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Review: HTC Inspire 4G

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The Inspire 4G tackles email, SMS, MMS, IM, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Picasa, Flickr, as well as any other Sense phone fielded by HTC in recent memory.

There are several different avenues to get your email. First, there is the HTC-made email program. It can be used for Exchange or POP3/IMAP4 webmail accounts. While the full app isn’t as feature rich as the native Gmail application, HTC created a great home screen widget for its email app that lets you sort through emails more elegantly than looking at a normal inbox. The Gmail app functions the same as it does on other Android devices.

The Inspire 4G has only one SMS application (unlike other Sense devices, which had two). The SMS app is the one developed by HTC for Sense. It offers the same functionality as the native Android SMS app, but is a lot nicer to look at. As with the email application, it also has a very good home screen widget.

Google Talk is the only native IM app on board. Want access to more IM networks? Go fishing in the Android Market.

There are a number of ways to connect to social networks with the Inspire 4G. First, there's HTC's FriendStream. The FriendStream app reaches into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and pulls down status updates in a stream that you can look at quickly. It has a great home screen widget, though I find this widget to be a bit unreliable when it comes to real-time updates.

HTC’s Peep application is not included out of the box, but can be downloaded from either the HTC Hub or the Android Market. Personally, I like the native Facebook and native Twitter applications better than Friendstream and Peep, but at least HTC provides us with options.

 

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