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HTC Desire HD review

 Review: September 2010  
 

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The HTC Desire HD delivers more power than probably any other smartphone currently available, with the Android Froyo operating system, a 4.3 inch screen, 8 megapixel camera, HD video recording, GPS, 1GHz processor, 14.4 Mbps internet access and 1.5GB of internal memory. It may be big, it may be costly, but if you're excited by the opportunities that the phone offers, you won't find better.

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The HTC Desire has been the number one smartphone in the first half of 2010, so it makes sense for HTC to build on this success by rolling out more variants of a successful formula. But they haven't been resting on their laurels. The new Desire HD is a phone that really pushes the boundaries of what a smartphone can do. We don't expect it to be as big a seller as the HTC Desire because it's just too big and too expensive to become a mainstream phone. But if you want the very best of what smartphone technology can deliver in 2010, then you've probably found it in the Desire HD.

Essentially the HD is a souped-up version of the Desire. HTC have clearly followed the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach, and have taken a very successful platform and simply made it better. So, what's new? First the device has grown in size, but surprisingly only by about 15%. But it's seriously put on weight, tipping the scales at a massive 164g, which is second only to the Nokia N900. But the increase in size has enabled HTC to stick a mouth-watering 4.3 inch screen on the Desire HD, making it a superb device for the mobile internet. They've also doubled the data connection speed to 14.4 Mbps download, and brought in Adobe® Flash® Player 10. The operating system is Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense - no surprises there. The internal memory has been increased to 1.5 GB (with an option to add up to 32GB of microSD memory), and the camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixels, with a dual LED flash and video recording in 720p HD. Oh, they've also added in Dolby® Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound and DLNA connectivity, so you can connect your Desire HD to a suitable TV.

Is there any downside to any of this? Well, apart from the increased size, weight and cost, we're rather surprised to note that the battery has just a 1230 mAh capacity. We don't think that's big enough, but we'll have to see how the Desire HD behaves in the long run.

Still, you'd have to be a meany to dislike this phone. Just make sure you understand what kind of beast it is before you buy.


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Reviewed by Qasim from UK on 26th Mar 2015
Been using it for four and a half years and it just seems to never die. Prevents me from buying a new smartphone. It was an excellent phone in its time.
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Reviewed by Marc from UK on 22nd Sep 2014
Nearly 4 years old and still using it! Awesome. Enough said.
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Reviewed by Sav from UK on 26th Jun 2012
Looks good, feels good and is a lovely phone to use. After initial battery life issues it settled down and I get a day's worth of use out of it ok if I don't hammer mobile data.
The problem is the shocking build quality. After 14 months my phone is pretty much broken and unusable. It regularly turns itself off and the volume buttons don't work. When you have a 24 month contract that's a nightmare.
It's the last time I buy a HTC Phone.
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Reviewed by Nicki from UK on 9th Apr 2012
this phone is better than a blackbery by far, but the only moan i will have is the battery life, its on charge every day, and when i hang up after a phone call the end call needs to be pressed more than once, but this is only on certian contacts,other than that,this phone is slick, easy to use, and im happy with it.
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Reviewed by Raka from Nepal on 5th Mar 2012
It is amazing!!!!
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Reviewed by Hamzah Nawaz from England on 14th Feb 2012
it is an awesome phone
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Reviewed by Vidal from Brazil on 24th Jan 2012
Donīt buy it!!! Very sorry I bought it! Itīs incompatible with new android version, and HTC turned their back to the costumers!!! I put verson 2.3.5 and it stopped working!!! The speaker, the camera, the gps, the screen, all cracked!! Beware!!! DO NOT CHANGE THE ORIGINAL ANDROID VERSION!!! And be sure they have assistance in your country! Brazil is off list... Not kidding! My email is fabiohmv@gmail.com.
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Reply by Rob briggs from uk on 11th Feb 2012
Not sure why you are saying this mate, i upgraded to 2.3.5 on this phone with no trouble at all. I have had this phone 18 month and not a problem. I have even dropped it a few times and all ok. The best smartphone by far.

Reviewed by amy from UK on 22nd Jan 2012
Great Phone, the Screen is Out of this World, Makes iphone look Like a Wimp, If only it Had a Front Camera & Better Battery Life it would Be Perfect Mobile.
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Reviewed by Jeremy from England on 17th Jan 2012
it should have been front facing camera it would be the best phone if it had i will buy for my son and i will have a sensation
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Reviewed by abb from uk on 12th Jan 2012
Very Slick Phone, Nice Screen & Some nice features,Fast operating System, Only downside is no Front Camera & Below Average Battery life,
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Reviewed by Gary from England on 15th Dec 2011
Had my Desire HD since Feb, yes the battery life is not the best but can honestly say It's the best phone I've ever had. Always try to get new phones when they come out to keep up with new tech but am very happy to just keep this one as It's basically future proof.
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Reviewed by Igor from BiH on 15th Dec 2011
Only front camera missing to be perfect, other than that pretty good.
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Reviewed by adrianeds from UK on 12th Dec 2011
Majority here moan about the battery life of the HTC Desire HD which is perfectly understandable.I have had mine nearly a year now & its still a mega phone,what I did was buy a 1600mAH also I bought a table top charger,this charges the phone & also it can charge a spare battery if you have one.With the table charger you also get a 1550mAH as well & it costs £20.Believe me the 1600mAH battery & the 1550mAH both work fantastic & will last way more than a day.Hope this helps you all out a bit.
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Reviewed by Simon from UK on 6th Dec 2011
I've had my HTC Desire HD for 6 months now and in that time it has performed with a brilliance second to none. No words can describe how effortlessly it makes my every use and customization a joy to own . Yes yes the device sucks the battery but what can be expected from a phone that just about covers every function one can think of . Most of my friends are I phone 4 lovers - Little do they know the DHD runs rings round their little sheep fold . HTC . Yes they are quietly brilliant unbelievably so.
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Reviewed by Daniel from United Kingdom on 3rd Dec 2011
Awesome smartphone, is way too clever, knows more about me than I do. Could not be without it. Running such a piece of kit is bound to suck power, so keep a charger handy, one in the house, one in the car.
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Reviewed by Danesh from New Zealand on 2nd Dec 2011
Very reliable phone with amazing in-built features. A must have for any Android lover.
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Reviewed by Vinny from London, UK on 25th Nov 2011
This is the best pocket PC there is, and a bonus point, it comes with a phone built in! Fantastic, makes even the iPhone 4S look old. If you want a device that doesn't limit you in what you can do with it, get a HTC Desire HD.
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Reviewed by Zubin from India on 25th Nov 2011
HTC Desire HD the King of all phones.. Must buy and the only problem is the battery . But for a huge screen like this and soooooo many applications running, but natural the battery will drain out . Few Tips: The best way to save ur battery is to keep the task killer on auto and the second most important is the Auto-Sync (Use Super-Task Killer) should not be kept ON. Tip 2" Go to settings/Display and change the Animation to "No Animation" and Brightness on "Auto" Screen Timeout -1 minute. That's it for now.. need more tips send a mail on zubin1971@gmail.com .
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Reviewed by donna from pembrokeshire on 20th Nov 2011
Had the HTC desire hd for less then a month when had to take it back, battery runs out very very quickly the internet stopped working and then phone kept saying I'm in London when I'm in haverfordwest and phone didn't reconise that as a place. Iv now had my new one for about 3 month's and now it won't stop crashing, its doing it non stop. Phone keeps saying no sim and then shuts down. Battery is still terrible, you only have to make a few phone calls and most your battery is gone. Wish I never got this phone.
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Reply by nicki from uk on 12th Apr 2012
Sounds like you need to do a software update, my phone said the same, but said i was in bristol when i was about 30 miles outside, yes i agree the battery life if poor,but i wastold by a custumer service advisor that its because the weather app, with the rain drops or snowflakes, try not using that appandsee how it goes,my sim card holder is broken, have a lookto see what thats like, hope this helps

Reviewed by craig from uk on 13th Nov 2011
well i have had my htc now for 7 months , in a nutshell a fantastic phone does everything i want a phone to do , and it can make calls too , nice big clear screen, great functions , the only bug bear is the battery , but if you can put up with charging it more than most other phones your onto a winner , i would find it hard to find a replacement .
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Reviewed by lino from UK on 6th Nov 2011
very very disapointed that it doesent have voice dialling for a mobile of this quality not to have voice dialling is criminal.love the phone but i wont be buying another ,if i had checked this out before buying it i would never have got it,so im afraid its back to nokia for me .
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Reviewed by SN from UK on 21st Oct 2011
Love this phone. Have had it for 4ish months now, and initially thought it might be too big, but appreciate the screen size for internet. Easy to navigate. Battery lasts about 1-1.5 days - probably cos i turn off GPS etc. Never found it a problem though - although maybe i have been more organised about when i charge it! Think i made a good choice!
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Reviewed by Isi from UK on 8th Oct 2011
I have had this phone for 3month. I am disappointed with GPS hardware. GPS is weak and took too long to lock to satellite unlike my old Nokia E71 that takes few seconds . The phone was taken back by 3G for repair and I was told nothing was wrong with the phone. I was let down despite its great functionalities.
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Reviewed by Imran from UK on 20th Sep 2011
I like my htc desire hd.i like to use any new phone.i can say but this is the best phone at all In.
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Reviewed by John Smith from UK on 10th Sep 2011
Boy does this eat the battery power. Camera is good along with the video. Screen must have protection.
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Reviewed by Graphite from UK on 6th Sep 2011
Fantastic!
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Reviewed by Mark Osborn from UK on 24th Aug 2011
WOW it is fantastic, if they can sort the battery life out it will be unbeatable . phone, camera, alarmclock video player, mini laptop and much more Fantastic
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Reviewed by Azad from UK on 6th Aug 2011
The desire hd is one good smartphone an it's features are incredible but apples iPhone 4 is the favourite for this and with the iPhone 5 releasing sep 2011 don't expect this phone to be in the spotlight for long but the hd is amazing for big spenders if u want to know more about apple or future htc phones opinions and reviews please mail me azadalam@hotmail.co.uk
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Reviewed by Fozz from UK on 18th Jul 2011
yes the battery lasts a day, but who doesnt leave their phone on charge at night time? An extra charger is like £3 (or less if because its a generic micro USB) whereas how much is just an apple cable without the plug? HTC 1, Apple 0. If your battery does run out you can simple pull it out and put a spare battery in (which i keep in my wallet as its so thin) oh and the replacement battery (a 1600mA) cost me £4 HTC 2 - Apple 0 "but how do i charge 2 batteries at once" you can buy a dock for £12 from a very popular online store called amazon which charges your phone and a spare battery! POW! HTC 3 - Apple 0 It plays flash videos. On a whole variety of internet browsers, you can get opera, firefox, dolphin HD, only a matter of time before google and IE bring out apps too. Yes, Flash files, you know those little videos which iphones wont play? HTC 4 Apple 0 The android store is cluttered with rubbish and at the moment is NOWHERE NEAR the app store. But all the essentials are available. Whatsapp, bbc iplayer, words with friends, Wikipedia, IMDB, Ebay, google, facebook, twitter, etc and so forth HTC 4 Apple 1 It doesnt drop signal when you hold it by the sides HTC 5 Apple 1 The screen quality is unbelieveable, you will actually wow at the graphics, live wallpapers which respond to every touch add to this and customising your entire phone to your wants make the iphone miles away from this, easily switch on and off bluetooth wifi locations with a swipe of the finger and not go through boring menus HTC 6 Apple 1 The HTC is by far the better phone, the iphone is a more simple, idiot friendly phone and the app store is better but NOTHING else is better. Yes they say iOS5 will do this and that, but the HTC is already doing everything apples new operating system will do, why have apple stopped you before now? The iphone is a brilliant phone. But apple are tossers, and HTC just want to make the best phone for the user. The whole "protentiousness" just isnt there with HTC, the phone and the user come first. Ive had this phone 2 months by the way and previously had the first iphone, the 3g and the 3gs and WASNT going to pay £200 for the iphone 4 on a contract, this phone was free on a £35 a month deal. Superb.
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Reviewed by jg from UK on 12th Jul 2011
Had this phone for almost 6 months now - simply amazing! Can't fault it, battery life is excellent too.
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Reviewed by DopeyJoe from UK on 6th Jul 2011
Had this phone for 6 months now and it is brilliant. being the wrong side of 40 the bigger screen makes seeing text brilliant, the different keyboard options (predictive text or qwerty etc.) are great, internet use if very clear and simple. As for the battery life....yes if you hammer it it goes quickly but after the initial "play factor" I can easily go a day and a-half between charges and that includes using exchange email and phone calls. The girlfriend's iphone "must"be charged every night..... It is a great phone...you will not be dissapointed...
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Reviewed by Anonimous from UK on 18th Jun 2011
I've got this phone a month ago and i just love it.......
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Reviewed by Swaroop from UK on 17th Jun 2011
amazing mobile.. performance unmatched..
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Reviewed by oli from UK on 17th Jun 2011
ok so its fast on the internet, the screen is big and hd and the camera is pretty good. however i've had this phone over a month now and little things keep cropping up... my hotmail is very intermittent on the htc mail app and in fact currently won't send messages atall, the signal isn't all that good and calls drop even when there are a few bars, the inbuilt music player is pretty rubbish and the battery is worse than my old iphone 3gs - which is saying something, skype is rubbish on this phone even on wifi (voices go glitchy and robotic sounding). oh and the glare on the screen in sunlight makes the phone almost unusable. i would consider something else cos this aint a great phone....
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Reviewed by Rich from UK on 15th Jun 2011
Wow, had a desire before and iPhone 4. But this baby rocks. It's a beast and has to be wondered at. Get one and enjoy!
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Reviewed by sonnyjim from UK on 14th Jun 2011
wow what a phone htc's answer to the i phone 4 and in my opinion it wins the htc sense is amazing just wow
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Reviewed by tofu goat from UK on 7th Jun 2011
Great phone, open source makes it easy to root if you should feel so inclined (I am not), and there are plenty of free or inexpensive applications for fun and practical uses. (I bought powerAMP for an enhanced music experience) Not having a dedicated camera button is a downside but the photo quality is rather good; the on/off and volume buttons are a bit impractical and stiff, compared to say, the iPhone, but this is just a question of getting used to. I have had no problems with the signal yet. Overall the performance is extremely good.
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Reviewed by Avi$hay from UK on 3rd Jun 2011
Aside from some signal problems and poor battery life, absolutely unequivocally the best phone i ever had. highly recommended
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Reviewed by Sasha from UK on 2nd Jun 2011
Best phone I have ever had, the battery life is not great, but I don't care, it's a sexy beast!
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Reviewed by Bruce Kerr from UK on 30th May 2011
Very clear phone.Very good camera pics. Can't find a way of getting TV sport on it. Wish I'd bought an I-phone
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Reviewed by Nazy from UK on 30th May 2011
I love my desire HD. You know how some phones are good for listening to music, some for taking photos, some for browsing the web? Well this phone just has it all. Very easy to use, love how simple it is to customize it to your preferences. However, a couple of times it has frozen up on me but I think that might be the apps fault. (I also saw Mac Taylor from CSI NY had one, which just makes it that bit cooler y'know?)
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Reviewed by John R from UK on 27th May 2011
Very pleased with the Desire HD.But the big let down and its a very big let down is the battery life is Hopless I am not Heavy Mobile user so with light use From a full charge cannot get 40hrs with out warning battery is low and thats with all the power saving devices switch on so were HTC get a standby hrs of 420hrs to 490hrs is rubbish perhaps they forgot to switch it on in the test room ?? Lets hope someone at HTC can come up with a decent battery
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 25th May 2011
Had the phone since it was released in the uk an awesome phone, batt life at first took some getting used to but turning down screen brightness and turn off background/sync data improved this,was a gonna give it 4 stars now updated with android 2.3 gingerbread it is simply outstanding 5 stars so quick.
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Reviewed by Andy McC from UK on 24th May 2011
Had my Desire HD for a few days now so can't comment on the battery life. However, having upgraded from my HTC Hero I am very glad I stuck with HTC. From the feeling in the hand it is much more solid than the Galaxy SII and heavier - but reassuringly so. Very solid feeling piece of kit. The user experience is great aswell. So fast - the one problem with my Hero was how slow it could be - no such issue here. Do phones need to be any faster? Interface - excellent, choices of apps - I find there to be plenty and downloading/installing is quick and easy - especially over wifi. I even found that the phone loaded and played youtube videos faster than my home laptop! Screen clear and bright, photos excellent. In short the honeymoon period with my fone is going well. So much that my wife is getting jealous....
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Reviewed by ashby from UK on 21st May 2011
All the reviews sayes it all ....simplly the best phone on the market @ present.....I`ve had mobile phones from the time oki, Motorolo brought mobile phone bricks out...lol..and i dont think i will ever find a betta mobile than the Desire HD....
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Reviewed by Mark from Edinburgh from UK on 19th May 2011
I got this phone in mid December and it was fantastic. Great for music, internet connection was fantastic and watching films was a delight. By end of January it had started switching itself off. Its now been with HTC for the last 2 months waiting to be repaired ! No explanation, no contact, no apology from them. Great phone but only when it works. I have called, emailed and sent a letter to the chief executive of HTC but no one get back in touch. HTC are not the best in customer service!!
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Reviewed by Brandon from UK on 17th May 2011
I must have got a dodgey one lol cos my battery life lasts bout 4-5 hours. only rating it 3 atm cos it is abit slow.
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Reviewed by TDawg . from UK on 16th May 2011
Using i00's Real Sense 3.0 Gingerbread ROM and its brilliant . Overclocked to 1.9hz . Also using JuiceDefender with a 1500mAH battery from Amazon and lasts about 9 hours intense use . Therefore my Desire HD is brilliant .
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Reviewed by rob from UK on 15th May 2011
its not the best phone out there because its far to heavy and bulky. great htc phone but made to heavy and bit outdated with other lighter phones
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Reviewed by tez from UK on 11th May 2011
Best phone I've had smashed the iPhone 4 only other phone as good as this is galaxy s2 pffff Apple so overrated stupid advert a phone should sell itself HTC quietly brilliant.
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Reviewed by mark from UK on 9th May 2011
Fantastic blower, makes the iPhone 3gs I had look stupid, will be even better when Android 2.3 update comes. Don't waste your money with over hyped iphone 4, this is far better, I'm so glad I left the other iPhone sheep and joined the Android revolution.
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Reviewed by Alastair from UK on 4th May 2011
I have just got this phone and I can safely say it is the worst phone I have ever had. I had wonderful reviews initially about HTC phones but this is truly awful. Slow, bulky, poor interface and im sorry but where is the camera?
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Reviewed by Patrick from UK on 28th Apr 2011
I've had this phone for 3-4 months now. It's a good quality phone with good screen, good apps, speed layout etc. Rubbish battery life, not very good reception. Rubbish camera for still shots but good video. Having big problems receiving emails abroard. I consider this to be a great gadget phone which will keep you entertained for hours if you change the battery!! Not a business phone you can rely on though. I'm going back to Blackberry purely for reliability.
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Reviewed by adrianeds from UK on 28th Apr 2011
This phone is stunning,absolutely fantastic,so it's a shame about the battery life,if you want to improve it this is what I have done.Go to ebay and search for HTC HD battery and put 1600mAh on it and they have loads and loads and loads of them.It cost me £3.23 to get a brand new one.And the difference it make is truly amazing and now it is the best phone on the market.
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Reviewed by rush dog from UK on 26th Apr 2011
The desire hd is the best phone out at the mo. It's the fastest phone I've ever used. Big big fan. But I ll say if u want a smaller phone can laptop xx
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Reviewed by dj from uk on 25th Apr 2011
what can i say, its simply best phone out there, i would rather lose 1 of my hands than lose my HD DESIRE.The GPS works brillantly and got me out of trouble when my sat nav was avin a bad moment,the HD DESIRE got me there better than the tomtom. i love this phone,i wouldnt have anyting else, HTC lead the way and are the kings of the smart phones
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Reviewed by Manoj from Rwanda on 23rd Apr 2011
I love the big screen. Oustanding performance, options and applications than any other phones I happen to see or used. Only battery is getting dry within a short time. Needs to charge at least twice a day.
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Reviewed by Pranay from UK on 22nd Apr 2011
Have had the phone for 3months and is very awesome GPS signal works indoors unlike my Galaxy s wchich i sold to get this. Love the size and weight. An excellent phone!
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Reviewed by Avishay from Israel on 21st Apr 2011
Ok, people have GOT to stop posting their opinion about a device one day or one week after they bought it. Honeymoon period opinions are not helpful. I have it for a month and i have to say i love the phone, kills the 3gs i had before. HOWEVER, it does have some flaws that drove me crazy. the signal, the camera, the battery. for the battery, you can purchase a 1600mAh replacement from ebay so that is solved. as for the camera, sometimes when i take pics with flash the phone shuts down and wont boot unless i take out the battery. and last flaw, the signal, sometimes randomly it cant get no signal and at underground places which other phones get signal this one will never get. if you can live with that, buy it its amazing in general.
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Reviewed by John McGoldrick from Scotland on 19th Apr 2011
Just had the phone a day and it's awesome, highly recommend, just getting to grips with it all, but i'm glad i made HTC the choice instead of Iphone
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Reviewed by Elaine Wilson from UK on 15th Apr 2011
The only downside I can see is that You tube and Iplayer don't like android and I havent found a way of listening to the raidio and being able to look at other screens, as you can do with the Nokia 95, which is quite a pain where I am concerned. Other than this and the fact that you have to carry your charger with you for top ups its fantastic
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Reviewed by Lizz from Jungle of Bunnies on 14th Apr 2011
Fantastic phone, always had LG before but now never look back, me fell in love with that big bright screen.
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Reviewed by ghjy from england on 13th Apr 2011
just got this about an hour ago, im already worried looking at the size of it, it looks far too big for me... apart from that its great
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Reviewed by adrianeds from Wales on 9th Apr 2011
I have had the Desire HD for about a couple of months,I wanted a Blackberry Bold 9780,but it seems to me that every youngster and teenagers everywhere has one.I have been a blackberry person for a while,even my eldest son got a blackberry,so I opted to get something different.And I went for the Desire HD,which I must admit I was apprehensive but since having it I see why people like it,it is honestly,totally awesome in every way.I wont go into detail just say it's absolutely mega.Im sad to say that my sons Blackberry bold looks a quality piece of kit,but on the inside it is old fashioned,the dhd does everything,I run my business off it organiser,emails etc,etc.As for battery life,it last's me about a day and a half that's good for how much I use it,but when i got it at the beginning I charged it and let it run flat several times.First class phone there's nothing close to it at the moment,if I could i would give it 10 stars.
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Reviewed by fozzy from UK on 9th Apr 2011
Cracking features. Just don't believe a "mobile" phone should only just about give a days use on a charge if you're lucky.
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Reviewed by Ark from England on 7th Apr 2011
I have had the HTC Desire HD now for about 3 weeks and i love it, it becomes a bigger part of daily lifeeveryday, and the great thing about it is..although i know its already a Smart Phone Great i also know there is still much more to discover and learn about it, i agree with a higher comment here too, the incredible S can't improve in my opinion also think about it, some ppl have Qualms about the Battery life, but it lasts me all day, and if your getting such high performance it's going to use alot of energy
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Reviewed by Eckmort from Ireland on 7th Apr 2011
Have the phone 4 months now It is superb dunno how you can also give HTS Desire S 5 stars....there is nothing to beat this phone on the planet...and ive had a boring iPhone also...
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Reviewed by guy from UK on 5th Apr 2011
this phone is awesome don't let the battery life put you off.
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Reviewed by Mike from Wales on 2nd Apr 2011
I am having a phone upgrade on 11th April, this is the phone I am choosing, reguards battery life, look on ebay, type in the search box : htc desire hd battery 1600, and you will find lots of batteries there for about £5, these 1600 batteries are more powerful and should last a lot longer than the supplied one. I have already ordered one, will let you all know what they are like when I finally get this awesome phone...
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Reviewed by Pete from UK on 28th Mar 2011
Great phone better than the Hero but again the battery is the down side that needs sorting its about time HTC got the message and did something about the lack of power. Would recomend this phone to anyone
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Reviewed by Larry from uk on 27th Mar 2011
I have had this phone since October last year and still the best. I travel a lot around UK for work, staying at hotels and the WiFi hotspot has saved me hundreds of pounds in WiFi charges. I use the hotspot to connect my laptop to the internet all the time. Fantastic!!!. When I get bored, I play games, in fact this is more than a phone. To me it is still the king of all smartphones. Beats all the iphones, Nokias, blackberries etc. 5*+++ for you ' KING HTC Desire HD'
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Reviewed by Krash from UK on 25th Mar 2011
Excellent phone - I much prefer it to my iphone and aside from the battery life and the low speaker volume I don't have a bad thing to say about it. Hasn't crashed once, really fast processor and top quality camera. I've had HTCsmartphones and iphones for the past few years and this is a big leap forward.
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Reviewed by Paul Briden from UK on 25th Mar 2011
Having tried the Samsung Galaxy S and found that Kies would not work on 3 different computers, i then tried the HTC Desire and my Girlfriend the HTC Desire HD. I was concerned about the size of the HD, but in the case, its the same size as the Galaxy and Desire. As soon as i could see what the HD could do i sent the standard desire back and obtained the Hd. It is brilliant,the speed it runs is the most impressive thing about it. It does everything it says it should and more,i like the two phone books, one surname first the other christian names first. As for battery like,its no better or worse than any other Android phone. An excellent phone
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Reviewed by Unit from UK on 23rd Mar 2011
It's ok, but just not as nice an an iPhone 4, just simply not as slick, and crashed within 5 minutes of be borrowing it.
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Reviewed by Adil from UK on 16th Mar 2011
this phone is a flawed beauty... Absolutely brilliant in all areas but a fundamental one. The battery life is appalling, you need to charge at least 2-3 times a day!
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Reviewed by Nick C from United Kingdom on 16th Mar 2011
I've had this phone for the past week and am very impressed. The last phone I had was the HTC hero which is basically the same user experience only far smoother, quicker and just so much nicer on the Desire HD. Very happy with how it handles surfing the web, very quick and clear to read all sites I've thrown at it! Regarding battery life, I'm not a heavy user and get a good day from the phone, which isn't much less than the hero to be honest. Overall I'm very impressed and also love that I've got it on a 12 month contract as well, thank you Vodafone! If you get this phone I think you'll be very happy, just be realistic with how long to expect the battery to last. Enjoy!
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Reviewed by Ross from Scotland on 15th Mar 2011
Owning the Desire HD is a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, what the phone is capable of is incredible. Having previously owned an iPhone, I was increasingly frustrated by the restrictions set by apple and therefore was attracted by the android platform. I have been massively impressed by the Desire HD. It's so easy to use and adding items to the phone managed as a hard disk drive through windows is a breeze. The down side...and it's a huge problem. The battery is totally underpowered for the phone. Not underpowered in that you will need to charge it at night everyday...you'll need to charge it at least twice a day if you use it at all for gaming, wifi or using and apps that require the screen being on for any amount of time. I have switched off all background apps, wifi and set the brightness to 30% and it still runs down ridiculously fast. What's the point of all these features, if when it comes down to it, the phone can't be relied on to keep the charge. This is well documented on the internet and there are many 'solutions' to manage the battery better, but other than what I've done...do you really want to have to worry so much about having enough power to run the phone? It's meant to be used and you can use it, if you're not too far from a power outlet. Totally goes against the idea of having a mobile device. Seriously give it some thought before buying the phone. I thought battery would be poor like the 3GS iPhone, but it's a totally different ballgame. Really easy to be swayed when you read the stats and see it in the flesh, but it's heartbreaking when you've spent a fortune and come to the horrible realisation about the battery. Oh one last comment, the much advertised HTC sense is not available in this country at the present. It's advertised that it comes with orange and is present on the phone and you can register but there's not a cat in hells chance you'll be able to register to use it in the UK anytime soon. Love the phone but hate the crippling downsides...hence my Star rating. In no way an outstanding phone as it stands. No way, never. Sort out HTC sense and the battery issues and then it will be deserving of that rating. A flawed beauty.
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Reviewed by Trevor Hibbert from England on 14th Mar 2011
I'm not a youngster and still have difficulty in fully understanding the Television remote control. My Orange contract is due to expire and i kinda got elbowed into this phone. And what a phone it is, very easy to use and very intuitive. I considered a Galaxy S but then found it had no flash and 5mp camera so opted for the Desire HD. Got good contract with unlimited data on T-Mobile. The sat nav on the phone is not brilliant but it does get you there, ok, it'll never replace my Garmin but is useable, tried it three times and not put aa foot wrong. Camera is really good and Bluetooth works fine. But, there is always a "but" I have to charge sometimes twice a day but then it's a new toy for me and i just keep messing about with it, once the novelty has worn a little maybe just one charge a day, still not good though, why on earth do HTC (and other android phone manufactures for that matter) put weak batteries in these phones, they are going to be used so provide a decent battery, please. If the battery was man enough for the job I'd give it 5 stars but can really only rate it at 4, That said my friend just got Galaxy S, he complains of exactly the same problems. Great phone the HTC Desire HD, Buy one.
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Reviewed by Sue from UK on 12th Mar 2011
I got this phone a few days ago and I love it, everything about it, its so easy to use, I just can't put it down. I am finding out new things about it every day. The battery life is what I expected it to be, as you can do a lot on this phone an like I said I want to use it all the time. It is very responsive as a touch screen, and the screen is very clear. It was between this phone and the iphone and I am so glad I choose this phone. I wish I got an android phone sooner and I am glad I picked the HTC Desire HD.
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Reviewed by Chiva from England on 11th Mar 2011
This phone does everything advertised and does it faster than just about any other handset. The battery seems to be a problem though. My own experience may help. After a week or so the battery life became very short, not even a full day?! I removed the battery and then put it back into the handset. Since then the battery has lasted as well as any other phone I have owned. So if the battery life is an issue, give this a try.
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Reviewed by PJF from England on 7th Mar 2011
Awesome phone, everything you would want. For the battery life issue, make sure you download HTC's latest software update it makes the phone much much more efficient and will double your battery life. Can't fault the phone, it'll be with me for a long time. If your looking for a new phone - look no further. Follow the sheep - get an Iphone, but if you like being an individual - get a HTC Desire HD.
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Reviewed by JD from ENGLAND on 5th Mar 2011
Amazing phone, packed with stuff to do. Android market is sweet. Battery life is poor if u have everything running constantly on the phone, but the phone has got really good power saving features on it and my battery lasts longer than 2 days now. I'm so glad i got this phone.
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Reviewed by Tom from England on 2nd Mar 2011
the phone itself isnt too bad but.. and it is a big but i am on my 3rd phone in four weeks! one had a battery life of 3 hours without touching it. second one had a little game that involved it turning itself off when it felt like it. love it but wish it had a bigger battery!
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Reviewed by Dave from South Africa on 28th Feb 2011
I have a problem with the small font on messaging/phonebook apps. The battery is fine..IF you don't play with it all the time. Admittedly I manually control bluetooth, GPS, wireless and mobile-data (I am not on a data plan and this phone can eat data relentlessly). Otherwise a great phone
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Reviewed by TOP SHOTA from England on 28th Feb 2011
This phone is the best phone in da world better than the iphone 4. who says da battery is rubbish. TOP SHOTAS ARE BACK!!!!
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Reviewed by Chris from Saltash, England on 23rd Feb 2011
I've had this phone now for 4 months and I have to say firstly this is the first phone Iíve had that I'm not already board of and wanting to change. I agree though with other comments about the battery life but what do you really expect, itís the same one thatís in the standard Desire, which has a much smaller screen. Iíve not really got a problem with this, as my last phone was the HTC HD2 (basically the same just uses WinMo rather than Android), so I've already bought a cradle for the car and for my desk. So far I have only come across a couple of issues with this phone. Firstly the lock/unlock and the volume buttons are not that easy to use. They can be a bit fiddly at times even to the point that when your trying to lock the phone you can by mistake change the ring volume. Secondly the fact that HTC did not put a devoted camera button on the side was a shame as the camera itself is brilliant. Although you cant zoom when using filming in HD. But to be honest even this is only really a grumble rather than a real problem. But then comes to my biggest problem with the phone, I know how sad this will sound but I have found it quite annoying that you are unable to use anything other than the standerd tones for text messages although this can be done if you download one of the many SMS apps. Overall this is probably in my opinion the best phone on the market today. So good in fact that I cant really see why anyone would spend the money on an Iphone 4, which in my opinion I a far inferior phone. I would have to say that HTC are at the moment making some of the best phones on the market right now and the Desire HD is one of the best. The only reason not to get this phone is if itís to big for you, then get its baby brother the standard Desire or the Wildfire.
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Reviewed by Robin from UK on 23rd Feb 2011
its NOT an I PHONE so dont be dissapointed when you discover theres little if any product support.
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Reviewed by Lee from UK on 19th Feb 2011
I have had my phone for a few days now. I absolutely love it. Its so easy to personalize and change the home screens. The software is fluid and hasn't crashed or anything like that. The battery life is poor. But this should be expected from such a high spec phone. the first day i got about 6 hours of use but i had been on it constantly. With normal use you can get a day out of it easily. The batteries are quite cheap so invest in another battle or simply taker the charger out with you and its fine! Love the phone and the Iphone/Ipods seem primitive after using this. I like the app store too. Not as huge as apples but this just means less junk apps!
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Reviewed by DYLAN from COVENTRY,ENGLAND on 17th Feb 2011
Got this phone free on T-Mobile for £25 month..best thing i ever did. I contract for T-mobile so never without full HSDPA. The internet is incredibly fast and i can open and read all the attachments from work email pretty much doing away with laptop. As for the battery,just turn off the mobile network until you want to use the internet as it is on all the time which in turn opens other apps you may not be aware of,maps.locations etc.. i can get 2 days from my battery just by going into manage apps and turning the ones off i dont need or the ones the app killer does'nt turn off. Sorry,just cannot find a bad word to say!!
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Reviewed by Capt Snoopy from UK on 16th Feb 2011
I love this phone. Had Nokia's for years and the small ones. However, got this phone because I wanted more. It does the lot, phone, calendar, mp3, internet, and it can act as wireless hotspot. But in part I well agree with other peoples comments about battery life. It does love to eat it but then I've found its all how you use it. If you have ever service turned on then yes battery goes fast, but turn services of you don't need then its good. I've got two days out of it. I only turn on like 3g, gps, wireless and other when needed.
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Reviewed by sarah from wales on 16th Feb 2011
has anyone had problems with this phone turning itself off? im on my 2nd handset in 6 weeks!
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Reviewed by Syed from UK on 15th Feb 2011
Brilliant. What more can I say. Android along with the HTC Sense UI work brilliantly together.So easy to use from day 1. People who say Android is difficult to use honestly need to try it for a day before ocmplaining. iPhone is too basic. I like the custimisability The only negatives I can say about this phone are Battery: You'll need to charge it twice a day. I've often found this to be a problem so I always keep a small USB lead with me in my pocket wherever I go. If I'm near a PC, I charge my phone. Size: For some it may be too big. For me it's fine. Galaxy S is about the perfect ideal size for me but this is good too. Feels like a proper phone in the pocket. SLCD screen: This is no Super AMOLED here. Galaxy S screen IMHO is the best screen I've seen on a phone (yes that includes the iPhone Retina display) and honestly the Super AMOLED screen you can see in any light condition. Even if you're outside and it's bright and sunny with the sun shining onto the screen, you'l see the screen and not your reflection. Unfortunately the Desire HD doesn't have SAMOLED. Would have been nice tho. Indoors you'll have no problem but outdoors you may need to hold it up close in sunny conditions Conclusion: Buy this phone. Galaxy S is a good alternative tho. Both brilliant phones and I would prefer either of those to the iPhone 4
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Reviewed by sj from Uk on 15th Feb 2011
I bought this as an upgrade, severe problems with the signal, same place in my office if I use Nokia fantastic signal but HD is useless. I went to carphone warehouse and changed the handset twice but no luck...same problem persists even with a brand new handset.
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Reviewed by Nigel from Endland on 14th Feb 2011
I just love this phone, more than my iphone 4 BUT I HATE THE BATTERY LIFE............ I have to carry a spare because it will run out as they say buyer beware !!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by dj tyson from england on 10th Feb 2011
I had the HTC desire which I was very happy with, my only gripe was the internal memory is so small, there's an app called ApptoSD that puts any apps that can be moved to SD card can be ( but not many) the same goes with the desire HD, it as got a bigger internal memory but nowhere near as big as it should be, also the desire I had first time felt so quick and smooth, for some reason it feels laggy, sometimes the live wallpaper stutters, and I've installed an app killer and close everything down and it does a temporary fix, but it goes back to its old ways, it also lags when I'm typing like now, I find myself waiting for text to catch up. I avnt got nearly half as much stuff on this desire HD, I do like it, but expected more after avin the desire,the camera is amazing and the screen feel much bigger than that tiny desire. I might av a dodge one, I'm still under the 14day return policy, might take it back n try get a right one. Oh and the battery life is shocking, I use the Wi Fi a lot at home and it sucks the life out of it.
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Reviewed by tiddy from england on 10th Feb 2011
great phone ive tried lots of the new smart phones desire/galaxy s/iphone etc i must say this has to be the best the app store not as good as the iphone but not far behind but far better than the new iphone the only problem is the battery like a lot of people have said but for the cost of £6 to get a upgrade battery off ebay its alot better now i get over a day with it very happy
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Reviewed by kellie james from uk on 9th Feb 2011
i love the phone!! brill, but i seem to be the only one having problems with the battery life. I'm lucky to get 8 hrs out of it! I wonder if i'm doing something wrong or if their is something wrong with my battery. I let it run down and fully recharge overnight. I'm puzzled???
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Reviewed by dobby from uk on 8th Feb 2011
I have had nothing but problems with this phone it keeps losing signal doesn't inform me of half my messages I have to manually check I have to keep installing apps and the gps is pants my iPhone 4 was far better I regret the day I sold it to buy this very dissapointed!
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Reviewed by smg from UK on 8th Feb 2011
Battery life is more like 1.5 days plus for me with usual use and mobile internet and film watching on the screen is amazing. Don't have a spare battery or usb cable following me around as i dont need it. Blows the iphone out of the water, camera could be better with better motion control but is great held steady, video doesnt suffer which is strange. Tried the nexus-s and glad i opted for this. Great phone - i agree with comments regarding phone volume, it is too easy to turn down.
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Reviewed by tmk from uk on 5th Feb 2011
All I can say is THE BEST PHONE IN THE WORLD I has everything you would ever need. This phone has great specs The screen is better than any amoled as I compared it with the old desire which was blueish when ever there was a white background. After using it for a day I used iPhone 4 and typing was such a pain on iPhone the keyboad is just to small. This phone is great and the battery life is good as it can last 1.5 days so am happy atleast better than iphone 4's 7 hour I am really happy with my purchase and would recommend it to everyone.......:):):):):):):) Written this with my dhd
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