Expert Review of HTC Inspire
HTC Inspire is the first smartphone by HTC which is branded as 4G and is a variant of HTC Desire HD and shares almost the same design and specifications except that Inspire 4G provides support to 4G network via selected service providers. It is an affordable smartphone with a large display and HTC Sense UI which brings in amazing users' experience with the device and makes them to boast about their amazing handset. Following the footsteps of HTC Evo 4G and HTC HD7, this smartphone measures 122.9 mm x 68.1 mm x 11.7 mm and weighs 163.9 grams and like its siblings, HTC Inspire is mostly well built and feels solid in hand. It has got a sleek, unibody design and sports a metal alloy finish for a sophisticated look with substantial feel. The chassis of this device are made up of plastic where there is a volume rocker on the left side of the plastic body, power button on top, 3.5 mm headphone jack along with microUSB slot resides at the bottom and camera with dual LED flash and battery on the back part of HTC Inspire with two removable pieces, one on the bottom and one on the right-hand side, when looking at the phone from the back. The former can be slipped off to access the SIM and memory card slots, while the latter provides access to the battery. The front of the Inspire 4G features a thin earpiece along the top, with notification light at left and accelerometer sensor at right. Below the touchscreen, one can find standard Android shortcuts for home, menu, back, and search which shines brilliantly due to backlighting but in some cases the user might experience an accidental press with these Android capacitive touch buttons. There is a DLNA compatibility to this phone which allows the users to stream videos, photos, and music wirelessly from the phone to the home entertainment system. This device has virtual QWERTY keypad which can be transformed into landscape orientation for better usability and the predictive text input provides quickness and easiness to the messaging feature. This device is running on Android v.2.3.3 Gingerbread which allows access to more than 1,50,000 applications and is powered by 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with Qualcomm QSD8255 chipset and the Adreno 205 GPU provides good graphics experience to the device and is blessed with sensors such as Accelerometer, Proximity and Digital Compass which helps in adding more usability to the device.
User Interface and UI functionality
HTC Inspire has got one of the largest displays which is 4.3 inches wide and provides a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels at a pixel density of 217 ppi which makes the screen viewing experience comes alive with real life display and a color depth of 16M colors makes the screen looks more vibrant and more realistic. The S-LCD WVGA display has capacitive touchscreen with multi touch facility that enables the users to enter multiple commands at one go and the scratch resistant and fingerprint resistant display, which is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass, will follow those commands without much delay. On the top of the Android platform, it has HTC Sense UI which is the most amazing feature of this smartphone and makes it totally unique from the other gadgets that are available in the market. This UI allows the users to personalize the homescreen and to add icons and HTC widgets, such as Bookmark, Calculator, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, HTC Likes (application 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, easily without long press on the homescreen. This intuitive UI will automatically lower down the volume of the ringer when the phone is picked up and will mute the ringtone when the phone is placed face down, and it will make phone vibrate when a call is answered which allows the user not to hold the phone to the ear in order to know if the call is connected. HTC Sense truly delivers an entertainment experience on which one can enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters, great documentaries and best TV shows on the go with HTC Watch and the HTC Sync Manager makes it easy to sync all of the media, contacts, calendar events, bookmarks and documents and the user can also streamline their social networking with Friend Stream application and can view status updates, look through new photo uploads, and update their own status simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter, and other social network accounts using this application. The roomy display makes it great for checking out Web pages and multimedia, and with the built-in accelerometer and pinch-to-zoom support, one can easily increase the viewing size. The touch screen is very responsive, as it immediately registered all the taps and smoothly scrolled through menus and lists. There are seven customizable home screens, the Leap screen function, which provides thumbnail views of all the home screens for easy access, and various widgets, such as Friend Stream and Group Contacts. At the top of each screen, there is also a pull-down tray where one can view alerts and notifications and access the most recently used applications.
HTC Inspire comes with an improved music player and the Sense UI enhances Gallery application features in four ways to view and share photos and videos, albums, etc. on the social sites such as Facebook and Flickr, without accessing the dedicated applications or connected Media. On the audio side, HTC Inspire includes support for MP3, AAC+, WAV and WMA9 aural formats, both from the included Music application as well from the Gallery and the free Google Music applications and the MP3 and WAV files can also be used as ringtones. Video formats include DivX, Xvid, MP4, H.263, H.264 and WMV9 video formats for playback and recording. The Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement provides more fun and entertainment to the users and the user can also enjoy music on FM radio which comes with RDS technology. There is a jack for 3.5 mm universal headphone jack which permits one to attach the device with speakers or woofers to have music all around.
Pictures and Video quality
HTC Inspire is bestowed with a camera of 8 MP with auto focus technology and has dual LED Flash facility to provide more clarity to the pictures and videos. Features such as Geo-tagging and face and smile detection are there to improve the photography experience and with photos, there is a finite set of editing tools available, such as cropping or rotating, but there are additional after-effects that one can apply on them as well. This amazing camera can capture images with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and can record full HD video at a size of 720p and this camera will also work as a camcorder to give seamless fun and maximum usability of the device.
With HTC Inspire, the user can connect to the huge world of Internet through EDGE and GPRS via 2G and 3G networks, Wi-Fi hotspot and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n via WLAN. To have sharing with the nearby devices this amazing phone has support to DLNA which allows one to attach the smartphone with TV, Bluetooth with A2DP and EDR and a microUSB port to connect the device with a PC or Laptop.
Internal and External Memory
HTC Inspire has plethora of internal capacity of 4 GB with 768 MB of RAM and comes with an 8 GB of storage card which can be installed in the device through a microSD card slot provided at the back of the handset which allows the user to extend the external memory up to 32 GB.
Applications and Gaming
With HTC Inspire one can enjoy n-number of applications and games that run more smoothly, giving credit to Java inability to the device which acts as a platform for applications running on mobile phones and allows the user to download small applications and games from the Internet directly to the phone using its built-in web-browser, HTML and Adobe Flash.
HTC Inspire has a standard Li-Ion 1,230 battery which can keep the device alive up to a talktime of 6 hours and a standby time of 372 hours which is sufficient to enable the user to use the handset for a long duration of time, seamlessly. One can also enjoy music and videos on this smartphone for prolonged time.
HTC Inspire supports 2G and 3G (4G in some carriers) GSM networks at a bandwidth of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and 850/1900 MHz, respectively. Files can be downloaded and uploaded at an HSDPA speed of 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps accordingly.
HTC Inspire is a good features smartphone which has large bright display with great viewing angles, fantastic build quality, metal frame, rubberized plastic battery/card covers, and very solid feel overall, great battery life and comes with a snappy performance where homescreens swipe smoothly with a slight touch. But it has some negative sides also as the dedicated buttons are placed weirdly, has huge camera lens, data speed is not so good and the storage capacity is not that much superb. With all such positive and negative sides, this smartphone faces strong competition from Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Atrix 2, LG Thrill 4G, HTC Vivid, Apple iPhone 4S and more.