I love my Inspire BUT...
I have had my Inspire since the day it released. I love the phone, I love all the different things I can do with it that fit my desires/needs. BUT there are a couple major things that are bugging me and causing me to give serious thought to going to 'battle' with AT&T to get my upgrade reinstated so I can get a different phone.
I originally went to AT&T to argue for an early upgrade because my Blackberry Bold 9700 just randomly dropped me off the network, hell the day I was in there I was able to show this very phenomenon to the sales rep because my wife was there with me buying an iPhone and while we waited for her phone to be ready my phone dropped off the network while her phone (a Bold 9000 at the time) had full 3G service standing less than a foot away.
So, anyway, ever since I've had the phone the only network issue I've had is that I can't get more than a bar of service in my office (which doesn't surprise me because the walls are mighty thick), but that is usually combated by connecting to my office wi-fi. Lately, however, the wi-fi in my phone has seemingly developed a mind of it's own. As I sit here and type this I've got full wi-fi strength on my laptop and next to nothing on my phone...here shortly it will probably drop completely off the wi-fi while my laptop still has a strong, full connection. This also happens while sitting at my house...in my living room with the router. My wife's phone will be connected, my laptop will have full service, but my phone tells me there is no wi-fi connection.
Also, for reasons I have yet to figure out, the phone will randomly put itself into silent.
And lets not forget the terrible battery life on this thing. I use my phone a lot for text messages, email, phone calls and social media stuff (you know, the things one generally uses it for) and I'm lucky if I get 5 hours out of a full charge. I have set almost all the sync settings to longer intervals (which, as a former blackberry user, aggravates me when it comes to work email) and done all the little tips and tricks I've seen mentioned on here and it STILL gets me nowhere. Luckily I'm almost always in a place where I can charge my phone...but that's not going to always be the case and will surely bite me in the *** sooner rather than later.
Sorry this was kind of long winded, but I'm just frustrated that a phone I really do like is doing a lot of the exact same stuff (or similar to at least) that caused me to switch to Android from Blackberry in the first place.Swimming, against the current, in a stream of b.s.
- 03-30-2011, 03:20 PM #2
- 03-30-2011, 03:56 PM #3
I came to the Inspire from an iPhone 3G and have loved many aspects of this phone. The speed, even throttled as it is, is much faster than what I was getting from my iPhone 3G. The smooth integration with all aspects of google has been great. So far I give the hardware edge to Apple but the software edge to Droid.
Three things have bugged me though with the Inspire.
The first is the way the phone seems to become almost frozen during sync. I have updated it so that it does not auto sync and have removed facebook for htc sense thus turning off the friends stream. While this is disappointing I could handle this if it was not for the next problem.
The second is the battery life. This may end up being a deal breaker for me because this battery life is even worse that what I experienced with the iPhone3G. This may very well likely push me to replacing this with an iPhone4 because I am very fearful of motoblur and do not want to have to root.
The third deals with bluetooth connectivity. I am still trying to figure out how to have the phone automatically connect to my car whenever I get inside it. My iPhone did this seemlessly but my Inspire will have to be reconnected several times a week. While not difficult it is frustrating to keep reestablishing the connection.
Overall though, this is a fantastic phone with a lot of promise. If only the battery situation could be corrected I would love this phone completely.
Last edited by ednygma; 03-30-2011 at 04:02 PM.
- 03-30-2011, 04:24 PM #4
- Swimming, against the current, in a stream of b.s.
- 03-30-2011, 06:33 PM #6
- 03-30-2011, 07:51 PM #7
- 03-31-2011, 08:45 AM #8
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Sorry you are having these issues. Of the things you describe only battery life affects me. The WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity is seamless for me. It seems that large-capacity batteries have appeared on the market, though I haven't tried any of them yet. Instead, I bought a cradle with a spare battery, so I always have an extra full charged battery available. Yes, hardly ideal, but I am just going to live with it, which is testament to how much I like the phone. However, when I travel to Europe, I will bring my Nokia e72 due to its superior battery life and reception/call quality. It also uses 3G data more economically.
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- 03-31-2011, 09:07 AM #9
- 03-31-2011, 11:15 AM #10
One thought. If you haven't done so already, make sure you are not syncing to HTC sense (which never really works anyway). It is a HUGE battery hog. Go to Menu---->Settings---->Accounts & sync. Uncheck HTC Sense. I use my phone pretty much the same as OP and easily get through the day and then some. Hope this helps.
- 03-31-2011, 03:56 PM #12
It helped some but I'm giving it a couple days to see if it's a long term help or more a "i just didn't use my phone as much as I might normally for one reason or another" phenomenon.
As far as what I have syncing still it breaks down like this:
Exchange Active Sync
(which I really need to consider changing the interval on, I'm getting some important work related emails entirely too late for my liking)
Facebook (vital...I use FB a lot)
Facebook for HTC Sense (not sure if this is vital or not honestly)
2 Gmail address
WeatherSwimming, against the current, in a stream of b.s.
- 04-01-2011, 02:02 PM #14
I came from the iPhone 4 and love this phone. My complaint too is the battery. I get a full day from moderate use. But always finding myself making sure I have a full charge in the event I am not near a charger.
I did see on ebay that there are 1600mh batteries from Hong Kong for like 10.88
2x 1600mAh battery + Wall charger for HTC Inspire 4G - eBay (item 180641060367 end time Apr-17-11 05:18:46 PDT)
Just don't trust it. This has been talked about this on this form and some people say they did not help much.
Hopefully someone will come out with a more reliable battery that will last longer. But you know what for the 11.00 you have 2 extra batteries on hand. I might just give it a shot.
- 04-01-2011, 02:05 PM #15
My other 2 email addresses are less important, so I have that set to every 30 minutes. The Facebook widget for HTC Sense gives live updates I believe. I don't use this, but it may also cause some battery drain. If you like having a widget on your homescreen for facebook then you should keep it. Try switching your Exchange account to PUSH first.
Last edited by droyd; 04-01-2011 at 02:12 PM.
- 04-01-2011, 04:23 PM #16
I also go into the applications menu and go to running applications every few hours and force close everything i am not using with the phone and i get through the day with alot of phone calls, texting, social networking and some occasional app downloading and maybe streaming, with battery life to spare.Personal: Sprint Galaxy Nexus LTE, Nexus 7 16gb tablet
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- 04-01-2011, 06:39 PM #17
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- 04-01-2011, 11:01 PM #20
- Swimming, against the current, in a stream of b.s.
- 04-04-2011, 03:21 PM #22
Okay, has anyone looked at this site:
HTC Inspire 4G, Desire HD Extra Capacity Battery (1600mAh)
They say they have a battery that is 1600 mah that works with the Inspire. I actually did a factory reset on my phone last week and set it up the way I wanted and not the way the rep at AT&T did and my battery life has increased dramatically. Even though, I am still going to order one of these batteries and give it a test. It may be a bust but then again it may be a great find. I will let you know after I get it in and work with it for a few days.
- 04-05-2011, 07:53 PM #23
- 04-06-2011, 02:26 PM #24
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The battery on my inspire is a huge problem. I am hoping for a case that has a backup battery built in or something. 1600 mAh is great but unfortunately it is still not going to be enough to get me through my day. I am seriously considering switching back to my bb 9700 until there is a solution to this problem :-/
- 04-07-2011, 07:12 AM #25
My battery from htcpedia is being delivered today so I will charging it tonight and begin testing it tomorrow. I will provide feedback on that here so others can use that to determine if it is worth it for them or not.
I know another user said he/she got the same battery off ebay for around $5 and for his/her sake I hope that is true because they then would have received a much better deal. I have found other similar like savings on ebay only to find out the item purchased was not exactly as it was displayed and advertised. I guess that is one of those risks but I am hopefull the battery does indeed help out the life of a charge for the phone and that the cheaper one on ebay does as well so that a lot of people can get a better battery for a cheaper price.