One thing I love to do to help my readers is to review products that you all might actually use. One thing I believe nearly everyone has anymore is a cell phone. And of course, many are upgrading to smart phones all of the time. I am actually at the end of a contract on my current phone and am now in the market for something newer. I too am looking into the newer smart phones. Of course, with so many options available, how do you know which one to buy?
I did a lot of homework and had narrowed my choices down to the HTC Inspire and the Apple iPhone 4G. Since I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision, I asked the people at HTC if I could review their phone for a couple of weeks to see what I thought about it. They happily obliged and so below my personal review of this product.
The first thing that I noticed right out of the box was how heavy it was. It really kind of surprised me. I am so use to my phone being very light. Of course, it isn’t really “heavy” to haul around, just heavier than the phone I was use to before.
It worked for me right out of the box (well, once I went to have my favorite phone guy turn it on for me). Having been on a Blackberry for so long, it did take some adjusting. The one thing I loved immediately was the size of the screen. It was so easy to see what I was trying to read – no squinting required.
I loved how fast the phone was. Click the button and it instantly loaded the application – even the internet. Of course that is also subject to your WiFi capabilities, but it was always so quick to respond.
When it comes to keeping in touch on the road, I have to say that I loved the mail features. I synced the phone with my account. The phone and the email server were constantly “talking” if you will. So, when I read an email on my phone, it showed as read when I got home on my PC. If I deleted an email on my PC, it was deleted on the phone. For me, that was a huge plus in staying organized.
Then there are the apps. I mean HOLY APPS BATMAN! There were so many to choose from. I could seriously blow an afternoon downloading and playing with the apps that they offer.
I really wish that the camera was front facing. It would be nice to be able to capture a photo of my friends and myself and actually see it in preview mode before we snapped it. Of course, not a deal breaker by any means, just something that I noticed.
I did also notice that the battery life wasn’t as long as I’d like. I am bad about placing my phone on my charger every night – I do it every couple of days. This phone drained more quickly than what I was use to in the past. Guess that means I just have to remember to charge it each evening.
So now the question remains, will I purchase the HTC Inspire or will I opt for another brand. While I am positive I’d be happy with this phone, the jury is still out. I have not completely made up my mind as to what I want to get. However, having had a chance to personally try this phone and see all of these great features makes it a front runner for certain!
I received a phone for a review period of two weeks. All opinions within this post are my own and were not influenced by any party.