HTC has always been one of the best manufacturers of mobile phones. It made the very first Android smartphone - the T-Mobile G1. Since then, the Android revolution has matured a lot and the Android OS is now much better than the initial versions. It is now neck and neck with iOS in terms of usability and easily beats it in terms of features.
Both are similar phones, but the Thunderbolt is a CDMA phone on Verizon while the Inspire 4G is a GSM phone on AT&T. I will check out the HTC Inspire 4G and tell you everything you need to know about it.
The HTC Inspire 4G has quite a nice design with a stylish look. It has great build quality with the body being built mostly of metal and plastic. It is a bit bulky, with dimensions of 122.9 x 68.1 x 11.7 mm and also a bit heavy, with a weight of 164 gms. Most of the increase in size can be attributed to the huge 4.3 inch display.
The display is a 4.3 inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is a superb display with nice brightness and contrast. The contrast isn't as good as a Super AMOLED display, like the one in the Galaxy S, but the display is still one of the best ones. Below the display are the four standard touch sensitive buttons - Home, Menu, Back and Search. The back of the phone has the camera, flash and the battery compartment while the top has the power button. The left side sports the volume rocker.
The HTC Inspire 4G comes with an excellent 8 MP camera with an image capture resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. It also has autofocus and a dual-LED flash and features like face detection and geotagging. The image quality seems to be great. It can also capture 720p videos, like most other 8 MP camera phones.
It also comes with a stereo FM radio with RDS. It supports playback of all the common audio and video formats, and I don't need to tell you how good watching a video on a 4.3 inch S-LCD display is. It can easily double up as your personal portable video player.
Hardware and OS
The HTC Inspire 4G comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor and 768 MB RAM. It has 4 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards. On the OS side, it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update slated for the future. It has the HTC Sense UI which is arguably one of the best third party UI shells for Android.
Most new Android phones showcased at CES 2011 come with 1 GB RAM and dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processors, so compared to that, the HTC Inspire 4G may seem a bit underpowered. But the performance of the HTC Inspire 4G is great, and expected to become even better with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade.
The HTC Inspire 4G comes with all the basic connectivity options you would expect in any new Android smartphone. It has GPRS, EDGE, 3G as well as HSPA+ connectivity. It will be available on AT&T's fast HSPA+ network.
It also offers Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA. It also has microUSB 2.0 connectivity. It also comes with a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support and Google Maps. It is powered by a standard Li-ion battery rated at 1230 mAh.
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