Guess the Phone: One of AT&T’s First 4G LTE Phones

by Brandon Russell | December 13, 2014

This was one of the very first phones to take advantage of AT&T’s then brand new 4G LTE network, which at the time was only available in a handful of cities. Today, LTE is pretty much available everywhere, and it’s rare for a phone not to come with support for the faster wireless speeds. Back then, however, it was a treat. Saying that now sounds utterly ridiculous. I can only imagine what it must have been like to use a fresh LTE network with barely anyone on it.

Since this was one of the earliest devices to support AT&T’s LTE network, it has an ancient spec sheet; I wouldn’t be surprised to see them scrawled somewhere in a cave, painted on in faded ink. That’s how large of a leap we’ve taken since then, a century of work in less than a decade. Even the cheap phones of today pummel this device’s specs; the design, though, isn’t horrrrrrible. It’s hefty, durable, substantial. This is one of those early smartphones that could double as a projectile in a pinch. Devices today need to be treated like fragile tapestries lest they shatter into dozens of pieces.

Reading old reviews of this device is hilarious; reading any old review is funny. Obviously years later saying a device like this has a “gorgeous screen” doesn’t hold up, but that’s just how quickly the market moves along. Take a gander at this relic. One of the first devices to support AT&T’s LTE! Imagine that. What an odd distinction.

The most recent Guess the Phone was the DROID Razr HD.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...