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TerreStar Genus

Announced
Sep 21, 2010
Market status
Released

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T

Pros

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Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (154 ppi)
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.76 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (2 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • No front-facing camera

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Description

The TerreStar GENUS is advertised as the world’s first smartphone that combines 3G cellular wireless connectivity with an all-IP satellite network on one device using one phone number. The phone relies on AT&T's GSM/HSPA network while reverting to a satellite connection when AT&T's presence is missing or lost. The phone is running Windows Mobile 6.5.3 OS and features a QVGA touch display, QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and microSD slot for memory.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Windows Mobile Professional (6.5.3)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.68 x 2.55 x 0.76 inches (118.8 x 64.8 x 19.25 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.60 oz (130 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.6 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 240 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 154 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 27.19 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Yes
  • Features:
    • Light sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Digital zoom
  • Camcorder:
      • 320x240 (QVGA) (15 fps)

Hardware

  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.1 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 16 GB

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • External antenna:
    • Yes
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync
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Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
    • Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 21 Sep 2010

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