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CNET First Look
HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T)The 4G wars are on, and AT&T's launching its first 4G smartphone at an incredibly competitive price. Find out what the HTC Inspire 4G has to offer in our First Look video.
-Hey everyone. I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com and I'm here with your first look of the HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T. This is one of the smartphones that was announced by the Carrier at CES 2011 and it's notable for a couple of reasons. First of all, the Inspire 4G has the largest display of any of the smartphones in AT&T's current lineup. It measures 4.3 inches diagonally, so you're getting plenty of screen real estate here which is great when you're viewing web pages, pictures or videos. It's not just the size either. The touchscreen is sharp and vibrant and very responsive. The flip side to the large screen, of course, is that you're getting a rather bulky handset. I know I have small hands but I think, for most people, the Inspire size will take some getting used to. I will say, for how tall and wide it is, HTC did a pretty good job of keeping it rather thin. And like many of this company's other phones, it has a high quality build. They did switch up one design aspect though that I'm not a huge fan of. On back, there are now two compartments; one for the sim card and expansion slot and one for the battery. I don't mind that they're separated by I do mind that the battery cover here on the side is really difficult to remove. There's a little notch here that's supposed to help you pop the door off, but it took a lot of work and eventually I had to use a coin to help pry it off. But moving on to more important things, let's talk about features. If you couldn't already tell from the name, the Inspire is a 4G phone. AT&T's first actually. It runs on the Carrier's enhanced HSPA-Plus network, so that means you should experience faster data speeds on here than a 3G device. AT&T is saying that they have been seeing speeds up to 6 megabits per second; but I ran a few tests here in New York and I'm not seeing anywhere near that, but I will continue to test it so be sure to check out our full review for the results. One other feature that I wanted to point out is the mobile hotspot app. It allows you to connect to other Wi-Fi enabled devices and share an internet connection, so that's great if you're on the road a lot and need that instant connection. I've still got more to check out, but so far the Inspire is looking like one of the top Android smartphones in AT&T's lineup and it's an absolutely amazing value at only $99.99 with a two-year contract. The Inspire will be available starting on February 13. I am Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the HTC Inspire 4G.