Infuse or Inspire?
I am not one to run out and get the newest phones. I like to find a good one and keep it until it craps out. Well, my 5+ year old BB Curve is on it's way. I can probably get about another year out of it until it is done for good. I thought with the new 4G phones coming this would be the best time to upgrade - but I am lost. I am going between the HTC Inspire and the Samsung Infuse. All this talk of HSPA+ and LTE and hummingbird and snapdragon is making my head hurt! Any thoughts would be appreciated!
- 02-03-2011, 07:15 PM #2Retired Moderator
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- 02-04-2011, 11:52 AM #3
after owning a captivate i dont think i will ever be purchasing a samsung phone again. Unless this phone launches with gingerbread you will never see it on this phone from samsung. Get the inspire or the atrixBlackberry Curve >> Blackberry Storm >> Blackberry Bold 9700 >> Motorola Backflip >> Blackberry Bold 9700 >> Samsung Captivate
I have heard a lot about Samsung being slow with updates so that would be a downside. As for my phone needs, my Curve in the ancient version, only really capable of e-mail so I never had data as I saw no point. I mainly wanted it because of the keyboard and then the calendar function became a lifesaver. My big concern now after doing some research is should I just wait until the LTE phones are available. I have nothing to compare speed to, I don't think I would be a person who uses data constantly but who knows, since I have never had it.
- 02-09-2011, 08:04 PM #5
I am debating this as well! Any help would be great! I have a Blackberry Bold 9700 now and I am ready to move over into Droid world. My Blackberry is a piece of crap.
I use my phone primarily for e-mail, apps like Facebook, Twitter, my calendar and will be using it for better apps come switching to Droid. I'm worried the infuse's screen will be too big for my back pocket, where I primarily keep my phone. I heard HTC is just a better brand regardless.
- 02-10-2011, 12:10 AM #6
- 02-11-2011, 03:09 AM #7
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If you are in need of a phone right now I wouldn't bother waiting and dealing with the constant tech cycle or the headaches of early releases. The phones already out right now will more than meet your needs and have most of the kinks already worked out so no surprises ahead. Any talk of 4G, dual-core, or updates are all just small evolutionary steps that aren't game changers at this point. Don't listen to all the hype and fanboy drivel.
The first thing to look for is size. Go to your local AT&T store or Verizon or even borrow one from a friend. Start with big phones like the EVO or Droid X (both 4.3") and see if they are manageable and if you like the screen size and pocketability. Many people do find 4.3" too big and the sweet spot seems to be 4.0", but others find that the 3.5" of the iPhone is the perfect size, so this you have to find out on your own.
The next thing is to figure out if you can handle a touchscreen keyboard. Since you are coming from a Blackberry, you may or may not care to have a sliding keyboard, which adds to the bulk. There are even Blackberry style Androids, but they have smaller screens to accomodate a portrait keyboard.
Then there is of course pricing. I can guess you are a very practical-minded person with your 5-yr phone so don't settle for anything less than FREE, unless you really want it of course. A lot of current gen high-end phones are cheaply discounted now or frequently have sales. T-mobile, for example, is offering every phone in its entire lineup for free this Feb 11-12 for Valentine's Day, 2yr contract of course. Most people would recommend the G2 (it has a keyboard yay) on that network, or possibly a Samsung Vibrant. There should be plenty of deals for the other networks as well, or you could even go to third party resellers (Costco, Amazon, the kiosk at the mall) which require stricter contracts but undercut the phone prices even further.
Just ignore the Infuse, Inspire, Atrix, Optimus 2x, etc. or all the fancy lingo. Most of the current high-end and many of the midrange phones are comparable right now, so look for what's cheap and what looks good and isn't too big.
- 03-08-2011, 04:41 PM #8
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I have the Inspire 4G right now & its a great device. Has great support from XDA. After using the Inspire, it makes my iP4 feel small. I tend to use my Inspire more than the iP4. I would still get the Infuse though due to specs & screen size. If you're a HTC person, then the Inspire is a great device. If you like Samsung, then Infuse is the way to go.
- 03-09-2011, 10:30 PM #9
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Anyway I like the Infuse's specs better but if I were you(HK_Krazed), I'd wait until it comes out and then make your decision. If your not locked in to a carrier, look at Verizon and the "Thunderbolt" as well...nice phone as well.Smartphone curious but not smartphone smart..
- 05-07-2011, 03:21 AM #10
do you think you'd like and use the front facing cam? if so, the infuse or even the atrix that you didn't mention would be the way to go.
i would first wait until the 15th and then try them all out.
- 05-07-2011, 04:11 AM #11
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I've been debating for a while, too, over which of these phones I'd get. On one hand, I know that it's dicey whether or not the Samsung Infuse will ever get an upgrade to Gingerbread... but I'm hopeful.
On the other hand, screen quality is a big factor for me and I think the SAMOLED+ technology is substantially superior to that of the S-LCD of the HTC Inspire. Oh, and the reportedly crappy battery life of the Inspire is turn-off. But I do like the aluminum body (and the accompanying heft) of the the Inspire.
So, as you can see, I am kind of conflicted, but am going with the Infuse. I don't think I'd be UNHAPPY with either phone (coming from an Eternity !!) so I just gotta pick one, learn it, and have fun!
- 05-14-2011, 07:32 AM #12
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if it wasn't already hard enough to decide between these devices..... now the Inspire can be had for THIRTY DOLLARS. for some, i'm sure that'll make it easier. for me, it makes it worse because i had just decided i was going to be at the store ON 5/14/11 to get one of the very first ones off the griddle, but 30bux for an Inspire is soooooo tempting. i even, physically, went in to the store (not sure if forum rules allow us to mention where) to see if it was real. it is, a Jackson and Hamilton an yer walking out with the Inspire
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- 06-01-2011, 05:37 AM #14
Last edited by Terrigno; 06-01-2011 at 05:43 AM.Just swapped out the Xoom Tablet for an IPhone. I never ever thought I would get an IPhone. Im currently eating my words. Apple has a lot going on here....Im loving both platforms.
- 06-01-2011, 05:41 AM #15
And as you said. SAMOLED+ is REALLY SWEET! That alone right there would make my decision go for the Infuse instead of the Inspire. HTC makes great phones dont get me wrong. But Samsung IMO, makes better ones especially with the screen quality.Just swapped out the Xoom Tablet for an IPhone. I never ever thought I would get an IPhone. Im currently eating my words. Apple has a lot going on here....Im loving both platforms.
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- 06-02-2011, 01:01 PM #21
Atrix and Infuse, In my opinion, are ugly. They are plastic and feel cheap in my hands. The inspire feels like a sturdy phone. Even though the Atrix and Infuse beat out the inspire with their specs I would overall prefer the Inspire. It really depends on what you would be using your phone for I suppose.
- 06-02-2011, 02:29 PM #22
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