Verizon today announced their next smartphone, the Pantech Marauder, which is aimed squarely at first-time Android adopters.  Arriving in but a few days time (August 2), the 4G LTE handset will cost $49.99 with a two-year service agreement and after $50 mail-in rebate.

Hardware details are not all that crazy, but that’s to be expected for something designed for folks just graduating from a feature phone.  Nevertheless, there’s still a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 4-inch display, and 5-megapixel camera.  Toss in your standard fare of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD expansion, DLNA, and 4G LTE connectivity and you could do much worse for your money.

Where Verizon really speaks to new Android users comes in the software, namely the Dual-Interface option.  On one hand you have your typical Android interface, replete with apps, widgets, shortcuts, settings, and more.  On the other, the Starter Mode is more simplified and intuitive designed to ease users into Android.  Features include a quick dialer icon on home screen, preset widgets, and a clutter-free lock screen.  Of course, you can always customize things a bit more to your liking and settings are maintained across modes.

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