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My quick little write up on the Inspire.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Yaken, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Yaken

    Yaken Member
    Thread Starter

    So as you know I have had the pleasure of playing around with the phone for the past few days. Here are my thoughts, keep in mind I only have at&t handsets to compare this to so I am using my knowledge on those handsets.

    The first thing you notice about the phone is how big it is. Although there are other phones on at&t that have 4 inch screens, the extra .3 inches does make it look a lot bigger. The screen is clear and sharp ad I really have no complaints. It is exactly what you would expect. Loaded up some videos and they all looked fine.

    The speaker is somewhat lacking. The back of the phone says that SRS Surround and Dolby Mobile sound, but don't let that fool you. The speaker is the size of a fingernail and the sound is "meh". This didn't really bother me as if I want to hear something I will use headphones.

    The overall look of the phone is odd. The back looks like it was stitched together from many different pieces of phones. I don't think it looks bad, but at the same time it is hard to say that it is a elegant looking phone. It looks very utilitarian.

    As everyone said the battery door is crap. After taking it on and off for a few days I can already see a crease where the plastic flexes when you pull at it. Not a problem for me as I can get a replacement battery door easily, when (not if) it breaks.

    The sim card door on the bottom of the phone is a bit off. It snaps on and off quite easily and there are no problems with that, however it does not sit flush with the back of the phone and it pops up a little bit on the back of the phone. This makes it very easy to remove the door, but it does look odd. I don't know if this is a designed feature, poor build quality, or just one bad unit I looked it.

    Call quality was fine, I could hear people fine and they could hear me. No complaints. One thing that will take a bit of getting used to is that the screen lock button is located on the top left of the phone, and not the top right like the Aria, iPhone etc.

    Wrap up:
    I have my phone in the back room with my name on it. By far the best Android phone at&t has ever carried, and it looks and feels very solid. The Big screen makes web browsing a very nice experience and although I did hit some lag while running flash in the browser I think it was more to do with our crap wifi than the phone itself.

    Took me about 3 minutes to type this up so if anyone has any questions just ask.


  2. antioch216

    antioch216 Well-Known Member

    Idk how long you got to use it, but how good is the battery life (I know this is a dead horse, but you know, it's fairly important)?

    Does the camera protrusion seem to get in the way or make th phone rock side to side while it's flat?

    what color would you say it is?
  3. Yaken

    Yaken Member
    Thread Starter

    I would say it is charcoal. The battery seemed very tiny. Very. Smaller than my Samsung Captivate and Windows Phone 7 batts. Can't really comment on battery life as most of the time I used it there was no sim in it.

    The camera does stick out a bit, but when it rests on its back the camera is flat against the table so it does not rock back and fourth. The bezel around the lens seems almost ceramic or metal so it appears to be pretty durable.
  4. antioch216

    antioch216 Well-Known Member

    ah, ok. well at least they went with something universal like mini usb instead of proprietary to make it easy to charge.
  5. Yaken

    Yaken Member
    Thread Starter

    My one concern is that when batteries go bad they bulge. There is like no room in the battery compartment if it gets stuck
  6. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Android Enthusiast

    Have you heard anything about employee 4g data plans? I couldnt get data on my inspire because of being on a 3g soc code (or at least im pretty sure thats why)

    I tried contacting my RAE but he said he had no idea....
  7. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

    First, thanks for reviewing the phone for us.

    How would you compare build quality, materials used, and fit & finish compared to a Captivate?

    I've been very happy with mine & it's trouble free.

    What would you like to see improved or changed?

    Thank You ...:)
  8. Yaken

    Yaken Member
    Thread Starter

    Seems a bit more solid. It feels very nice in the hand. Not that the captivate is bad, but this just feels a bit more , better I guess.

    off to watch tv with the girl for a few
  9. Yaken

    Yaken Member
    Thread Starter

    Oh, and the inspire will be on a personal line not employee. AFAIK we all have to be using windows 7 phones, on corporate lines
  10. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Android Enthusiast

    Im going to add to Yakens post:

    The camera is really awesome. I have always preferred the tap to focus over the physical camera focus. The on the fly effects are awesome and you can edit them real time to get some awesome photos.

    I was very impressed with the feel of the phone. While its all metal, its very soft to the touch, and is very light. You really do feel like you are holding a quality device.

    Performance was great, and the customization is endless. I have used launcher pro since it came out last year, but i will not be using it on this phone.

    you guys will not be sorry! I had hands on with the Atrix, but this phone just blows it away just by build quality and reliability alone!

    short, crappy, ninja video of it coming in 5 min
  11. Allenfx

    Allenfx Android Enthusiast

    Why does that sound like we are about to see Marc assainating a foreign terrorist with a stealth kill using an inpire to his throat..with dubbed audio thats out of synch with the dialogue
  12. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Android Enthusiast


    here is they crappy video i took in the cellar of at&t....super ninja!


    would have done a better video but someone walked in to the store (who happened to be my regional manager lol)
  13. coreymcl

    coreymcl Well-Known Member

    Have either one of you logged into HTCSense.com yet? I really want a walk through of it with screen shots.
  14. Yaken

    Yaken Member
    Thread Starter

    I have. but I didn't really do a whole lot.
  15. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

    HTC Sense.com is very compelling. I'm very eager to pickup my phone on Sunday and connect to that site.

    Initially I plan to avoid rooting mine, as I will be using my phone in it's original configuration for a period of time. Learning to get the most out of it, and maximizing it to my preferences.

    Then after I've progressed to that point I will make a decision as to rooting. Also by then I expect to have many different sources of info from those who couldn't wait to root & mod theirs extensively.
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  16. coreymcl

    coreymcl Well-Known Member

    Does the phone support visual voicemail out of the box?
  17. YouGotRedOnYou

    YouGotRedOnYou Android Enthusiast

    This is awesome! Thanks for the write up.
  18. pixar

    pixar Newbie

    Wait one sec. I dunno about the others but this just stopped me on my tracks. Are you saying the Inspire is better than the Atrix? Cos that would put me back on the fence on which one to get. :eek:
  19. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Android Enthusiast

    well this is completely subjective of course,

    but i feel like the atrix will not be a very reliable phone as of now. apps on the market arent updated to work tell with tegra, so there are bugs and force closes with some apps (as stated in a bunch of reviews). I prefer the all metal body of the inspire over the Atrix. The screen quality is about the same if you can believe it lol. The atrix has some cool features like the front facing camera and finger print reader. Sense UI is definitely a plus over motoblur

    the way i see it

    the HTC is a more reliable device to take places, and for my speedy tegra 2 fix, im planning on getting a honeycomb tablet in the coming weeks. I feel like the honeycomb tablets will compliment this phone nicely and fill some gaps
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  20. pixar

    pixar Newbie

    As do I, which brings me to my next Q. The Atrix body by your answer does not come with a metal body, can we assume its more plastic-y like the current BlackBerrys?
  21. MarcMaiden

    MarcMaiden Android Enthusiast

    i would compare the feel similar to the captivates (though a little thicker obviously)

    it feels alright, but its plastic at the same time
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  22. Androidjunkee

    Androidjunkee Well-Known Member

    Its hilarious, ironic, and annoying when I read people go off about HSPA+ acting as if they actually know what the f their talking about.

    Just because LTE is a new technology does not mean it is true 4G either. It all depends on speed. Thats the only thing that matters. Who gives a rats ass if im using HSPA+ that is just an enhanced 3G network? Not me, especially when it is just as fast or faster than Verizons LTE network lol

    So before you go off spreading a bunch of BS, try and realize you probably dont know what your talking about either. In fact the UTI has declared neither HSPA or LTE true 4G (yes they then changed it but that was the initial response to all this). Ohhh the big red and their poor 1mbps download time ha!
  23. Allenfx

    Allenfx Android Enthusiast


    Pretty much EXACTLY as i predicted even BEFORE anyone got their hands on either phone.....
  24. Androidjunkee

    Androidjunkee Well-Known Member


    You just cant bet against HTC, plus all the reviews from CES said that the Atrix looked and felt a bit plastic'y'. HTC just makes a solid device that feels good in the hand. Even the MyTouch4G for T-Mobile has a superb feeling when your holding it. Sucks that the HD7 isn't Android because that phone is built and looks absolutely gorgeous.

    Every category that I care about I think the Inspire knocks off the Atrix. People act as if the Inspire is already old news but its go the new Snapdragon under the hood which is plenty fast and will most definitely get the job done. It would be nice to have dual core but only for 'future' purposes because right now the common user isn't really going to be able to tell a difference between the two. At least I wont be able to especially because I dont game on my phone. I dont know, I never considered the Atrix once i heard about the Inspire.

    If anything, ill wait till AT&T gets the HTC Pyramid later this year and sell my Inspire to use towards it. That is, if there is actually some functionality to take advantage of the dual core cause otherwise its a waste of money.
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  25. harlenm

    harlenm Well-Known Member

    100mbps on the mobile device is 4G, and it's gonna be a long time before we actually see it.

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