Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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May be getting on now, but still a great phone
HTC Desire HD
Member Name: plymouthbiker
HTC Desire HD
Advantages: Camera, Video recording, Size, Good for big fingers. Good quality screen, 32GB max with micro SD.
Disadvantages: Battery life (buy an extra battery!), flimsy sim and battery cover, Volume switch problems, Slippery
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.
Summary: A Good phone even by 2012 standards. Reasonably reliable and quite fast. Top Mobile!