So, I really love my HTC inspire. It’s a solid little phone, not really top of the line necessarily, though aside from the Atrix, I believe it was the first HSPA+ Android phone in the states. It was pretty "top of the line" at the time. The Atrix I believe was slightly better spec wise but it was saddled with the gimmicky keyboard which was killed by crazy tethering plans even though it’s a dock not a tethered laptop. I really have few complaints about my Inspire.
My two years rolled over on my contract so I’ve replaced that Inspire. I am now going to complain about the Inspire.
It should be noted that my complaints mostly stem from it being broken. 6 months or so ago, i dropped it and cracked the screen. The phone still works, the screen still worked, everything worked fine aside from the ugly crack. Then the sound went out and I was unable to hear people talking on calls, which makes the phone part pretty useless.
Not really a big deal, I carry a work phone and conveniently it was suggested to us (being myself and my boss’ other subordinates) that we needed to use more minutes on our phones. Two birds, one stone.
Oh yeah, then there was the part where plugging in headphones would often make the thing think it had a headset attacks and it would start phantom dialing.
Basically, this was much needed. After checking daily for a week, I finally managed to find a restock of Samsung Galaxy S III phones. Once again, I’m pretty close to the "best phone at the time". That tile seems to be between the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One+. There were no HTC One+ refurbs, only HTC One refurbs, so I waited for the S3.
This is my third Android Device so I’m pretty streamlined on the system. It’s pretty awesome that I mostly just need to sign in and all my email, calendar and contacts sync. I spent maybe an hour while watching TV downloading my "core apps" (Note to self, this deserves a post of it’s own).
One slight hang up, I may need to rebuy a few apps. When I got the Inspire, I didn’t have Android support enabled on my Apps account (@lameazoid.com) and so I used my gmail address. I eventually added my main email account but this has lead to a bit of a fracturing among which paid apps are associated to which account. I’ve been fairly good about buying mostly to my main account except that some early purchases, like Beyond Pod (which isn’t a cheap app) are on my @gmail account and I made a few slips during the 10 cent sale a few Christmases ago, which is actually kind of odd because for ten cents I was trying really hard to just buy anything I was interested in twice.
Anyway on the Galaxy S3. It’s pretty nice. I still need to do some minor preferences adjustments to behavior and sounds but it’s running great. Something I REALLY like is the option to hide apps in the apps list, so I can keep those annoying pre installed, un-removable, apps out of sight out of mind even easier.
Probably the most amazing surprise is the sound quality output on the line out jack. I listened to a few music tracks on the way into work and man, it’s booming. I was starting to get worried that the stereo was wearing out in my car and I was going to need to get some new speakers. Apparently it was just the phone. This is excellent because I use my phone for a media device more than anything. Music, Podcasts, audio books, steaming radio, you name it, I’m listening to it on the phone. I had considered using the HTC as a media unit but I’ll pass on that.
I’m not real sure what I’m going to do with the old phone now. She seems resistant a bit but I may try to pawn it off on my wife. Not as a phone but it would be great for her to use around the house for Facebook or Words with Friends.
My only real complaint is the battery life, but that is nothing new for smart phones. They seem to all have equally terribly battery life. Oh yes, and unlike the Inspire’s on screen keyboard, there are no arrow keys, which I used constantly for spelling correction. It’s also a complaint I have on the Nexus 7.
Anyway, as for 45 square inches, I did a little math and came up with that figure between my two Android Phones, my Nexus 7, and my work iPhone 4. That’s quite a bit of coverage.