Inspire Owners - Please Introduce Yourselves
Hi everyone, I thought maybe you guys wouldn't mind getting to know each other a little better
So, how about everybody introduce themselves, and share as much as you're willing to share:
Where you're from:
Smartphone phone history:
The phone you are or have switched from:
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire?
And anything else you can think of.
I'll start. The first few are obvious, so here's the rest:
Phone history: Samsung i500, Treo 600/650, PPC 6700, Mogul, Touch, Pro, Touch Pro 2, Droid, Incredible, EVO, Droid X, Vibrant, and the Fascinate.
Phone I am switching from: I am a phone addict and as you can see I've purchased quite a few. But I've always said, you have to pick your carrier first and your phone second. In my case that has been Sprint and then Verizon over the years. That said, I caved to the popularity of the iPhone 4, but I returned it the next day, not realizing how many shortcomings it had for my smartphone needs. Even though I don't have an Inspire, I still wanted to kick off this thread, because I'm in a position where I want to meet as many members as possible!
- 02-21-2011, 10:40 AM #2
Where you're from: I'm originally from Indianapolis, IN. Living in Holland, MI for now.
You're profession: Military
Smartphone phone history: BlackBerry Curve 8310 > BlackBerry Bold 9700 > BlackBerry Torch 9800 > HTC Inspire 4G
The phone you are or have switched from: BB 9800
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? I have many Processor speed, rooting capability, Apps, Support from developers. Didn't seem to be a whole lot for BB's.
Any disappointments? I wouldn't call it a disappointment but the battery could be a tad bit better. I'm getting almost a day out of it and I have chargers nearby all the time but I think it could have been a bigger battery.
- 02-21-2011, 10:55 AM #3
- 2 Posts
Where you're from: Central Texas
You're profession: used to work at Best Buy, but I'm a student at texas A&M
Smartphone phone history: I'm kinda new, owning wise...Blackjack 1, iPhone 3G, now the inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: same as above
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Definitely the screen, as well as the aluminum. While watching the NBA All Star game, I went to play NBA Jam on my iphone and it looked and felt TINY! Plus, my iphone was literally about to crack in half, so the aluminum is awesome.
Any disappointments?not really. Though being new to Android I'm still learning app management and trying to get the battery to last
- 02-21-2011, 11:00 AM #4
- 79 Posts
Where you're from: Kentucky
You're profession: AT&T Technician
Smartphone phone history: Moto MPX220, Blackberry 8300, Blackberry 8310, Blackberry 8900, Blackberry 9700, Nexus One, Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: Nexus One
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? More app memory/bigger screen
Any disappointments? No dual core, no FFC, no HDMI out
I love android, my favorite smartphone OS...the Inspire is a very solid phone, I still might trade it off for the Atrix, but for right now HTC Sense is making up for the lack of features mentioned above...HTC Inspire 4G (Rooted/S-Off)
ROM: AOSP 2.3.4
ROM: Cyanogen Tablet Tweaks
Kernel: Dalingrin's OC Kernel
Acer Icona A500
- 02-21-2011, 11:18 AM #5
Where you're from: Hollister, CA
You're profession: Retail Store Manager
Smartphone phone history: Treo 650, Blackberry Curve 8310, Blackberry 8900, Blackberry Storm, Blackberry Bold 9700, iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, Nokia E71, Sony Ericcson P900, LG Prada, Nexus One, Samsung Captivate, and Nokia N97
The phone you are or have switched from: iPhone 4 and Nexus One
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? The 4.3" screen, build quality, camera, and HTC Sense
Any disappointments? No front camera, dual core, HDMI, battery life
And anything else you can think of. I have been with AT&T since when it used to be first Pac Bell Cellular if anyone can remember that (was first digital cell service). I am such a phone addict and my gf has put up with me changing phones every 2-3 months and even our first 5 dates were of me purchasing phones in parking lots off Craigslist. Can't be all that bad as she usually gets my phone I'm replacing and thus being able to upgrade my line every year isn't so bad! So as you can see I've had my share of phones and it won't stop. Still looking to pick up the Atrix and iPhone 5 this summer!
- 02-21-2011, 11:36 AM #6
Where you're from: between dc/baltimore
Your profession: mommy.
Smartphone phone history: iPhone 3g, 3gs, MyTouch 3g, Blackberry Curve 8520, now HTC inspire.
The phone you are or have switched from: BB
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? I like the screen size, the camera, HTC sense...
Any disappointments? no 4g yet, battery life
And anything else you can think of.
I've tried android, bb, and ios and I have to say android is by far my favorite.
- 02-21-2011, 12:54 PM #7
Where you're from: Connecticut
You're profession: Waiter
Smartphone phone history: Couple Samsung and Moto flip phones to a Razr, LG Shine, Blackberry Bold, Iphone 3gs,Blackberry Curve, Nexus One, Droid(Tried Verizon, did not like), Back to Nexus One, Captivate, Iphone 4, HTC Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: Switched from an iphone 4
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? The big Screen, the great build quality, Sense 2.0
Any disappointments? Reception is a bit worse than my iphone 4's as long as i dont hold it wrong (lolo), Battery Life for now but i've been tweaking and its getting better.
And anything else you can think of: I wish Zagg screen protectors were easier to install.... And i wish Seidio would release their "Naked" Belt Clip holster, the phone's build quality is on par with the nexus one it feels like, so it doesnt need extreme protection like an otterbox
- 02-21-2011, 01:18 PM #8
Where you're from: Ohio
You're profession: IT
Smartphone phone history: It's short: Blackberry 9700 and Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: BB 9700
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? The big Screen, Sense 2.0. Right now I'm just having a lot of fun playing with all the Android features that are new to me.
Any disappointments? Battery life for now, but I think I can work with it
And anything else you can think of: Kind of frustrated with the slim choice in cases and screen protectors becuase it's a new phone. And I want a charging dock
- 02-21-2011, 01:50 PM #9
- 3 Posts
Where you're from: Missouri
You're profession: Computer Engineer
Smartphone phone history: Blackberry Pearl and Inspire (wife and son have iPhone 3Gs)
The phone you are or have switched from: Blackberry Pearl
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Great display! Bright and big. Flash Player - wife and son hate not having Flash on iPhones. Just coming up to speed on Android, but look out world, I'm a Linux hacker. >
Any disappointments? No front facing camera, no FM receiver (not big deals)
And anything else you can think of: Need a good case - I guess the case companies are playing catch-up at the moment - cannot wait for an otterbox for my new baby.
- 02-21-2011, 01:50 PM #10
- 32 Posts
Where you're from: Winchester Va area (70mi west of DC)
You're profession: Web Developer
Smartphone phone history: Blackberry 8900 and now the Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: Blackberry 8900
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? the screen is so much larger then the BB was. the UI is awesome, and I love being able to play Angry Birds(how nerdy is that)
Any disappointments? I will agree with everyone else and say battery.
And anything else you can think of: I had considered getting the iPhone4 since big blue did not have any real good android phones that compared to the i4. But once I saw this phone, I knew this would be the one for me.
- 02-21-2011, 01:55 PM #11
- 02-21-2011, 02:00 PM #12
Where you're from: Detroit, MI
You're profession: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Smartphone phone history: BB Curve, BB Bold, Motorola Droid, HTC Eris, HTC Incredible, Iphone 4, HTC Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: Iphone 4
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Aluminum body, HTC Sense
Any disappointments? The biggest phone ive owned....Maybe get used to it.
And anything else you can think of. Loving the phone so far, It is by far the largest phone ive owned. I also wish it had dual core, but for the price you cant beat it!
- 02-21-2011, 03:47 PM #13
- 02-21-2011, 04:40 PM #14
- 105 Posts
Where you're from: Home of the past soon to be again world champs of baseball, Philadelphia
You're profession: Sales
Smartphone phone history: BB Curve, IPhone 3G (for 20 days), BB Bold, Inspire 4G
The phone you are or have switched from: Bold 9700
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Honestly, Swiftkey. First time I could ever type well on a touchscreen, and the ability to stream songs in the car thru the Bluetooth and Rhapsody. Blackberry could not do this.
Any disappointments? The only thing that's a disappointment for me is nothing like BB Messenger. That was great.
- 02-21-2011, 04:54 PM #15
- 10 Posts
Where you're from: Louisiana
Your profession: Student
Smartphone phone history: iPhone > iPhone 3G > iPhone 3GS > iPhone 4 > HTC Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: iPhone 4
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? I don't own one jussst yet, but the voice commands are amazing compared to the iPhone.
- 02-21-2011, 04:57 PM #16
- 23 Posts
- Android Revolution HD 2.0
Where you're from: South Florida
Smartphone phone history: iPhone 3g-HTC inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: HTC INSPIRE
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire?It's in favor of Google=)
Any disappointments? Battery
- 02-21-2011, 05:09 PM #17
- 99 Posts
Where you're from: Charleston, WV
You're profession: Assistant Store Manager AT&T Corporate Store
Smartphone phone history: blackjack II, blackberry 8310, blackberry bold 9000, iPhone 2g, iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, and now HTC Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: 16gig white iPhone 3GS
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Screen size and camera, flash player
Any disappointments? No front camera, and when making a call then removing your face from the phone it takes you to the main screen. This can be bothersome because When getting off the call I have to either wait for the other person to disconnect or I have to select the phone icon, then hit end call. The down side is that sometimes the other party disconnects the call just as I flipped back and as I'm going to tap end call, it switches back to call. So I end up calling that person right back.
- 02-21-2011, 05:33 PM #18
Where you're from: Dallas, Texas
You're profession: Real Estate Investor/Lender
Smartphone phone history: Palm Treo 650 - Treo 680 - Palm Centro - IPhone 3G - Samsung Captivate - Iinspire 4G
The phone you are or have switched from: Samsung Captivate
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Sense Interface. Oh and the fact that GPS works.
Any disappointments? Nothing yet
- 02-21-2011, 07:55 PM #19
Hi eveyone, I'm an android newbie and new to the forums, but thought I'd introduce myself since I've been lurking for 2 weeks. BTW - I Love My Inspire!
Where you're from: Massachusetts
Your profession: Tax Lawyer (I know…boring)
Smartphone phone history: Blackberry Pearl, Blackberry Curve 8900, Blackberry Bold, Inspire 4G
The phone you are or have switched from: Blackberry Bold (still using a Blackberry Curve 3G for work)
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Everything that’s awful on Blackberry and is awesome on Android. Real webpages, Google sync that works, responsive touch screen, 4.3” screen
Any disappointments? Voice dial – but I haven’t found a phone yet that does it well – and I don’t have a Boston accent! Losing the multiple speed-dial keys that came with the Blackberry’s real keyboard, makes the crappy voice dial an annoyance.
- 02-22-2011, 12:57 AM #20
Where you're from: I live the central part of the DFW area
You're profession: Regional Channel Manager for a large healthcare company
Smartphone phone history: I've owned Palm's, Pocket PC's Windows Mobile, WebOS, Android's, Windows Phone 7 and of coarse iPhone's.
The phone you are or have switched from: iPhone 4 32GB
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? After years of carrying an iPhone I felt it was time for a change. This is not to say I don't like my iPhone because I still do.
Any disappointments? None so far, for me it's more just getting use to the differences between Android from iOS.
And anything else you can think of.
I was a founding member of the DFW Pocket PC users group back in the day. I saw where the mobile technology industry was and could go. I founded a software development company that developed applications for Pocket PC's and Windows Mobile devices. During this same time I started a group of mobility focused websites starting with pocketpcminds.com that grew into mobileminds.com, covering everything from Palm, Tablet PC's, Smartphones and Blackberry's. While my family and professional career required more and more of my time I slowly had to shut down 5 minds sites I now only have mobileminds.com and rarely publish there anymore.
My passion for smartphones has not gone away and in fact in the past year it seems to have returned even stronger than before. I'm looking forward to becoming a more active member of this and other communities discussing Android devices.
My current list of owned devices are iPhone 4 32GB, Samsung Focus (WP7), HTC Inspire 4G and tomorrow a Motorola Atrix with Laptop dock.
- 02-22-2011, 08:38 AM #21
Where you're from: Detroit, MI (well, the suburbs as nobody actually lives in Detroit)
You're profession: IT Management
Smartphone phone history: Oh my... early Windoze phones, 5 BB's or so, iPhone 4, various Androids..
The phone you are or have switched from: BB 9800 (Torch)
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Screen, form factor.
Any disappointments? Battery life, lack of built-in notes and password keeper apps (used these constantly on the BBs).
And anything else you can think of. Overall a solid device at an outstanding price with a couple shortcomings. I'm still waiting for that Android device that can communicate like a BB with all day battery life. I hope I see it in my lifetime.
- 02-22-2011, 10:17 AM #22
- 8 Posts
Where you're from: Twin Cities, MN
Your profession: Legislative assistant
Smartphone phone history: iPhone, iPhone 3GS, HTC Inspire
I have a much longer history with PDAs than smartphones, starting with a couple of Sharp Wizards way back when, a couple of Palms, and a couple of Sony Clies.
The phone you are or have switched from: iPhone 3GS
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? This is about Android in general, but I love not being tied to my computer nearly as much for simple things like updating podcasts. About the Inspire in particular, I'm pretty impressed by the camera.
Any disappointments? Maybe the battery, but I knew what I was getting into beforehand. I've always kept a spare charger at work and a car charger for my iPhones even though I didn't need them, and I'll do the same for this phone. My only concern is when I'm away from home for an extended period, like this weekend when I'm going to a 24-hour best picture showcase thing at a local AMC theater, but maybe I'll just shut it off completely during movies and bring the charger just in case I find someplace to plug it in between movies.
And anything else you can think of. I still have a lot to learn about the Android world in general. I did some reading up before deciding to switch, but maybe not enough! What I find most interesting, though, is that is some ways this reminds me a lot of how it was working with my Palm OS devices, in particular the Sony Clies, which used Memory Sticks where'd you have to manage content between the device and the stick. I kind of feel like I've arrived back home, as much as I loved my iPhones.
- 02-22-2011, 11:11 AM #23
- 9 Posts
Where you're from: Northeast Mississippi
You're profession: X-Ray/CT Technologist
Smartphone phone history:Iphone 3g
The phone you are or have switched from: Iphone 3g
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? So far Android OS, and the weight/size. It has a good feel to me and I am liking Sense so far.
Any disappointments? No complaints, I just need to get over the learning curve to get up to full speed on Android, but I am loving it.
- 02-22-2011, 01:25 PM #24
Where you're from: I am from Puerto Rico but i live in Orlando, FL
You're profession: Security Officer, who HATES confrontation :/
Smartphone phone history: BB 8320, 8120, 9000, 8900, 9700..Iphone 3g, Iphone 4..and now the Inspire
The phone you are or have switched from: Iphone 4
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? I don't think i have a favorite thing
Any disappointments? The auto focus on the camera...the Iphone 4 spoiled me in that aspect
I do love this phone...i knew i would be happy with android..i just needed a good high end phone and of course it had to be HTC...
- 02-22-2011, 03:53 PM #25
- 34 Posts
Where you're from: Charlotte, NC
Your profession: Creative Director
Smartphone phone history: Moto Razr, Samsung Blackjack, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, HTC Evo, iPhone 4
The phone you are or have switched from: iPhone 4
What's your favorite feature about the Inspire? Build quality is impressive- also after a long relationship with iOS, I just find myself preferring the customizability of Android. Notifications are very important to me as I am in meetings 2-3 hours of every day.
Any disappointments? No. I've optimized my settings and I'm getting a decent battery unlike many. Single core seems perfectly suited for the phone. Faster than my Evo.
And anything else you can think of: Like many, I have much to learn with Android. The Inspire is a great phone.