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
Finally onto a winner
Member Name: professorlamp
Advantages: Cheap for a smart phone, easy to use
Disadvantages: Camera is blurry alot of the time
HTC (High tech computer) are a corporation that focus on technology. The HTC desire is one of their releases and focuses on a user-friendly interface with a slick touchscreen.
Having never purchased this brand new (I received it off my Dad when he got a new one) I can't really comment on the price at release. A quick google brings up an average price of £150 so it's not breaking the bank for a phone of this stature.
The phone itself is about 4 1/2 inches long and quite slim, these days phones just seem to be getting bigger when a couple of years ago the emphasis was on how small they were...
The phone is quite big but I think I'm just saying that as it's my first 'smart' phone. For people who have already owned this type of phone, I think you'll find the adjustment to this phone rather easy.
I've found the phone itself to be easy to use and having gone from something similar to an early cameraphone, I made the leap quite easily! The touchscreen is extremely responsive and never seem's to lock. The menu is easy to work around and even if it isn't you can re-order it. What I like about this phone is the customization that it offers, the majority of the menus and lists can easily be reformatted and rearranged to better suit YOU.
The camera on the phone is very sharp although it must be said that I take about 5 photos with the phone before I get one of decent quality. It is very hard to get a sharp picture first time, they always seem to come out blurry.
The internet is easily accessible and you can download shortcut keys off of the internet to make it even quicker. The most useful ones I find are Google and Facebook. I just drag and drop the icons onto the main screen and then I'm on that site just by touching the icon, ah technology...
Just a quick word of the internet and its glory...
My computer has no internet (well it does, but it literally takes 10 minutes to load a page) and I discovered I could use my phone as a router and save a bit of money that way. This phone is much more useful than I initially realised.
Concerning the rest of the features of this phone, the sound is what you'd expect from a phone, it is not groundbreaking but you can clearly discern that it is your phone that's ringing. Games can be played on this phone and I haven't found any that run slow or jittery, although I'm sure the time will come. Text messaging and phoning is quite quick although I think I'll always prefer real keys for most things. And of course, there are multiple modes to the phone which are always handy at work or in meetings (Silent, Vibrate etc...)
As far as phones go, I think it's a safe bet to go with this phone. I'm not really a phone snob so perhaps I'm not the best person to sell you on its ability to store more than 100 songs or its ability to light a fire from pressing a button or even its ability to timetravel but if all you need is an up to date phone that has a few more things than your antiquated phone, I can see no reason to not go with this phone. Much cheaper than any iPhone!
Summary: Great phone as an upgrade from an old one