HTC Inspire 4G Hands-on
Upon holding it for the first time, we're merely satisfied with its design since it's actually more of the same as it employs a near identical look to the European HTC Desire HD. Without question, its fine crafted industrial design stands tall because it utilizes some metallic materials that are complemented with some soft touch coating – which is the dual combination needed for a razor sharp looking handset. In fact, it closely reminded us of the HTC HD2 since it has a curved back cover to naturally hug the contours of your hand. Overall, the fine materials it's made out of and quality construction easily enables it to be one terrific and admirable smartphone that we're sure AT&T customers will gobble up.
Just like most other HTC super phones of late, the HTC Inspire 4G packs a 4.3” WVGA Super LCD display to provide your fingers plenty of real estate to handle. Naturally, it's a bit larger than most handsets, but it still looks streamlined enough to hide away easily in a pocket. Moreover, we can't complain about its resolution since it's the minimum expectation nowadays, but it would've been surely nice to see some kind of upgrade to catapult it to the next level.
In beautifying this handset, the HTC Inspire boasts the usual concoction of features to deem it a high-end smartphone – like its 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, and 720p video recording. Unfortunately, the unit we looked at wasn't equipped with its battery, but it's actually going to be running the latest version of the Sense UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo. Furthermore, it's more than likely to see the HTC Inspire 4G offering support for HSPA+ connectivity since the carrier has been using the “4G” moniker of late on other things. Basically, it'll translate to a peppier data connection to provide than non-stop web browsing experience you find on a desktop PC.
To sum up out brief encounter with the HTC Inspire 4G, it's definitely going to surprise AT&T customers with its larger than life presence, but it's actually nothing we've seen before. All in all, the design of the phone is probably one of its most beloved features, but its specs aren't anything groundbreaking compared to what's going to be coming out in the near future.
1. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)
NO FRONTFACING CAMERA! that makess mee sooo mad. I lovee the design of this phone and i love HTC. i am going to have to go with the Olympus or Artix or whatever its called just because of its specs. Only if this had a front camera.... i would buy it. C'mon HTC
2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
i'm so BUYING THIS!!
3. nelly (unregistered)
im so buyinq this phones. i dnt care if it doesnt have a front facing camera. the phone is super sexy so im qettn it.. but the sad part is i qot to wait until march cuz thats when i upgrade but february only has 28 days and they phone will be out maybe in the first week of februaryy.. so excitedd
4. xxmahouxx (unregistered)
definetely getting this phone. and will it really be out the first week of February?? and i dont care if there isnt a front facing camera, im not gonna use it that much anyway. facetime? i dont even use skype alot, so its good for mee.
5. jesse23 (unregistered)
I was waiting for this phone but now that I saw a few vids, I'd rather wait for the atrix or whatever comes later.
I'm afraid that the rubbery cover on the bottom will deform by time. The battery cover is a pain to remove and if you force it then it will get loose and chipped, the design won't let you change the battery for a larger one, you can't change the metal back cover. The battery life is low and with that display i'd be surprised if it would last a day. The headphone jack is on the edge, hopefully it won't be a problem, but it's hard to tell as att or htc was too cheap to include a headset. (unboxing vid). The display is large but I would rather have a smaller display w/ larger resolution. The cam is sticking out and looks like the phone will sit on it if you put it down so it's a magnet for prints and scratches. Not sure what size mem card att will give you but att lately takes out everything from the boxes so I doubt it will be 16gb. Since the atrix comes with 16gb, better display, better battery, more memory and looks better I think I skip this one. Unless.... they overprice the atrix, in that case the htc is the bang for the buck.... but that still won't change the battery life and hopeless design...