Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... III my partner has, which is thinner and quite a good looking gadget. I don't think this HTC Desire tries to be particularly good looking.... more
The REAL iphone killer is here.
Member Name: jimmymagix
Advantages: Sense UI, Android Market access, Fast, Beautiful...what's not to love?!
Disadvantages: Just the battery.
Having pre-ordered this phone extremely early, I was one of the people to receive the first T-mobile batch of 2000 units on March the 26th. Having lived through a month with the phone, I know what makes it tick - so to speak.
One of the main marketed features of the phone was its screen. 3.7 inches of OLED brilliance. It makes your colours more vivid than you could ever have expected and your jaw fall open. The awesome 1ghz Snapdragon processor makes the phone just that, snappy, to the point that you can have a live, moving wallpaper and still not slow the phone down - you will however go through your battery slightly quicker. Other features are "Sense UI" allowing 7 homescreens, all viewable by a single pinch. You are then free to select your desired screen. And in a flash it'll whip forward. No delay. No sticking.
Because of the way OLED works, the darker your wallpaper the longer the battery will last (if you're planning on using it a lot for things other than, you know, being a phone). There is a built in power management widget which allows swift turning on/off of Wifi, Bluetooth, sync, GPS and screen brightness. This is incredibly useful when it comes to maintaining battery power.
That's the only real issue with this phone, I would say - the battery. I'm not used to charging something every day. But I have to charge my Desire. I think if you switched everything off - the wifi, the 3g, dimmed the screen to 40% - basically used it as a GSM phone, you could get a good few days out of it - but that's not why we buy this kind of phone, is it?
I would recommend getting an app called JuiceDefender for this reason. It'll pretty much double your battery life by only switching on the 3g every 30 mins or so (or 15 - it's customizable) this is enough to sync while still maintaining most of your juice.
As mine is a T-mobile unit, I'm sure some of you are interested in the amount of branding on the phone. Basically, there is none. There's a T-Mobile splash screen on startup, and the internet icon - instead of being a globe, is a globe with "W n W" over it (Web n' Walk - T-Mobile's mobile internet service). But thankfully that's all the branding you get - no network graffiti over the back or any of that nonsense!
The internal speaker is the only other downfall of the phone, I would say. It can be a little quiet - this is because it's on the back. I often cup my hand around it to direct the sound forward - it's not terrible, but you might have a hard time hearing 'tinny' broadcasts in normal environments.
T-Mobile bundled a 4gb card with the phone, which is great initially, but you'll probably need more.
It does support flash. Though it can be...how shall I put this..."sticky" you can tell they haven't quite mastered the rendering yet. Sometimes the sound is out of time, and it's not smooth. Apparently they're working on it though.
The camera is good. Iso from 100 to 800, tap to focus on a particular spot, etc. There is also some talk that it is capable of HD recording, something that HTC has said may be in a firmware update at some point.
Another problem with the phone was the use of Google Maps as a navigation client - quite simply there was no turn-by-turn sat nav option. As of a few days ago, however, this has now appeared, and works wonderfully, even switching to Streetview as you arrive at your destination.
There is some suggestion that you can't "voice search" with this phone. Already, however, someone has solved it. If you get the phone, have a hunt round on Google for the .apk.
This phone IS the iphone killer. True multi-tasking, more snappy, more vivid, and with the Android app market is growing at a tremendous pace, I believe it will soon outclass the iphone in every regard...And I'm talking about the 4G too.
Summary: A truly, truly brilliant phone with true "wow factor"