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HTC Inspire 4G Review

HTC Inspire 4G

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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.

The interface of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The interface of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The interface of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
The interface of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review

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.

Mail - HTC Widgets - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Friend Stream - HTC Widgets - HTC Inspire 4G Review

Mail

Friend Stream

Personalization options - HTC Inspire 4G Review

Personalization options



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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.

Dialer - HTC Inspire 4G Review
HTC Inspire 4G Review
Voice dialer - HTC Inspire 4G Review

Dialer

 

Voice dialer


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.

Organizer tools of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Organizer tools of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Organizer tools of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Organizer tools of the HTC Inspire 4G - HTC Inspire 4G Review

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.

HTC keyboard - HTC Inspire 4G Review
HTC keyboard - HTC Inspire 4G Review


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HTC Inspire 4G

HTC Inspire 4G

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.75 GB 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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