HTC, $779 htc.com/au
★★★★ SMART to the core but simple to use, it’s easy to see why HTC’s original Desire won so many fans. The Google Android smartphone, exclusive to Telstra, has a bright 3.7-inch screen and is kept responsive by a 1GHz processor. It also offers a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, GPS navigation, FM radio, all the Android apps you can fit on a MicroSD card, plus HTC widgets. The Desire is now overshadowed by later versions but it’s still solid.