HTC De­sire HD

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HTC, $999

★★★★★ IS it a tablet or is it a smart­phone? The enor­mous screen on the HTC De­sire HD asks the ques­tion but its ease of use is un­ques­tion­able. Its 4.3-inch touch­screen makes web­sites, on-screen keys, apps and wid­gets easy to use, and turns this smart­phone into one of the largest 8-megapixel cam­eras. The De­sire HD’s cam­era is ad­vanced and will let you touch a sub­ject to fo­cus on it, change set­tings, use a dual LED flash for party pho­tos, and it will cap­ture 720p video. The lat­est Google An­droid soft­ware (v2.2) delivers apps aplenty to this phone, and a 1GHz pro­ces­sor keeps them quick. Ex­tras in­clude the abil­ity to turn the phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot and HTC Sense for or­gan­is­ing your friends’ de­tails in one place. This phone’s slim pro­file im­presses, but its large foot­print could be a deal­breaker. Also, its bat­tery life can shrink if many ser­vices are in use, and it’s only avail­able through Voda­fone. For apps, email, in­ter­net use and spon­ta­neous pho­tos, this phone is hard to beat.

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