HTC Desire Review

Following the launch of the Google Nexus One in the US, many Android users, especially in Europe, were eagerly waiting for a similar device to launch worldwide. The HTC Desire was officially announced during Mobile World Congress in February alongside the HTC Legend and HTC HD Mini but wasn’t really a surprise thanks to the leaked roadmap that surfaced a few months earlier. Codenamed HTC Bravo, the Desire is essentially a Nexus One with a few hardware changes and HTC’s Sense UI sitting on top of Android 2.1. So how does it stack up against HTC’s other top of the line handset?

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HTC Desire vs HTC HD2 camera comparison

I decided to do a quick comparison of the HTC Desire’s camera versus the HTC HD2 post my findings now instead of waiting until I finish my full review later this week. Looking at the pictures above you will immediately notice that the HD2 shots (left) are darker and have a purple tint compared to the Desire shots. What’s even more interesting though is that this huge difference is only noticeable in low light outdoor scenes (and cloudy) but not in sunny / well lite shots (in this situation both devices have nearly identical quality). The dual LED flash on the HD2 is also totally unnecessary. All shots were taken with the exact same camera setup (all image properties set to default and image quality to High on the Desire and Super Fine on the HD2).  Below you find a video capture in WVGA on HTC Desire:

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HTC Desire Software Tour video


Want to see how fast a smooth HTC’s Sense UI runs on the HTC Desire? Check out the video below that I shot today where you’ll will see that the Desire is one heck of speedy handset. as you will see the only time I saw lag was when I set a live Wallpaper (animated wallpaper), so turning it off and reverting back to a traditional one fixed the issue. HTC’s Sense UI on the Desire is basically the same as on the HTC Legend which is an update versions on the one introduced on the HTC Hero nearly one year ago.

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HTC Desire vs HTC HD2: Browser Performance video


Here’s a video a shot showing the performance of the HTC Desire vs the HTC HD2 when it comes to loading and rendering web page using the default browser on both handsets. The first thing you will notice is that both devices are nearly identical in speed when loading the web page but things are quite different once you start navigating…Pages are always render fully zoomed-out and fit perfectly in the whole screen on the HTC Desire (same as on the iPhone) unlike Opera Mobile on the HD2. The second advantage of the HTC Desire is the fact that you will never witness any checkerboard pattern once the page is fully loaded and even-though text re-flow is present it doesn’t mess up you ability to zoom into pictures like Opera does on Windows Mobile. Finally the Desire’s browser support flash (not Flash 10.1 yet AFAICS) but as I mention in the video, the quality of the videos played through the browser is sub-par so you will need to check them out in the native YouTube application to experience them in the fully glory. Check out the video below:

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HTC Desire Hardware Tour video

 

Here comes the HTC Desire Hardware Tour video. There’s obviously nothing out of the ordinary given that the Desire is just a Nexus One with an optical trackpad instead of a track ball. What surprised me though is how cheap the handset felt in the hand when compared to the HD2, probably because of the slimplastic back cover which is a total pain to take off sometimes. The Desire also weight only 135g compared to 157g for the HD2. The AMOLED display is definitely a step forward compared to the LCD especially in terms of color contrast (HTC did mess up the calibration though just like on the HD Mini) the only downside being the poor outdoors visibility. Other than the screen (and the OS) the Desire has exactly the same specification as the HTC HD2: same SnapDragon chipset, same amout of RAM (512Mb or ROM & 576 Mb of RAM).

HTC Desire vs HTC HD2 size comparison

Here are a couple of pictures comparing the size of the HTC Desire vs the HTC HD2. The Desire isn’t actually much smaller that the HD2 when you look at the specifications but in real life it definitely feels a lot better in the hand. I always though that a 4+” screen would be the sweet spot for a multimedia smartphone but after using the HD2 for more than 6 months I realised that it iss just too big to be practical (especially when used as a phone..) on the other hand 3.7″ seems to be the best compromise for good ease of use and readability/visibility IMO