Meanwhile, online retailer Amazon has slashed the price of the HTC Inspire 4G to just $59.99. AT&T’s existing customers can grab the handset for $69.99. The HTC Inspire 4G smartphone is the first handset to run on AT&T’s super-fast HSPA+ flavor of 4G network.
Like HTC’s EVO 4G and HD2 before it, the Inspire is a hefty, slate-style smartphone. Centered on the upper portion of the phone’s back is the standard protruding camera lens. Snore.
Though my inner phone fashionista was a little deflated, there’s actually very little to knock. On a similarly predictable note, the Inspire’s vitals are what we’ve come to expect from modern Android devices: a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of onboard memory (with an 8-GB card included), a sharp 8-megapixel camera, and even a little Dolby sound.
Of course, the other big draw is the Inspire’s speedy 4G data and hotspot capabilities. (For those keeping score, the Inspire cruises on AT&T’s HSPA+ flavor of 4G and not LTE. WIRED Powerful phone at a great price. Lookit that screen! Overhauled Sense UI is snappy. TIRED Accessing the battery results in broken fingernails. Hotspot occasionally drops devices (like they’re hot) and tethering service will cost you extra. Headphone jack is woefully located at the bottom of the phone.
Even direct from AT&T, the price for this repackaged HTC Desire HD is just $99.99 with a new two-year contract. If you buy the smartphone from Amazon, you’ll have to shell out just $59.99 if you’re a new customer, and $69.99 if you’re already an AT&T customer.