Let’s start at the top with one of HTC’s best Android smartphones right now – the HTC Sensation. It has an amazing 4.3 inch S-LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 768 MB of RAM and 1 GB of internal storage, plus it ships with an 8 GB microSD card (you can upgrade to 32 GB).
It also has an 8 MP camera that can record 1080p video. It runs Android 2.3 and it has the latest HTC Sense UI 3.0. It’s a big phone and it’s expensive too, but the specs and features are impressive. The battery life, which is a problem for smartphones in general, is also quite impressive on the HTC Sensation.
HTC Amaze 4G
The HTC Amaze 4G is T-Mobile’s version of the HTC Sensation XE. They’ve added HSPA+ support and upped the RAM to 1 GB but most of the rest of the specs are the same. This Android Gingerbread smartphone has a 4.3 inch S-LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, an 8 MP camera with 1080p video support, and a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls (the XE only has a VGA front-facing camera).
The Amaze has a host of great options to take advantage of that powerful camera and there’s a dedicated camera button too. It also boasts 16 GB of storage out of the box and you can add a 32 GB microSD card on top of that if you want to. It’s an impressive smartphone by any standards.
You may not necessarily want an Android smartphone so here’s another great option from HTC that runs Windows Phone 7. The Titan is worthy of the name – it’s a big phone measuring 5.18 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches and weighing in at 5.64 ounces. It has a 4.7 inch S-LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has a 1.5 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of memory.
This WP device runs version 7.5 of the platform (Mango) which offers a big upgrade over previous WP releases. It also has an 8 MP camera and can capture 720p video.
The Radar is another Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) release but it’s a bit more modest than the Titan. It has a 3.8 inch S-LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The processor is a single-core 1 GHz offering and once again it is backed up by 512 MB of RAM. It has 8 GB of storage and a 5 MP camera that supports 720p video capture.
If you’re keen on trying Windows Phone and you don’t need a cutting edge device then the Radar might be a good place to start.
We move back to Android now with the HTC Rhyme. This smartphone is all about style and is definitely being aimed at the female of the species. It even has its own set of accessories including a Bluetooth headset, armband, docking station, tangle-free headphones and an unusual charm that lights up when you have an incoming call.
The specs are decent. The 3.7 inch S-LCD capacitive touch screen supports a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. There’s a 1 GHz single-core processor, 768 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage (you can add 32 GB with a microSD card). The camera is 5 MP with support for 720p video capture. It may not be cutting edge but it is fashion-conscious.
HTC Hero S
This is a solid Android smartphone running Gingerbread. It has a 1.2 GHz single-core processor, 768 MB of RAM, and a 4 inch S-LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The camera is 5 MP with support for 720p video capture and there’s a 1.3 MP front-facing camera too. As a mid-range option the Hero S looks quite good.
Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt has been out for a while now but it’s still an attractive phone if you’re looking to get on the 4G network. It has a 4.3 inch touch-screen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The single-core processor is clocked at 1 GHz and there’s 768 MB of RAM. You’ve got 8 GB of storage built in (as usual it can be upped by 32 GB with a microSD card). The camera is 8 MP with support for 720p video capture and there’s a 1.3 MP front-facing camera too.
HTC EVO 3D
A new gimmick for smartphones is glasses-free 3D but it hasn’t really taken off yet. The EVO 3D is a solid Android smartphone running 2.3 Gingerbread and backed up by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The camera is only 5 MP with 720p video capture but you can also capture 3D photos and videos with this phone. Sadly the battery life is not great.
HTC Status (ChaCha)
If you don’t care about the full details of the specs on your smartphone and you just want a device for staying in touch then check out the Status (AKA ChaCha). You’ve got a physical full QWERTY keyboard and dedicated support for Facebook fans. If all you’re really after is calls, messaging and some web browsing then this phone will suit you and it’s a lot cheaper than the high-end HTC releases.
The Salsa is HTC’s other dedicated “Facebook” phone. The difference between this and the Status is that the Salsa has the traditional candy bar form factor with a touch screen and no physical keyboard. It’s affordable and it offers reasonable specs and average performance, although built in storage is very limited so you’ll need a microSD card.
HTC Desire Z (T-Mobile G2)
What sets the HTC Desire Z or T-Mobile G2 apart from the other Android smartphones on our list is the inclusion of a slide out, physical, full QWERTY keyboard. The specs are pretty limited with an 800 MHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 MP camera and a 3.7 inch display.
The T-Mobile G2 also runs on the 4G network, and it comes with 4 GB of internal storage and an 8 GB microSD card. If you really want that keyboard then it’s worth a look.
HTC Wildfire S
We’ll finish off with a budget option which could be a perfect introduction to Android for any newcomer. The HTC Wildfire S has a 600 MHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and a 3.2 inch touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. There’s also a 5 MP camera and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The main improvement over the original Wildfire is the screen. There’s no denying this is dated and it will struggle to run smoothly when busy, but it is cheap.