Whatta beauty! That pretty much explains the recently announced, (in India), Android flagship device – the HTC Desire. We were never so convinced with most HTC devices; they are good but we have better in the market. But this one is an amazing device at Rs. 28,900.
We were completely spellbound after having the first look of this pretty device. The metal construction of the HTC Nexus One is gone but this is a beautiful device – slim and sleek with contours enough to prove itself kissable. A trim bezel of metal that wraps around the slight corners of the display with the pearl grey bottom part that contains all the keys, is, so sexy that you wont take your eyes off it. The keys have a appealing matte chrome finish, chucking the very-in garish hot chrome buttons. The earpiece is very cute with twin slits and with a gorgeous chrome rim. The shape of keys are designed to sooth our aesthetic senses. But, to get to the battery, SIM card slot and the spring-loaded microSD slot, you need to rip open the back cover using the top slit, which reveals the flimsy plastic. Also, the microSD card isn’t hot swappable, as battery removal is required before you can access it.
Moving away from the sleek looks, we shook the techno stick to get deeper into Desire.
-OS: Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), upgradable to Android 2.2 (Froyo)
-CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
-Colors: Black, Brown, Silver
-GPS: with A-GPS support
-Java: Via third party application
- Digital compass
- Dedicated search key
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA9 player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
- Facebook, Flickr, Twitter applications
- Voice memo
-MEMORY: Phonebook is practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Internal: 576 MB RAM; 512 MB ROM
Card slot: microSD, up to 32GB, 4GB included
-DISPLAY: Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Optical trackpad
- HTC Sense UI
-CAMERA: 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging
-GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
-EDGE: Class 10, 236.8 kbps
-3G: HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
-WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
The most appealing thing about Desire is the Sense UI, the circular base (with menu and phone functions) is back again, this time packing in a key to give you a range of personalisation options. The Desire can be introduced as the cousin of Nexus One, at times it feels like we've seen it all before. Specification-wise these two Android 2.1 phones have the same processor, 1,400mAh battery, 3.7-inch 800 x 480 AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and 512MB of ROM, while externally they have very similar Colour, material and finish. Though there are some striking differences, the Desire packs 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One (512MB), lacks a second mic on the back for noise cancellation, and dons physical buttons plus a click-able optical trackpad below the screen. We certainly prefer these real buttons since the Nexus One's touch-sensitive keys do sometimes miss our inputs; on the other hand the Nexus One may offer a better single-hand operation with its keys closer to the screen.
The 5 mega pixel autofocus cam will please you. The 5:3 wide still images and the day light videos are full of pleasant crisp surprises. The screen however, isn't quite what we expected to be honest, as despite having a pin-sharp WVGA resolution, the colours on the Desire LCD don't pop, there is certainly a lack of wow factor. The battery is quite mediocre and so is the network performance. We would have loved it, if they had included hardware QWERTY. But then, it is a beauty. Absolutely marvelous display, great looks and dimensions, blazing performance, premium under-the-hood hardware, capacitive display is very sensitive and accurate, making interface a joy, intuitive buttons and the trackpad is flawless.
The Desire is yet another fine piece of work from HTC – build quality is gorgeous as usual, and there is little to complain about the software except for the Flash performance.