HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T review - when is 4G not 4G?
28 February 2011
Summary: The HTC Inspire 4G, like the Motorola ATRIX 4G, is one AT&T's first devices capable of running on its 4G HSPA+ network. It offers a stunning industrial design, a top notch user interface, and an high-spec camera. While some might find that its 4.3-inch screen is a bit bulky, the size of it makes web browsing and media viewing an absolute pleasure.
Pros: Beautiful hardware design, fast 1GHz processor, large 4.3-inch screen, good camera
Cons: Sub-3G data speeds on a "4G" device, mediocre battery life, quiet speaker
Conclusion: AT&T and HTC have a winner in the HTC Inspire 4G. It’s a high end phone with a mid-tier price, and the quality, speed, materials and grand display are simply wonderful. Call quality is top notch and data speeds are solid though AT&T hasn’t yet reached T-Mobile’s HSPA+ or Verizon’s LTE speeds. The Inspire can handle MS Office, email and the web as well as serious multimedia playback, making it the perfect crossover device.
Pros: Fast, huge display, elegant materials and HTC Sense software at a low price., Fast, huge display, elegant materials at a low price. HTC Sense software is our favorite. Very good camera.
Cons: GPS on our unit had issues indoors, battery life just passable.
Summary: Though dual-core phones are on the way, the HTC Inspire 4G stands as one of AT&T's best, high-end Android devices and is an incredible value.
Pros: The HTC Inspire 4G is affordably priced and boasts a large display. The Android 2.2 smartphone runs on AT&T's HSPA+ network and offers mobile hot-spot capabilities. New HTC Sense provides faster boot time and other enhancements. It also has an 8-megapixel camera that takes excellent photos.
Cons: The smartphone is rather large and heavy, and the battery cover is difficult to remove. We didn't experience great 4G speeds. AT&T blocks third-party apps. Lacks a front-facing camera.