Last month, in a slightly ill timed feature titled Screw you, UK, I scribbled a bit about devices we’d have to make do without over here. I was subsequently dragged into the street and crucified on a burning cross, but, like the great zombie Jesus, I’m back.
This time I’ve decided to have a gander at various HTC devices that appear to be US-only. We followed some of the sexier ones quite intently while they were in production, and our hopes were subsequently dashed when the Taiwanese manufacturer turned its back on the Union Jack; others we weren’t so fussed about.
Ready, Jeeves? Links are for the official HTC specs pages "btw".
HTC Rezound (nee Vigor)
We kept a close eye on this chap prior to the official announcement, back when it was known as the HTC Vigor. To be honest, since we’d already been treated to the HTC Sensation XE and HTC Sensation XL over here, we didn’t hold out much hope for the Vigorous one.
When the Vigor was announced as the HTC Rezound in the States, it was in fact their first Beats Audio affair, something we were already quite familiar with. And alas, as predicted, the HTC Rezound was a 4G beast destined for Verizon. Bad times.
Still, the HTC Sensation XE is a pretty decent alternative. Wipe those tears, you big baby.
Here’s what you’re missing out on:
Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon
Memory: 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM
HTC Jetstream (nee Puccini)
We were admittedly quite excited about the HTC Flyer when it first appeared at Mobile World Congress this year. The fact that the rep wouldn’t let us touch it made it all the more desirable. Yes, we want what we can’t have; it’s human nature, man.
By the time the stylus-rockin’ HTC Flyer launched with Gingerbread (Android 2.3, yuck) mid-May, with a frankly outrageous price tag, we were already starting to hear rumours of a 10in successor.
Enter: the HTC Puccini.
For the next few months we raised our eyebrows at a succession of leaked pictures and specs, but then we, erm, kinda forgot all about it. In our defense, there’s an absolutely ridiculous number of Android tablets, and the HTC Puccini wasn’t promising to do anything particularly outrageous.
Ultimately the HTC Puccini touched down as the HTC Jetstream, a 4G LTE exclusive to AT&T in the good ol’ US of A. If you’d told us six months ago it wasn’t coming to the UK, there’s a good chance we would’ve kicked you in the privates; now, not so bothered.
Processor: Qualcomm APQ8060, 1.5 GHz (dual core) + MDM9200
Memory: 32GB internal storage, 1GB RAM
Those two are probably the most notable omissions. Check out these chaps too:
HTC Vivid – This guy is another AT&T exclusive, and weighs in with a 4.5in display. In the UK, you’ve got the choice of the 4.3in HTC Sensation XE or 4.7in HTC Sensation XL with nowt in between. Throw in a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and an 8MP/1.3MP camera combo, and we’re slightly miffed. Bah. We want 4.5!
HTC Amaze – This offering from T-Mobile (pictured) has almost identical specs to the HTC Rezound, but is notable for being really, really curvy. Like, maybe too curvy. But the more I look at it, the more I like it. Hmm...
HTC Evo Design 4G – A 4in variant of the 4.3in HTC Evo 3D, 'cept, er, without the 3D. Meh. Incidentally, where are all the 3D smartphones? Has that fad died a death? Let’s hope so.
HTC myTouch 4G Slide – Essentially a dual-core HTC Desire Z, the myTouch 4G Slide weighs in with a dual-core processor and a fully QWERTY keyboard. Sonofa...