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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 04/09/2011 | JeffFromPoole
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Pro loads of scope for all kinds of communications
Cons needs a larger screen
very helpful
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"HTC Desire is fairly desirable"

At last I got around to calling Virgin Mobile for an upgrade to my now a bit shabby Samsung. I wanted a Smartphone but had plenty of experience of various mainstream devices, thus the iPhone was not going to be a contender, both on grounds of price and usability.
I recently had my work phone upgraded to an HTC but that one is running Windows Mobile and research led me to choose an Android system.
The upgrade arrived, I plugged it on to charge and put in my SIM.
The first thing I noticed was that I could get a signal in places where my old phone wouldn't.

The touch screen takes a bit of getting used to, it is no good being too tentative, a positive touch seems to work better.
The WiFi connection is very positive, it found my home AP in a matter of seconds and repeated the trick in the public bar of the Red Lion, just around the corner. This lead to a session at the Android Market.

The trouble with most smart phone reviews is that they often fail to reference the primary function of a phone, namely the phone itself. there is a lot written about the camera, the MP3 player, the FM Radio and all the other stuff but nobody ever mentions the phone. My friend Hazel called my when I was setting the phone up and, in a place where the phone signal is notoriously bad, namely Dorchester Town Centre, I was able to hear and be heard with wonderful clarity. 10/10 for the phone bit.
When I installed the PC software and connected the phone to my laptop it synchronised all my Facebook friends that had phone numbers in their profile, thus I have loads of numbers of people who I probably won't ever call, but it is nice to know that this kind of functionality exists.
It will also synchronise any Outlook contacts it finds on your PC.

I have also set up Googlemail and the android Kindle app and they appear to work very well. The smartphone does take a bit of getting used to as it does so much more thanmy old phone. The MP3 player is very respectable, and while I had the earphones plugged in I tried the FM radio, which also performs well, using the leads as the antenna for receiving broadcasts.

This phone seems to have all the options for internet and telephony well covered, without the known drawbacks and associated price tag of the iPhone, so if you aren't a slave to brand names give this one a try. It is available as a free handset on a £16 per month contract with Virgin Mobile, which includes 100 any network minutes, 300 virgin to virgin minutes, 500 texts and 1Gbyte of data which seems to be plenty for my purposes.
All in all, if you are looking for a well-specced smartphone but don't want to spend a lot of money this is well worth a try.

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  • Luvlylana published 02/11/2011
    You're right, calls in Dorchester are a nightmare! xxx
  • greenierexyboy published 06/09/2011
    Got one too...quirky but excellent.
  • beautybabiex published 05/09/2011
    my mum loves her one x
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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

General

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

Cellular

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

Communications

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)

Organiser

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

Processor

Clock Speed: 1 GHz

Type: QUALCOMM QSD8250, QUALCOMM

Memory

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

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

Connections

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

Battery

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

Capacity: 1400 mAh

Technology: Lithium Ion

Miscellaneous

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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