HTC Inspire 4G Cell Phone Review


The just-released HTC Inspire holds a number of firsts on the AT&T network. It is the first AT&T phone that is 4G-enabled. It is the first large (4.3”) touch screen phone on the AT&T network. And it is the first AT&T phone that uses Android 2.2 (Froyo). The specs of the Inspire are impressive, so we decided to take a look.

The Inspire comes in the typical orange and white AT&T box, shown in Figure 1. The box contents are clearly marked on the front of the box. As shown in Figure 2, they include the phone, a, AC charger, a Micro-USB sync cable, and a Quick Start Guide. The lithium ion battery and 8 GB MicroSD card, which are also included, are already in the phone.

HTC Inspire 4G Cell Phone ReviewFigure 1: The Inspire in the box

HTC Inspire 4G Cell Phone ReviewFigure 2: The contents of the box

At first glance, the Inspire, which is shown in Figure 3, looks very much like many other touch screen smart phones.

HTC Inspire 4G Cell Phone ReviewFigure 3: The Inspire

The phone is a typical black rectangle with slightly rounded corners. The first unusual feature is quite noticeable. Because of its large 4.3” screen, the Inspire at 4.8 x 2.7 x 0.5 inches (121.9 x 68.5 x 11.6 mm) is slightly larger than most other phones of this type. As shown in Figure 4, the Inspire is similar in size to the Motorola Droid X, with the Droid X being slightly longer.

HTC Inspire 4G Cell Phone ReviewFigure 4: The Inspire (on the left) and the Droid X

Only after closer inspection, you notice that this HTC phone is a uni-body construction. Instead of having a front and a back put together with a bezel, the entire phone is constructed of a single piece of brushed aluminum. Although the metal body adds a little weight (with the battery, the Inspire weighs in at 5.78 ounces or 163.8 grams), it leaves no fingerprints and gives this phone a good solid feel.

Author: Sandy Berger

Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up's Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.

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