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HTC Inspire 4G Review

HTC Inspire 4G

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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

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

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Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Inspire 4G Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Inspire 4G Review

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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

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

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


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

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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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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