel camera, PictBridge direct photo printing, and two choices for the main menu style: list or grid.

You can also see that the A900 has less than 30 MB of memory for content. The A900 is supposed to be a music phone, as indicated by the external media controls and the "Music" option in the main menu. But 30 MB is only enough for less than 10 songs, and given the lack of a memory card slot, it's not clear how useful the A900 will actually be for playing music.

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