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HTC Desire has arrived…

June 24, 2010

This is just a short welcoming speech of the latest trial unit I’ve acquired, along with some 5Mpix camera samples I’ve uploaded to my flickr account and the now obligatory unboxing video of the retail package.  I will touch upon this high-end smartphone at a more personal level  in the next few days. As always, stay tunned…

Update 1: One week has passed with HTC Desire, and I can confidently say this smartphone has grown really close to my heart. I’ve reviewed a couple of Android devices before (the most recent being Android 1.6 running XPeria X10), yet I’ve never seen anything as special as HTC’s Sense UI. It’s not just an overlay UI on top of the stock Android OS 2.1, but it’s a set of widgets, applications and other little customizations and tweaks that bring the already fluid and intuitive Android experience to a new level. I  can already see how this, coupled with the ever expanding Google online services, can easily hook more customers in who are looking for a solid smartphone experience.

Of course there’re a few noteworthy problems here and there. While the built materials are top quality, design wise HTC played a very safe game, there’re little eye catching features aside from 3.7 inch touchscreen that offers a really vibrant  and sharp image. Another no-go  is the very  mediocre camera. While I really enjoy the built in features like touch-to-focus and face detection, the weak LED flash and lack of 720p video recording  makes the Desire a poor man’s show. And finally, the ridiculously low space  available for installing applications -120 Mb-  a limitation that I had run into disturbingly fast. It’s not clear why the manufacturer didn’t equip it’s leading Android flagship with a bigger internal memory since extending functionality with heaps of various apps from Android Market place is such an integral part of the smartphone experience. Romors has it now, that Android 2.2 will allow installing apps on the microSD card and put the powerful 1Ghz processor to a good use with HD video recording and Divx/Xvid codecs support.

Seems like many of my mentioned problems can be easily fixed with future firmware updates. The only question remains, whether customer will be wiling to wait or simply look for an absolute winner elsewhere. Samsung Galaxy S is more than a capable alternative since HTC is no longer the only top player in Android smartphone field, even though the most experienced.

The full contents of the European retail package of HTC Desire (minus the mini disk with documentation)

Camera gallery

(Just click on the thumbnails to open the camera sample collection)

Unboxing of the Desire, a powerful high-end smartphone from HTC, running Android 2.1 and sporting 3.7′ capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with multi-touch support. HTC utilizes it’s own customization on top of the stock Android OS v2.1 (Eclair) called Sense UI that ensures a seamless and beautiful experience across all smartphones released by the manufacturer.

The internals are equally impressive with Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor and 576 MB of RAM, and a ‘touch to focus’ 5Mpix camera with sharing features to social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.

HTC Desire is equipped with a Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery that should last around a day for most users, but it strongly varies depending on the number of online services running in the background.

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  1. June 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    So, can we now expect the start of the ‘Good Android applications’ list?

  2. June 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Depends how long I’ll have an Android device on my hands 😉

  1. June 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm
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