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I purchased this handset second hand from ebay after my trusty Galaxy S2 broke and I could not afford to replace it.
I opted for this handset as it appeared to be the most similar to the S2 in terms of menu layout and function. Upon receiving the handset I was genuinely surprised with the condition.
Once powered up the handset was easy to use and the menus easy to customise. It is an android phone so apps are easily downloaded via google play.
The battery life isn't great, even after purchasing a new higher powdered battery it only lasts around an hour if my son is playing a game. The internal memory is also lacking and even with an 8GB memory card I keep getting a 'Memory full' warning. It is also now starting to reload after every menu change and the pixels have started to die on the top of the screen.
All in all this is a good phone but is most definitely lacking behind the latest models
When you first pick this phone up the weight of it is immediately brought to your attention. It has a solid aluminium case, which packs a bit of weight but is necessary for that structural integrity. Now i know the safety of the phone is in the users hands but I feel you could knock this phone around a bit before doing any damage. Not that I advise this.
The phone comes equip with HTC sense version 3.0 and runs Android 2.3.5. Both very quick a easy to use operating systems. The phone itself turns on in a matter of seconds. When using the phone you notice its smooth transitions and bright screen. The HD video recording is excellent and something you could replace your home video recorder with. The dual flash combined with the 8mp camera also takes great quality pictures.
In terms of keeping up with modern phones it doesn't have a great processor (although much better than most phones of its time) but does have 1.5gb of RAM which allows applications to run at a constant smooth rate. I have had this phone for 4 months now and it has not frozen on me once. However, I would recommend buying a micro SD card just to increase the phones memory. This will free up the phones internal memory.
To summarize, the HTC Desire HD is more than capable of running all modern games and apps. It will allow you to take stunning pictures and videos whilst giving you access to all your important utilities (e-mail, facebook, internet ect...). I would highly recommend this phone over any other phone of its time.
This has been my phone for almost a year now. It's probably pointless me talking about my contract deal as this has nothing to with the physical phone and having got it as part of a business contract, it was not the consumer price, which is probably a fair bit more. What I will say, however, is that it is probably not one people will just buy without a contract at all, pricing at up to an extortionate £400. When we took out purchases out of the store (we bought two of these and one other phone, obviously I wasn't paying for all of this!) the salesman pointed out to us that we should probably be careful as we were carrying around two grand worth of goods. I was afraid of being mugged all the way home.
Now, I'm not sure why it is worth so much.
To be honest, to me this phone looks just .like a lot of other phones on the market currently. In fact, people see it and light up a bit, asking if that's the latest iPhone, to which I awkwardly have to explain it is not, and watch the disappointment emerge in their eyes. This I don't really care about, however, as I'm not one of those people who needs to impress people with my latest fancy gadgets (those people annoy me a bit).
That said, it is a smart, sleek looking phone, and is rather heavy for its appearance, a sign of quality but quite annoying when you get tired of holding it to your ear for 2 hours (yes, I do have one of those people I like to talk to all night, please don't tell my mum).
On the top is the power button, which only puts the phone on standby (switches off the screen) unless you press and hold, and then other options are given or it switches on if off already. Along the side is the awkwardly located volume button, which is tricky to use but get pressed too easily because it is located right where you hands naturally hold the phone.
I hate the back surface material, as it feels really uncomfortable against my fingers and nails. It does have some slight, not significant scratch damage, which shows up clearly, because underneath it is a silver, metallic colour that reflects the light and contrasts the matt black you are supposed to see. The back reveals the logos and the fact this phone has 'HTC sense', plus the camera and flashlight.
The glossy front screen is fortunate enough to not be one of those to easily pick up scratches or blatant cracks and has remained in relatively good condition. The front has the small LED indicator for battery status, which is red when charging, flashes red when low and green when fully charged. There is a tiny dot that I think is where the sound comes from.The HTC logo is shown at the bottom, with small symbols for some main functions of the phone, 'home', 'menu', 'back' and 'search'. I often get these and the controls on the screen confused.
When the phone is on, it shows the original background, which is nice and colourful, but I have since replaced with a picture from 'A Bug's Life'. Each time to unlock the screen you need to slide your finger down the phone (except when the phone rings and it automatically unlocks). This can get annoying when you are in a hurry and forget to do it. The time and date are always shown clearly, plus symbols to indicate power and network/connection status. There are also little symbols that come up to indicated when you have messages, missed calls etc.
One of the nicest things (although really not necessary) is the way the weather is displayed when you are connected to the Internet. You get some pretty pictures and animations, for example in heavy rain you see rain coming down the screen and windscreen wipers sweeping across.
You can customise the screen to show icons for the things you use most often, otherwise there are a few that are already on there, like Messages and Camera. Along the bottom is a big Phone button for making calls with an Apps arrow to the left and customise button on the right (looks like a painting icon, though). These are the buttons I always get confused with and often press Apps when I want to get to the Home page again.
You can use sliding motions to get to other screens, for instance 'Favourites'. Apart from not always getting the right buttons, the layout can be figured out quite easily. I think it's just that I find things aren't where I would 'naturally' expect to find them, perhaps because I'm used to other devices.
The touchscreen for me is a total pain. Some buttons are just too small, so for example when online I have to keep zooming in in order to press the right button and even then it often doesn't work because the phone thinks I pressed somewhere else. It is also extremely frustrating to write a text message because the wrong letters are always pressed and the predictive text does not help with this at all. Sometimes there is also a time delay in me pressing something and the phone responding, so I end up pressing too many times or pressing something else that I didn't intend to.
Making or answering calls is made as easy as possible to avoid delays, and sometimes I accidentally call people while looking up contacts or trying to edit their details. The phone unlocks when people call, and a few times the call has been answered while I am still rummaging through my bag to get the phone out. It is also just as easy to accidentally hang up or reject a call when trying to pick up the phone!
By screen configuration, I'm talking about which way up the text/images show on the phone. This automatically switches when you tilt the phone as it assumes you want it to. This is normally handy, because it means if you need a wider view of something you just turn the phone on its side. However, there are often times when I'm reading something sat in bed and I lean over a little and it switches. Then I end up positioning the phone awkwardly just so I can keep reading. I can't work out a way to override this as yet and doubt there is one.
It's funny that I wasn't sure where to put this section in my review, and yet when I am looking at getting a phone, surely the first thing you want to know is can you make a decent call with it. Yet today there is so much more to them, this gets forgotten! So I have put it not too far down my list, though not at the top.
I don't like making calls on this phone. It is the thing that frustrates me the most. Though not really relevant here, it seems like all mobile networks these days have their disaster moments. Mine is not too bad, but I still struggle to get a signal and the thing that frustrates me with this phone, having been informed by QI that the bars on the phone do not actually tell you how good your reception is anyway, is that you can lose your signal without knowing it. I have had occasions when I needed to get hold of someone urgently and the signal would go completely but it would take some time for my phone to acknowledge this and no solution to the problem would be offered. This had nothing to do with reception and I have found that when this problem seems to last a long time, my phone needs switching off and on again. I don't know if this sounds obvious, but for me I have no idea how you are supposed to be able to tell.
When we finally manage to get a signal and make a call, the sound quality is not bad, reception permitted. While good, voices sound very clear. The reception can get bad, and more recently I have found that the phone sounds as if it has gone dead occasionally during a call, yet the other person is still connected. It breaks up quite a lot, but again this could be reception.
I have a major problem with making calls on this phone and that is that it has this stupid sensor technology. This is meant to be able to tell when you have pulled the phone away from your ear to press numbers during a call or something else, and respond by unlocking the phone to save you time. With this phone, it does not work. In fact, while I am still holding the phone to my ear, it frequently unlocks and my ear proceeds to press all sorts of random buttons. I have pressed the mute button unknowingly and silenced my end of the line, put people on hold and called others on my contact list, added contacts, gone online and downloaded stuff and many other things using my ear, which makes me laugh when I struggle to use this phone properly with my hands! I now resort to using the speaker and holding the phone out in front of me, which can be awkward and is no good when you need a bit of privacy. Frankly I have got a phone that I struggle to use as an actual phone!
My phone now has an unlimited data plan, so I use the Internet quite a bit. I have also set up an email account on here (beware as Google records all your details). I find browsing painfully slow and I would not use it find something our on the spot, even though I'm sure this is what it was intended for. My boyfriend's Samsung takes a tenth of the time mine does to look up my bus times, check for restaurant vouchers or even open a standard web page. The emails also take ages to download and usually do not show up for about half an hour, so again, no use if you are awaiting urgent correspondence.
This is an Android phone, so I guess for a lot of people the next best thing in terms of Apps. It is true that more and more Apps are becoming available for this phone and it is catching up in terms of companies wanting to make their Apps available to Android users as well as iPhone users. But since those pre-installed games I noticed cost a lot more than the iPhone equivalents, it's not all good news. I have been unsuccessful as well in synchronising my phone with my computer, although this is meant to be possible with the software. Not really sure if the operating system is to blame but I can't really think of other answers. The phone is not too slow in running however, and apart from the odd crash I guess it could be worse.
First thing to warn you about. I assumed that we had been given a number of free games (given how much these things cost, why not?) as the Apps were already installed on the phone. In fact the only game to keep is 'Teeter', admittedly good fun as it is like labyrinth (a ball that needs to go through a maze and land in the right hole) and you feel it bumping and rolling about in the phone as if it is real. That's it, the rest are free trials that you can use once (for quite a long time I notice as I went on Uno for hours to see just how long and got sick of it before it told me the trial expired). However if you open them even for a second then close you cannot get back in and to buy they cost around £5, a rip off compared to games, I hear, on iPhone.
The other very annoying thing about all these Apps installed on the phone is that you cannot uninstall them. I've tried and it simply does not let you. You can remove the temporary data to clear a bit of space, but not much., hardly choice.
This phone comes with an 8Gb memory SD card that you can install into the phone when you put the SIM in. If it is preinstalled (apparently it is meant to be, but mine wasn't) when I don't know if this means that some of your memory is used on programs, but mine had the full 8Gb. So far this has been more than enough memory for me but would fill up quicker if I wanted more games and music. A couple of times the phone has malfunctioned somehow and failed to recognise the SD card, saying it was removed when it wasn't and this has rendered a lot of functions useless, e.g. you can't use the camera without the SD card installed apparently and this happened once when I needed a camera.
Battery Power/ Charging
Batteries are getting smaller, and this one takes up just a small compartment at the back of the phone. This gives a few days worth of power if the phone is not in use, but once you are making calls, using the Internet or anything else, I find the power runs down pretty fast. I can make about 1.5 hours of calls on one charge now, and I'm guessing this is affected by the screen switching on every few seconds during calls. Browsing online also uses a lot of power. There are some power saving options, including screen brightness and the option to go into Power Saving mode automatically when at a certain percentage of power. The display uses a huge amount of the battery power and even when reduced to 20%, it still uses nearly 70% of the battery, which I was able to check through the settings. This means there is not really a huge amount you can do to extend the life of the battery.
The charger has a separate plug with HTC logo and a USB port that you connect your USB wire to. I hate USB connections as I always plug them in the wrong way around, and in fact the logo is on the wrong side for this one so I always do it wrong. It uses the now standard charger connection, although yet again, in my opinion, this was a bad choice of connection to be made universal as I'm constantly trying to plug it in the wrong way round! The wire is a bit on the short side so it can be hard to make calls or use the phone while it is charging. It takes a good two hours to fully charge this phone, but I have also noticed that the red indicator does not always change to green once fully charged, so you could end up leaving it plugged in too long.
I don't see why I should have to spend ages reading up on a device to find out how to use it, if it is meant to be designed to make my life easier. I used it simply to work out how to set the phone up and how long to charge it. Apart from that I hardly look at it. I have looked at it to solve some of the above problems with no joy. To be fair the pictures and the guidance for setting up the phone were relatively straightforward and clear. It didn't take long to figure it out and in this sense it was helpful.
Perhaps the makers of this phone would bark back at me 'You're not using it right!', but frankly it should never be this complicated to use a device to make a simple call. I'm not against fancy new technology and the idea of having a multifunctional device sounds great to me. The problem I have is that this has been made exclusively for those with a bit of special knowledge and expertise and the rest of us are left feeling a bit silly when things go wrong. The least I ask is that a phone can be used as a phone and everything else should be a bonus, but where this one goes wrong is that too much time has been spent on making everything else look fancy, and yes it does look rather nice, but by throwing in this extra Sense technology they brag about, they have made the simple task of making a call a real headache.
I bought this phone in 2010 when if first came out. It's a good contender even to todays standards. Build quality is good and solid. Made of one piece of metal, this phone has a good weighty feel about it which makes it feel like a quality product. The finish is good, although rather slippery compaired to most phones. I would advise getting a nice jelly case to fit on it to give you extra grap as this one can be very easy to drop. The screen sensitive controls are reliable. The only issue I have ever had was the rocker switch for the volume which became difficult to use. The volume up button was playing up, although I found this was easy to sort out by opening the battery compartment and lifting the sticker covering the switch, repositioning it and sticking it back down. Battery life was not brilliant and I found it needed a good couple of charges during the day to keep it going. The operating system is smooth and operates well until you start to run low on memory. But compared to my last phone, the HTC Hero, it was a vast improvement. I was a litttle unsure about the screen size, but found that in actual fact this was a good thing. Not a bad thing. Protection for the screen to stop scratches is a must as the screen is easy to scratch. Battery and sim port covers were a little worrying as these were made of plastic. They felt a little flimsy. But luckily these did not break after 18 months of using the phone, dispite the feel.
This phone still does pretty much everything you need and more, compaired to a iPhone. It's user friendly and the android operating system gives you the freedom to do what ever you want. I would say that compaired to todays smart phones, this is still a good machine. The only issue you will have is that large apps on the market (30mb+) will take a big chunk out of the internal memory. And thus this is a limiting factor, unlike phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The camera is a good one on this. I am an amature photographer, and the camera was decent enough to take some lovely pictures. HD video is also very good quality wise on this machine.
There is no front facing camera on this one, so if you wish to make video calls, this one is not for you.
I would definatly recommend this machine for someone first coming to android or having a second phone.
The HTC Desire HD is a monster of a phone. At 4.3 inches the screen will be a little too big for some as stretching a thumb up to the top of the screen when using it one handed is frankly impossible for me. Like its older brother, the HD2, the Desire HD is rock solid. Build quality feels superb and as far as I am concerned it is the ultimate 'slab' Android device. Nevertheless, as you hold the HTC Desire HD more and more you seem to get used to it and any other small sized phone seems ridiculous compared to this best.
It looks good too. Like HTC's new Windows Phone 7 devices it is sleek and dark with a hint of sparkle at the top from the ear speaker grill. And the grill also houses a notification LCD light which I love.
The back of the Desire HD has an almost satin finish to it. No metal battery cover like on the HD2. Things are a little different here. On the right hand side of the back of the phone is a slender door than can removed. In here you will find the battery. Putting the door back takes a bit of practice. There is a knack to it.
So overall I would have to say that the HTC Desire HD is a brilliant phone, In which, I have to say as previous owner of this phone and an Iphone 4 the HTC dominates most features.
I have been using this as my primary phone for the passed week and i have built up my views on the experience.
This is a large phone and has a large 4.3 inch screen and this is noticeable from the first time you look at it. The whole front of the phone is glass apart from the speaker at the top and this provides and excellent finish to the front. The back is a sort of soft touch plastic for the top 3/4 of the back but the bottom part is a normal darker plastic so you can get to the sim card and mire sd slot. The slight problem with the design is that the top and the bottom half of the back don't join together that well but this does not affect the performance. The phone is thin depute its big design and is moderately heavy but is not too heavy to carry around. I do find that it it is just small enough to to fit in my pocket and 4.3inches is an ideal size. It has a large camera on the back which protrudes slightly from the back of the phone.
On paper this phone has good specifications and is an able phone. When actually using his phone it is very snappy and the user interface is very intuitive. It is running the aneroid operating system but with the sense skin on top which has good transitions and animations. The phone's screen is very vibrant and colours really pop. I have enjoyed attaching tv shows and youtube videos on this phone. The volume keys and power/lock buttons are well placed and are not a problem to use. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can use any headphone with this as the ones it comes with are not the best quality. Phone calls are excellent quality and this will be good for businessmen and the speaker phone is also very loud so will be sufficient for most users.
There are a few bad points to note. Firstly i have not enjoyed texting very much on this phone and have found accuracy to be a problem when using it especially when you are walking. Also signal is not that strong in some places compared to my iPhone but this may just be a personal problem not a problem with the phone. Also the main problem is the battery life and this is a make or break problem when you are buying this. The phone does not have a replaceable battery and if i play any intensive apps or am watching videos the battery life crumbles and i find regular charging is necessary.
I got this mobile primarily as a business phone as I thought it would be useful to use when billing / invoicing customers on the move rather than using an expensive tablet or cumbersome laptop. And a an internet mobile it's been brilliant. Webpages are clear and easy to navigate as the screen is so large and it still has the flash player capability (I heard they're getting rid of this on smart phones / android soon if they haven't already) so I can view videos embedded in webpages other than you tube (there's an app for you yube) Facebook and twitter aps for android are decent.
It took me an age to move over to this phone from my blackberry - as I'd become very attached to their operating system and find keypad phones much easier to use when doing alot of texting - especially if you're walking and texting - with my blackberry I never used to misspell badly or bump into people or pbjects in the street - with this phone - and probably most other touch screens, texting and walking is virtually impossible if you want to keep safe or if you want your texts to make sense... the keypad accuracy on this phone is definitely not perfect. It has an annoying habit of kicking me out of the message I'm writing when I first wake the phone up too.
Battery life will only last you a day max if you're using it at all - less if you have wifi etc on. I'd advise getting an app killer to shut down applications all at once to conserve energy.
Audio output is great on this phone - I listen to my music on it all the time. Simple to add music to it when mounted to your pc as a hard drive, drag and drop music files, no converting to ituned etc neccessary.
The headphones that come with the mobile are quite good too...
The phone is heavy, but it is excellent and you quickly get over the size and weight , as lots of phones on the market are quite big if you want big functionality.
The navigation on this phone is excellent - so much so I've stopped using my tom tom go as it's up to date and even speaks the road names for you - screen mounts for in car are only a few pound on ebay - though the speaker volume when driving could be a bit louder, especially if you drive a noisier car - or have noisy passengers...
all in all I'm glad I got this phone - aside from the texting annoyances it's brilliant.
I have owned the HTC Desire HD for just over a year now, and can say I do really like the phone. I'd love the phone if the battery were actually able to last a day, however. Its functionality is brilliant, has a super clear screen with a very good camera, is fast, lots of storage for apps etc and does nearly everything that you want it to. With having the Android operating system there are an abundance of apps you can download, so you are guaranteed never to get bored.
However, you will be bored if you want to use your phone a lot and forget to take your charger with you - my Desire HD struggles to make it through the day with moderate usage on 3G. This is the major downfall of the Desire HD and one that really frustrates me. Often if I am out and about I refrain myself from using my phone to check on Twitter etc so that I can save the battery to make it last through the day. Often I have had to resort to taking my old Nokia 3510i out with me as a backup.
To sum up, the phone functions brilliantly and does everything you can possibly want. However I would advise against it if you spend a lot of your time out and about using your phone and cannot access a plug socket!
I decided against the iPhone as I didn't want to pay the ridiculous monthly prices I was being quoted on top of having to pay around £200 for the phone. So I decided to get a HTC Desire HD. Am I pleased?
The phone itself comes packaged in a very small box which is great for storage but once again the lack of instructions causes issues when trying to sort the phone out.
It has a large screen which is fantastic for streaming video and the button functionality is very responsive. The screen is not as good as the high res retina displays you find on an iPhone but it certainly does a great job at showing your video content in high res. The back of the phone is awful if I am honest. I had to take the phone back once as the compartment where the battery goes was not completely flush and it looked as though it would break.
The camera and video quality is very poor for a 8MP. It doesn't shoot very clearly and I never really use it.
The android market boats many apps which are great for the HTC Desire but since owning an iPad, I have seen that Android simply doesn't really have the same quality of apps available. Most of the apps I do own I would own on an iPhone so nothing special here.
Voice quality is fine but the volume buttons have started to play up meaning I can barely hear the person I am talking to and if I do manage to increase the volume it becomes too loud.
I have never had an issue with the battery. I understand that if you own a smartphone you are more than likely going to have to charge it once a day and that is what I do.
It's a decent phone but I will probably be joining the iPhone club fairly soon.
I've owned this phone for a few months now, so I feel I'm in a good position to write a review on it. First of all, I work in IT, so I have a fair idea of the phone market and made a considered choice when I purchased the Desire HD.
The Desire HD has, for the most part, been an excellent phone. For the average phone user it will more than exceed their expectations. The phone fits comfortably in the hand, calls are clear and crisp, and the screen can be seen in reasonable UK sunlight.
The key feature for me is the camera- a nice, clear 8MP lens with a decent LED flash produces perfectly acceptable photographs for any event. Registering a Google account on the phone will also back up your photos and contacts to the Cloud, so no more fears about lost or stolen phones.
HTC also bundle some nice features, such as the ability to locate, wipe and ring the phone from their website. Just make sure that you register for the free service!
One thing that is missing is a front facing camera- something that will become more and more useful with the new features coming in the next version of Android- Ice Cream Sandwich, scheduled for launch on the Desire HD in coming months.
Although some phone companies provide "signal boost" apps, switching these off (along with Bluetooth and wireless when you don't need them) will lengthen your battery life.
My friend and I have mobile phone contract renewals 6 months apart of which his is before mine. It pains me to see him shopping around for a new phone in the summer while I know I have to wait until the winter to get mine. Fortunately this time the wait paid off - he purchased the HTC Desire and then I got the HTC Desire HD and revelled in the glory of having a superior phone! (Sad yes, but sometimes it's the little things in life).
So, the big difference between the Desire and the HD version is the screen size. Desire is 3.7inches and the HD is 4.3 which is perfect for me as my big fingers don't seem to mash all of the icons displaying on the touch screen at once. The resolution of the screen is 480x800 pixels which is the same as the Desire, but the quality of the HD still seems to look better. With increased processor speed and RAM it also means that my phone has yet to freeze or go slow whereas his always hangs when flicking between apps.
The build of the phone is solid and has a nice metal casing which gives it a bit of weight and an edge of masculinity. Not saying that a female would look out of place having this phone, just that I think that it's been aimed more at the male market. The SIM and battery covers sit tightly into the casing so no clips or buttons are visible and keeps the phone feeling smooth and helps it slide in and out of those jeans that are probably a little too tight really for me to be wearing. Another design feature I like is the touch screen buttons on the front whereas on the Desire there are actual buttons.
The phone comes with Android software which as a first time Android user I'm impressed with. All the apps and tools that you expect are provided and searching around on the market place when waiting for the kettle to boil or the bath to run is a norm for me. I try to keep on top of my apps though to prevent clogging the phone up with junk and using up processor speed and memory - if I don't use it, it comes off.
Battery life could be better, but to run a phone with this size of screen and power requires a lot of juice. My top tip is you take a lot of pictures and videos or listen to music, buy a second battery off of eBay and keep it in your pocket if you go out for the day. Also get a battery saving app from the market place (I use Juice Defender).
I really do like this phone, I use it for everything - from an encyclopaedia to a torch; wi-fi hotspot to book reader. This is certainly the best phone I've owned to date and unlike most of my previous phones, I'm not getting the itch to upgrade it yet. Yes the HTC Sensation is out, but from what I've seen there isn't too much difference between that and the Desire HD except more CPU and RAM performance, but like I said I haven't had an issue with either.
Get it for £30 or less a month with unlimited minutes/data and you've got yourself a bargin!
The HTC Desire HD was rated as third best smart phone on the market by techradar in 2010, and for good reason. This phone is everything a modern, cutting edge Android handset should be. The major draw is the 4.3 inch screen, which has been fitted with all sorts of bells and whistles to give you the clearest, sharpest, brightest image ever. This excellent screen is the main cause of the phone's biggest problem - the poor battery life. With moderate use (about 1-2 hours of facebook, e-mail, apps e.t.c) you will have to recharge this phone every single night. If you wanted to watch a film on this phone it could certainly handle it, but the drain on battery would make it impractical.
Overall though, the design is excellent, with the Android user interface as functional as ever. SD card compatibility allows for plenty of space on the phone and using wifi or 3g is easy. A case is advised as the screen really is very large, but the phone is durable even without one. The phone isn't too big, like you might expect it to be, either - it fits comfortably even with a case on into jeans and coat pockets.
This is a sublime piece of technology and has every single feature you can think of and more! The massive 4.3" screen is perfect for viewing photos and videos on the go. The whopping 8mp HD camera takes beautiful pictures and records crisp videos in 720p HD. You can add up to 32gb via microsd card to the 1.5gb internal memory bringing the maximum capacity to 33.5gb. There are thousands of great apps available for this phone from the android market. The phone is quite durable (i've dropped it a few times and it still works perfect) although I recommend you use some sort of case for protection as well. In contrast, my sister has dropped her Iphone twice and both times she had to get it repaired. This phone has all the standard features on modern phones such as Wifi and Mobile Internet, bluetooth, GPS, Car Navigation(although I must admit this does lag from time to time, Iphone has much better car navigation).
The main downside is the battery life. This sort of phone is always going to consume a lot of power due to advanced features and vibrant screen. You can conserve battery life by turning of mobile data and stopping apps running in the background when not in use and also by lowering the brightness of the screen. A useful tip is to carry around a spare charger or a fully charged spare battery if possible as if like me, you wont be able to stop using all the great features on this phone and power will go down.
When I got a new phone I wanted one that was upto date and one that could have lots of different apps. I've had this phone for a few months now and I think it's great.
At first I thought the screen was huge and took me a while to get used to, but now i'm used to it and can't imagine using anything smaller! Having a large screen means it's great for playing games, watching videos and using as a camera.
The apps it came with were ok, but its very easy to download the apps from the marketplace and you can easily delete them if you dont like them.
One thing I think is really clever is that you can link you address book contacts to their facebook account and so when they call it displays their current facebook picture and you can easily check facebook updates.
A negative of this phone I would say is probably the battery as it doesn't last too long, especially when playing games on it so I need to charge it every evening.
Overall, this is a fast mobile which enables you to open PDF's and has a great HD camera which produces good quality photos which can be easily uploaded to facebook etc...
Definately glad I chose this phone.
I recently upgraded my phone to a HTC HD Desire. The colour of the phone is black, and it is easy to access the battery that is on the right hand side of the phone and the Sim or SD card at the bottom. When I get new phones, this one is perfect as it feels that you have a sturdy piece of technology that you are not going to lose. The phone is really slim, and has a decent 8 mega pixel camera with a flash light which is important if you like to be able to take photos with your phone. On the back of the phone however there is the lens which will take a lot of punishment when in your pocket or placed on a flat surface. When this phone was designed it can be seen that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the buttons, This is noticeable with the volume control button on the left hand side of the phone, as it is large enough to find when you are on a call and are able to lower the sound. You are also able to turn the phone on and off at the top, but have the added feature of taking the screen lock off when you do as well as adding other security features on the front screen for extra protection. For added protection it is worthwhile getting a case for this phone to protect the features mentioned above.
The main reason that I chose this phone was because of the large user interface, the interface measures 4.3 inches making it biggest on the market and significantly larger than then Iphone 4. This enables ease of navigation around the screens as well as ease of watching any videos on there too. However, how big this phone is may mean that some users could have to use both hands to navigate around the screens as I do, but as always its best to go and try the phone before you buy to see if you like the feel of it and the size.
The dimensions of the rest of the phone are: 123x28x11.5mm. The phone comes with 1.5 GB of internal memory so if you are going to downloading lots of application from the android 2.2 operating system that it may well is necessary to get a larger SD card.
For me I am an avid photographer and so when thinking about what Smartphone to get a camera is an important consideration along with ease of use with phone. Therefore after shopping around I decided that HTC HD Desire ticked all the boxes. It had a camera which was 8mp which is significantly better than Iphone 4 (5mp) and a decent flash and allows you to do some editing on photos straight away. Also, HTC had clearly thought about the ease of use and how quickly you can navigate to the camera. Important if you want to capture that moment.
The other reason for me buying this is the touch screen user interface. This enables the user to navigate quickly between different screens to update your status on social media networks or to get access to messages that have been sent or received. Another reason the large screen was beneficial for me was because I enjoy reading and so the large 4.3 inch screen facilitated this, as well as having a crystal clear display which was vibrant. The touch screen is sensitive and can take some getting used to but how sensitive it allows the quick surfing internet sites should you use this feature.
Another classy feature of the HTC HD Desire is the part where the user can pinch the screens together so that you get an overview of all the screens and then you just tap the one that you want to go to. You can set up different wall papers on the screen from the choice as well being able to choose how to have the clock displayed. Onto which ever screen you choose you always have the option of returning to the home page.
One of the main bug bears of all smart phones is the poor battery life and the HTC HD Desire is no exception. When I first got my new phone as well all do is to download and put new apps; wallpapers; update for social media networking to every hour etc. To help lengthen your battery life it is wise to do the following:
1) Set updates for social media sites to once a day;
2) Make sure that Bluetooth; Wifi are not on constantly
3) Have a plain patterned wall paper
4) Download an app to kill apps running in the background.
Once you have achieved the ones that are necessary to you, there should be an increased battery life. Instead of only lasting 8hrs it may well be lasting up to 48hrs. But this is all dependants on the amount that you use the phone for texting; gaming; watching videos; calling and internet.
Another bug bear that I have found is a software issue. If like me you are sending lost of text, it is wise not to keep them all, even though you can keep up to 200 messages per conversation that you have with each person. I had forgotten to delete all my messages partly through laziness, and this meant that the HTC HD Desire did not work at all. I lost the ability to read/send any texts; make or receive any phone calls or just plain being able to use the phone. So this is another known problem with the software of HTC HD Desire.
How does the HTC HD Desire stack up against its main rival Smartphone Iphone 4. First main different is the size of the phone. HTC has a larger screen but with slightly poorer screen resolution, than the Iphone 4, but they both have exceptional ease of navigation around the screen. On battery life both are besieged by how quickly the juice runs out.
On the applications side, through Apples relentless marketing drive there are many more applications available to users, but Android are catching up and improving their systems all the time and are providing more competition now. But this is coming down to a few minute details now. Would you like a larger screen phone that has ease of movement between screens, allowing you to watch videos comfortably, read books; use the internet on a clear screen and fewer apps, with an excellent camera then the HTC is the phone for you. If however you want a smaller phone and screen and lots of apps many of which you will never use as well as poorer camera than the Iphone 4 is the one for you.
The HTC has not got the 5star rating as it's a poor battery life; camera lens is protruding and bugs in the software all of which have affected me over the 5months that I have had this phone, but need to consider alongside all the points made above. Overall HTC offers a professional phone with fast responsive screen, useable apps as well as seamless use of 8pm camera and user interface which is a bonus of HTC.