HTC Inspire 4G Review
By Tommy Rebik
- February 15, 2011
Pros: The Inspire 4G's price was completely reasonable for such a large display and excellent features. We enjoyed the latest in HTC Sense and Android 2.2 Froyo. The 8 megapixel camera snaps fabulous photos and pretty good videos.
Cons: With such a large display, we do note that the smartphone is a bit on the large side of fence. We really wished that HTC placed a front facing camera for video chatting. The speakerphone needed a big improvement before we can say it was actually pretty decent.
Upon it's announcement at CES 2011, we have long been awaiting for the arrival of HTC Inspire 4G. There has been much to talk about the first AT&T 4G LTE smartphone. We have such high expectations going into this review and we are keeping our fingers crossed that AT&T doesn't disappoint. AT&T has reported that their 4G network is about four times faster than their 3G network. During our testing we could definitely tell the difference between the 4G smartphone and a 3G one. The Froyo device is comes fully loaded with hot-spot capabilities as well as HTC's Sense interface. You can find all of this on a 4.3 inch touch screen that sports an eight megapixel camera as well as the latest in Android. Standing tall at 4.8 inches, the Android smartphone proudly flaunts a 4.3 inch WVGA touch screen that is brilliantly gorgeous. Weighing in at 5.78 ounces, you will never forget that your Inspire is in your pocket. Despite the weight and height of the Inspire, the device itself is actually rather and feels quite nice in the palm of your hand. The large display and the interface of the phone itself leaves you a lot of roomy space around the phone's display. When testing out the phone's touch screen, we found that everything was fully responsive and we had no trouble when it came to tapping away on the keyboard or apps. We did have a problem when we switched to landscape mode, it did seem to get stuck that way a few times and we had to turn off the screen to get it back to normal. Just under the screen, you will find the four typical Android buttons ; Home, Menu, Back, and Search. To the left side of the phone you will find the volume rocker. While at the top, you will see that there is only the power button all alone. The headphone jack actually lies at the bottom of the phone with the Micro USB port. To the back of the phone, you will see that stunning camera and dual-LEd flash.
The HTC Inspire's interface was great to say the least. Coming fully loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo and the latest of HTC Sense, you can only imagine how incredible this phone actually is. The Inspire was the US's first smartphone to sport the manufacturer's updated user interface. From seven flexible home screens to various widgets, we enjoyed playing around with the Inspire. One of the things we noticed about HTC Sense that had change was the speed, it was ridiculously fast. We could reboot the phone or start it up within a matter of seconds. The HTC Inspire flaunts a 8 megapixel camera that not only has auto focus, but dual LED flash and HD Video recording as well! There are a variety of new features and options on the new camera app for you to play with. We really liked that you can adjust the photo's settings right on your display before you take the picture instead of going back to edit it later. Unlike many other HTC cameras, we were actually pleased with the outcome of the Inspire's photography. We even shot great pictures in low light backgrounds. While the video recordings may contain a tad bit of a grainy result in the end, we did think the overall result was surprisingly good. The Inspire supplies various cool features such as speakerphone, conference calling, voice dial, and even world roaming capabilities! While messing around on the internet, we noted how quickly the Inspire uploaded Google's homepage. It took the Inspire 13 seconds to upload to CellPhoneTrek's main page.
When testing the HTC Inspire 4G in the greater Orlando area, we noticed how strong the signal and call quality remained in well known dead spots. We managed to hold four to five bars no matter where we adventured off to in our testing. Our friends on the other end noted how clear we sounded and how they couldn't even identify the switch to speakerphone. Throughout our testing with the Inspire, we not once received a dropped call. While our pals on the other side may have not notice the change in the speak phone settings, we sure did. The speaker showed a rather weak, quiet sound and we could hear our friends if along in a room, but outside or in a public place like the mall, we couldn't barely hear them. We hooked up the Inspire to one of our Bluetooth Headsets and had no troubles getting them to connect to each other. The sound came out crystal clear and we could talk while messing around on our phone's various apps. The HTC Inspire 4G may not be flaunting a dual core processor like many other smart phones out there, but we had no complaints with the 1GHz Snapdragon processor that the Inspire does sports. There was not a moment of lag time throughout our testing. You will find that the Inspire 4G is powered by a 1230mAh lithium ion battery. We managed to squeeze out about ten or so hours of heavy usage before our Inspire reached it's death. As for talk time, we got about seven hours before the battery drained. To get your HTC Inspire 4G, check out AT&T's website or visit your local AT&T store!