The pros:Huge WVGA 3.7-inch display, compact and sleek form factor, newest Android OS 2.1, lots of high-end features, higly responsive 1GHz processor and spacious 576MB RAM.
Less readable in direct sunlight compared to LCD-based screen, average battery life, microSDHC slot under battery.
Google's Nexus One has been a favorite gadget for quite some time due to its great operating system Android 2.0. It is made by renowned Taiwanese phone maker, HTC. But in Feb 2010 at Mobile World Congress in
The Desire has a form factor of bar, just like Nexus One, and it measures 119x60x11.9 mm and weigh 135g. The feel is solid, quite compact but still light.
The face of it has a 800x480 (WVGA) 3.7-inch AMOLED screen. And it occupies almost all front real estate of the phone. The Desire is one of the first few phones from HTC that are given AMOLED screen, considering that this is HTC's flagship for Android line-up. The quality of the screen surely beats any LCD-based screen. So, you get one good reason here, Screen clarity.
Though there have been serious concerns that AMOLED screens are hardly readable under direct sunlight, but I still found text were readable, by using maximum brightness setting. Anyway, in the above situation, you should not compare it with other product that uses great LCD like BlackBerry Onyx.
The case of the Desire is mostly made from soft-touch plastic while a bezel around the screen has a metallic finish. As mentioned above, this handset feels solid in the hand and the dark solid color gives a business looks to this phone.
The layout of the buttons is better than Nexus One. It has four standard Android buttons below the screen â€“ Home, Menu, Back and Search â€“ and other two additional buttons on each side of optical navigation pad while Nexus One has some keys in a row just above the trackball. While some people still favor Nexus One design due to its simpler front faÃ§ade design, I myself prefer Desire due to practical reason.
Other buttons are as standard as a phone should be: volume control, power toggle, audio port (3.5mm) and micro-USB port. One inconvenience is a microSDHC slot which is located under battery so you need to remove battery first to change it.
The complete specs:
Phone type : Candy bar
Operating system : Android
Dimensions (H x W x D) : 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm
Weight : 135g
Expansion slot(s) : microSDHC
Additional functions : Support for Microsoft Exchange
GSM frequency bands : Quadband
Connectivity options : 3G, A-GPS, GPS, EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, microUSB, Bluetooth, A2DP, AVRCP, WLAN
Display size : 3.7-inch screen
Display resolution : WVGA
Display type : OLED
Touchscreen : Yes
Keypad : None
Max. standby time (in hours) : 360 hours
Max. talktime (in hours) : 6.7 hours talktime
Main processor speed : 1000 MHz
ROM : 512 MB
RAM : 576 MB
Maximum camera resolution : 5 megapixels
Imaging features : Onboard flash, Autofocus, LED
Sound features : MP3 playback, WMA playback, Stereo sound, FM radio, Voice recording, Built-in speakers
Audio jack type : 3.5mm
Loaded with lots of features and options for connectivity, Desire's battery life will be our concern. After using about a week, I can sum up that it lasts average 1.5 days in a quite intensive usage (auto-sync with one email, manual sync with two emails, some text messaging, some phone calls, taking few pictures and some frequent internet browsings)
The phone reception was good, clear for me and the other party. One thing missing from Nexus One is Desire does not have noise-cancellation feature. So, you may prefer Nexus One if your working environment is somehow noisy.
The speed of the processor is great since it uses the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 576MB of RAM. Multi tasking could run smoothly and opening and closing applications were done without problem.