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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SysAdmNj, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. SysAdmNj

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    I played with the Htc Inspire and Motorola Atrix for about 45 minutes.

    First thing on the Atrix, the home button wasnt returning home. I dont think thats a good sign already. I tried veetle.com(thats a nice test lol) it loaded some channels but looked choppy. I tried the Youtube app and played some HQ videos and it did play those well. It was definitely motoblur and wasnt as smooth as I thought it would be with it boasting the dual core chip. The screen was nice, not droid x like at all. Now all this before I realized the atrix was on wifi, I had to change it to at&t network settings to see how it really performed. Once I had H+ veetle streams would not even load, youtube still played ok. I tried the speedtest app and was getting 1.5mbps down/.56 up(crap) and I made sure it was on H+.
    I think the best thing I liked about this phone was the ffc.

    Now on to the Inspire. I loved the bigger screen, but for some reason it looked a little dimmer than the atrix and I had the inspire on highest brigntness. Veetle streams played smoothly enough, and so did youtube. I ran the speedtest app and got about the same results, I'm sure theres a tweak for this. Htc sense was definitely smoother and this is single core? I'm definitely leaning towards the inspire, that 4.3 screen and the $100 savings is hitting some sort of sweet spot. I really enjoy the bigger screen, I can do without a ffc. I'm looking forward to HTC dual core 4.5 or even 5 inch screens, they just need to get the battery issues fixed to power these babies long enough. I hope I dont run into battery issues if I do get the inspire.

    Quick question, has anyone noticed the screen dimmer on the Inspire when comparing it to the atrix. Maybe it was just the youtube clip I was watching, watched the same clip on both devices.
     

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    Isn't the brightness difference because the Inspire is still LCD and the Atrix is LED?
     
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    I dont know, so I'm hoping Inspire owners that have had hands-on with the atrix could enlighten me. One of the first negative comments I heard about the atrix was the screen not being impressive, its not as bad as I thought yet I still liked the Inspires bigger screen which was crisp as well just for some reason looked a little dimmer. Could have been the floor model as well.
     
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    I'm in Little Rock on business this week and was killing time in an AT&T store today and they had the Atrix and Inspire side-by-side. Unfortunately, they did not have a sim card in the Atrix so I couldn't do anything on it. I have the Inspire and so far I like it a lot.

    I did notice a difference in the way they felt in my hand - liked the feel of the Inspire better because it felt a bit heavier. Atrix didn't necessarily feel "bad" - just liked the feel of the Inspire better. I definitely liked the bigger screen on the Inspire though.
     
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    Haven't you ever heard the saying "Live INSPIRED!!!" A famous man once said that.
     
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    LoL..coming from a fellow Bold user I see. Why are you switching, not to hijack my own thread or nothing.
     
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    I have a few thoughts to share about the "In Store Test Experience".

    First a few things to remember.

    1) The demo phones that are activated, get treated like trash, therefore you are going to find lots of loose parts if it's a flip or slider, or in the case of the bar shaped phones like the Inspire, Captivate etc, they are naturally going to hold up a little better. Yet you will still see poor or loose fitting battery doors etc.

    2) Most of us are on "Sensory Overload" when we go in, because we are excited to see the new phone, and there are so many distractions in the store, that with a new phone it's hardly a fair trial.

    So.....

    Here's my suggestion. Go ahead and check it out in the store, however take what you see with a grain of salt, since after all till you bring it home, into _your own environment_, you're simply _not_ going to have the same experience.

    Learn what the return and test policy is, and take advantage of it. Then you are being both fair to yourself and to the phone.

    Personally I hate the "In Store" experience so much I just go in, buy the new phone and bring it home.

    The first thing I do is unpack it, inspect it, then with it turned off, I give it a full charge.

    Then and only then, do I begin the process of evaluation.

    Believe me once you decide to practice this method you will have a much better impression good or bad about the phone and you will be armed to make a much better decision.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers... :)
     
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    Hi guys! When I compared my Inspire screen to my husbands Atrix, his screen was noticeably brighter. Mine was on auto brightness though. However, I noticed the colors on my Inspire looked quite a bit more lively. Hope that helps! He may just need to adjust setting on his as well since it's brand new.
     
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    The screen on the Inspire is noticeably dim compared to other phones, but I think that's how they squeeze so much run time out of a small battery.
     
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    max brightness doesn't mean much to me. I mean, don't most of us lower the brightness to extend battery life?
     
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    I only use max brightness in direct sunlight on very sunny days....i need to get a screen widget so i can do this without going into settings...

    ...and found one..its simply called "brightness level"..added to my 'tool box" home screen.
     
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    Ah so it is dimmer. Ok well thats not a deal breaker yet, how does it look in sunlight? Outdoors? I couldnt really test this at the store. The only other htc device I had was the aria, enjoyed it but was too fragile for me and outdoors I couldnt see a darn thing on that screen, indoors the screen was nice and crisp though.
     
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    The Atrix is much easier to see in direct sunlight. But as others have mentioned, the colors look washed out. In Google Maps, if you enable traffic, the yellows actually looked orange to me.
     
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    Well thank you kindly sir! :)
     

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