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Review: HTC Bolt for Sprint

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The HTC Bolt is an excellent smartphone for Sprint. The device adds a true phablet to HTC's roster of handsets and it includes an attractive set of features for today's discerning buyers.

HTC nailed the design and build. It takes the best features from the A9 and 10 and puts them in a larger chassis with a bigger, more impressive screen. The metal unibody chassis and glass front excel in terms of quality and appeal. I like the front-facing capacitive controls and perfect side buttons, but some users may be disappointed by the lack of standard headphone jack and non-removeable battery. The Bolt is a good voice phone, LTE data speeds are quick, and battery life is above average.

HTC's Sense UI doesn't add too thick a layer of paste to the core Android platform. Rather, it offers a tasteful number of features without feeling heavy-handed and overbearing. I like how well the camera app is organized, and HTC's app drawer is more flexible than most. Most people should be pleased with the camera itself, which delivers good photos under most conditions.

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At $600, the HTC Bolt isn't the most competitively priced handset in the market, but it's hardly the most expensive, either. It's a fine option to the HTC 10 itself, as well as the iPhone 7 Plus, if you're not an Apple person. For the HTC fan on Sprint, there's no reason to buy anything other than Bolt, which will surely cause some light to flash before your eyes.

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