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
A good starter for smartphones maybe.
Member Name: Ashe77
Date: 18/11/11, updated on 21/11/11 (9 review reads)
Advantages: Speed, widgets, user-friendly
Disadvantages: Internal memory, battery life
After tiring of my iPhone 3G, I opted for a HTC Desire and it was a mixed bag to say the least. The speed and ability to customise the phone is fantastic and a lot of fun and with that very useful. It is incredibly fast in it's processing and operation and the Android system widgets are in my mind the best idea for smartphones. The camera quality was very good although the lens cover on the rear casing could get damaged incredibly easily.
Then the bad. The internal memory (500mb) is atrocious and really limits applications as only some can be launched from the memory card and many of the main ones have to run from the internal hard memory. Then the battery life also. As a personal assistant mobile, even without usage I would generally get 3 hours, maybe 4 on standby. I had to purchase 4 spare batteries to carry around with me at all times which is frankly insane. Even with turning off unnecessary features, dimming the screen, switching off notifications, it still would last a matter of a few hours and would always heat up worryin amounts when used a lot.
The Android market is good but the less-stringent rules and testing for apps in comparison to Apple is a real concern. I think Android in maybe 2 years will be the best thing going for users, just not yet.
A good introduction to smartphones for a basic user. Business-wise, perhaps not.
Summary: A good starter smartphone.