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
Not the object of my Desire!
Member Name: aclevername
Advantages: handy to have the internet wherever you go, easy to use and navigate, lots of features
Disadvantages: touch screen can be unresponsive at times, camera quality isn't great
~ Appearance ~
The phone itself is mainly black, with a dark grey colour around the screen and the volume buttons on the side of the mobile phone are also grey.
It is quite large at 6cm wide by just under 12cm in length. It is about 1cm thick, which isn't bad.
The back of the phone has a removable cover, which hides the battery, the SIM card and a micro SD card can be slotted in as well to add extra storage space to your phone for music, photos etc.
The back cover has the HTC logo in silver and at the bottom of the phone the words 'WITH HTC SENSE'. The phone also has a camera on the back of it, as you'd expect.
The screen takes up most of the front of the phone - it is a 3.7 inch screen. Also on the front are 5 buttons at the bottom of the phone - home, menu, select, back and search.
There is a button on the top of the phone to turn it on or off and there is also a headphone socket. The charger socket is on the bottom of the phone.
~ Price ~
This mobile phone is available from Amazon.co.uk for £149.95 reduced from the recommended retail price of £439.36! Haha!
~ In use ~
~ Features and internet ~
Like most mobile phones these days, this phone can be used as a calculator, flashlight (which is also on the back of the phone), camera, camcorder, clock, calendar, alarm clock, voice recorder or radio.
It also connects to the internet via wifi or 3G. There are apps to have facebook, twitter and youtube on your mobile or you can get a reliable sat nav or browse the internet.
It also has normal mobile phone features such as making telephone calls and sending text messages.
You can connect your email account to your phone so you can also access your emails wherever you are as long as you have access to wifi or a 3G signal.
I find that the internet connects quickly and browsing isn't too slow. It is really handy having the internet on hand wherever you go.
~ Durability ~
The phone is quite tough compared with other phones and I tend to carry mine loose in my huge handbag so it has taken a bit of a beating. It has small scratches on the back and edges.
The screen has a screen protector sticker on (which I'd thoroughly recommend to everyone for whichever phone you buy - check ebay). The sticker takes all of the scratches so my screen has none on when I peel it off and replace it.
I have dropped my phone the odd time without a problem, but it looks as though it would be a lot tougher than the Samsung Galaxy 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. It is just average, nothing special.
I prefer my phones to be tough than pretty. I'm not really a mobile phone person, hence being happy with my partner's castoffs.
~ Touch screen ~
The mobile phone has a touch screen so you have to touch the screen to scroll through menus and a keyboard pops up if you have something to type.
The touch screen is generally good, but it often decides to be unresponsive, which is irritating and it can be time consuming to do what you want to do on it. Sometimes the touch screen refuses to work and you are forced to switch the phone off and then back on again. I always find when I do this it becomes responsive again and goes back to normal.
Typing isn't too much trouble because it has predictive text so it tends to guess what you are trying to type, but the keyboard is pretty small on the screen so it is pretty difficult to type accurately on it.
~ Camera ~
The camera on the phone is quite good. It has 5 megapixels and has the ability to take some great photographs, but in dim light the photos it takes are quite poor. They are grainy and often blurred.
The camera does have a flash, which it uses automatically when it detects a dark subject.
The photographs are held on a micro SD card, which has to go in the back of the phone. There is not enough storage space on the phone to hold photos.
When I am out and about and I want to take a photo, instead of using this phone, I regularly request my other half's Samsung Galaxy SIII as the camera on his phone is fantastic!
~ SMS ~
Text messages show up in conversation format as on many phones these days, so you can see what you sent the person before they responded.
To delete text messages you can delete single messages within the conversation or the whole conversation.
~ Phone calls ~
Making phone calls is easy. You can either type in a number and press call or access your phone book and call through that.
A record of your call history is kept so you can check exactly what time you rang the pizza shop as they said your order would be 30 minutes.
~ Battery ~
Battery life is alright. My battery tends to last just over 24 hours with a small amount of calling and/ or texting during the day, which seems to be the norm for smart phones so I charge my phone up every night.
~ Conclusion ~
This phone is alright. It makes and receives calls and texts easily and having the internet connection on hand is really handy and it is not what I'd call fast, but it is quick enough.
The camera is alright, but I have used much more impressive cameras on mobile phones. The photo quality is below average and you often end up with blurry or grainy photos unless the natural light around you is perfect.
The touch screen works well a lot of the time, but often decides to become unresponsive, which is annoying, but I think most touch screens have similar problems from time to time.
The battery life is average. The phone lasts for around 24 hours without being recharged. I have noticed no deterioration in the battery life over the year I have been using it and my partner noticed no deterioration in the battery life in the 24 months prior to that, when he owned this mobile phone.
I am happy enough with this mobile phone, but I wouldn't recommend it.
For me, the camera isn't good enough and the fact that the touch screen has been unresponsive at times, winds me up.
I personally think these phones are expensive to buy and I'd be devastated if I had to pay £150.00 for this
Summary: Just ok!