Most carrier phones come pre-loaded with a bunch of apps added on top of the core operating system, for various reasons. These apps may be time-limited demos, carrier specific utilities, or “exclusive” apps that other carriers can’t offer because of contractual limitations.
Whatever the reason, assuming all these apps will be wanted by every person who purchases a given device is arrogant. To the majority, these apps are simply “bloat” that slow down your smartphone and occupy space that you could use for things you want — rather than the [...]
If you’re considering the HTC Inspire 4G, which goes on sale February 13 for $99 on AT&T, you know what you’re getting into in terms of the device size. Like an EVO or HD2, the HTC Inspire is a commanding device with plenty of weight (at 164 grams) and size. That said, while it’s not thin, it’s not thick either. Overall, it’s pleasing in-hand and in the pocket. Inside it’s packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 768MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and 8GB of added storage. The screen is a Super LCD panel and is 4.3″ at WVGA resolution. While the [...]
The Inspire 4G is an important phone for AT&T: it ushers in the era of HSPA+ data speeds, which, in some cases, can match the speeds of Verizon and Sprint’s current 4G networks. AT&T’s strategy with 4G is smart: while they build up their LTE network for arrival in late 2011 and 2012, they’re bolstering their 3G network with HSPA+, so subscribers can see immediate gains in data speeds as long as they have a capable phone. What’s more, when LTE phones start to ship, they’ll also be HSPA+ capable, so instead of falling back to slower 3G speeds as [...]
HTC’s Inpsire 4G has shown up at Walmart Wireless following a brief appearance at Amazon, promising a February release. Thanks to someone familiar with the plans, we know exactly when in February it will ship — the 13th — and for how much: just $99 on contract. That price compares very favorably to the $149 that the Atrix 4G and Droid Bionic from Motorola are expected to fetch, and especially in light of the rumored $249 HTC Thunderbolt pricetag. At this point it seems that the HTC and Motorola handsets from CES have had their pricing and release dates pretty much [...]
If you’ve got your eye on a phone, we know that you simply can’t absorb enough information about it while impatiently waiting for the release date. With that in mind, potential HTC Inspire 4G owners will be pleased to learn that Radio Shack has already posted its device simulator for this US version of the Desire HD, allowing you to explore the handset and its functionality from the comfort of your home. Besides a rundown of the features, you also get quite a few tutorials on configuring and troubleshooting the phone — meaning that you should be all ready to go by the [...]
Perhaps trying to steal some of the thunder from the many announcements scheduled for that day at Europe’s Mobile World Congress, AT&T will release its HTC Inspire 4G Android handset on February 13th, according to someone familiar with the plans. The CES-debuted Inspire will only cost $99.99 on contract, after a $50 mail-in rebate. With most high-end hardware launching at around the $200 mark, we have to wonder if the relatively low price is a tacit admission that this model is a rebadge of last fall’s Desire HD — whose aging specs would have trouble going up [...]
Thanks to the need of smartphone OEM employees to share test photos amongst one another, sites like Picasa and Flickr are full of images captured with unreleased and, in some cases, unannounced devices. Most of these shots are about as inartistic as you can imagine: picture after picture of people’s keyboards, mice, and coffee mugs — when they’re not macro shots of the wall. However, there are always a few gems among the junk, and we’ve managed to collect decent snaps of almost every handset announced at CES. (Full disclosure: we cheated with the Inspire 4G and [...]
HTC’s flagship Android handset, the HTC Desire HD, has gotten FCC certification for yet a third variant, with this one likely headed to Telus in Canada. The latest model to pass through the agency has model number number PD98140, which is named on the same Wi-Fi certificate as PD98120, the device which will probably end up being AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G. The original Desire HD — model number PD98100 — got FCC approval all the way back in September of last year, lacking the appropriate bands for US 3G. On the other hand, both PD98120 and PD98140 are WCDMA bands [...]
It’s time for an intervention. It wasn’t so long ago that you made the best smartphones on the market — hands down. In fact, it feels like just yesterday that your competitors were scrambling to keep up with your innovative devices, whose components, form factors, and software habitually pushed the envelope and gave power users a refreshing alternative to the restrictive iPhone ecosystem. From 2005’s Apache through the release of the HD2 in late 2009 (or EVO 4G in early 2010), you were at the top of your game.
Things move quickly in this [...]
At today’s AT&T Developer Summit we got “official” word of one of HTC’s latest Android-powered phones: the Inspire 4G.
With the 4.3-inch screen, AT&T finally has a phone to compete with similar devices from Sprint and Verizon, and we can’t help but think the Inspire 4G looks very similar to the Desire HD. Additionally, the phone will come with the latest version of of HTC’s Sense UI — including fastboot.
Like other “4G” phones, the Inspire 4G isn’t going to be supporting AT&T’s [...]
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that we’d seen its Desire HD doppelganger flash the carrier’s logo during bootup in a leaked photo, but HTC has let it slip that the HTC Inspire 4G will be coming to Canada’s Telus alongside AT&T in the US. Thanks to an Inspire 4G support document already live on HTC’s site, we see under the network section after the listed supported bands that they are meant “for AT&T and Telus” Since other Canadian carriers besides Telus operate the same WCDMA Bands II and V (850MHz and 1900MHz) [...]
Well, look what we have here: the first press shot of AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G, revealed late last night in a Rolling Stone ad alongside Verizon’s upcoming HTC Thunderbolt. Not much more to say than what we brought you earlier: this looks like a pretty standard WVGA Android slate from HTC, although of course that 4G branding is intriguing. Is this an LTE handset, or simply the same HSPA+ “4G” being touted by GSM-rival T-Mobile these last few months?
It looked like HTC briefly posted some support documents for this device, so perhaps a release is [...]
HTC is showing off its actual 4G-enabled Android-powered device line-up in the current issue of the Rolling Stone magazine where, besides the T-Mobile G2 and the just announced Sprint EVO Shift 4G, we meet the Verizon Thunderbolt and the AT&T Inspire 4G.
We have previously met the HTC Thunderbolt (aka Incredible HD or Mecha) featuring a huge 4.3-inch display and LTE capable radio to fit Verizon’s 4G LTE high speed data network.
The HTC Inspire 4G first popped up when we brought you the news of the manufacturer filing for a trademark on the name. We hinted that [...]