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Review: HTC Inspire 4G

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Music

The Inspire 4G uses the same music player that's on other Sense phones. It starts with the same features as found on the native Android music player, but adds a few to the mix.

The sound enhancer tools allow users to shape the sound in a handful of different ways. First, it offers Dolby Mobile. Dolby Mobile makes the most sense when playing back movies via headphones or when shared with other devices via DLNA. The SRS Enhancement makes its own adjustments to the sound automatically, though I found music to sound a bit tinnier with this feature enabled. Last, when headphones are connected, users can enable and choose from a number of preset EQs. These go well beyond the options available to most Android handsets.

Music playback sounded very good through the speaker, great through stereo headphones, and good through stereo Bluetooth headphones.

The Inspire 4G forgoes any sort of music store. The Amazon MP3 store, for example, is MIA. It - and other music apps such as Pandora and Slacker - can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace. The device does offer an FM radio, which works when headphones are plugged in.

 

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Video

There are several ways to consume video on the Inspire 4G. First, HTC offers its own video player application. This app is separate from the music player app, and works with sideloaded content. Many Android devices ship without a dedicated video app, and users must find and download their own. It worked flawlessly for me. There is also the new YouTube application, which has a live home screen widget that updates with the latest/best videos constantly. The BlockBuster movie application is on board for renting and purchasing movies. Last, the Inspire 4G has AT&T TV on board, which is run by MobiTV. It offers snack-sized videos and TV snippets.

 

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