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HTC Desire HD- Simply: Fantastic!


Very quick, great for browsing and watching movies,

No front facing camera, battery life, quiet speakers

Recommendable Yes:

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Battery talktimeSatisfactory

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I have used the phone for a few months now and it's by far the best phone I've ever used!

First impression:
Let's start from the beginning. When you first open the box, the first thing you see is the magnificent 4,3" display. It's the most beautiful thing in the world. At first it did feel quite big in my small hands, but i quickly got used to the massive dimensions of the phone.
Surprisingly it doesn't feel that big in your pocket. It's all thanks to it's relatively thin design.

What's in the box?:
When you dig in to the box you'll find the usual phone accessories (headphones, wall charger adaptor, micro USB cable) and of course the battery. I found the headphones to be quite uncomfortable but fortunately the phone has a 3,5mm headphone jack so you can use your favourite pair of headphones.

The hardware:
This phone packs everything you could need:
1ghz Qualcomm QSD8255 processor, 768mb of ram, 8mpx camera, 720p video, dual flash, wifi, 3g, 3,5mm jack e.t.c.
Together it makes a hardware magnificence!

The Software:
The phone runs Google Android which I found to be the best smartphone OS.
The Android market gives you access to more apps that you will ever need and HTC's sense UI allows you to customise all 7 home screens. You can fill them with widgets, app shortcuts and folders.

Web browsing:
As you can imagine, web browsing on this device is... amazing! It's probably the biggest selling point of the phone and the experience couldn't be any better! The huge, high resolution screen gives you the ultimate mobile browsing experience. And believe me, I'm not over exaggerating. In addition the phone supports Flash content giving you the full web experience!

The keyboard:
Nothing will replace a full qwerty hardware keyboard. But when it comes to a virtual keyboard, I don't think you can get much better than the Desire HD. It's big in portrait mode, but it's even bigger in landscape.
The only problem that I found is that I keep pressing the letter "b" instead of space in landscape mode.

The battery:
For the first 2 or 3 days I had to charge the phone about twice a day. But that's simply because of very heavy use. Playing games, Internet, movies, or just playing around with the settings. But now that I got used to the phone, it lasts about a day. I listen to about 2 hours of music, texting and some internet.
But I found that if you turn off WiFi, Buetooth, Data connection and turn the screen brightness right down, It can last up to two days.

The camera:
We all know that mega pixels aren't everything and image quality is dependent on many other aspects of the camera. The camera app interface is very clear and full of fun features and modes. You can quickly enable/disable flash, switch between stills/video or go to the gallery. Pressing the menu button will show more complex settings inc. white balance, ISO, resolution and many more. One very interesting feature is the "self portrait mode". The phone will automaticly take a picture as soon as it recognises a face. This way you'll always have well framed self portraits.
The flash is very useful when shooting in low light conditions, but the pictures will often come out blurred or out of focus.
The video camera will record fantastic 720p footage at daytime. It has no trouble with light changing conditions and will adjust the focus/brightness with a simple tap. It will however struggle with the focus in low light.

The sound:
The phone is said to have "Dolby mobile" and "SRS wow HD" and I expected a very loud, high quality speaker. Unfortunately I was disappointed with the volume of sound it produced compared to other devices. However when listening through headphones, you'll be able to switch between different equaliser modes (Dolby and SRS) which will give you very different results.

To summarise:
The phone is simply fantastic! It's very snappy, easy to use, very customisable, great for browsing and media. I would however recommend going to a local store and holding the phone yourself. It is a big device and you'll either hate it, or love it.

If you have any questions about the device, I'm more than happy to help. Your question will be answered and you'll help me improve my reviews.
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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...


MPN DESIREHDCON, 99HL2001-00, 99HLZ001-00, Desire HD, 99HLZ006-00, 99HLZ003-00, 10015935
Product Type Android Phone
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Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Mobile Broadband Generation 3G

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  3. DaSnIperR

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