The handsets for Mobile ESPN are Sanyo MVP and Samsung ACE. Samsung ACE features built-in Bluetooth technology, 1.3 megapixel camera with built-in flash and digital zoom lens plus ability to captures video in up to 30-second intervals, 2.2″ 240×320 pixel 260,000 colors TFT screen, speakerphone, EVDO support, MP3/AAC music player and its size is 3.9 X 2.0 X 0.6 inches. Sanyo MVP features 2.1″ 260,000 colors QVGA (240×320 pixels) TFT display, EVDO high-speed data access support, 1.3 megapixel digital camera and camcorder with flash, MP3/AAC music player, 3D graphics, speakerphone and its size is 3.66 x 1.91 x 1.05 inches.
FOXNews reviews Mobile ESPN with Samsung ACE cellphone and concludes that for Samsung ACE handset that has better visuals come with a battery-devouring cost on such a skinny phone. Even with light usage of the Mobile ESPN application, the Samsung phone would drain its juice in less than half a day. In an apparent nod to this deficiency, every ACE is being sold with a free car charger, an accessory that usually costs extra. The real answer, though, is to buy an extended-life battery for $30 on top of the ACE’s price tag: $99 for new subscribers signing a two-year commitment, or $149 with a two-year extension to upgrade from the MVP. For Mobile ESPN service itself, the conclusion is that “it’s a tough call. I might not pay extra for it, but I do know people who are ga-ga enough about sports that they’d love to eliminate those lonely moments when they’re not near a TV or listening to sports radio.”