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What You Need to Know About HTC Smartphones with AT&T

HTC is a Taiwanese consumer electronics company that specializes in smartphones and other portable devices. These phones not only let you place and receive calls from almost anywhere, but they also let you organize your life. Many HTC phones are compatible with AT&T carriers.

Which operating system does HTC use?

The majority of HTC phones run on a customized version of the Google Android operating system. The user interface on these phones feature HTC Sense, which is a software suite for HTC's Android-based phones. Sense features an interactive TV guide and remote control, a single-screen feed of all your favorite content, and a built-in amplifier. Two series of phones, the 7 Series and the 8 Series, run on Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, respectively. Windows Phone is a mobile version of Microsoft's desktop operating system. It comes with the following features:

  • A contact hub
  • The Internet Explorer Mobile web browser
  • A mail client that supports Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, and others
  • Xbox Music and Xbox Video multimedia hubs
  • Microsoft Office Mobile, which is compatible with the desktop version
  • A games hub
  • Bing search
  • The Cortana personal assistant
What are the cellular capabilities of an HTC smartphone?

The company's phones feature either 3G or 4G wireless standards, depending on the model. The 4G standard enables the transmission of high levels of data bandwidth compared to previous standards, thus improving the speed of downloads and the quality of video streaming. Many phones released after 2010 are equipped with LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution. Although not technically meeting the criteria for the 4G standard, LTE is an upgrade from 3G. Many HTC phones are compatible with both 3G and 4G AT&T networks.

What are some features of HTC smartphones?

The precise specifications vary based on each model, but these smartphones are generally equipped with the following features:

  • A Qualcomm processor with one to eight cores
  • A dual or multitouch LCD screen
  • A rear and/or a front camera
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • A GPS system
  • Internal flash memory
  • A microSD card slot
  • Various sensors, such as a three-axis accelerometer and an ambient light sensor

The size of the screen, which typically ranges somewhere between 3 inches and 6 inches diagonally, has slowly evolved more toward a "phablet" form factor. A phablet is a cross between a smartphone and a tablet and is typically defined as any phone with a screen that's at least 5.5 inches in size.

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