HTC began pushing out the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) update to the AT&T HTC Inspire 4G on Monday. Customers will receive notifications to update over-the-air or they can manually initiate the installation process by navigating to Home > Menu > Settings > AT&T Software Update > HTC Wi-Fi software update > Check now. The patch also includes an updated Sense application tray, new FriendStream features, fixes for minor bugs and an updated Quick Settings menu in the notifications shade. HTC says Inspire 4G users should notice an improved media experience and better power management as well. More →
RadioShack quietly announced on Monday that it is now offering AT&T’s Inspire 4G for just $29.99 with a two-year contract for new AT&T customers and existing subscribers looking to upgrade. Though the Inspire is still a relatively young device that was just released in February, newer dual-core smartphones are already making it look a tad gray up top. Its specs are still respectable, however, and they include a 4.3-inch display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), an 8-megapixel camera, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and HTC’s Sense UI. RadioShack’s price is the lowest we’ve seen from a reputable retailer, and it’s good from now through May 21st.
Despite AT&T’s decision to slap “4G” right in the name, the new HTC Inspire 4G smartphone doesn’t even feature full compatibility with the “4G” HSPA+ AT&T network. Following T-Mobile’s lead, AT&T announced at CES that its 3G HSPA+ network is now a 4G HSPA+ network. With that announcement came the unveiling of several smartphones, one of which — the HTC Inspire 4G — launched last week. But users taking delivery of the device noticed immediately that while download speeds were on par with other HSDPA-enabled AT&T smartphones, upload speeds seemed quite slow. The explanation is simple enough: HTC’s Inspire 4G either doesn’t feature compatibility with AT&T’s HSUPA service, or the carrier has disabled it in the phone’s firmware. Wow. We’ve already expressed our feelings on 4G, but we never imagined carriers would push things further still and smack “4G” stickers on smartphones that don’t even support their fake 4G networks. Let this be a lesson, subscribers… Buyer beware. Not all 4G is created equal and not all fake 4G phones are even compatible with fake 4G networks. But who would want the Inspire 4G anyway, when you could have the Morris 4G? More →
If you’ve got a thing for HTC, AT&T, faux-4G networks, and the Sense UI, listen up. RadioShack has just pinged us to let us know that they will be offering pre-orders of the HTC Inspire 4G, on February 4th, both online and in stores. The device will set you back $99.99 and pre-orderers will be rewarded with a $30 accessory credit. A $50 deposit — which will be applied to a non-refundable RadioShack giftcard — is all that is required to reserve yourself this 4.3-inch, touchscreen slab. More →
AT&T and HTC shot us over an HTC Inspire 4G, and while we literally had to dodge falling ice and walk carefully over the frozen Arctic tundra to get to the FedEx package, it’s all warm and snuggled up now. We saw the handset officially make its way into the world at CES, but there’s nothing quite like that second encounter, right? Here are some of our thoughts on the latest Android handset to hit AT&T:
- We really dig the styling of the Inspire 4G. It feels very current yet familiar and the unibody construction with high-grade materials, specifically aluminum, really makes it feel like a quality product.
- Getting the device up and running isn’t confusing, it’s just a little… unconventional? To insert your SIM card and microSD card, you push off a bottom cover, but to insert the battery, you push off a side cover by the volume keys. We didn’t have much luck the first couple times with the battery cover and found it pretty difficult to take off. This is most likely a good thing in the long run, but it’s worth noting.
- We’re a bit disappointed that the handset is as thick as it is. It’s very EVO-like, though more up to date styling-wise (like we mentioned), but we’d have loved for a thinner handset as the device is extremely large due to the big screen and it’s noticeably heavy.
- The screen is great — no problems here. Text on HTC Sense-powered devices always looks a bit aliased to us, but besides that, we’re looking at a super sharp, vivid, bright, and colorful 4.3-inch display.
- Our quick time with the handset proved to be very zippy, and we also love the redesigned camera UI — plus, image capture is lightning fast.
- A small thing, but we love the H+ icon in the status bar to signify HSPA+.
All in all, you can see why we’re really enjoying the HTC Inspire 4G so far. The Inspire 4G launches February 13th for $99 with a two year agreement. We’re putting together our official review, but in the meantime, check out some photos of the device in our gallery, alright?
When it comes to the sleek new HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T, we have good news and we have bad news: the good news is that it’s compatible with AT&T’s 4G network. The bad news, however, is that it’s not compatible with AT&T’s 4G network. Confused? Announced during AT&T’s 4G extravaganza this morning, the HTC Inspire 4G will be AT&T’s version of the Desire HD. It features a 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2 (Froyo), HTC’s updated Sense UI, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and it will be the first device in the U.S. to be compatible with HTCSense.com. The Inspire 4G will also feature compatibility with AT&T’s HSPA+ “4G” network. It will not, however, feature compatibility with AT&T’s LTE “4G” network. How inspiring. The HTC Inspire 4G will launch in the first half of 2011 at an unknown price point.
It isn’t all that often we get to report on mobile technology news broken by magazine Rolling Stone, which makes this news even more special. In a print ad touting HTC’s portfolio of 4G handsets, some of the usual suspects are depicted. Obviously, Sprint’s EVO 4G makes a cameo, T-Mobile’s G2 is depicted, and Verizon’s unannounced-but-well-documented Thunderbolt is sitting front and center. But one carrier is missing from our above list. AT&T. Slinking around the background is AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G, which looks an awful lot like the European Desire HD — the same handset that was just spotted at the FCC with North American 3G bands. We know AT&T is working on an LTE network, but this handset appearance really is a shocker. Hopefully HTC and AT&T will show the Inspire a little love at this week’s CES conference. Any AT&T Android fanatics excited?! More →