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There’s a good reason for the massive sales that HTC has generated over the last couple of years – they make awesome smartphones. The hardware is competitive, the build quality is excellent and they offer lots of little extras. There’s no doubt that HTC has contributed to the rise of Android in a major way. Their Sense UI is by far the best Android overlay around and their smartphones come with good solid apps and some stylish and practical widgets.
It doesn’t matter what your budget is either because HTC cater for both ends of the market. Forget about BlackBerry, step aside iPhone, it’s time you got yourself an HTC. Let’s check out the best options right now, both at the cutting edge of the market and in the budget range.
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Other manufacturers, most notably Samsung, were quicker to get their dual-core processor smartphones out on the market, but HTC is striking back with the Sensation. This is their first dual-core release and it’s an absolute beauty.
The Thunderbolt certainly stirred up a storm at Verizon where it was released amidst a big advertising campaign. It may lack a dual-core processor, but it has everything else you could possibly want.
With a 4.3 inch touch screen the Inspire is a great option for people who like to watch TV or movies on their phones. The specs aren’t quite top of the range, but a 1 GHz processor backed by 768 MB of RAM isn’t bad. The Inspire also has an 8 MP camera and it’s reasonably priced.
If you want a cutting edge smartphone with a slide out physical keyboard then this is the phone for you. It’s an excellent device with more than enough features to satisfy even the most demanding of customers.
The EVO was the first Android smartphone to support the new 4G networks. It’s fast and packed with features and it also has an 8 MP camera. It has been surpassed now by the newer models coming through, but it’s still a great smartphone.
The original Wildfire was a great budget offering from HTC, but the Wildfire S offers a few subtle improvements without pushing the price up too high. Most notably you get a much nicer display. Find out why this is one of the best budget Android smartphones around.
Go back 18 months and this was the smartphone to get. It’s like a nicer version of the Google Nexus One with HTC’s Sense UI and a good solid set of specs. The world of mobile moves fast, but this is still a good mid-range option today.
The Droid Incredible is another Android smartphone in Verizon that is no longer cutting edge, but still has a lot to offer. It’s a fast phone with an 8 MP camera and a nice big touch screen. You could do a lot worse.
This is the updated version of the Droid Incredible which is being sold worldwide. It offers a slightly improved display, a better processor and a front-facing camera but otherwise it is much the same.
They dropped the silly name for the U.S. market and called it the Status instead, but either way this is a phone aimed squarely at Facebook and texting addicts. It’s got a full physical QWERTY keyboard below a small landscape screen and there’s even a dedicated Facebook button.
This was one the first Windows Phone 7 devices released and in this review you’ll get an idea of the reaction it evoked. The hardware is limited by current top of the range standards, but the HD7 gives you a solid Windows Phone experience.
Don’t fancy an Android smartphone? Maybe you’d prefer a HTC that runs Windows Phone 7? Well read this review first and then see if you still feel the same way.
If you prefer to have a physical keyboard rather than rely on a touch screen then you should check out this round-up. All of these phones have a physical keyboard, they run on a variety of different platforms and many of them are now bargain buys.
The Merge is a newer release from HTC with a physical keyboard that slides out. It is a mid-range phone in terms of specs, but it’s still perfectly respectable and more importantly it doesn’t cost much.
Here’s another HTC option with dedicated Facebook support. This one is a more typical HTC design – a candy bar with a touch screen. It’s a small step up from previous budget releases, but it still won’t break the bank.
So there you have it. There are plenty of great HTC smartphones to choose from and they still offer some of the best Android options around. What’s your pick? Post a comment and tell us.