HTC Desire Review
|| Review: March 2010
Last updated August 2010.
In a nutshell: The HTC Desire
is one of the most impressive phones of all time. Despite being
significantly cheaper than the iPhone, it can match or beat
everything that the iPhone does. An Android smartphone with
a fabulously responsive touchscreen, the Desire packs in a huge
choice of apps, brilliant web browsing, one of the biggest and
best screens ever, a good camera, a music player and GPS too.
You want more? Add in a superfast processor, monster battery,
WiFi and a 3.5mm headphone jack and you've got the perfect phone.
Available in Black, Graphite, Silver or White.
2010 looks set to be the year of Android. And HTC looks like the manufacturer
of choice for Android phones. We've given previous Android phones a
"beta" kind of rating, because that's what they were. But
the Android Market has expanded rapidly in the past year, and the early
glitches in the Android software have been ironed out, making it into
a grown-up operating system for real-world users. The only other issues
with the early Android phones were related to hardware, so can the HTC
Desire overcome all of these problems and become the smartphone of choice
Well, let's quickly put you out of your misery and say that the answer
is a loud and clear YES!
The Desire is a logical upgrade of the HTC Hero.
The Hero was a brilliant phone that received rave reviews on this site,
but we felt that it just wasn't quite there. The Desire fills in all
the blanks that were missing in the Hero, making it truly the smartphone
to beat. The Desire is a mid-range phone too, available free on reasonably-priced
contracts, and it's very user-friendly, so we expect this to be an absolute
Let's start, as we always do at Mobile-phones-uk.org.uk with a look
at the exterior. Pick up the Desire. It's a nicely-styled touchscreen
phone that feels solid, but is ultra thin at just 11.9mm. It's slightly
smaller than the iPhone 3GS, but
has the same weighty feel. Unlike the iPhone it has real buttons at
the bottom of the screen, which is no bad thing in our opinion. The
screen itself will blow you away. It's a massive 3.7 inches across,
larger than the iPhone 3GS and with an unbelievable 480 x 800 pixel
resolution, which is nearly three times as much as the iPhone! This
is virtually a computer screen fitted onto a mobile phone, and it's
the best in its class. The AMOLED display is super-sharp too.
Let's move onto the user interface, because this is one of the most
outstanding features of the phone. The screen is capacitive, so it responds
to your touch like a dream. The Desire has pinch-to-zoom capability,
so you can easily control the onscreen view with your fingers. The combination
of the latest release of Android 2.2 (called Froyo) plus the specially-designed
HTC Sense interface make a seamless user experience, and the phone just
responds intuitively to your touch. Is it as easy to use as the iPhone?
Yes it is!
The Desire isn't just a pretty face. Far from it. It's one of the highest-spec
phones around. HTC have equipped it with a superfast 1GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon
CPU, a massive 576MB of RAM and the external memory is expandable all
the way up to 32GB. The battery has a giant 1400 mAh capacity. It's
quite amazing that HTC have managed to provide such highly-specified
components for a phone at this price point. We wonder if they're actually
making any money on it.
All this equipment powers HTC's best camera ever. It's a 5 megapixel
camera with face detection, autofocus and a flash. It may not match
the best from Sony Ericsson or Nokia, but it's certainly a respectable
camera for a phone. The camera is capable of geo-tagging too, as the
Desire comes equipped with a GPS receiver. The GPS receiver works with
Google Maps (pre-installed) and supports HTC Footprints (geo-tagging
software) and has a digital compass.
Musically, the phone comes with a fully equipped digital music player
that can handle all popular music formats and that syncs easily with
any Windows-based PC. We're delighted to find a 3.5mm audio jack, so
you can connect a pair of high quality stereo headphones for the best
possible listening experience. And with up to 32GB of storage, you can
store all your albums with ease. There's also an FM radio included.
The Desire is in the premier league when it comes to the internet.
The huge high-res screen is simply superb for web browsing, and the
Android software in combination with the responsive touchscreen and
pinch-to-zoom feature make navigating, zooming and scrolling a doddle.
The internet is fast and always on, with the 3G HSPA connection offering
download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. If you're in a WiFi zone, you can
make use of the WLAN connection for even faster data access. There are
also widgets for facebook and other online tools.
Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data
Rate, with A2DP support for wireless stereo headsets and a mini-USB
We've already mentioned the large battery capacity, and this seems
to give sufficient real world performance too, despite that massive
screen. You'd do well to keep an eye on how many apps you have running
though, and to switch off GPS and WiFi when not in use.
Is there anything that the HTC Desire is missing, or anything that
could be improved? Nope, not really. This is probably the nearest we've
ever seen to the perfect phone. No doubt there are one or two minor
improvements that could be made, but then it would have to cost more.
As mid-range smartphones go, this is as good as it gets!
Features of the HTC Desire include:
- 5 megapixel camera with face detection, autofocus and flash
- Video recording
- Display: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability,
480 X 800 pixels (3.7 inches) with auto-rotate
- GPS receiver with digital compass, Google Maps, HTC Footprints and
- Music player (aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma formats)
- FM radio
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
- Ringtones: MP3 ringtones
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA (7.2 Mbps download, 2Mbps upload)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, mini-USB 2.0,
Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 576 MB RAM plus microSD memory card (up to 32GB)
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
- Size: 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm
- Weight: 135g
- Talktime: 390 - 400 minutes
- Battery standby: 340 - 360 hours
HTC Desire User Reviews
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Average rating from 149 reviews:
Reviewed by Graham from Canada on 26th Feb 2013
Had the phone just over a year - last week it stopped charging and there
seems to be a problem with the power input jack not connecting. I did
not buy an extended warranty and now after only fourteen months of use
I have to replace it. I am not a happy camper!
Reviewed by Adrian from UK on 3rd Nov 2012
Had the HTC Desire for nearly two years and think that it is a great
phone except fot the fact that it has now run out of phone memory. I
have moved as many apps as possible to the SD card, which still has
plenty of room, but some apps cannot be moved. I have spoken to other
users and they are also frustrated by this 'problem'. Not withstanding
this I still enjoy using it.
Reply by Rich from England on 23rd
I am experiencing the same problem with the memory. I don't know where
it's all gone, it was fine for 18 months now it's very limited. I suspect
every time the various apps update they use more and more memory, a
factory reset might cure it. A great phone in its day but it's now obsolete.
I fancy a change from android and have ordered a Nokia lumia 820.
Reply by Anoniemouse from UK on 12th
I had this phone for almost 2 years before upgrading. It is a very good
phone but to really get the most from it you need to root it, you can
then get round the memory problem as most custom roms enable part of
the sd card to be used as internal memory
Reviewed by Jack from England on 30th Sep 2012
Good for about three months, it then started crashing every time I turned
it on, this then exacerbated and now it is totally unusable. I have
sent it off to htc today for fixing, so am hoping it lasts a bit longer.
Reviewed by McTavish from Scotland on 5th Sep
I've had this handset since May 2010. I've found it to be reliable and
hard-working. Surprisingly durable with Android's pleasing software,
this makes for an excellent mobile phone. I've put this phone through
consistently heavy use but without incident. I've avoided downloading
'junk' applications, as they're inclined to clog the internal memory
and they're buggy too!
I'm enjoying this phone and with daily use for calls, bluetooth and
wifi, I also find the battery life to be quite acceptable (2 days duration
with normal usage). I've confidence in this handset. Having had numerous
handsets over the years, I can honestly say that this is the very first
time that I've not become bored/irritated by the lack of features on
my handset. This is a simply excellent and reliable phone.
Reviewed by jess from uk on 28th Aug 2012
Love my htc desire, had it for over 3 years and its still fast and great
Reviewed by layla from australia on 11th Aug 2012
it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Dinesh from Sri Lanka on 10th Jul
A fabulous phone, I had three iPhone 4's one iPhone4S and Samsung Wave,
Galaxy S2.....but now back to the HTC Desire. All those who are complaining
about freezing and stuff, install a custom ROM on the phone. Which will
make the phone very stable, very fast, HD Video Recording, 2Way call
recording, unlimited internal memory, super battery life (I used from
8PM to 8AM few calls text messages still the battery at 89% and the
phone is over 1 year old.) The phone can be unlocked for free too. Buy
the S-LCD one, the screen's colour saturations are much better than
The best screen size for a phone is 3.7 or the maximum 4, so New phones
Best Custom ROM - Supernova_188.8.131.52 (Supports 2way call recording, although
you can have ICS 4 custom ROM too), put a class 10 microSD card and
you will be jumping with joy!
Reviewed by jordan from uk on 7th Jul 2012
The HTC desire is a fab phone but the iPhone ios 6 will beat android
Reviewed by didi from uk on 17th Jun 2012
it's a great phone.i don't it for myself but i use my husband's phone
and it's definitely the best phone i have ever seen.good quality camera,easy
to text and use internet.love it.
Reviewed by C from UK on 18th May 2012
THis is the worst phone ever - it crashes constantly. Its so slow you
can't even answer the phone sometimes. About a year ago all my text
messages deleted themselves without any reason. I will never buy an
HTC/Google andriod phone again. It's not worth the hassle. Just waiting
for my contract to finish now!
Reviewed by Matt from Spain on 9th May 2012
Absolutely the worst phone I've ever had, if you could give 0 stars
on here I would. This phone has been the bane of my life for almost
a year and a half, thank god my contract is up for renewal this month
so I can change it.
Right from the first month it would randomly restart itself every now
and again and freeze up. After 8 months or so it started resetting 4-5
times a day, heating up so much it burnt my fingers, was incredibly
laggy etc and the battery didn't even last half a day (and I am NOT
a heavy user).
Sent to HTC and they replaced the processor and everything inside except
the screen, so was given a practically new phone. Around a month ago
it started doing the same and today it has died completely. Thought
mine was an isolated case but trawled the forums and found literally
hundreds of disgruntled Desire owners like me...sorry but I will NEVER
buy an HTC ever again.
Reviewed by danny from uk on 3rd Apr 2012
I have had my desire for just under 2 years now, and I think its a stunning
phone. I have not had any issue with it freezing or it turning its self
on or off. That said it only gets switched off when I am in a meeting
or on a plane. I hope the HTC one x will be as good. I'm getting the
one x on Thursday.
Reviewed by vaisakh vb from india on 28th Mar
Its the best superfast fone than iphone. To beat htc desire it will
be very impossible for iphone 4s..
Reviewed by Iain Robertson from Scotland on 27th
I have had my HTC Desire for nearly 2 years. Yes like the other reviewer
it does like to switch on in the morning. However the main problem is
it keeps trying to switch on or freezes. The HTC logo comes on and off
and the only way to stop it is to take the battery outand leave it for
a few minutes. However there is no guarantee that this will help as
at times it takes a while for it to start working again. This is happening
more and more. Its a pain as you just dont know when it will have one
of its turns.Having said that I do like the phone when it works.
Reviewed by David from UK on 26th Mar 2012
I was given this phone by a friend at a little under 2ys old (i.e. in
warranty). It had the HTC rebooting problem - it just kept doing it
or, to add interest, freezing. Having read how bad HTC service was I
wasn't expecting much when I called them. To my surprise, they said
"we'll send a courier, is tomorrow afternoon OK?"
Courier came, it was couriered back six days later with lots of new
bits and now works perfectly. I primarily use speech, SMS, internet
I had an iPhone 3G before; obviously the Desire is much faster. I prefer
iOS to Android, but that's just me and shouldn't detract from a very
Reviewed by Alex Dickie from Scotland on 17th
Have had my Desire for almost two years now. Only problems I've had
have been with internal memory being somewhat low, and that original
battery life is poor. The latter, however, was cured by a battery upgrade
from an alternative supplier, which came with an enlarged rear cover
that fitted the phone perfectly! Also, love the 'Android' capability
and the fact that I can download songs without paying (unlike i-tunes).
Would heartily recommend this phone to anyone!!!
Reviewed by SleeplessinUK from UK on 11th Mar
Mine & my husband's HTC Desire phones love to turn themselves on in
the early hours of the morning (no pun intended). This wakes us up &
freaks us out. We can't find any explanation for this anywhere online.
It's not cool! I'm not impressed.
Reviewed by James William smith from america on
10th Mar 2012
I've been on it for years and I will say its the perfect phone, also
this sensational phone is much better than the blackberry and apple
iPhone according to its amazing fast web browse,and excellent irresistible
app's. also this phone has flash player which makes it more unique.
If u do have any problems or needs you can always contact ur shop and
tell them your problem.
Reply by Alain from Mauritius on 21st
Blackberry is meant to be a BUSINESS mobile phone...Hope you got hat
I mean...Now if need me t spell it out for you let me know...
Reply by Ste from UK on 18th Jan 2013
"Blackberry is meant to be a BUSINESS mobile phone..." Of course, that's
why thousands of teenagers use them. And they are available in purple
(the phones, not teenagers) And the last person I would want to "Spell
something out" for me would be someone who couldn't spell. Lovely irony.
Now, if you need me to......... Oh, never mind
Reviewed by htc lover from Uk on 9th Mar 2012
GREAT GREAT PHONE!!!! Have had to replace battery, but probaly because
i've had it for 2 years!! other than that no problems! the respnsive
touch screen is fab!! buy! buy! buy!
Reviewed by phil from UK on 7th Mar 2012
A great phone in it's day but the lack of internal memory lets it down
now, I've never had a problem with mine and will now use the desire
as a holiday phone and buy another (probably HTC mobile) for use here
in the UK. I've had iPhones (3G and 4 and loved them apart from iTunes
and battery life so never again for me) use a Blackberry Bold 9900 for
work (another really good if limited phone but great for work, e-mail
etc)but feel that Android and the newer hardware are the way forward
as long as they don't kill the batteries by adding stupidly fast multi
core cpus without adding a large enough battery to make them last at
least 2 full days on a charge (more is better).
Reviewed by Steve Burrell from Uk on 6th Mar 2012
I think the phone is the best I've ever had leaps n bounds over the
n8 Nokia n n97 I've had .I had one on a two yr contract n had no problems
whatsoever so now I have bought a htc hd payg to replace it sellin g
the old phone for a good price the only negative is if u leave the gps
on it zaps your credit so b aware other than that I love it .4.5 rating
Reviewed by kay from uk on 24th Feb 2012
Wonderful phone had it for 19 months. The only issue i have is my gallary
is playing up and it takes about 15mins to try and look at my photos
and then gives me the message force close this only started about 2
months ago. Any one have any ideas?
Reviewed by jacques from RSA on 15th Feb 2012
google htc desire crash -
Reviewed by Johnsie from UK on 8th Feb 2012
I've had my HTC Desire since they came out nearly two years ago. It
has been very useful over that time and quite reliable. I've dropped
it umpteen times and it has been soaked in the rain a few times too.
It still works well and runs all the same apps as the newer Android
phones. The volume is good, the phone is fast and the screen is very
Reviewed by john smith from england on 7th Feb
USELESS you need perfect vision to read the tiny font size in sms messages.
three of my friends & myself have got rid of our htc phones & gone back
to iphone's & blackberry's just so we can read our messages so stay
away from htc unless you have perfect vision
Reply by Johnsie from UK on 8th Feb
Not true. The fonts are easily readable and can also be changed to meet
the needs of any special needs users.
Reply by JessieK from UK on 10th Feb
Not sure if you're aware but the font size on texts can be changed the
same way you zoom in/out on any other app.
Reply by Dave from UK on 28th Jul
The standard SMS app on the Desire uses font that is 1.5 to 2mm high,
the same as almost any consumer magazine, hardback book or paperback.
Millions of people without perfect vision live their lives everyday
with an amazing invention called "glasses". And the font size cannot
be changed in the standard SMS app that is pre loaded on the Desire
and it also can't be zoomed into. You can, however, download free SMS
apps off the Market/Play store where you can change virtually all parameters
of the SMS app, including font size.
Reviewed by steve from uk on 5th Feb 2012
Poor battery life, over heating problems,poor signal problems and screen
Had my phone now for six months and although when i eventually got used
to it it wasn't a bad phone and had some decent features (im no expert
on phones i use them to txt and call mostly)after a short time it became
apparent it wasn't going to be a good one. i had to charge the phone
at the very least once a day but if im using it for browsing the internet
i have to charge it twice and sometimes three times. also after 4 months
it started to over heat orange kindly swapped it but the second one
over heated too. the third one as soon as i received it i had problems
with the screen not responding wrong letters being typed during txt.also
the signal is constantly going on and off. this could be a problem with
my area i guess but nobody else seems to have the same problem around
me. im currently waiting for my fourth phone from orange so will see
what luck i have with that.
Reply by noah from usa on 15th Mar
I have the same problem with my phone it overheats in my pocket and
battery life is down to 20% in about 2 hours and signal I used to get
signal in a lot of places with my first desire but now I hardly get
it anywhere and when I do its only about 1-2 bars I can't waitto get
rid of this phone and get something better
Reply by steven from uk on 18th Jul
I'm in negotiations again with Orange to receive a new handset, I'm
on my third HTC desire for three different issues within 2 months, my
first handset I had just about 12months without any faults and worked
perfectly but then it developed the rebooting issue, when trying to
reboot the handset it wouldn't accept the commands to reboot the phone.
My second handset developed a fault in reading and accepting my SD memory
card, after visiting the Orange store in Ashton-under-lyne carphone
warehouse and the Asda mobile outlet to try and figure out how to fix
the problem, I followed the instructions by all the stores which was
to reset the handset and reformat the SD, on doing this nothing worked
and the handset still flagged up with the message insert memory card,
I placed the card in an old handset to query my thought that it was
the handset and not the SD card and the SD card worked fine in my old
handset. Now the latest issue, with the third handset, I used the sat
nav app which is already installed on the phone and after switching
off the sat nav the head phone icon came on without the headphones being
plugged in! This mean's I can not make calls or accept calls without
the headset being plugged in, now this the third handset developed this
fault within less than a week of receiving it from Orange! I'm currently
in negotiating again with Orange to change the handset for another model
phone but Orange are telling me I have to accept a forth HTC desire
handset which I do not want just due to the fact I have lost all faith
and confidence in all HTC phones, a lot of the Android forums are full
of articles of other users having the same issues and others, if your
considering a HTC for me forget it get something else!
Reviewed by Peter from United Kingdom on 29th
Outstanding phone. Even better when you install custom software and
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 18th Jan 2012
Horrible phone, its most annoying habit, of which it has many, is to
tell you that there is a signal and as soon as you press send text there
is no signal! Back to the iphone for me as soon as this contract is
Reviewed by Jennifer from UK on 13th Jan 2012
HTC Desire 2009 model. Positive: Love my phone. Loads of options and
great for internet, music, radio. Great screen size phone and still
finding other options now. Negative: Red eye on photos. Battery life
poor. It is a challenge to work out. Always had problems with downloading
HTC desire updates. Sometime struggle to send messages. Pictures are
above average but not good for taking moving images or night photos
Reviewed by kenny from uk on 3rd Jan 2012
It's a great phone in every way, EXCEPT, and this is a big exception,
the size of the internal memory. It was a colossal error on HTC's part,
to equip such a good phone which such a pitiful amount of internal memory,
which has pretty much deleted the "smart" from my smartphone.
Reviewed by james from england on 2nd Jan 2012
Love my desire it does everything I need it to though the battery life
is pretty naf , advanced app killer is really helpful it gives me an
extra couple of hours a day . I'm die an upgrade but can't yet find
anything that I think will replace of ...
Reviewed by Luigi from Philippines on 28th Dec
I got the HTC Desire for Christmas this year (2011). I can say that
it is a FANTASTIC phone. I got it for 16K Pesos. But it was worth it
. I didn't regret it. Now we will get to the Cons Of the phone. I think
you all experience this all the time. BATTERY LIFE. It only lasts for
1 day. I need to charge it every day. Please HTC . Can you give us a
solution here? Can you make YOUR phones last up to 3-4 days . I guess.
Pros!! Everything!! (except battery life) :( HTC we need a solution!!
:) thank you!
Reviewed by Wayne from England on 25th Dec 2011
The original Desire is not to be desired at all. I'd had the phone for
four months when the locking bar wouldn't scroll down to answer a call.
I would then have to ring back. The screen kept locking and I would
have to turn the phone on and off repeatedly until it unlocked itself.
The worst fault was the charger which would turn itself off and then
discharge the phone overnight leaving me with no phone in the morning.
I sent it back and they told me it had water contamination even though
I couldn't remember any incident that caused it. I said "explain water
contamination" and they replied " going from a air conditioned area
to a warm area or using the phone whilst drinking a cup of coffee" I
said "Normal use then". The reply from HTC dirct was "If you don't like
it , go and see a solicitor or phone Watchdog" Terrific customer service
Reply by kelly from england on 16th
i am having the exact same problem and all htc are doing is constantly
repeating themselves over and over again. saying the phone has water
damage when its never been in or around water. they keep sending me
photos of the inside of the phone which is brilliant just how on earth
am i ment to know weither its my phone and what water damage looks like
on the inside of the phone! htc are rubbish and i would advise EVERYONE
to NEVER buy a htc. if you do u will have nothing but problems!!
Reviewed by Roger from UK on 23rd Dec 2011
like so so many other people my phone constantly freezes and htc just
tell me to take the battery out or do a factory reset - I factory reset
all the time take the battery out all the time it never solves the problem
- desire is a strong emotion - all I feel for this phone and this company
is hate - lots of it.
Reviewed by Arnie from UK on 23rd Dec 2011
Great phone at the start but now it reboots if u ask it to do anything,
get about 5 mins surfing the net reboot, 2 mins gps reboot, 10min phone
call reboot. A total piece of junk I will never buy a HTC phone again,
it's going in for repair but how long will this buy me another 6 months
till the reboots rise their ugly head again?
Reply by Bee from United Kingdom on
29th Jan 2012
Hi , Your phone has a hardware problem, take it back to your phone company.
Mine went back to the phone company twice since the 21/12/2011, they
couldn't repair it because of the hardware problem , now they have given
me a replacement phone. The phone Rebooting is a hardware problem.
Reviewed by amber from united states on 18th Dec
Okay so I have gone through a bunch of this HTC desire phone. I've had
rebooting problems. I have had force close problems and problems with
the SD card registering that its in the phone. I am tired of the problems
also when do we have a software update that will fix all the bugs with
Reviewed by Ana from Jeddah, KSA on 16th Dec 2011
Just like what other is complaining of! After a year of owning this
mobile, I had a rebooting problem everytime I'm using it's wifi or 3g
and I noticed that it overheats! I was so disappointed because it was
really good except for the memory apps issue.. Will not recommend this..
Reviewed by alanah from Australia on 16th Dec
my HTC desire is rubbish it keeps craching whenever i try to charge
it and iv only had it for 7 months! it is a good phone in general though
as you can download and play cool games on it and the tounch screen
is really good! i would giv this phone **(2) stars because it practical
but not perfect!
Reviewed by ped from uk on 9th Dec 2011
had my desire for about a year & apart from some initial issues with
the software, which was ironed out by an upgrade to the latest version,
have never had a problem with this phone. build quality is good & the
phone is pretty robust as i've dropped it on more than a few occassions
& unlike my old iphone (& even more the iphone 4 & 4s) has remained
unscathed with no cracked or shattered screen. battery life has been
good with the phone often going 2 days between charges & that's with
apps running or wi fi scanning. my contract has expired some time back
but as i think that this phone is still just as capable as some of the
newer phones, i haven't bothered to upgrade as this phone still does
it for me. if you want a cheap reliable mobile then check out HTC's
range i know i will & that's probably not a bad endorsement of a product..
Reviewed by Cleave from UK on 6th Dec 2011
I have had this phone for 18 months now, i rooted & unlocked it after
owning it for only 1 month. I have over 130 apps installed & i still
have 100mb of internal memory left. This is still an excellent phone
& i would still recomend this phone even now.
Reviewed by Lisa from England on 4th Dec 2011
I have had my Desire for 7 months. After only one or two months and
installing only 4/5 apps, my internal memory said it was full. It appears
that the Desire does not save apps or much else to the sd card without
going through a procedure of "rooting" the phone - which apparently
invalidates the warranty if anything goes wrong with it. But even having
"rooted" the phone and followed all the suggestions on the android forums,
the internal memory still fills up straight away. Had I known about
the internal memory issue before starting my contract I would have chosen
a different phone. Needless to say I would not recommend this phone
Reply by Waqas from UK on 17th Feb
Have you thought about buying a memory card? When I got my phone it
came with a 4GB memory card but I negotiated and got another 8GB card
Reviewed by Darryl S Taylor from UK on 30th Nov
I'd like the wifi and 3g to be on at the same time as I have the Vodafone
sure signal box. Also the memory is a little low so you restricted on
what apps you can have. Otherwise a brilliant fone. Will get the HTC
Sensation XL when I can upgrade. Thanks HTC.
Reviewed by shazaaa from narnia on 24th Nov 2011
THIS PHONE IS SOO CRAPPY!! i hate it!! cant do anything on it cuz whenever
i do it overheats!! and restarts and you have to take the battery out!!
I ADVISE YOU TO NOT GET THIS PHONE!! I WANT TO THROW AT A WALL IT ANNOYS
ME SO MUCH
Reviewed by Milo O'Neill from UK on 22nd Nov 2011
My desire is now 18 months old and it's upgrade time, and to be honest
I'm looking at all the new phones out and I'm not really seeing anything
that excited me the way this did back in mid 2010. The screen on the
Desire is fantastic, bright, detailed and with eye popping colour. The
operating system (sense) is brilliant and I just love the functionallity
of Android. My only gripe is that I've ugraded to Gingerbread (against
the advice of HTC) and now find the the internal memory is insuficiant
for all of my apps so have had to uninstall a few (though they are still
on my Android Market acct should I need them later, you don't loose
them or have to buy them again. The sat nav works well, the audio player
is good, videos and games are great and the social functions (FriendStream,
Footprints and Lattitudes) all work seamlessly. The news feed and weather
functions update in the background and are always spot on. So, only
problem is which phone next, Samsung Galaxy S2 is getting rave reviews
but feels plain cheap in the hand, new galaxy nexus sounds good but
will probably feel the same, motorola Razr looks great but I fear wont
be as slick as a HTC sense product...... looks like Sensation XE then
Reviewed by Martin Steedman from uk on 21st Nov
Had it for a year now, slight problem after 1 month, sorted out, and
never failed since. would recommend it to any one.
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 18th Nov 2011
Do not buy this phone, mine is broken for the 4th time despite never
damaging it in any way so far I've had, screen problems, heating up,
camera off, audio off, audio jack off, random turn off ons, freezing,
signal problems, short battery life, this is by far the worst phone
I've ever had even beating the early LG I had. Don't buy it
Reviewed by Claire from England on 18th Nov 2011
Having owned this phone for 19 months, I am counting down the days untill
I can get rid! Was once a fantastic phone, after around 12 months of
use it over heats and reboots 5 or 6 times a day, mainly while browsing
the internet. I have googled the problem and found this to be a wide
spread problem on many HTC phones. It was even reported on Watchdog
and HTC do very little to help. Don't waste your money. Amassive shame
as without the rebooting problem I would give this phone a 5 star rating.
Reviewed by Lizette from South Africa on 14th
I have endless problems with my phone, signel problems, messages, mms,
screen problems, ringtone problems. HTC - Never again !
Reviewed by andy from buckley on 25th May 2010
definately THE best phone i have EVER had!!in one word "brilliant"!!!
Reviewed by Robert from London on 25th May 2010
The Desire is one heck of a phone, and I've been using them since the
early days. Batter life is similar to iPhone or similar phone. This
definitely isn't a phone for kids, and if you listen to a lot of music
maybe you should invest in a MP3 player and keep your Desire for what
it does best. I use it constantly now and can't imagine life in a less
connected world than the one that my Desire gives. Oh, one last thing
- apps. People who say that Apple have more apps need to grow up. 99%
of them are useless. Android has all the apps any adult could want.
Reviewed by chris from britaoin on 25th May 2010
people compaining about battery life need to learn how to treat their
batteries properly. I've been u sing the fone for 6 wks allowing it
to fully discharge and then recharge fully and I get 2-3 days out of
it now, pretty gd for a smartphone methinks.,
Reviewed by suzy from uk on 26th May 2010
Excellent phone with many features,great screen, other than in bright
sunshine, still getting to grips with the touchschreen for texting as
it is my 1st touchscreen, but think I will get there, but does anyone
know why I dont have the speech to text facility, or how I get it? Im
Reviewed by Tracy from England on 25th May 2010
This is simply the best phone ever,ive had plenty of phones but nothing
compares to this.They have thought of everything,enough to keep me amused
for ages,i hope,lol.
Reviewed by Shaun from Uk on 25th May 2010
Great phone, but why is the audio out of sync, happens on videos on
sd card, sky news app, htc need to sort this or I'm going back to my
iPhone.... I have 3 friends and we have all noticed this issue...
Reviewed by GuapoEnt from UK Baby on 25th May
I had the desire for 7 days (previously an iphone user) this phone on
one hand is amazing, no real complaints about anything apart from the
Marketplace that is really letting the Desire community down. Despite
warnings from blogs, review site etc the battery was amazing lasts longs
and give a detailed breakdown on what is consuming power on the device.
The music player is terrible and the supplied headphones are laughable,
this coinsides with the call quality that was also terrible not being
able to hear what the other person is saying during a conversation on
a brand new phone is poor! HTC have designed an excellent phone but
it seems that they placed more emphasis on the Social networking ability
of the phone rather than the basics.
Reviewed by sally from England on 24th May 2010
I'm really very pleased with this phone. Had it three weeks now. Even
I can work it. Can't get it to make a cup of tea though.
Reviewed by Polygon from UK on 23rd May 2010
POSITIVES: User interface is very nice looking, smooth and responsive.
The Screen has fantastic resolution, colours, contrast and image quality.
Multitasking doesn't slow the phone down, and there are great free and
pay-for apps on the Market. MP3 sound quality is excellent and no stutters.
No problems with dropping calls, and voice quality is excellent. Internet
surfing on that touchscreen is a dream. Great to have Flash enabled,
and Flash video quality is average on the mobile network, but great
on WiFi. Taking photos by pressing on the part of the screen you want
to focus on is cool. I put widgets on my home screen to easily control
wifi, mobile internet and GPS which improved the battery life tremendously.
I like how it can group text messages into conversations, quickly import
my Google contacts and link them up with their Facebook pictures and
contact details. NEGATIVES: The following are just small niggles really
and don't warrant reducing the phone from 5 stars. The Reflective screen
makes it quite hard to see in sunshine, even at max brightness. Bootup
jingle volume is very loud - doesn't relate to current ringer volume
unless on silent / vibration only. FM Radio freezes up sometimes (the
rest of the phone is still useable) and keeps the cpu at 100% load -
I have to re-boot the phone to get rid of it. I got a replacement phone
but it still does the same thing. Hopefully it's just a software issue
that can be updated. Cannot set the volume of each alarm independently.
CONCLUSION: Fantastic phone, and I'm now a touch-screen convert.
Reviewed by danny p from England on 22nd May 2010
Had phone 6 weeks on T mobile now...I get disconnected on 99% of my
calls. It fails to send texts and the 3g is just awful, I cannot use
this phone any more..its a real shame because when the internet works
it is slick and fast and google maps is cool . But as a business user
it cannot be used as a phone without dropping calls, I am going to try
and get this sorted.
Reply by Tone from UK on 4th July
That is a problem with T-Mobile, not the phone itself. I know this as
everyone with T-mobile complains about this regardless of phone. So
for anyone reading don't take this into too much consideration, unless
of course you are thinking of joining T-mobile!
Reviewed by E Ferreira from UK on 21st May 2010
The phone is really good, it's a pity about the battery life. Who's
to blame, maybe android?! Froyo will sort it out hopefully... already
Reviewed by David h from England on 21st May 2010
Having previously owned a HTC hero which is a excellent phone so when
I heard about this I had to have it paid 400 quid for it on giffgaff
pay go I get unlimited data text and calls so ideal for this phone as
it likes to use a lot of data, the desire is quick will give laptops
a run for there money on net access, social network side of the phone
is brilliant, call quality is brilliant, the only downside is battery
life but what you have to remember its a 1ghz processor and 3.7 inch
display and loads of live apps, anybody who is considering getting one
I would pay get one as its going to take some phone to top this bad
Reviewed by Lady Gadgets from UK on 20th May 2010
After 2 none working Nokia X6, I reviewed the HTC Desire and found I
really really desired the phone. Yes, got it on £20 contract and pleased
to say I'm in love with it. Best phones I have every had. Only tiny
cripe about battery life but otherwise can't fault it. Using 3 network
and whereas others I know with iPhone on different network can't get
signals in certain buildings, well guess what...I can. lol. Happy Happy
Joy Joy. Best choice I ever made..... :-) For those with battery problems.
I found a little gadget on Android Market called Advanced Task Killer
which can close all opened applications you may not know are still left
opened. Brilliant software and releases memory space. Also why not use
wi-fi when at home instead of your network when browsing the net. Much
cheaper option and reduces unlimited fair data usuage policy limits
also. Once again Thanks HTC.... please more updates :-)
Reviewed by Greg Hallam from England on 20th May
Just about the best mobile I have ever had. Superb! A fantastic fusion
of HTC cutting edge technology and Google know-how.
Reviewed by Cavus from UK on 20th May 2010
Brilliant phone, this phone kills the iphone. i wasn't a fan for touch
screen phones but that has all changed now thanks to the HTC Desire.
The only small problems (and they are small) is the battery drains quickly
about 2-3 days on basic standby use and it is a geeky phone it's a little
bit different to get use to but you soon get use to it. All in all this
is a brilliant smart phone defiantly better than the iphone.
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 20th May 2010
What can I say, I was going to upgrade last year to the Hero, but heard
the rumours of the HTC Bravo now Desire. I read the specs and decided
to hold on. Glad I did, the battery life is bad, but that's using it
with all the bells and whistles turned on, with some of the options
turned off (wifi being the main culprit) when not in use, its not so
bad at all. The apps are great and a good majority are free. The phone
feels nice responds beautifully. I hope they can fix the video record
rate, for a 1ghz phone that's not very good at all. Other than the the
phone is superb, so glad I waited.
Reviewed by some.... body from UK on 20th May
Brilliant phone but the battery gets drained too quickly. the apps are
wonderful and increasing in number too. apple... look out!!
Reviewed by Sha from UK on 19th May 2010
Had the HTC Desire for a week now and in most ways it is much better
than the iphone i upgraded from except battery life which has so far
been very poor, sometimes only 5-6 hours of standby time. Maybe its
faulty! Contacted O2 and they think it is possibly my old sim card which
doesnt support 3G??? Anyway i will try changing to a new sim and see
if this makes a difference. One other thing, the apps are not as numerous
or of the quality of the iphone(not even a decent app for ski resort
piste maps) but im confident this will change as HTC/android becomes
the market leader.
Reviewed by will from uk on 18th May 2010
top phone works very well i get about 2 days from battery. nice claer
screen much better than the iphone who need to catch up now
Reviewed by emma from newport, south wales on
18th May 2010
had desire for a week now and still love the phone exept for few problems
im having, calls keep cutting off. now don't know if this is because
im touching end call tab on the screen by accident or if its a fault,
also the battery is driving me nuts, i have everything switched off
and dont use it that much to conserve power but still not lasting me
a full day, the battery will go from amber to red in like ten minutes
without even using it, my iphone 3gs lasted me at least a day and a
half with really heavy usage, also the texting is driving me nuts, as
its american handset some of the most common words it dont know so u
have to add to dictionary then have to start typing the word again in
order for it to insert in message, then the most annoying thing is they
have put a settings key on the on screen keyborad right next to the
comma and i while typing messgae i keep touching that key which then
goes into typing text message settings and i have to go back out and
press in composer box to start texting, now i have tiny fingers and
hands but yet i keep doing this, driving me nuts. is anyone else getting
these problems, last one is it keeps failing to send txts saying unable
to send once multiple fails, what the hell do that mean, i send the
txt again and the person i sent to says they received it twice. apart
from these problems, im loving it.
Reviewed by Poulj55 from England on 18th May 2010
What a mindblowing phone.Fantastic!Because there is so much on the phone
it does take a little bit of time to get across everthing,but once you
have done this ENJOY! However there is a major downfall.It has the worst
battery life I have ever come across.Need to charge every day.HTC please
do something about the battery life. If this does not worry you to much
enjoy this fantastic phone.
Reviewed by Scott from UK on 18th May 2010
Really love this phone although not quite as perfect as the review says.
Battery life can be bad but as others have said, using apps such as
taskiller which kills the power sapping apps on a timer or when the
screen is turned off and using the power control widget can vastly improve
power consumption. Non configurable proxy setting can also cause some
a headache. Also its odd that HTC seem to have locked this phone down
and made it hard to get root access and even when done does not provide
the same access other phones have (Although there are some people trying
to find a work round for this) People having problems with audio volume
should try looking for advance audio manager app as this helps. Voice
to text does not come as standard but a quick look on the internet will
show you how to install (I think if you search for "voice search" it
should come up but need 2 apps for full function). With Google maps
built in there is an option for turning the phone into a cheap satnav
with the, app nav launcher available on the app market. Other than the
a few limitations the phone is a joy to use with its clear display,
fast processor and acceptable camera.
Reviewed by Louise from UK on 17th May 2010
Update on the text messages. The phone actually does tell you what time
the sender sent you the message. It just doesn't tell you the time you
received it like my old sony phone did. I discovered this today when
one of my incoming texts arrived late. Nothing to do with the phone,
just terrible signal in the part of the shop I work in with low ceiling.
I love the way the text messages are stored in one box and in multiple
threads from different senders. Makes looking back at conversations
simple and fun. I have to charge the phone every day but what do you
expect with such a huge screen and all the tech packed beneath it -no
big deal. Buy a second battery if this is a problem. All in all, I love
this phone and it's my first ever touch screen. Very easy to use and
customise to your own tastes, the touch screen works like a dream. Definitely
worth buying the capacitive touch screen rather than the resistive kind!
Reviewed by andrew from england on 17th May 2010
I have had my t mobile desire just over a week, should be so good I
can't complain, but got loads of problems with mine, biggest one being
picture messaging and constant signal loss, messages either fail or.
Say sent but one one ever recieves them , must of sent 50 and only 2
of them got through, had settings checked, done hard reset , had settings
sent out, only person who gets a pic message from me, is me , when I
send them to my self , and what use is that , HTC don't know what's
wrong and t mobile blamed everyone else's phone , all 15 of them lol
, seems to be problem all over t mobile forum and Google , also when
play music through Bluetooth jumps like cd, really annoying, speaker
sounds like its blowing when playing songs with base , all in all doing
my head in as put together so well but put out with these issues, just
wonder if just bad batch, or phone, t mobile settings for phone , or
HTC hardware or soft ware issues,
Reviewed by Richard from London on 17th May 2010
My first non-Symbian phone for a long time, and I can't believe how
utterly incredible Android is. But the phone itself is absolutely stunning.
It's astonishingly quick, beautiful to use, and supports every little
idiosyncracy or quirk you might like to throw at it. The way every application
fits together is wonderful - this is true multitasking. As you move
from one app to the next you barely realise you're doing it, and you
can have dozens open before experiencing any drop in performance. Google
integration is superb for someone like me who uses Gmail, calendar,
tasks etc, and Twitter works like a dream right throughout the phone
too. Battery life is absolutely fine - gets me through a day with very
heavy usage. You really, honestly can't go wrong with this.
Reviewed by Rich Cornfield from UK on 16th May
I've got to agree this is an amazing phone. I swapped from BB Bold to
it. The only thing I miss the keyboard. I thought I'd end up with an
iPhone but this turned my head. It is far cheaper than an iPhone and
yet it does everything that does and more. The Android OS is excellent
and easy to use. This really is a phone to consider and I'm sure you'll
be delighted with your choice if you get one.
Reviewed by Tony The Hat from England on 16th
This is the first review I have made, but 2 days of ownership compel
me to review. I got the Desire after 6 (and I promise you I most certainly
ain't joking) N97 handsets and an N95 prior to that. The first think
of note is that, although I have been used to Symbian Handsets the last
2 1/2 years, the HTC interface is a joy to use and easy to slip into
the habits of long term use. The screen is divine, and the touch screen
is so responsive I forget that thumping my finger on the screen and
screaming at the phone is a Nokia habit I got so used to. Between the
7 home screens is a joy of a gentle caress and a smooth journey. There
are also other quirks that take some getting used to, for example, in
the 2 days I have had the handset, I have not yet had to remove the
battery to reboot the phone, or enjoyed the optical purity of the Nokia
'White screen of death', experiences which have become a common occurrence.
The phone is large, but feels snug in my hand, and a rather tactile
feel to the rubbery-ish case makes it a joy to hold. I could go on and
on about my happy and positive thoughts about the Desire but I am cautious
that the 10 months of N97 hell are making this phone seems like Ambrosia
to me. I will just say I would rate this as one of the best phones I
have had in my varied ownership history, and would recommend it to anyone.
My wife would agree as she has an X6 and is a sick as a parrot seeing
my phone. Enjoy!
Reviewed by Steve from england on 16th May 2010
After reading some of the reviews I was humming and harring weather
to get it or not beacuse what has been written about the battery life
but its not really that big of an issue. Only had it a few days now
but the first day I hammered it, on the net all day downloading and
playing on apps and it lasted the day ok. As long as you get the app
killer, turn off wifi, bluetooth, mobile internet when not in use and
turn down the screen brightness a little (even at half brightness I
find it more than enough) the battery will be fine. But you can a charger
that you can plug into the car or socket outlet for £12 so you'll never
get caught short. As for the phone I love it, its amazing. I know a
few people with the Iphone and this beats it hands down in my opinion
and a fraction of the cost £25 a month and free phone cant go wrong.
Reviewed by D from UK on 16th May 2010
Had the phone for a month and still cant stop playing with it. A true
Reviewed by lee from uk on 15th May 2010
Had an iphone 3gs previous to this these are both very good phones indeed
possibly the best 2 on the market at this time. The HTC beats iphone
hands down on the display, user customisation ie setting your music
as ringtones etc, camera. Apps possibly apple shades the number of apps
but android market is growing and most of the apps are free, everything
with apple seems to cost money, battery is similar to iphone but Desire
just shades it, all in all this is the perfect phone and would just
shade the iphone for me
Reviewed by caitlyn from england on 15th May 2010
I have to say this is the best phone I have ever had. It does everything
I could ask for, internet is super fast, the screen beautiful, a large
amount of apps to choose from and the touch screen nice and reactive.
The only thing, which has been mentioned time and time again, is the
battery life, getting a full day out of it can be a challenge! However
everything it does is so stunningly beautiful that I honestly don't
mind it one bit. A simply fantastic phone!
Reviewed by Louise from UK on 14th May 2010
Great phone, my only niggle is that received text message details only
state the time the message was delivered and not the time they were
actually sent. I wonder if there is any way to fix this??
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 14th May 2010
a nice phone. if you are considering using with work network and exchange
be warned 1. you cannot specify proxy setting, most commercial networks
needs this for access 2. will sync with exchange for mail, appointments
and contacts but for mail the basic widget will sync inbox. It will
show all your folders but you need to access folders one at a time and
update them rather than setting which folders to sync like WM Sync.
Other mail apps/widget are available but due to issue 1. I cannot access
the market. google need to get their finger out to sort this seriously
considering returning - less than desirable
Reviewed by Adam from UK on 14th May 2010
Great phone, shame the battery lasts about 8 hours max, had it for a
couple days now and its never off charge
Reviewed by lee from england (nw) on 14th May
Whats MID-RANGE about his phone = ITS 'THE' BEST, YET - EVER !!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Emmilia from UK on 13th May 2010
The Best Phone EVER! i had a Blackberry 8900 Before and Blackberrys
are NOTHING compared to this :)
Reviewed by emma from newport, south wales on
11th May 2010
well, i have had the iphone 3gs for last 7 mnths and for me that is
very good as i used to change my phone like every month, i thought i
was in love with the iphone till i met this little gem and realised
what a pain in the u know what apple iphone is, soooo many restrictions.
so this is my review. usability very good and easy, plenty of ways u
can customise ure phone, plenty of apps on android market to download
free, u can have any mp3 as ure ringing tone no faffing about cropping
it and exporting it etc, camera pretty decent, call quality good, screen
is so clear and bigger than iphone, i havent got round to transferring
my music yet as desire only comes with 4 gig and after having a 16 gig
phone nearly full have to get a 16 gig mem card first and then do it
all, all the same i have still had a fiddle with music player and still
good anyway, battery isnt as good as my iphone as got 1 and a half days
out of it and that was with heavy usage, i haven't even got a full day
out of desire yet, thats not enough to put me off though, also bluetooth
is brilliant and never realised how much i missed and needed it till
now, overall very very happy with htc and realised i was totally sucked
into apple world and hype and glad i got out there and tried another
phone. buy it its a brill phone.
Reviewed by Steve Tonge from UK on 11th May 2010
Had my Desire now for about 6 week, and I have to say It's truly is
the best phone on the market today. Lets get the cons out the way first.
Battery: Last a day if you surf the the net and play... couple of solutions
to fix this.. Go into wigets (+ button) and put the setting widget on
the front. You can now turn on & off when you want. Go back in to widgets>
settings>mobile network. This icon turns on & off 3G. You don't need
3G on all the time, only for roaming and surfing. For the first couple
of times drain the battery right down, then recharge. The battery does
get a lot better. My battery now last at least 2 days. The speaker:
Now where near as good as my old Nokia 6230!! But at the end of the
day its a phone, It' loud enough, just tinny + The headphones are brilliant.
The internal phone storage: PANTS!! They do say its 512mb and they would
be right, but after Android goes on and HTC throw on their brilliant
sense UI, It leaves you with about 140mb. But please dont let that put
you off. Google has now enabled Navigation in there already installed
google maps, so no need for a sat nav. Google earth is not really need.
I put it on then took it off (unnecessary storage hogger)Maps do it
all. I have downloaded nearly 30 apps so far and got loads free. I had
an email from HTC, they are looking into a way of putting apps on the
SD card, so watch this space!!. Those are the cons and very easily fixed.
The phone is faster then a cheater on speed!! no lag at all. It fits
perfectly in your hand, the screen is gorgeous, visually stunning. There
is not one thing you can get on the iPhone, that you can't get on the
Desire. Love the latitde in the maps that tracks your phone. and the
speech to text, that I eventually found, works a treat. The camera is
sublime, every picture is a keeper. The clarity is stunning and wipes
the floor with the Iphone camera. Oh! and there is a flash, OH and It
plays flash :) It does take a while to get used to but when you do!!!!
My mate with his Iphone 3gs keeps pestering me for mine. Just read on
the news Android has sold more phones then Iphone in the first quarter
of 2010 in the USA and Android Market put over 4000 apps up last month!
To the Ed- MID RANGE PHONE!! Can I have what your on :) Just because
it's cheaper then the Iphone. There's no mid about this phone.
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 10th May 2010
- Battery life poor. Have to recharge everyday; - Good build quality;
- Ringer volume too easy to turn down. I have missed 80% of incoming
calls to date; - Alarm useless, as phone runs the battery down overnight,
and alarm doesn't work when phone switched off; - Needs constant attention
and maintenance to keep apps & services in check. More work than a productivity
tool should be; - Poor sunlight ledgability. Near impossible to find
the menu to turn brightness up. Poor auto brightness funtionality; -
No front video camera; - Difficult to hold without touching the screen
and setting off functions inadvertently; - The "On" button sits proud
of the phone body, making it too easy to switch the phone on in your
pocket; - Google Maps useless when travelling abroad unless you are
happy to spend 200 quid on roaming charges. - As soon as you activate
mobile data, all the hungry apps try to grab bandwidth. Again, making
it very expensive when abroad. - The footprints app allows you to take
pics, but you cannot view them any larger than 1x1 inch afterwards.
- Poor video quality. - Other than that......a great phone!
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 9th May 2010
I normally purchase my phones purely based upon information on this
website and the reviews. So I thought it was time I also added a review.
This phone is brilliant the best phone I have ever had. Every phone
I have got in the past I have always been slightly disappointed because
I normally have to make a compromise yet this is the first phone that
does everything I need and more. There are far too many positives to
mention and most of these are summed up below. I only have 2 negatives
which are the battery life and certain apps crash the phone (all though
this is not the phones fault). The positives far outweigh the benefits
and since batteries are only around £14 and very small a spare one in
the wallet will do. When I got this phone I compared it to the iphone
in the shop and had a play with both, this phone beat it hands down.
Reviewed by Prash from UK on 8th May 2010
This is the first mobile phone review I have ever written and will probably
be the last. However, I am always reliant upon both expert and customer
reviews before I purchase any electrical goods(especially mobile phones).
I felt the need to add my review of the HTC Desire because I have been
completely blown away by this gadget! This phone has too many plus points
and 'maybe' one negative point. This negative point is that it might
have benefitted from a better battery. I say maybe because it is understandable
that a phone with such a huge screen running with fantastic clarity
and a huge collection of colours will consume more power than most phones
which are capable of much much less than this machine! I am sure the
battery from the Desire could power most handsets for days with no problems
whatsoever. So, for me, the battery is no major issue as it handles
most tasks for a day without the need for a recharge. As for the phone,
go out and get yourself one because I never imagined phones would get
to this!! Its abilities far outweigh the abilities of the iPhone 3GS.
The best phone I have ever seen to date!
Reviewed by Paul from Scotland on 8th May 2010
Yip Sam, as Andy mentioned get Advanced Task Killer from the Android
market for free! Also if you havn't already tried this, reduce the syncing
frequency of some of your apps! Im currently squeezing out a day of
pretty heavy usage (online poker, games, youtube vids etc). I hear there's
the possibility of a 3rd party extended life battery coming soon but
no idea how reliable and it comes with an new rear cover cause it makes
the phone chunkier! :S Also thought I'd mention I got the 16gb sandisk
micro sd card which works with the phone no problems too!
Reviewed by Sai from Uk on 7th May 2010
Its an excellect phone. I'd rate it far better than the Iphone. I've
used the Iphone for a long time and waited for a phone that could match
it or better it and with the Desire I was awed almost instantly after
using it for a couple of minutes. I used to feel that nothing could
beat the Iphone interface but now the Desire beats it by miles in many
aspects. Its got the best of all worlds in the smartphone market. Android
apps grow by the day and I feel all the major apps of Apple are already
there on Android or they'd be there soon! The only minor downside I've
felt so far in these 3 days of usage is that the phone could warm up
a little bit while charging but not an issue for concern..
Reviewed by Andy from England on 7th May 2010
Sam, I think its called App killer and is available from the Android
Reviewed by Sam from England on 6th May 2010
I've had my desire HTC phone for 2 days now and I think it is fantastic.
The only problem being is that the battery life is pants. Although I
got told in the Vodafone shop today that it's the apps that drain your
battery so much as they are constantly live. Apparently there is some
software on the internet that you can download onto your phone which
lets you put your apps on standby as that they don't drain your battery
as much. They only knew this because a customer of theirs researched
this phone before getting it but didn't tell then where you can find
it nor what it is called so it is just a matter of hunting for it on
google. If anyone finds it please can you let me know. Thanks
Reviewed by michael from UK on 6th May 2010
Has anyone else experienced problems using Bluetooth on HTC phones?
It seems that its impossible to transfer contacts, tunes, pix or vids
from an older phone which is v.annoying not only for transferring stuff
from my old phone but also for sharing stuff with people who haven't
got a Smartphone. I can understand Apple doing this as they want to
keep it all separate but not anyone else...
Reviewed by isaac from UK on 6th May 2010
The best smartphone i have had to date. like all phones you need to
be patient. Battery life is always going to be an issue with these new
high tech phones, other than that no regrets!
Reviewed by thomas from UK on 6th May 2010
really good phone. the screen is to die for really clear and great for
browsing the net. takes a while to get used to typing text messages
but you get good at it over time. more internal memory would be nice
as you can install apps to sd card. other than that am over the moon
with the phone.
Reviewed by Ginge from England on 5th May 2010
I didn't really mean to buy a new phone, I popped into the 3 store in
sunderland just to kill time while the wife was clothes shopping and
came out with this little beauty for 25 quid a month with 500 mins,
unlimited WiFi, 3 to 3 calls and texts , I'm not into gadgets and technology
but this has blown me away, the internet's faster than my pc and some
of the free apps are class like the barcode reader, witchcraft I tells
thee......get one you won't regret it.
Reviewed by michael sellors from england on 5th
Went from a iphone 3gs to this. This phone has got a lot going for it
but has two major drawbacks compared to the iphone. Firstly the battery
life is terrible and the only way you can get through a day on one charge
is to turn everything off- but what's the point of that. Secondly the
android market isnt half as good as the app store. So, HTC, good try
but Apple is still the best.
Reviewed by George Maller from England on 4th
IPHONE??? Whats that??
Reviewed by Mohsen from Iran on 4th May 2010
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Absolutely fantastic, I love HTC DESIRE because it's got a very high
quality screen which is not only big enough to watch film on it, but
it also is an AMOLED screen and is very bright. I recommend this phone
to everyone, I got it almost 20 days ago and before it I had an HD2.
One thing that I did not like about it was that it can not play Divx
movies, However HTC have promised to make an upgrade for it.Its battery
is also better than iphone and Google Nexus One. But the best thing
about it is the Google Maps and also the phone's speed which is amazing...
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