HTC Desire (22965)

Ever since the first release of the iPhone, Apple's rivals have been trying to come up with a mobile phone handset that could actively challenge it in order to offer customers a viable alternative. The thing is that very few have even been able to get anywhere near the benchmark that the iPhone set... or at least very few managed it before the HTC Desire. The HTC Desire is actually the handset that has come closest to providing a decent rival, but what exactly can it do? Read on to find out!

The HTC Desire is undoubtedly impressive in every single way with some reviewers offering the opinion that it can actually do everything the iPhone can do from the casing right through to the features menu. At 135g, the HTC Desire is sturdy to hold and solid in the hand yet it never seems to be too chunky or overly large, which is a result of the fact that it is 11.9mm thick. The screen is obviously the dominant feature, measuring 3.7 inches and coming with features like auto rotate as well as giving unbelievably clear images. With this touchscreen functionality, the HTC Desire is incredibly stylish and will appeal to everyone, but the beauty of the handset definitely delves more than a little case deep.

The HTC Desire has an incredibly apt name when you look at the features list because it has everything you could possibly want and need in a phone. It has a phenomenal camera. It is a 5MP camera that comes complete with a flash, auto focus and face detection. It is not the best around but it is crisp, easy to use and produces fantastic images. The connectivity is also good with GPS, HSPA with a rate of 7.2Mbps download and 2Mbps upload, EDGE, Bluetooth, USB, WiFi and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is a music player that supports most file formats and produces excellent sound quality. The memory stands at 576MB RAM and that can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. The list of fabulous features could definitely go on all day, which is why it may surprise you to find out that another of the lovely touches is the fact that it is built to rival the iPhone and yet is significantly cheaper.

Now, it is a fair assessment of all mobile phone handsets when it is pointed out that they all have a few niggles, whether major or minor, but even the pickiest of users would struggle to come up with any issues for the HTC Desire. Some people may find the menus a little difficult to navigate around at first. Others may find the touchscreen functionality a little slow when several apps are open. However, those points are literally it. There are no other niggles of note.

In short, the HTC Desire is not only a viable rival to the iPhone but is also as close to perfect as any handset has come. 5 stars out of 5 will just not cut it because the HTC Desire is guaranteed to blow you away in all departments if you give it the chance.