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.
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