HTC Inspire 4G Review
Although we’re on the verge of seeing dual-core processors becoming more mainstream with smartphones, the second generation 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor combined with 768MB of RAM enables the Inspire 4G to fly ever so swimmingly. Clearly, it doesn’t choke or stumble in accomplishing the bevy of normal functions we‘d execute on any phone, but it still doesn’t seemed tested by the activation of graphically intensive live wallpapers. From moving between its various homescreens to launching apps, the fluid response that the Inspire 4G exhibits manages to accentuate its larger than life persona of being a high-profiled Android smartphone.
For AT&T customers, they’re going to be delighted to know that the HTC Inspire 4G is powered by the most-up-to-date Sense experience running on top of Android 2.2.1 Froyo. Needless to say that we’re fond of HTC’s customized interface, especially when it manages to supplement the overall Android experience, but they’ve taken the bold step of taking it further than what we’ve seen previously. Granted that it might not seem like much has changed on the surface, like its distinguishable digital clock widget, but the new features are mostly found on HTCSense.com – its web connected experience that uncovers some unique functionality. After registering for an account, you’re presented with some useful functions at your disposal – like automatic backup, the ability to make your phone ring, or completely wipe the device remotely in the event it’s lost or stolen.
HTC Sense takes a smidgen of getting used to if you've never used it before, however is no more challenging than vanilla Android. In fact, it’s easier. For example, you can personalize the homescreen and add icons without a long-press of the homescreen. Instead, just tap the paintbrush and palette symbol on the bottom left of the homescreen - very intuitive. As already mentioned, there are plenty of pre-loaded HTC widgets which are very functional further improving usability. For those of you who want a list of HTC Widgets, in alphabetical order - your wish is our command: Bookmark, Calculator, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, HTC Likes (app suggestions), Locations, Mail, Messages, Music, My Shelf (ebook shelf), Navigate, News, People, Photo Album, Photo Frame, Search Anywhere, Stocks, Sync All, Tips for Home, Twitter, Weather.
Organizer & Messaging:
Tap the "Phone" button, centered in the bottom of any one of the 7 homescreens and the dialer is pulled up. This works wonderfully, enabling you to numerically enter a name (i.e. bob as 262), with the HTC Desire HD displaying it instantly. Behind the dialer are all your contacts, so minimize the dialer, and intuitively, you're left with your contacts - great. The phonebook works well once you learn how to control it. By this, we mean that HTC Sense pulls in ALL your contacts from EVERYWHERE by default. This feels overwhelming at first, however, open "People", press "Menu" and then tap "View" and you can select which contacts to display (Google, Facebook, SIM etc). Once done, your contacts are a pleasure to thumb through. As for voice recognition, it works better than most, but still gets it wrong every so often.
Organizer tools performed very well indeed. Running Android 2.2,1, the HTC Inspire 4G is perfect if you use Google calendars and contacts for example, it all functions as would be expected from a high-end Android phone (great), with the added sprucing up that comes with bespoke widgets courtesy of HTC, such as calendar and calculator. There is also a swish alarm interface, a flashlight and voice recorder along with all the other organizer tools you would expect.
We can’t say it enough, but the HTC keyboard continues to make sense and is undoubtedly one of the more useful on-screen keyboards out there. In addition to the healthy amount of real-estate provided, we experienced relatively few errors in speed typing while using either its portrait and landscape keyboards. Not only does it offer a ridiculously responsive experience, but we adore the quick input of numbers and punctuations by simply executing a long press on the associated button.
1. rizz (unregistered)
Nice Review Guys..
Is the battery of Desire HD better than Inspire 4G ???
How much does an Unlocked version of inspire 4g cost ?
2. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
They are the same capacity but it is just on how you use it though. They are both at 1230 mAh.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
One of the best deals available on ATT. If you want an Evo like phone and you have ATT, this is the device for you. It has great specs, huge screen, great durability and finally another Super LCD screen. It's nothing compared to the Super AMOLED or Plus for sure. But it is a nice improvement other regular LCDs.
You can get this phone for 99 bucks, or even on amazonwireless.com for just 60.
4. networkdood (Posts: 4748; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
You are not going to get 4G speeds, unless you are in an area setup for it, and according to AT&T that would be only 20-something percent of the existing 3G cover map. Also, I believe AT&T is still on HSPA+ 7.2, which my captivate is getting me 5.00 Mbps d/l speeds with. This phone is capable of 14.4. Still, looks like a great phone at a great price.
5. zappa (unregistered)
Have had the DHD in the UK for a month or so now and thought some real life experience might be useful against the usual battery life arguments weighed against this (DHD) handset.
Battery life comes down to usage. For me since a few initial charge cycles I see 3 days (74 hours) with rare use, just the odd phonecall, SMS and quick few webpages. 2 days (49 hours) for light-normal use, the above plus say a few hours of browsing and noodling around with the phone over the duration, 1 day with moderate-heavy use, that is, 1+ hours of watching videos, gaming, bluetooth usage, several hours phonecalls and lots of browsing. Watching video continuously from full I see 5 hours or so from full to empty.
The above comes with the caveat that I turn things off when not using them. The phone however stays powered on continually between charges - at night it goes into silent and I disable mobile data and wifi.
Battery life on this handset is about 50% better than the original HTC desire which I used in exactly the same way as above. On the desire I would usually struggle to see a day's moderate-heavy use, 1.5 days in light use, and 2 days tops with hardly using the handset. It comes down to the vastly more efficient 2nd gen Snapdragon chip.
As to the screen, it doesn't have the wow colour saturation of AMOLED, but is in my view sharper and has a more natural colour gamut.. It's a very nice screen in use but will look less vibrant next to an AMOLED, plus the contrast to black is not so good. My eyes dont like such massive contrast or saturation, so actually I prefer the DHD screen.
All in all I love this handset. Although it looks like it might be a tad on the big side actually it feels really natural to me. Maybe slightly weighty in really long (2 hour) phonecalls. It's fast and smooth and a pleasure to use. On occasion it seems to ignore screen taps but I've noticed this on several android handsets so I think this is more to do with android than the hardware. My only real issue is Skype cutting out on Wifi when the screen blanks (as you put it to your face) since HTC put some funky power saving on the Wifi when the screen turns off. Seems to affect all HTC handsets. Hope to see a fix at Android 2.3, or a workaround from Skype.
Hope these comments help.
6. aqfqf (unregistered)
COPY OF HTC HD2 BUT WITH ANDROID!!!
7. Sacramento4guser (unregistered)
Im no fan of At&T. I loved my captivate, had it for 2 weeks, but they refused to match the price of the instore specials. (i wanted 2 at $50 ) so i sent back both my upgrades and went to chck on sprint/ghetropcs/tmobile .... Wow what a bunch of hijacking and extortion going on with these phones and contracts. Even though everyone thinks my credit is good tmobile did not. Sir youll have to pay your bill in advance, NP! that sounds like a good idea anyway right? Then they tell me btw tax on that 100 dollar phone is 50 dollars. hahahahahahah. Oh and you cant have THAT pricing ... YOUR NO GOOD, you pay THIS MUCH. hahahahah
So yea i bought two new HTC 4g's loving them. Getting 22.19 down 3.25 up.. slightly slower then my supposed "26mb" connection from comcast here at the house. Im impressed, but i know if i walk to the end of the block.... 3gville baby. hahaha... Im lucky im right off a major highway.
The samsung had me cursing HTC, but my last HTC was a fuze. These 4gs won me back.
8. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 721; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
When is HTC going to get their act together in the photo, video, and music department? How about a nice camera key, maybe find a better supplier for your sensors, maybe work on your audio chips as well, and it'd be nice to see dual mics for a lot better audio during video recording, like with the N8. That doesn't seem too difficult to accomplish.
9. Boston Girl (unregistered)
Love, Love, Love this phone. Debated between Inspire and new iPhone. Definitely went with the right choice. I couldn't be happier. Just the right size - yes, it is big, but that's what I was looking for. Still playing with it and discovering everything it can do. Would highly recommend!
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
The 2nd generation snagdragon processor and 768 of RAM is REALLY nice. It might not be dual core but it gets a very close score on tests. I played with this phone for a week and it never once lagged, froze, force close, or even turned itself off. It worked perfectly despite the fact that I had several apps running. I think what is holding the Atrix back is simply, Motoblur itself. Obviously the Atrix has the dual core processor but I have seen video comparisons of web browser tests and the Inspire can hang in there with Atrix without a problem. The only and I mean ONLY problem is the battery life. Just buy a couple chargers and you'll be fine.
11. forsaken77 (unregistered)
I can't deal with anything less than a 1ghz processor. Right now I have the captivate on 2.2 and that phone is super quick. But now with the dual cores coming out, why would anyone want anything less than a 1gig single core? I mean this phones processor seems antiquated to even my captivate, which came out last summer. And the battery is an issue. You don't just "buy a couple chargers," like someone else suggested. You're not always in areas that you can charge a phone. The phone needs to last a full day, period. I was interested in the Atrix but moto blur and its plastic-garbage body killed it for me, not to mention AT&T ripping you off with the $500 laptop shell. The next Samsung is waaayy to big for me at 4.5 inches. What were they thinking? That's like carrying around a portable gps device in your pocket all day. I think 4 inches is the perfect size, which is why I liked the Atrix AT FIRST. I guess I'll wait it out and see what else comes down the pipeline from AT&T. Buying an HSPA+ phone is stupid when it's only a placeholder till LTE comes out next year. So do yourself a favor and wait till then to buy a supposed "4G" phone
12. cookmd (unregistered)
Not sure about why previous posts seem to be confused about the processor on the HTC Inspire 4G. It has a 2nd gen Snapdragon 1000MHz processor (essentially 1GHz) believe me, this phone is plenty fast! HTC is hands down the best phone manufacturer for streamlining OS performance. HTC SenseUI is smooth like butter! People complain about the battery life, but it isn't an issue. I am a pretty heavy Web/Game/Phone/Text/App user and this phone always lasts me a full day.
If you do need more juice than a single charge can give you then take the micro USB cable with you. Honestly, when was the last time you were not near a computer/car/power outlet for more than 24hours?
I picked the phone up for
13. skeeter7218 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
Had one it kept dropping calls, which I thought was odd because the person next to me was using the same phone & had a full tower. I talked to AT&T about it nothing was done. They said it was my location, explained to them that I could be sitting still in my house & it would drop signals too. Antenna signal on some phones do not pick towers as well as others. Dropped 1st one in sink, they sent a refurbished replacement. Was worse than the first, it dropped more calls than the other & freezes up on the other screens & apps. AT&T wouldn't do anything about it, so now my daughter has an expensive hand-held mp3 player, when it works right. Will not buy another HTC due to poor quality antennas & low 3G network accessibility.
14. Hiteshparikh (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
I purchased a UNLOCKED HTC Inspire from Amazon, how to upgrade its O/S to Ginger Bread without AT&T card. I am not using AT&T SIM card.
Thanks in Advance