HTC Desire Specs

9.0
PhoneArena Score
HTC Desire Review
8.4

Description

The HTC Desire is the long-awaited Android handset with specifications similar to those of the famous Nexus One and equipped with the wonderful Sense interface.

This device is also known as HTC Bravo

Cons

  • Thick body (0.47 inches)

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Display

Size: 3.7 inches
Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels, 252 PPI
Technology: AMOLED
Screen-to-body: 54.57 %
Colors: 16 777 216
Features: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass)

Hardware

System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250
Processor: Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion
GPU: Adreno 200
RAM: 0.6GB
Storage expansion: microSDHC up to 32 GB
OS: Android (2.2, 2.1)
ROM: 512 MB
Device type: Smartphone

Battery

Capacity: 1400 mAh
Type: Li - Ion, User replaceable

Camera

Rear: Single camera
Main camera: 5 MP (Autofocus)
Flash: LED
Video recording: 800 x 480 pixels
Dimensions: 4.69 x 2.36 x 0.47 inches (119 x 60 x 11.9 mm)
Weight: 4.76 oz (135.0 g)
Features: Optical Mouse (Touchpad)
Keys: Left: Volume control

Cellular

3G: Bands 8(900), 1(2100)
Data Speed: HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 2 Mbit/s, UMTS

Multimedia

Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Radio: FM

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 2.1, EDR
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g
USB: microUSB, USB 2.0
Features: Mass storage device, Charging
Location: GPS, A-GPS
Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass
Other: Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications: Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Other features: Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:
Date approved: Apr 19, 2010
FCC ID value: NM8PB99400
Measured SAR:
Head: 1.48 W/kg
Measured in: 1900 MHz
Body: 0.69 W/kg
Measured in: 1900 MHz

Availability

Feb 16, 2010
Officially announced: Yes
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User Reviews

Overall User Rating
Build quality
9.4
Camera quality
9
Performance
9.1
Display
8.3
Battery life and charging
6
Rating breakdown (out of 10)
8
Good for what it's worth
Phone owned for less than 3 months

First of all, it has been 2 months since I have this phone. My previous phone was Sony Ericsson K700i, and I had it for nearly 6 years. So you can imagine my surprise and excitment when I'm about to buy a brand new smartphone with touch screen and everything.

After heavy, heavy researching I decided to buy a HTC model and have chosen Desire because it's the best solution if you want a budget mobile phone but still with acceptable features. And here is my review:

The case itself is sturdy, it's not one of the lighter phones but it's not heavy either. You get a good grip on it, on the side along with standard 3mm plug for headphones on top and charger plug on bottom.
Buttons: home, menu, joystick, back/undo and search provide easy and fast access. But joystick is mainly for emergancy purposes (in case your screen becomes unfunctional). Of course as standard + - tone buttons on the side.

The screen itself is above average. The colors are vibrant thanks to amoled, it's big enough for typing when u turn to horizontal view. Even the person with biggest fingers can use it without many typos after u get hang of it, if you had a touch phone before this that definatly won't be a problem, at any case it's typing friendly. As many other HTC phones it has Gorilla glass as protection, but I still reccomend using a foil for smoother experience and tiny bit more protection.

Interface is like most other HTC models. Very user friendly with customisable screen pages where you can add widgets, shortcuts or overall apps. Smooth transaction.

Camera is ok (10megapixels) with all the fancy filters (sepia, etc.) but most importantly it's sharp and u got both photo and video.

In my experience so far his processing unit is good enough for the following: music (including radio), video (youtube, play your own movies), internet (browsing and android market, as well as zooming works smoothly). Social networks like facebook and twitter work ok aswell, although navigating trough facebook is simplified, but that depends on the facebook app itself.

However if you try using something more advanced and more power consuming applications like google maps or GPS it will drain your battery fast and may cause system crash.

His internal memory is fair, so limit your essentiall apps (those that say 'phone only') and put everything else to your SD card one by one, if you plan on buying this phone.

Battery is the probably the worst feature of this phone, without any actual phone usage (a few calls and a couple of messages) it can last up to 48h. But if you use it for various stuff like music, internet, video clips, it will drain fast and you will have to charge it daily. Can last about... 5h straight with music, 1h less if more demanding apps.

IN CONCLUSION

If you're looking for a balanced phone, for daily use for calls, messages, music, browsing the internet and social networks, maybe take a few pictures or clips. Them this is a phone for you. But requires daily charging

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9
Great phone. Not enough memory.
Phone owned for less than a year

My wife has this phone since Feb'11. She upgraded (that's right ... upgraded) from an iPhone. We did not see the value of the iPhone 4 at that price, so we looked for something similar but with a more broad apps and games base. At that time (9 months ago) Google did not have a very extensive set of apps & games, but now it has. I am sorry but it is difficult to return to Apple now. In any case, this phone has 1 flaw, when HTC built it, and they did a good job, they put in a very good CPU and GPU but they forgot to put enough memory for you to install more than 1 game at a time. When you boot up, you will have about 180Mb to install apps and games, and even if you use apps 2 sd card, you will notice that most games and apps cannot be moved at this point. Hopefully Android will improve that to 100% of their apps/games. But for now it is improving, but not quickly enough as the developers are struggling to keep up with market demands (maybe growth is too fast). Great phone otherwise, it does everything.

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7
Nice Handset.....Just Disappointing
Phone owned for less than a year

I decided to review this today after arranging for my replacement of the handset, I have had a lot of issues with the handset however decided to give a review based on what I found postive and negative about the phone.

I found the phone to start with a really nice handset it was only once the battery life had become poor and you actually wanted to use the handset for more than just a phone things like the memory became an issue.

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