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HTC Inspire 4G Review

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Photo enthusiast will adore the myriad of specialty modes available with the HTC Inspire 4G as it makes taking just about any photos especially fun. Moreover, its camera interface provides enough manual controls, such as the ability to modify exposure, contrast, saturation, to enable the user to perfectly capture specific shots in all of their glory. And finally, its vast mix of effects will entertain just about anyone who wants to add a sprinkling of quirkiness or fun to their shots.

Camera interface - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Inspire 4G Review

Camera interface


In terms of quality, its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera takes some satisfactory images outdoors during the daytime – though, color production is slightly on the cooler side. In fact, it’s even more prevalent with shots taken under artificial lighting, but it’s still more than agreeable thanks to the amount of detail it’s able to capture. Unfortunately though, there is a conspicuous amount of noise evident in photos taken in low lighting conditions. Furthermore, the flash tends to make things look over-exposed – not to mention casting a yellowish hue as well. Despite its reduced output in low lighting conditions, we find using the HTC Inspire 4G more than forgiving in taking photos that you’ll want to remember.

Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review

Camera samples shot with the HTC Inspire 4G


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5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Inspire 4G Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Inspire 4G Review

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Yeah, it’s got 720p video recording, especially since it’s regarded as a high-caliber handset, but don’t expect much out of it. Sadly, there is just way too much evidence of artifacting which tends to make the overall recording look pixelated. Although we weren’t expecting to find continuous auto-focus, it does offer the functionality of touch focus, but it doesn’t necessarily aid in making the outcome better – despite its ability to shoot at the smooth rate of 28 frames per second. And finally, audio recording is on the mute side which ultimately makes it sound muffled.

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Multimedia:

There isn’t much transformation with the Gallery App on the HTC Inspire 4G as it lays out content in the typical grid-like formation in portrait, while turning it to landscape, switches it to a camera roll like carousel. With photos, there is a finite set of editing tools available, such as cropping or rotating, but there are additional after-effects that you can apply on them as well.

The Gallery App - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The Gallery App - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The Gallery App - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The Gallery App - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The Gallery App - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The Gallery App - HTC Inspire 4G Review

The Gallery App


In keeping the experience engaging for users, we’re glad to see some improvements made to the music player that seemingly keeps the presentation factor in mind. Even though we’re presented with the same look in portrait, tilting the phone to landscape presents a full blown Cover-flow like interface that effortlessly allows you to swipe between albums. Sadly, the audio quality from its speaker is on the shrill side when no equalizer option is enabled, but even after enabling Dolby Mobile or SRS enhancement, it still doesn’t particularly come off as being too pleasant to the ear.

The music player seemingly keeps the presentation factor in mind - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The music player seemingly keeps the presentation factor in mind - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The music player seemingly keeps the presentation factor in mind - HTC Inspire 4G Review

The music player seemingly keeps the presentation factor in mind


Even before loading a video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, we had good faith in its ability to playback videos in general thanks to its peppy processor. Of course, it didn’t stutter or slow down one bit as it played swimmingly to its entirety. And thanks to its gorgeous looking and massive sized display, it easily makes for a conducive video watching experience.

Video playback - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Video playback - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Video playback - HTC Inspire 4G Review

Video playback



Connectivity and Internet:

Being the quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and dual-band (850/1900 MHz) UMTS device it is, global travelers will have no problems taking the HTC Inspire 4G with them on their escapades. Although it’s highly touted for its HSPA+ connectivity, which is indicated by the “H+” icon in the notifications area, we aren’t thrilled by the speeds it obtained during our testing. Generally speaking, it manages to get average speeds around 1700kbps down and 150kbps up – which by contrast aren’t fantastic by any means over the speeds we’ve experienced with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. If that’s the case, then it probably justifies why the handset lacks a front-facing camera – especially for a 4G branded device. Lastly, the HTC Inspire 4G packs on other connectivity items such as 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, aGPS, and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.

Without question, the HTC Inspire 4G’s roomy confines and lighting quick processor provides for some productive web browsing. On the surface, it manages to load up complex pages with relative ease, and with support for Flash 10.1 in tow, it perfectly brings forth that desktop-like look and feel. Again, we see the power of its Snapdragon processor as it offers fluid kinetic scrolling and responsive zooming with pinch gestures. In the end, it follows in familiar fashion with other prior high-end handsets out there, but it doesn’t load up pages any faster than what we’ve seen on other AT&T handsets.

Web browsing - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Web browsing - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Web browsing - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Web browsing - HTC Inspire 4G Review

Web browsing


For most people out there, the 8GB microSD card pre-installed should suffice, but for those heavy into multimedia, they’ll be happy to know that the hot-swappable slot will accommodate cards up to 32GB in capacity.

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posted on 21 Feb 2011, 15:44

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 ?

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 19:51

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.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 20:03 2

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; 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.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 08:52

4. networkdood (Posts: 6274; 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 20:25

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.

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 15:26

6. aqfqf (unregistered)


COPY OF HTC HD2 BUT WITH ANDROID!!!

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 06:51

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.

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 12:21

8. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 860; 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 12:57 1

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!

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 18:02

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; 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.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 13:29

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

posted on 13 May 2011, 10:03

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

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 22:01

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.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 06:37

14. Hiteshparikh (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Hi All,

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

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HTC Inspire 4G

HTC Inspire 4G

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.84 x 2.68 x 0.46 inches
(123 x 68 x 12 mm)
5.78 oz  (164 g)
Battery1230 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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