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Yesterday's tiny screens and squeaky sound couldn't do justice to all the great stuff you can experience on today's HTC Desire HD. That's why they've ...

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published 28/12/2010 | theshoefairy
Member since : 17/05/2010
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Pro Design, fast, lots of apps, fairly easy to use
Cons Battery life
Look & Feel
Durability & Robustness
Battery standby time
Battery talktime
Value for money

"HTC how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!"

HTC Desire HD

HTC Desire HD

Recently that exciting time of year came around again and it was time for me to upgrade. I'm very picky with phones and usually it takes months of research until I decide upon a new handset, but this year the decision was fairly easy. I soon narrowed it down to two candidates, the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire HD. Of course there are swings and roundabouts with every phone, but after reading a few reviews, the Desire HD seemed to come out on top.

I excitedly placed my order and awaited it's arrival. I was a little concerned about the size of the phone as it is one of the largest handsets currently on the market and actually thought this would be a deal breaker for me but when it arrived, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

In the Box

When I first received the phone, I was rather shocked by the size of the box, especially considering the phone is on the large side. Sliding the cardboard sleeve from the box, there it was in all it's glory and I instantly fell in love with it. Yes it was big, but not as big as I had expected it to be. The slim design of the phone almost seems to distract you from the phone's actual size. The phone was encased in a transparent wrapped, and after removing this, I inserted the sim card and I was away to go. Strangely for such a feature-packed phone the instructions didn’t offer much information at all and all they basically offered was how to insert the sim card. Thankfully, a full detailed instructional guide can be downloaded via the phone itself or the internet. The battery was already inside the phone, but I did have to take it out to remove the plastic wrapping.

The battery cover was a little tricky to remove which frustrated me a little, but with a little perseverance, I managed to insert the battery and replace the cover. When the sim card was in place the phone came to life and there were various settings to input which was very easy to do. Next to the sim card slot, there is a slot for a micro sd card which was supplied with the phone but is upgradeable.

In about 5 minutes I was all set and ready to tinker away. I had never before had a smartphone or a phone with a touch screen so I found the phone a little difficult to operate at first. I soon got used to it and was amazed to see just how many features HTC had packed into the phone, it was quite overwhelming, but so much fun seeing what the phone was capable of.

Beauty in Design

The phone is an absolutely stunning piece of equipment boasting a 4.3 inch screen which is perfectly smooth and shiny, making the phone look very sleek and elegant. Measuring 68mm wide, 123mm long and 11.8mm in depth, the Desire HD incorporates the new aluminium unibody design. This means that the chassis of the phone is made using a single piece of lightweight metal which is intended to make the phone more durable and robust. Weighing in at 164g including the battery, this is not the lightest of handsets and I feel it would be quite noticeable if carried around the pockets or jeans or trousers. The weight doesn't really bother me at all, it's something that I believe you get used to and it certainly reflects the sturdy, durable design. In the hand, it feels expensive and solid. I'd like to say indestructible but I won't be testing this out by hurling it at a wall any time soon.

The aluminium casing of the phone is a matte metallic black which contrasts beautifully with the super shiny screen. The battery cover on the side of the phone and the sim card cover are constructed from a hard plastic material of the same colour which appears to be very durable and strong also. When these covers are in place they blend in with the metal casing almost seamlessly.

As I mentioned before, the Desire HD's design is super thin considering the size of it. There are just two buttons present on handset which really helps to keep the design looking sleek and modern. The power button sits on the top of the phone to the left, and then there is the volume control button on the left of the phone near the top, making it super easy to control the volume when listening to music. At the bottom, just underneath the screen, there are 4 touch screen buttons, a home button, menu button, back button and finally a search button. Underneath these is the HTC logo in chrome which contrasts wonderfully with the sleek black outline of the screen. There is also a thin speaker also in chrome at the top of the phone above the screen which is incredibly inoffensive and becomes a part of the fabulous design.

At the very bottom of the phone there is a small hole to attach headphones and a small slot to attach the charger and the USB cable. These are both incorporated very well into the design and are hardly noticeable. I was pleased to discover that it has a 3.5 mm audio jack which means that you can use standard earphones and you don't need a special connector as you do with some devices.

On the back of the phone at the top there is a dual LED flash and just to the right of this is the 8mp camera lens. The LED flash sits flush with the casing, but annoyingly, the camera lens protrudes a little which worries me because of the risk of it getting scratched. Underneath these elements is the HTC logo again. This time a little bigger in size and instead of just being printed on the casing, it looks as though the individual letters have been cut out and placed into the casing, a very nice touch indeed.

Overall, I am very pleased with the design, apart from the way the camera lens is raised. It's a nice phone to hold, looks amazing and has a powerful feel to it.

Speed and Memory

The Desire HTC has a 1 GHz processor which is very fast for a mobile phone. When using the phone I was amazed at how fast I am able to browse the internet and perform tasks. There's not much that's more frustrating than long loading times and thankfully I no longer have this problem.

On top of this, the storage is also impressive. There is 1.5 GB of internal phone memory and 768 MB of RAM. The microSD slot allows for extra storage but the phone does come with a pre-installed microSD card.

Capture it!

One of the reasons I was swayed towards the Desire HD was the fact that it has an 8 megapixel camera compared to the 5 megapixel camera of the iPhone . Having a decent camera built into a phone is very important to me as I am quite interested in photography and it’s great to have a camera ready to take pictures of interesting things I may come across whilst out and about when I don’t have my digital camera with me.

The camera is operated via the touch screen which I found very easy to use. From the applications screen, the camera is accessed by pressing the camera icon. The camera loads quickly and it’s an absolute pleasure to see the potential images on such a large screen which makes it easy to forget that this is a mobile phone and not a digital camera. The scene rotates automatically depending on the angle of the phone. There is a slider in the frame making it easy to zoom in and out by dragging your finger along the bar. At the other side of the screen above the HTC logo, there are 5 touch screen icons to choose from. The first icon which looks like a photograph is used to switch between the camera and picture gallery. Next to this is an icon which resembles a magic wand. Pressing this will bring up a menu of effects which can be applied before the photograph is taken which all seem very useful. The middle icon looks like the lens of a camera and is used to capture the photo. Then we have the flash icon which gives three flash options which are flash on, automatic flash and flash off and the final icon allows you to switch between the camera and video recorder.

After capturing an image there are various effects that can be added which is very easy to do. So far I am very impressed with the images. Although the image quality doesn’t quite live up to what can be achieved with my digital camera, it really isn’t far behind at all.

Music to my ears

The music player is easily accessed from the application menu. HTC have incorporated Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround and I am very impressed with the sound quality with and without the headphones.The music player is easy to operate with the tracks organised into albums and artists. It's simple to flip through songs and start playing tracks and it also runs in the background whilst perfoming other tasks.
Apps, apps and more apps!

There are literally hundreds of applications available for Android phones some of which are free and some you have to pay for. The apps are searchable through Android Market where you can browse applications and games of search for something specific. There were a lot of apps already installed on the phone such as Facebook, Twitter and Ebay. Applications make it easy to access these sites and stay connected on the go just by tapping once on a particular icon. One particular app that I found very useful is Camera360 which works in a very similar way to the camera that is installed but offers different camera effects. There are also recipe apps for people who are partial to a bit of cooking and practically anything else you could possibly think of.

Let’s go surfing!

It’s an absolute pleasure to browse the internet with the Desire HD. After tapping the internet icon, the internet loads almost immediately allowing me to access any site. The pinch to zoom feature makes zooming in and out as simple as it could be. Pictures and text look crisp and bright thanks to the high quality screen.

Well, I love it!

I’m extremely fussy when it comes to choosing a new mobile phone and I usually wonder for a while after using the phone if I have made the right decision. I didn’t have that problem at all this time around. It was love at first sight and the phone continues to impress me. To date, I haven’t been able to fault the Desire HD. It has everything I need as well as a great camera all packed into a beautifully designed handset. The battery life isn’t that great and I usually find that I have to charge it every day but I do play with it quite a lot as the novelty hasn’t worn off just yet. On the plus site, the battery doesn’t take long to charge at all which for me cancels out the somewhat poor battery performance.

I would definitely recommend this phone to gadget-loves who like to stay up to date with the latest technology. It looks amazing, performs excellently and packs in every feature imaginable.

If you get your hands on one of these I would definitely advise using a screen protector and a protective case, this is one piece of equipment that you won’t want to get scratched!

To close, all I have to say is, go and get one!

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Comments on this review

  • jjcross published 14/05/2011
    Great review
  • fbaggy published 16/04/2011
    I have just got the HD and can confirm everything you have said-including the poor battery life because i cant stop playing wiht it :)
  • kstring24 published 27/03/2011
    Excellent review, thanks. I think I'll be upgrading my Wildfire to the Desire when I get the money, and reading the good reviews for it give me much more confidence in the phone.
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Product Information : HTC Desire HD

Manufacturer's product description

Yesterday's tiny screens and squeaky sound couldn't do justice to all the great stuff you can experience on today's HTC Desire HD. That's why they've fitted the HTC Desire HD with a huge cinematic 4.3-inch display, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound. Websites, videos, music, games and apps really rock on your HTC Desire HD. Tired of waiting - and paying - as maps slowly download? Get there faster. The HTC Desire HD delivers maps with zero wait, zero dead spots and zero data roaming fees. Have trouble knowing which way to turn when using a map? Relax. Maps on the HTC Desire HD always point you in the right direction. Need an ATM, a gas station or a quick bite to eat? With HTC Desire HD all the top spots appear right on your home screen.

Product Details

Product Description: HTC Desire HD - 3G GSM - Android Phone

Product Type: Android Phone

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified

Mobile Services: Google Play, YouTube

Form Factor: Touch

Dimensions (WxDxH): 68 mm x 12 mm x 123 mm

Weight: 164 g

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Integrated Components: Digital camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 8 Megapixel

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Display: LCD display - colour - 4.3" - TFT

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen

Operating System: Google Android 2.2

User Interface: HTC Sense

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI, M4A , AVI, XviD, MPEG-4, WMV, 3GP

Supported Memory Card: microSDHC

Talk Time: Up to 550 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 490 hours

Cellular / Band: Quad Band

Cellular / Operating System: Android

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Long Name: Desire HD

Manufacturer: HTC

Display / Diagonal Size: 4.30000244140625

OS Provided / Type: Android 2.2

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Classic


MPN: DESIREHDCON, 99HL2001-00, 99HLZ001-00, Desire HD, 99HLZ006-00, 99HLZ003-00, 10015935

Product Type: Android Phone

Form Factor: Touch

Integrated Components: Digital camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Aerial: Internal

Width: 68 mm

Depth: 12 mm

Height: 123 mm

Weight: 164 g


Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified

Operating System: Google Android 2.2

User Interface: HTC Sense

Input Device(s): Touch screen , capacitive

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Messaging & Data Features: PDF support, Macromedia Flash support, Microsoft Word support, Microsoft Excel support, Microsoft PowerPoint support, RSS feeds

Mobile Services: Google Play, YouTube


Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth Profiles: File Transfer Profile (FTP), Hands Free Profile (HFP), Headset Profile (HSP), Object Push Profile (OPP), Serial Port Profile (SPP), Generic Access Profile (GAP), Generic Object Exchange Profile (GOEP), Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP)

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Phone Features

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, conference call, vibrating alert

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass

Additional Features: DLNA Certified, widgets support


Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock

Media Player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI, M4A

Supported Digital Video Standards: AVI, XviD, MPEG-4, WMV, 3GP



Clock Speed: 1 GHz


RAM: 768 MB

User Memory: 1.5 GB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 8 Megapixel

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Camera Light Source: LED light

Video Recorder Resolutions: 1280 x 720 (720p)

Digital Video Formats: 3gp

Features: Face detection, video recording, Geo-tagging

Navigation System

Navigation: A-GPS receiver

Navigation Software & Services: Google Maps


Type: LCD display - colour

Technology: TFT

Diagonal Size: 4.3"

Display Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels


Connector Type: Micro-USB ¦ Headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm


Technology: Lithium Ion

Capacity: 1230 mAh

Run Time Details: Talk ( GSM ) - up to 550 min ¦ Talk ( WCDMA ) - up to 320 min ¦ Standby ( GSM ) - up to 420 hrs ¦ Standby ( WCDMA ) - up to 490 hrs


Included Accessories: Power adapter

Also Included: microSDHC - 8 GB


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