Chicago - U.S. Cellular launched its first Android 4.0 smartphone and first ruggedized Android smartphone, both from Google-owned Motorola.
Both phones are 3G models.
The Electrify 2, which replaces a first-generation Electrify, is available today at $199 after $100 mail-in rebate but, for a limited time, will be available at $179 after $100 mail-in rebate in select markets. The ruggedized DEFY XT, available Aug. 3, will retail for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Compared to its predecessor, the Electrify 2 adds Android 4.0 in lieu of Android 2.3, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor instead of a dual-core 1GHz, ColorBoost technology to the 4.3-inch display, 1080p capture to the 8-megapixel rear camera, Kevlar rear cover, splash-guard coating, 1,780 mAh battery instead of 1,700 mAh, and Motorola' Smartactions.
Smartcactions is a Motorola app that helps extend battery life, automate routine tasks and suggest ways to personalize a phone. The Electrify 2 is the carrier's first device with the Smartactions app.
The phone is also slimmer, at 0.33 inches vs. 0.48 inches.
The Defy XT with scratch-resistant 3.7-inch touchscreen is promoted as water-resistant and dust-proof. Features include 5-megapixel camera, front-facing webcam for video chats, and customizable activity dashboards to access such functions as integrated compass, pedometer, music player and weather.