Feb 02 AT 5:40 PM Nick Gray 33 Comments

Video: Unboxing the HTC Inspire 4G from AT&T

While Taylor has been enjoying the Tegra 2 powered LG Optimus 2X, I have been treated to a little surprise of my own. This afternoon, the FedEx guy dropped off a package from HTC. Since AT&T finally unveiled their launch details for the HTC Inspire 4G just yesterday, it’s was fairly easy to assume what was inside the package.

I’ve only had about an hour to play around with the HTC Inspire 4G, but it’s fairly safe to say that it’s certainly the best HTC handset I have used in a while (the HTC Thunderbolt doesn’t count since Verizon has not yet sent me one to test out). Now that AT&T has lost it’s exclusivity deal with Apple’s iPhone, it’s clear that they will be stepping up their Android offerings over the next few months in an effort to retain customers.

Over the past year, AT&T has received a lot of bad press over how they have managed their Android phones. One hottest issues has been AT&T’s lock-down on application installation. As of now, all phones available on AT&T are only able to install applications from the official Android Market. Fortunately, I’m happy to report that the HTC Inspire 4G is the first phone on AT&T that allows users to install applications from the SD card and other sources. I’m not 100% sure if this feature will carry over once the phone goes on sale, but the phone I have in my hands certainly has no issues with the apps I installed from Gmail and my memory card.

I’ll be playing around with the HTC Inspire 4G for at least two weeks, so be sure to check back in for a full review in about a week.

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Source: HTC Source

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Beagan

    just an american htc desire hd pretty much

  • geniusdog254

    Holy shit! Frankly, I’m amazed that it’s letting you install non-market apps. I doubt it’ll carry to release though :\

    • http://Website nexus

      Its just a sign of things to come. AT&T had to make this move eventually, because would the power users stand for the Atrix not allowing side-loading? No: they would sh*t a brick (and rightfully so).

    • DavidM

      I bet it will, since it is coming out in 9 days

  • http://Website Sean

    Oh man.. I can’t wait to see another video on this bad boy. Getting this phone as soon as it’s released. I’m waiting anxiously for your other videos.

    • http://Website Mike

      It’s basically the USA’s version of the Desire HD – I’ve had a Desire HD for about 8 weeks now and it’s a fantastic phone.

  • qcom

    Although I won’t personally buy this over the Atrix, it’s really nice to see AT&T getting some great handsets at extremely reasonable prices!

    I mean, the fact that this phone is only $99 is simply amazing.

    Even more amazing, the Atrix is looking like it’ll be $149.99.


  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    I still don’t quite get the appeal of unboxing videos.

  • http://Website Richard

    Guess… DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES… 99.00 is more than fair. This is LAST YEARS SPECS… At&t is LATE to the 4G party… THIS HAS NOTHING TO THE HTC EVO 4G other than the NEW SENSE otherwise NO HDMI, NO FRONT FACING CAMERA, NO KICK STAND, just actually looks LIKE A KNOCK OFF.. At&t HAS TO PROVE THERE LOYALTIES TO ANDROID… If I was Mr Peter Chou I would not produce no HIGH END SMARTPHONE FROM HTC.. Till they prove they are with ANDROID THROUGH AND THROUGH not just because the iphone4 went to Verizon which means nothing TRUTHFULLY.. At&t has such a LONG WAY TO GO TO TOUCH THE LIGHTS OF SPRINT AND THERE ANDROID FLEET… HTC EVO 2 4G ANYBODY… Everyone will see the REBIRTH off the current granddaddy of 4g from the carrier that STARTED IT ALL IN JUNE 2010.. A true 4G network not something announced out of the blue.. Htc/Sprint/Google rules watch how silly at&t will look come feb 7 when sprint makes there industry first presentation. Then again at&t will be SLAPPED AROUND AT CTIA IN MARCH 2011.. It is great to be an htc Evo 4g owner

    • http://Website TheGM

      Please, please buy an iPhone….

      It’s perfect for you.

      • http://Website Richard

        @TheGM….Your a DWEEB HEAD

        • http://Website ACR

          Evo has crap camera and GPU that runs games in 5FPS. Go run Nenemark1 benchmark and see how slow your GPU is. The first generation Snapdragon processor in EVO isn’t better than anything, even the 800Mhz in G2 beats it, let alone the Dual Core processors that are coming out.

    • keridel


      none of what you just said made sense in any english grammatical way.

      well done.

      you sound like a chimp.

      this phone happens to be the best single core phone you will see to date. my desire hd beats the nexus s in almost all bench marks and this is 4g which will finish it off.

      i’m glad the americans get to have this truly great phone.

      • http://Website Alan

        Its ATT fake 4G, you probably have faster 3G service where you live (if you can buy a desire HD there), ATT can only do 14.4Mb/s, which is definitely not 4G, its barely 3G+. Absolutely every carrier in canada can do 21, and we’re in the digital dark ages up here.
        On the positive note, the phone looks solid and gorgeous, its nice to see ATT jumping into android in a real way.

      • http://Website TGeezy86

        Agreed. I don’t have a Desire HD but from what I’m aware my MT4G and the Desire HD share practically the same guts, save for the different skins in place. Great to see AT&T actually going in with Android, no matter their reasons. This will in the long run help tame Apple’s dominance and awe-factor.

      • http://Website Richard

        Your desire hd is nothing but a knock off here in America.. GET over it you DWEEB

        • http://Website james

          Richard my love,

          What is my desire HD a knock off OF exactly?

          The evo? My phone pisses all over your evolution.

          Much love

  • chief113

    Shut up dude. So annoying. In case you didn’t get that, YOU ARE SO ANNOYING!

    • http://Website Richard

      Chief113… Go get loss… YOU GOOFY DWEEB

  • http://Website Alan

    I don’t get these unboxing videos, but its just so hypnotic, I can’t not watch.

  • http://Website Raptor007

    I hope the users will enjoy 3.5G since its NOT a 4G LTE phone and we all know the games T-Mobile is playing by saying their HSPA+ is 4G, okay, sure it is. Next please notice the even smaller battery it has compared to the HTC ThunderBold, the old processor, old camera, no FFC and oh yeah NO EXTENDED BATTERY, that has got to really suck.

  • http://Website dmb11120

    OK, lets get the 4G thing straight. ITU has set a standard of 100MB/s as the minimum throughput for a 4G network. The last time I checked NO NETWORK IN THE US CAN SUPPORT THIS(this includes Verizon’s LTE, Sprint’s WIMAX, T-Mo’s HSPA+, or At&T’s HSPA+). 4G will not exist until LTE-Advanced is deployed.

    • geniusdog254

      Don’t forget WiMax 2 (802.16m, I think). It’s also a true 4G standard. LTE & WiMax in their current generation *mostly* meet the qualifications for being true 4G (full IP backbone, etc) just don’t meet the speed requirements. Great post on the subject here http://bit.ly/cXW5r7

  • http://Website Eric

    Nick, can you test 3G/”4G” if you have it? I’ve only heard the theoretical speeds, never seen an actual test.

  • http://Website marissa

    The two phones side by side, is that the desire Z or G2? Because I see the T-Mobile branding but it has the new sense. If it is the G2 how would I get the G2 to have that sense 2.0? Thank you.

  • http://Website marissa

    So when I flash it will it act just like the desire z with the new sense benefits? As in I’ll have access to htcsense.com with the phone and it will work?

  • http://www.3for.tv Greg

    I’ve had an EVO for months. I love it.

    Help me out here… two questions:

    A) how is this thing even slightly different?

    B) if it’s not different or new, why are people getting excited about it like it is?

    • http://www.3for.tv Greg

      Unibody design is cool.

      99 bucks is cool.

      but where is the WOW factor? HTC phones are all starting to blend together.

      Remember when the EVO came out, and it was farkin’ amazing?

      I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.

    • http://Website Adam

      The Inspire is basically the US version of the HTC Desire HD that was released in Europe last year. And the Desire HD is basically the GSM version of the EVO. At least I believe the internal specs are essentially the same.
      So to answer your post – no the Inspire is nothing revolutionary like the EVO was, but for those of us who wish to remain on carriers who use GSM instead of CDMA…the Inspire will be a breath of fresh air.

  • http://Website abbie

    So, is it safe to say I could buy an HTC Desire case for the Inspire? Right now, there aren’t many options for cases for the inspire. And on that note, any recommendations for someone who drops their phone on concrete a lot?

  • http://Website GABRIEL

    CHICAGO – 4G World – Everyone knows that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is planning to move to Long Term Evolution (LTE) later this year, but is the operator also planning a further upgrade of its 3G network in 2011.

    In his keynote here, David Haight, VP of business development at AT&T’s Emerging Devices Organization, said that if users roam off LTE, they would go to faster 3G in 2011. “The good news is that you’re going to fall back to HSPA+, so you’re falling back to 14.4 megabits, not 7.2 or 3.6,” Haight told the crowd. (See 4G World: AT&T Learns Lessons From iPad.)

    So far, AT&T has only said that it will deploy the earlier 14.4Mbit/s upgrade by the end of 2010, revealing nothing about a 21Mbit/s upgrade in 2011. So we asked AT&T what the official word on this was.

    “HSPA+ technology has a theoretical maximum speed of 21Mbps,” a spokeswoman said, in an email reply to questions. “WE HAVE NOT BEGUN DEPLOYING THE TECHNOLOGY AT THIS TIME”,she said that ONLY last October — then now magically they are 4G (See AT&T Plots Widescale HSPA+ Rollout .)

    Nonetheless, if AT&T is interested in keeping up with GSM rival T-Mobile then HSPA+ is a logical progression. T-Mobile is currently rolling out a 21Mbit/s upgrade for over 100 cities now; it currently has the speed boost running in 100+ cities in the US. They proud of announcing every city that they lit up for 21 hspa+ but AT&T cannot do that because they are just putting 7.2 & 14.4…

    The average download speeds offered on 21Mbit/s HSPA+ are in the 5 to 8 Mbit/s range, but we seen Max. of 12.5Mbps in Samsung Galaxy S 4G in some city with 3Mbps upload. (See T-Mobile’s HSPA+ Rivals Clearwire, US LTE Speeds.)

    When we are in Austin,Texas for ANDROID FESTIVAL, TMobile executives said that 42Mbps hspa+ will be available by last week of MARCH or 1st week of APRIL — 2011 then AT&T will start to deploy 21Mbps hspa+ that time… LATE IN THE GAME!!!

    I called a friend who is engineer in AT&T MOBILITY DEPT. (15 years) & he said to me that THEY STILL USE THE 7.2Mbps & SOME city with 14.4Mbps HSPA, NOT YET THE 21 HSPA+ (maybe they will start last week of February or 1st week of March, he said in SOME CITIES NOT 100+ LIKE TMOBILE) So the hspa that AT&T saying that will cover more is the 7.2 & 14.4 NOT THE 21 HSPA+…

    SPRINT has WIMAX & VERIZON has LTE then TMOBILE has 21hspa+ then 42hspa+ this April, how about AT&T — 7.2 then 14.4 selected cities — the slowest… & FAKE 4G…


  • http://facebook.com/thegarbear05 gary

    i love this fone