A de­sir­able Smart­phone

The HTC De­sire is aptly named be­cause it has a lot of at­trac­tive new fea­tures.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FASHION - by Zam KarIm

The HTC De­sire is aptly named be­cause it has a lot of at­trac­tive fea­tures.

AT firsT glance, the HTC De­sire looks sim­i­lar to Google’s flag­ship smart­phone launched late last year — the Nexus One. That’s not re­ally sur­pris­ing be­cause it was also man­u­fac­tured by HTC.

They share a num­ber of sim­i­lar­i­ties such as the dark and light grey in­ter­lock­ing pieces for the hous­ing, suede-like tex­ture for the back, and a 3.7in glass ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen that dom­i­nates the front.

What’s missing though are Nexus One’s four touch-sen­si­tive but­tons and lighted track­ball. in­stead the De­sire gets phys­i­cal but­tons for ac­cess­ing the Back, Menu, Home and search func­tions, which pro­vide bet­ter tac­tile feed­back.

Also new is the op­ti­cal track­pad that reg­is­ters fin­ger mo­tion. You can eas­ily swipe through menus and home­screens with it.

Our re­view unit runs on the lat­est An­droid 2.2 (froyo) op­er­at­ing sys­tem which of­fers cool new fea­tures such as Wifi teth­er­ing and por­ta­ble hotspot func­tion, Blue­tooth voice di­alling, and an up­dated Google search bar.

Feels right

The De­sire isn’t go­ing to win any awards for its de­sign which looks more busi­ness-like than ca­sual.

But com­pared to other An­droid mod­els, this smart­phone is still more de­sir­able thanks to the suede­like tex­ture for the hous­ing, curvy and slim de­sign, and 3.7in AMOLED screen that dis­plays colours with amaz­ing clar­ity.

How­ever, as we have said in the past, AMOLED dis­plays usu­ally fare poorly un­der di­rect sun­light and this one is no bet­ter.

Also, the screen is a fin­ger­print mag­net and gets smudges very eas­ily.

On the back is the 5-megapixel cam­era, LED flash and speaker. The mi­croUsB slot is at the bot­tom but it doesn’t have a cover to keep the dust out.

The 5-megapixel cam­era, LED flash and speaker can be found at the back of the phone.

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