The HTC Desire has been available for some time now, and it has proven to be spectacularly popular. It is still seen as the flagship Android smartphone, showcasing everything good about the operating system. Among the many strings to its bow are a 5 megapixel camera, 3.7 inch touchscreen, thousands of downloadable apps at your fingertips, and the many innovative features of the highly customisable HTC Sense UI.
The handset measures 119x 60x 11.9mm, so it is a comfortable device to hold and use. It is also relatively light weight at just 135 grams. For the most part, the front of the handset is dominated by the screen, although there is also an optical trackpad (for thumb navigation of the UI) and a small number of shortcut buttons located beneath the screen. The screen is able to display up to 16M individual colours within the pixel resolution of 480x 800. The as you may expect, the handset also includes proximity and accelerometer sensors and supports multi-touch input.
The HTC Desire comes with 576 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM the workout the box along with a pre-installed for gigabytes memory card in the microSD slot. The latter can be replaced with a suitable memory card of up to 32 GB, meaning that seemingly endless number of files can be stored within the phone, they music tracks, videos, downloaded apps and documents etc.
The HTC desire calls upon class 10 versions of both EDGE and GPRS to point we’ve not only action to cellular networks, but also its initial means of connecting to the Internet. 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps) and Wi-Fi offer alternative choose whenever users are in the vicinity of local Wireless Networks or sufficient coverage. Bluetooth and micro USB also come as standard meaning the handset can be connected to compatible hardware devices whereby a number of tasks can be carried out.
In order to take high quality snapshots, the HTC desire boasts a 5 mega pixel digital camera which operates at 2592x 1944 and comes with auto-focus and led flash as standard. Geo-tagging is also included, and functions thanks to GPS. This automatically records the location at which photos were taken and can viewed on a map. The handset ships with the ability to shoot WVGA quality video footage, however by updating the android software to v2.2 (Froyo), the camera can magically shoot high definition video footage in 720p quality.
Android 2.1 (Eclair) is the operating system of choice; however this is easily upgraded to later versions. Alongside a 1GHz processor, a fantastic user experience is assured. The HTC Sense UI is highly customisable, and the processor allows almost instantaneous loading of apps along with lightening fast speeds of the touchscreen and user interface in general. As is common with most android smartphones, and standard package of Google features is included along with social networking integration and comprehensive multimedia compatibility.
A recent survey in the UK has shown HTC desire is steadily creeping up on sales of the Apple iPhone series. With stats like this, it is easy to see that this phone pixel the boxes and provides a great user experience. Therefore it looks set to continue its strong sales, and to continue converting fans of other smartphone brands to HTC.