Recently, AT&T announced it would be following in Verizon's footsteps and establishing a 4G LTE wireless internet network for use with various high-end smartphones. One of the first devices to be compatible with this network, the HTC Vivid, recently hit store shelves and boasts a number of notable features, according to Engadget.

The news source reports that the physical characteristics of the phone are not as notable as its software and related smartphone accessories. The Vivid is fairly heavy for its size and its plastic body easily retains fingerprint imprints. However, its LCD display is seen as impressive by comparison to similar phones.

Since 4G LTE is only available in specific cities, it may be difficult to get a full sense of the Vivid's performance on this network. In areas where the service is in place, data speeds were reported as particularly high.

Other technical specifications of the phone include a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and 16 GB of internal data storage. Battery life falls below that of comparable phones, clocking in at 5.1 hours of continuous use after a full charge.

According to PC Magazine, the new 4G LTE network in Boston, Massachusetts, is equal to or better than Verizon's version of the service under optimal conditions.