No complaints June 1, 2011
Had my Inspire for about 2 months now and I have absolutely no compliants. I learn new tricks everyday. I love the size, battery is manageable, the speakers r ok, and the memory size is excellent. I have alot of apps which all run smoothly. The bloatware from ATT doesn't bother me. I definitely recommend it.
Great phone, 4g is a lie though June 1, 2011
this phone is great, it has massive screen real estate, with a 4.3inch SLCD that delivers a wonderful experience for movies and gaming
its extremely quick and responsive and handles playstation/n64 games without any lag whatsoever, even with music playing in the background
the speaker is moderately loud but it comes with dolby virtual surround sound which is great for good headphones or speakers
the only downside is that its branded at a "4g" phone but there is almost NO 4g coverage for it whatsoever
unlike other 4g devices this phone says "h+" at the top (for hspa+) because the phone assumes that AT&T's 4g network and backhauling is complete....it isnt
ive run hundreds of speedtests all over my city (jacksonville FL, which on at&t's map is entirely covered by 4g) and i can barely clock over 3.2mbps, which is roughly what my galaxy s captivate got and its a 3G device
if you are looking for a sturdy reliable phone, this is a good choice, if you are looking for a full 4G experience? go elsewhere because at&t is just not ready yet
exactly what I expected and I'm very happy May 25, 2011
Reviewer: Shawna Lanne "Book" (San Jose, CA) -
I've had the Inspire for a couple months. Upgraded from an iphone 3gs.
- So snappy that I can barely stand using my old iphone as an ipod now.
- NO itunes. I'm a PC user and itunes on the PC is just awful.
- Screen's huge! It feels awkward big for a couple days, but you get used to it and then everything else feels dinky. The Inspire's got some heft, which I also grew to like
- If you happen to like desktop computers more than the locked down interfaces you get one most phones, consoles and appliances, Android is just wonderful. With Desktop Visualizer you can do pretty much anything with your desktop that you can dream up. No more pages of candy icons.
- I'm pretty happy with the camera.
- The browser is nice
- The big screen looks awful in direct sunlight. Side-by-side comparison with an iphone and there's no contest.
- Battery life's not exactly impressive, but not a hassle by any means.
- The plastic door to the battery is disturbingly flimsy, which makes me feel crankier about the battery.
- The NPR app blows compared to the iphone equivalent
- It's a little weird that Android phones need an app killer, though I don't really mind this.
- App store even sloppier and full of more useless crud than Apple's. This is strange to me because you'd think that a platform associated with Google would be ... um... easy to search and well organized.
good overall - buttons/phone sound quality suck though April 8, 2011
Reviewer: long time blackberry user
this is my first android phone after having bberry for over a decade and iphone for 2 weeks (hated the phone and email).
i give high marks for the phone in general. speed/performance is night/day compared to my bberry torch. screen resolution, apps, android OS - love it all.
review focused on what is tempting to me to return phone - even after all positive impressions overall.
first, the phone sound quality absolutely sucks. i use the phone with either the speaker phone, or headset (non-blue tooth) and in both cases with this phone, i can no longer do so. people tell me they can't hear me...when i switch back to holding the phone up to my ear, things are fine. close to show stopper for me...as i use my phone for work for hours a day and can't afford to hold it up to my ear...
second, the buttons suck. i can never really tell if i am pressing down on them or not - htc needs to fix
lastly, there is no mute button on the phone (hardware). again, something i am finding it difficult to live with out and took for granted with bberry. to have to look at the phone and navigate via the software interface ~4 clicks just to mute/unmute the damn thing is causing me to not really use it as a phone - which is crazy...
I Love This Phone!!!!!! February 25, 2011
Reviewer: D. Jacobs "D. Jacobs" (Queens Village, NY) -
I gave up my IPhone 4 for this phone. I love the Iphone but to put it plainly, I got tired of it, you know, bored. So I went to AT&T and got the HTC Inpsire. I must say that I am sooooo pleased with this phone. It is so fast and responsive; I love all of the customerzations you can perform. It is such a snappy phone. It does everything the Iphone does, (except the front facing camera which means nothing to me), and more. It has a ton of apps, and I know this may sound corny but, I always liked the HTC home screen with the date, time, and weather on it. I love that. So in a nutshell, I am really happy with my choice, it's refreshing. I may return to the Iphone sometime in the future, but as for now, I am a HTC fan.
Super fast phone February 20, 2011
Just gave up my iPhone4 for this HTC Desire 4G. I love the new found freedom with android OS over iTunes stuck iPhone4. Android is indeed awesome. The phone does come with lot of HTC and AT&T junk which cannot be removed.
I love Android over IOS but loved the apple hardware over HTC.
1. Super fast phone - All apps open in a snap
2. Big screen - great for browsing
3. Great call quality - No more issues with antenna problems and proximity sensor
3. Android OS is way better than the ios on iPhone. Can copy music and photos directly onto SD card
4. DLNA support
1. No front facing camera
2. Not so impressive speakers
2. Doesn't match the display on iPhone4
3. Very difficult to reach the volume rocker and lock buttons as they are at same level as the case
4. Very bulky and very poor battery life.
5. AT&T has blocked the phone to download only from android market
6. I barely get signal at places maybe because of poor AT&T 4G network.
Overall a great phone but because of the fact that it doesnt have a front facing camera, I will exchange this one for Motorola Atrix.
Worst Phone I've Ever Owned November 24, 2011
Reviewer: Jenna Hickman "Jenna" (Warrensburg, MO, USA) -
This is by far the worst phone I've ever owned in my entire life. I don't even know where to begin with all of my complaints. Let's start with the most basic function, a working phone. This thing hardly gets reception anywhere. And if I'm indoors you can forget it. I have to prop it in a window to receive full signal. I live just outside Kansas City. There's no excuse for not getting FULL SIGNAL. As for battery life this thing dies within a few short hours. Even after charging it all night I can't get it to last a full day. I even keep it on the highest power-saver settings with a screen so dim I can barely see it, but even then it won't last all day. Then there is the pre-installed software which I can't keep closed, delete, or make go away. Random apps turn on at their leisure and take up precious memory. Half of the time my address book is AWOL. I'll get a text from some number I don't know, and as it turns out it'll be my sister and the number should be saved to my contact list. Even though her name should appear on the text it does not. I'll check my contacts, and I did indeed save it there, but no such luck getting that to appear on texts. What's the point in saving your contacts if their names won't ever appear on texts or incoming calls? It's ridiculous! The camera is also a major disappointment. I bought this phone because it boasted an 8 MP camera, but the images always come out blurry because there's no image stabilization! If you're going to use this phone for pictures you'll have to prop it on a stable surface to take a clear, sharp image. Don't you dare breathe while taking pics or it'll come out blurry! Even photoshop can't help images this blurred. When I finally upgrade to an Iphone I'm going to take a hammer to this thing until it's completely obliterated. And I'll NEVER buy another HTC phone as long as I live!
Inspire phone horrible- and amazonwireless has poor customer service August 29, 2011
If you are changing from an Iphone (DONT)
this phone is not easy to use and when trying to return it to amazonwireless.com (that was a joke) they refer to policy policy policy- I will not order anything else from this site. They do not provide good customer service. You are better off paying the extra $20 to your carrier for your upgrade.
#1 The phone worked ok the first week which in my case was over 30 days but afterwards it's not a reliable device.
#2 phone has terrible battery life on a basic usage it only lasts about 5-6 hrs.
the phone gets no reception and as I browsed through various ATT sites
#3calls drop all the time and I can't get online at all but i seem to go over my internet usages.
One good this is that the maps work great-
When buying your phone think about how it'll work out 6 months from now before you get into a 2 year contract you can't get out of. I have been with ATT for over 20 years so teh contract is not a big deal but being stuck with a phone you don't like is and I don't think we should have to pay 500 to get the phone we want because the phone they sent is not good.
We received the phone at our house while on a long vacation and when we tried to return it it had been a little over 30 days and guess what? Yep (stuck with it)
Great but... July 7, 2011
I love this phone!!! I bought it about 3 weeks ago and i love it! There is one BIG problem! The screen is EXTREMELY thin and sensetive! It barely fell and the screen cracked! It is about $145 to replace the screen and im upset! But love the phone just buy a hard case for it! The battery and the camera resolution rock!! My phone zooms in farther and takes way better pictures than my camera! You can't beat the price but i bought it at Costco for $20!
Outstanding Phone March 23, 2011
Reviewer: H. Chang "RunningDog" (USA) -
A very outstanding smartphone. However, there are two small problems: (1) the audio quality is not very good, (2) short battery time.
found the best phone March 11, 2011
Reviewer: Jimmy J. Franklin
I had the captivate for a week it is a nice phone and i got my wife the HTC Inspire and i compared the two and i have to say i prefer the HTC inspire.
pros 4.3 screen, real fast response, very durable, great camera, great features.
cons battery cover hard to get off, battery life is just ok.
Great phone March 3, 2011
I originally bought an iPhone 3GS for my wife, but after 3 days the iphone kept dropping calls. We both have antiquated AT&T LG incite phones that never dropped calls like this iPhone, didn't realize the iPhones were this bad at dropping calls, also iPhone will restricts playing flash. I didn't mind the dropped calls with my mother-in-law ;-) but the wifey wanted a working cell phone, AT&T service call said she had to hold it in an abnormal way & reboot it a million times. She has the HTC Inspire now and loves it more due to more functionality, and no dropped calls yet 3 days after. The problem now is buying a specific case for this phone, not too many out there or they are on back order. This phone does eat up battery life with a trade off for more functionality.
Stop Disabling your Android Phones, AT&T February 20, 2011
Reviewer: Art1138 (TX) -
I was ready to get a three of these for a family plan. This looks like a great phone, but today AT&T confirmed they disabled the HTC Inspire 4G and it will not be HSUPA capable (HSDPA is download and HSUP is upload speeds). So while you may see speedy 3G download speeds of around 2Mbps, you'll be stuck at 200kbps to 300kbps when it comes to uploads (HSUPA is estimated to be around 1.5Mbps) if you don't have HSPA+. Evidently AT&T has been doing this to all their Android phones... but not their iPhone. (HTC Inspire 4G also will not work with the soon-to-be-rolled-out, AT&T's LTE or Long Term Evolution, which has to potential of someday getting true 4G speeds, not the redefined 4G speed allowed in the U.S.) Hopefully AT&T gets some backlash and they correct this internal disability they force onto their Android phones and put this HTC Inspire 4G phone back how HTC intended. But for AT&T, the HTC Inspire 4G is capable of significantly faster upload speeds. That's crazy AT&T, and wrong.
It's a NO BUY from me until AT&T stops disabling their fast upload speed on Android phones while leaving iPhone speeds as intended.
Best Smartphone Yet by HTC with Android February 27, 2011
Reviewer: C. Stanford
I love HTC smartphones and I love Android. When we recently switched to AT&T from Sprint, my friends guessed I would get an iPhone. Not a chance. I considered a slick Motorola for a few minutes, but the Inspire had everything it had *plus* all the HTC usability I was used to. The choice was easy. Using the phone has been effortless.
My first smartphone was the HTC Touch. It was also my first phone that used QWERTY, but it was all touchscreen. (Since I had never had a phone with a keyboard, I have never missed it.) My 2nd smartphone was the HTC Hero, my first Android phone. I already used Gmail and now use Google's calendar and other other apps. Having everything instantly synched with my online data was glorious.
The Inspire is my 3rd smartphone. I'm not sure I would use anything but HTC and Android at this point, so I was glad to find Inspire is currently the best available for the AT&T network. It's certainly not going to be out-dated before I'm ready to upgrade.
I continue to love having an entirely touchscreen phone. From what I saw, there are fewer and fewer smartphones (other than Blackberries) with a keyboard, but I was looking only at the AT&T store. I was surprised to see my 16-year-old daughter choose the Inspire since she has always insisted on a physical keyboard, but I think she was won over by how light & thin the phone is, plus the large screen. She has always had screen protectors on her phone, and we may put one on this phone for her, but my HTC Hero stayed scratch-free even though I carried it around 24/7 without a case or screen protector.
Since our old smartphones are no longer with Sprint, we now think of them as simply WiFi devices similar to an iTouch. Even my first smartphone is handy as a kind of PDA.
Do not buy!!! bad voice activation software problem.. June 24, 2011
Reviewer: Dennis Stamps (Mooreville, MS) -
This is a known issue for the last 2 months and no updates to fix it?? The problem: every time you try to listen to your music about 2 mins in, the voice activation starts trying to recognize voice commands. This results in your music going nuts, skipping tracks and staying in fast forward!! This will continue until the music is shut off or muted. Tried to deactivate voice command but that doesn't work and u cant uninstall it either.. I just don't bother listening to my music any more... bad bad phone!!
phone sucks April 11, 2012
Reviewer: tweety girl
I have had this phone for only 7 months. I have had to get a new phone because it kept locking up, not ringing when it should, several dropped calls. Wish I never got this phone.
Ok, definitely not great. September 8, 2011
Reviewer: Rachel (The OC) -
I can't remember why I wanted this phone. It looked good in the reviews, I guess. Having used it for a few months, I can say that this is a frustrating piece of equipment. The battery life is terrible even with minimal use and it seems to have slowed down a lot. The big screen doesn't enhance it's usefulness at all and the memory seems to magically get used up so that when I want to take a picture I can't. It has done random unauthorized updates that have caused me to get overage charges for data usage and the 4G data speeds aren't very fast at all. This phone is extremely frustrating and I would not recommend it.
I HATE this phone September 2, 2011
Reviewer: Amy Walton (Arlington, VA) -
Yes, I hate it. I cringe knowing that I paid and continue to pay for this piece of junk. This phone has randomly deleted all of my text messages, it shows a picture of one person that I am texting but displays someone elses name and that person can no longer be found in contacts due to the mix up, the battery life is absolutely horrible, several applications are glitchy (which the same applications for an iphone never froze up), there are about a trillion applications that an iphone can get that HTC does not have available. It is not sensitive enough to touch, and does not respond when you touch something. The GPS is SOOOO bad that it doesn't know which way I am facing or what road I am on (yeah, REALLY helpful!) Text messages are very very slow to send and receive, and you have to type really slow to have the phone keep up with you. I could go on forever. It's CRAP.
Nice Phone, Lack stability. April 18, 2011
Okay first of all, I Love the design / form factor
Aluminium instead of plastic case
Brand (HTC Build)
Over heat / very hot when you use GPS for a while
GPS is unreliable. This issue seem to be popular, google it.
and I mainly use the phone as GPS so I have to return this and get the atrix.
Great Phone March 15, 2011
Reviewer: Reggie L. Mattocks (Upper Marlboro, MD) -
This has to be the coolest phone I've had to date. I upgraded from the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to this phone. Although I was absolutely in love with the Xperia, there were some troubling issues with their Timescape function that drove me crazy. With this Inspire, there is nothing this phone cannot do, and do well. I'm no techno scientist when it comes to cellphones by any means so this is definitely coming from an amateur as I don't really get swayed by cell phone hoopla and usually keep phones for years before upgrading but this was worth it. The reason why I couldn't give it 5 stars is simply because, AT&T. Customer service wise, they have proven to be worse than any provider I've ever had (Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint). This phone hasn't been out very long at all and as of today, three of my local AT&T stores still have not been able to acquire the screen covers for this phone, nor the extend a life batteries which will be sorely needed because this phone eats up a lot of juice. Way more than my Xperia ever did. I'm charging this phone every single night since I've had it. That's the only downside to this phone you'll definitely need the car charger, and the USB cables that come with it and have them available for use in each place. Lastly, I had to make AT&T provide me a bluetooth comparable to the one's they were giving away with the bundle pkg that was 169.99 because again, THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY. Who sells new phones without any accessories people want (Case covers, extend a life batteries, screen protectors, etc)? If I have to order these things from Amazon.Com I might as well had bought the phone from Amazon as well. Hope Verizon's version of this phone (The Thunder I think) and Sprint's version (The EVO 4G) offers better customer satisfaction than AT&T SMH. Anyhow overall, the pros far exceed the cons of this product. But be warned, if you are a heavy data user and a heavy phone user, get the extend a life battery being sold on here for 34.99. I plan to as of this writing. It may help to find an unlimited data plan with this phone as well as you'll get addicted to downloading and running Android apps like I have. Good job HTC.