This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Sprint's Shift Won't Move Many Phone Buyers

Stocks in this article: S

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Who could have guessed that the dull task of keeping small firms connected would be the hot new darling of the cell phone biz?

But behold, the once and future king of business smartphones, the BlackBerry (RIMM) line of devices, now faces stiff competition from such manufacturers as Motorola (MOT), Samsung and HTC. Cell carriers such as Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile have been gobbling up biz-oriented smartphones from these producers of late. These units, including the Motorola Droid Pro, are usually smaller than their glamorous, all-touch smartphone cousins such as the Droid X. But they have traditional qwerty keyboards, usually are of a more durable design and support for-business tools such as company email.

Sprint (S) entered this market recently with the HTC EVO Shift 4G ($150, with two-year plan), a riff on the company's all-touch, fast and 4G-enabled HTC EVO. I have been giving this unit the small-biz once-over. My verdict? While the Shift is solid, and can fill a role in a small business, several dings in design and execution mar the phone's overall value.

What you get
The Shift is a decent, if imperfect, alternative for business types who want to stay connected on the road.

The Shift is mostly what uber-phones such as the HTC EVO or the Samsung Epic are not. It is blissfully less massive than the EVO -- a reasonable 5 inches diagonal by my measure. So unlike the EVO it is not a pocket or bag dominator. And the business-ready slide-out qwerty keyboard gives those of us who have real work to do the means to do it.

I also liked the tough rubberized exterior, which spares us all the nonsense of add-on smartphone protective cases. And I appreciated the preinstalled business apps such as Adobe Reader and Quickoffice, along with neat downloadable apps from the Android Market such as Qik, an interesting video tool.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,053.71 +23.50 0.13%
S&P 500 2,088.77 +6.89 0.33%
NASDAQ 4,806.8590 +33.3870 0.70%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs