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The Samsung Infuse Versus the HTC Inspire

written by: Robert Faustus•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/24/2011

The HTC Inspire and Samsung Infuse are both smartphones set to be released on AT&Ts new 4G network. But in a highly competitive environment, which smartphone has the edge?

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    The AT&T 4G Battle

    HTC and Samsung have been trying to dominate the smartphone industry alongside Motorola in the U.S. market. They've come out with very similar handsets, powered by both Android and Windows Phone 7. It seems the 4G revolution will only spice up the battle as the HTC Inspire and Samsung Infuse both come out for AT&T and their 4G network. In this HTC Inspire vs. Samsung Infuse battle, the 4G smartphones for AT&T are examined, very much similar to other battles such as the HTC Thunderbolt vs. Motorola Droid Bionic, with one smartphone coming out as the victor. Will the HTC Inspire come out ahead or will the Samsung Infuse win out in this epic HTC Inspire vs. Samsung Infuse battle for 4G supremacy?

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    Design and Display

    HTC Inspire vs. Samsung Infuse - The 4G Battle The HTC Inspire and the Samsung Infuse both have the usual candy bar design, dominated by beautiful displays. Neither one has a physical keyboard, making this battle slightly different than the HTC EVO Shift 4G vs. Samsung Epic 4G battle for Sprint. Placed side by side, there are some slight differences in the design. The Samsung Infuse 4G has gone for a boxier look, with slightly rounded corners while the HTC Inspire has a more sleek, rounded look, very much similar to their other handsets.

    While the exact specifications have yet to be released on the Samsung Infuse, it is expected to be a beast of a smartphone while the HTC Inspire looks to be very similar in dimensions to the HTC Thunderbolt being released on AT&T's competitor, Verizon. The big difference that the Infuse brings is the amazingly bright 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, making it one of the largest displays using Super AMOLED Plus technology. The HTC Inspire comes with a 4.3 inch Super LCD, which while nice, is just ever so slightly less impressive than the Super AMOLED Plus display. In the design and display arena of the HTC Inspire vs. Samsung Infuse battle, the Samsung Infuse edges out with the win.

    Winner - Samsung Infuse

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    Hardware and Software

    In the hardware and software arena of this battle, the winner is a bit easier to determine. Both the HTC Inspire and the Samsung Infuse come with fast processors, but the Infuse does have a slight edge, clocking in with a 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor, while the HTC Inspire has a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, both of which run Android 2.2 smoothly. A slight edge, but an edge nonetheless. When it comes to storage, the Samsung Infuse easily beats out the HTC Inspire with 16 GB of internal storage as opposed to the half a gig the Inspire comes with. Both have microSD slots to expand the storage capacity, up to 32 GB. In the hardware and software arena of the HTC Inspire vs. Samsung Infuse battle, the Infuse easily comes out the winner.

    Winner - Samsung Infuse

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    Battery Life

    Unlike previous battles such as the Samsung Fascinate vs. Samsung Continuum or HTC Thunderbolt vs. Motorola Droid Bionic, this HTC Inspire vs. Samsung Infuse war has a battery life battle. The user interface is a bit too similar to try to compare and the 8 megapixel cameras are also very similar, however, the battery has quite a difference. The HTC Inspire comes with a 1240 mAh battery while the Samsung Infuse has a powerful 1750 mAh battery. While the two are not readily available for field testing, the numbers easily show that the Samsung Infuse can outlast the Inspire. In the case of battery life, the Samsung Infuse, once again, comes out on top.

    Winner - Samsung Infuse

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    Features

    Both the HTC Inspire and Samsung Infuse have Bluetooth with A2DP, Wi-Fi, and DLNA AT&T capabilities, offering a wide array of connectivity. The HTC Inspire and Samsung Infuse both also use the new 4G network from AT&T, which can be considered a feature. This gives them the ability to, theoretically, reach up to 14.4 Mbit/s down and 2.0 Mbit/s up.

    Both have impressive 8 megapixel cameras on the back, with LED flash. The HTC Inspire actually has dual LED flash while the Samsung sticks with one. The Samsung Infuse has more options on the camera than the Inspire, featuring smile detection, digital zoom, multi-shot, self timer, panorama and ISO control, which gives it the edge. In addition to the camera in the back, the Samsung Infuse has a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera as well, which the HTC Inspire lacks.

    The lack of a front facing camera on the HTC Inspire gives the Samsung Infuse a huge edge. Of the many uses for the 4G network, video chatting is the newest, able to utilize the 4G network speeds for video chatting. Without a front facing camera, the HTC Inspire loses a key aspect of being a 4G smartphone. This is definitely a disappointment for the HTC Inspire.

    As both run on Android 2.2, they both have access to the Android Market and access to thousands upon thousands of applications and games. In addition, as it is running Froyo, it can also play Adobe Flash on the browser, which is a huge plus. However, in the features arena of the HTC Inpire vs. Samsung Infuse battle, the Infuse wins out with its front facing camera as well as extra abilities on its 8 megapixel camera.

    Winner - Samsung Infuse

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    The Winner

    In the HTC Inspire vs. Samsung Infuse battle, it seems there's a clear cut winner. The Samsung Infuse clearly beats out the HTC Inspire in all sections in this battle. This is a clean sweep of a victory for the Infuse but don't let that make you feel that the HTC Inspire is a bad smartphone. The HTC Inspire is still a worthy competitor in the smartphone market, but compared to the Samsung Infuse, it's clearly outclassed.

    Winner - Samsung Infuse

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    References

    • Source: Author's experience
    • Image Credit: Zenilshroff.com, http://www.zenilshroff.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Samsung-Infuse-4G-vs-HTC-Inspire-4G.jpg
    • Image Credit: AT&T, http://www.att.com