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