Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Nothing phoney about this phone!
Member Name: happypanda
Advantages: easy to use, good camera, customisable
Disadvantages: poor battery life, can't shut down apps, storage
I decided to buy this phone after I accidentally threw my HTC wildfire off a bridge. I loved my HTC wildfire and mourned it's loss. So, I decided the best way to get over it was to upgrade to a desire.
I expected the desire to be better is every way than the wildfire, but I wouldn't really say it was. The screen isn't as clear and bright as I'd expect for the amoled screen you get. Sometimes I find the colours a little washed out. But it is very sensitive.
I had great hopes for the battery life, the wildfire would run out of batteries pretty fast with lots of internet usage. I do use the internet and apps quite a lot, and the battery doesn't last as long as I'd like. Some apps run it out faster than others, but if I use it exclusively instead of my laptop for a day (like when I'm camping) then I will need to fully charge it at least twice a day.
I love the size and shape of of the desire, it's sleeker than the wildfire, and it fits easily in my pocket, without being too big or too small.
The camera is great, I use it all the time instead of my SLR when I'm out and about, and as long as you don't want a motion picture or anything special, the camera is perfect. It doesn't work great in low light, but it does have a flash.
I like how I can put folders on my home page to organize my apps. So I have a folder for games, social apps and tools, making it much easier to find things fast.
My desire has a very good weather app, with clouds and sunshine floating across my screen, and raindrops if it rains. I really enjoy that addition.
Everything is pretty easy to do, I can change almost everything in settings, unlike the iphone. I played with my mom's iphone and it was just really hard to navigate and not easy to change even the most basic settings.
The reception on it is much better than the wildfire, I used to struggle to get online anywhere with the wildfire, this managed H in most places and G elsewhere. Most of the time I can't complain.
The screen is very receptive to me, and I have little problem getting it to work
One major dislike is that I happen to be on pay and go. Once my internet allowance runs out I start getting charged £1 a day, even if I don't go online, so it really eats through my money fast until I can top up again. I would prefer to be able to stop this.
It takes ages and ages to start up and shut down, just like it's sister the wildfire.
I find it annoying I can't shut down apps without going through settings, this means that all sorts of apps can be running after I've closed them and they eat through your battery life fast.
I would prefer it to have more home screens to add widgets too, I just feel 7 is not enough.
Storage isn't great, although I can add my SD card to increase storage space, many of the apps don't allow them to be moved to SD card, so I'm frequently running out of space.
I would like a way to organize my apps in the menu other than alphabetically, because I'm forgetful and can't always remember what the app is called.
It is expensive but not as far as smartphones go. Just more than I usually spend on phones. My wildfire was given to me whilst in hospital, and it got me addicted to smartphones, I was surprised at the price as I ended up paying about £180 for it, but I've not regretted it.
I like this phone, I've enjoyed using it, and it's good for my needs. I like to be able to get online while I'm out and about, and play some games, and this phone does the job. It's not top of the range, but then again I don't need a top of the range phone.
Summary: A good phone for the average user
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