I got to take an early look at the new HTC Inspire 4G at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas last month. I have to say its release date is perfectly timed (February 13) because it’s everything you want on Valentine’s Day. It’s also the first 4G-capable phone offered by AT&T and has the snappy Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system.
Powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processer, this smartphone has tons of bells and whistles. The 4.3″ WVGA screen is absolutely gorgeous and coupled with Dolby Mobile HD sound, makes watching feature-length films in the palm of your hand addictive. It also comes equipped with an 8MP camera and LED flash, plus a 720p camcorder for shooting your own HD video. Top that off with built-in DLNA connectivity that lets you stream videos, photos and music straight to your flatscreen, and you’ve got the makings of a full-on entertainment center.
Another nice feature is the next generation of HTC Sense. Among other things, it lets users log in to htcsense.com, pinpoint the location of a misplaced phone on a map and even send a command to have the phone sound an alert to help you find it. If your phone is more than misplaced (read stolen) you can remotely wipe all of your phone’s data with a single command. And with the FriendStream app you can stay up-to-date on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr in one consolidated view.
What makes the HTC Inspire even more appealing is the price. At just $99.99* with a qualifying two-year agreement and a $25/mo. data feature, you’re definitely getting some major bang for your buck.
UPDATE: RadioShack stores now have the HTC Inspire! If you’re on the hunt for a new phone, this one comes highly recommended from me. If you do pick one up, leave a comment here and let me know what you think.
*AT&T 4G currently available in limited areas. Will increase with ongoing deployment. Credit approval, activation, early-termination and other fees and restrictions apply.