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HTC Desire delivers intense brilliance, sharp contrast, and true colors on the expansive 3.7-inch AMOLED display. The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon proces...

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published 15/05/2011 | bazfoster
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Pro Now available a lot cheaper, still up to date with technology, very user friendly, cool!
Cons Camera, battery life, not the latest phone on the market anymore!
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"HTC Desire - Desirable Indeed!"


Available as Sim Only/Pay as you go for around £250. Also available on contracts from £10/month.

I currently own the HTC Desire, and just over 12 months into my 24 month contract I can honestly say it doesn't feel outdated at all. In fact, I'd be quite happy to keep hold of the Desire well after my contract is up.

I've kept the phone protected using a fairly solid but flexible silicone case that cost a few quid from Amazon, and tried my best to keep the screen scratch free (made easier by the non-scratch screen surface) and so far, touch wood, there's hardly a mark on it!


The most important details are:

*Large, bright and colourful (480x800 resolution) 3.7" screen.

*Feels comfortable in the hand, being only 12mm thick, 120mm long and 60mm wide, weighing 135g including the battery. My silicone case adds a bit onto those dimensions, but also makes it less prone to slipping out of the hand.

*The Desire is powered by a 1ghz processor and runs with 512mb ROM and 576mb RAM to store internal programs and apps.

*Originally shipped with version 2.1 of its Android operating system, nicknamed 'éclair', but the most recent update is 2.2, nicknamed 'froyo', short for frozen yoghurt! Most new Android pads and tablet style systems are shipping with version 2.3 - named gingerbread, (see the theme yet?!) which is optimised for these larger devices.

*A competent 5mp camera is included (not fantastic in dark conditions however!)

**What I like**

In particular, I love the bright colourful screen. The Desire comes with HTC Sense, which is basically the operating system (display, style and themes). This is very customisable and just seems to flow, as you are presented with 7 scrollable 'homescreens' in which you can place apps, programs and widgets where you like.

The phone also contains a piece of software called Android Market, the equivalent of the Apple 'App Store'. However, the Android version has a much greater degree of free apps available, most of which are better than the ones you have to pay for! Android market has nowhere near the quantity as the app store, but as the program code is open source, anyone can make and publish an app for Android and the number of apps is rising every day.

Android devices running software version 2.2 (Like the Desire!) and above also have the added benefit of being able to download and use Google Navigation for FREE! Having used this navigation software on a few journeys, it beats the likes of Navman, Garmin and Tom Tom hands down. Very smooth scrolling display with all the information you'd need, displayed in a very clear way.

The Desire is also 'rootable'. This basically means you can install new ROM files and updated radio files which can improve the phones performance, add new features and get access to official ROM's before they're made available to the general public. This is only really recommended for more advanced users.

**What I don't like**

Battery life. As with all smartphones, the Desire stinks on battery life and really needs to be charged every night presuming you've had a decent play with it during the day. This is normal, but a minor annoyance nonetheless. You can do such things as turn screen brightness down, turn off wireless network and Bluetooth access when you are not planning on using them and don't use 'live' moving backgrounds in themes to preserve battery life.

I'm nit picking now because I really like the phone, but the camera is next to useless in dark conditions. You get a lot of noise on dark pictures and although the LED flash is a step up from the HTC Hero phone, it's still pretty useless and should not be used for any picture that's going to be important. I have a proper digital camera I use for photos ;)


There have been a few new versions of the Desire since I got this phone, which shows just how good this base model is.

The Desire HD is a touch heavier, has a bigger 4.3" screen, an 8mp camera and has more internal memory, although it uses the same processor as the Desire.

The Desire S is more similar to the Desire with similar dimensions and screen size but with increased internal memory, 720p HD camcorder facility and a few redesign touches.

Of course, the Iphone 3/4 and Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II are slightly more expensive, and slightly more powerful alternatives...but I'm very happy with the choice I made, especially on an excellent £10/month contract with unlimited texts and data, and 100 minutes!

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Product Information : HTC Desire

Manufacturer's product description

HTC Desire delivers intense brilliance, sharp contrast, and true colors on the expansive 3.7-inch AMOLED display. The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor makes the phone incredibly responsive as you multitask from app to app without skipping a beat, while the instinctive HTC Sense experience lets you wield the power of the HTC Desire with the greatest of ease.

Product Details

Phone Design: Classic

Communications / Wireless Interface: Wifi; Bluetooth

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Classic

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Cellular / Integrated Components: Digital camera; GPS receiver

Manufacturer: HTC

Cellular / Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

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

Standby Time: Up to 360 hours

Service Provider: Not specified, T-Mobile, Orange

Form Factor: Touch

Supported Memory Card: microSDHC - up to 32 GB, microSDHC

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, AMR, MP3, AAC + , MPEG-4, H.264, H.263

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Product Type: Android Phone

Product Description: HTC Desire - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Desire - anthracite - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Desire - white - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Desire black - 3G GSM - Android Phone

Dimensions (WxDxH): 60 mm x 12 mm x 119 mm

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

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

Display: - 3.7", OLED display - colour - 3.7" - AMOLED, Colour - 3.7", OLED display - 3.7" - AMOLED, LCD display - colour - 3.7" - Super LCD

Operating System: Google Android 2.1, Google Android 2.2

Talk Time: Up to 400 minutes, Up to 360 minutes

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen

Weight: 135 g

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Colour: Anthracite, White, Black

User Interface: HTC Sense

Mobile Services: YouTube, Google Play, YouTube

Instant Messaging Services: Yes


Width: 60 mm

Depth: 12 mm

Height: 119 mm

Weight: 135 g

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

Product Type: Android Phone

Aerial: Internal

Form Factor: Touch

MPN: 99HKZ014-00, 99917703, 99HKZ133-00, 99917195, 99HKZ009-12, 99HKZ009-00, 99HKZ125-00, HTC Desire White, DESIRE

Body Colour: Anthracite, White, Black


Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Phone Navigation Buttons: Trackball, Optical trackpad

Input Device(s): Touch screen, Touch screen , capacitive

Application Software: HTC Sense

Operating System: Google Android 2.1, Google Android 2.2

Service Provider: Not specified, T-Mobile, Orange

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

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

User Interface: HTC Sense

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Mobile Services: YouTube, Google Play, YouTube

Instant Messaging Services: Yes

Messaging & Data Features: Adobe Flash support


Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

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

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA

Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)


Personal Information Management: Calendar, calculator, reminder, alarm clock


Clock Speed: 1 GHz



Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC - up to 32 GB, microSDHC

ROM: 512 MB

RAM: 576 MB

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Features: Face detection, video recording, Geo-tagging

Video Recorder Resolutions: 1280 x 720 (720p)

Camera Light Source: Flash

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Digital Video Formats: 3gp


Display Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels

Diagonal Size: 3.7"

Technology: AMOLED, Super LCD

Type: OLED display - colour, Colour, OLED display, LCD display - colour

Multi-language Menu: Yes


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


Run Time Details: Talk - up to 400 min ¦ Standby - up to 360 hrs

Capacity: 1400 mAh

Technology: Lithium Ion


Included Accessories: Power adapter, Headset, power adapter

Phone Features

Additional Features: Integrated digital compass

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

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

Media Player

Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, AMR, MP3, AAC +

Navigation System

Navigation Software & Services: Google Maps

Navigation: A-GPS receiver


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