The HTC Desire wowed us and so has its successor, with its 4.3-inch screen, 8 megapixel camera and HTC Sense UI
Editor's Review of the Desire HD
Just when you thought it couldn't get much better, HTC introduce the Desire HD. It comes equipped with a huge display and more features than you can shake a stick at, and it looks great. What more could you ask for?
Well, we loved the way the HTC Desire looked, and now we've been given an even bigger version! The HTC Desire HD features a whopping 4.3 inch touchscreen, which may seem a little too big for some people, but luckily doesn't make the handset feel bulky or uncomfortable to use. The display manages to sit perfectly within the handsets chassis, which is carved from a single piece of aluminium, making the it fit perfectly in your hand.
OS and Interface
The HTC Desire HD comes equipped with Android 2.2 OS, bringing with it HTC's new Sense UI 2.0 which makes the interface slick and easy to use, and also adds some new features, such as the ability to scroll through your most used applications. It also comes with a new online portal, which allows you to remotely lock and wipe your phone if you're unlucky enough to use it.
The handset's selling point is its cinematic 4.3 inch LCD display, although we would have liked to see a Super AMOLED display like on the Samsung Galaxy S. We also find it a bit strange that the Desire HD has the same 480 x 800 WVGA pixel resolution as its predecessor. However, we can't complain, as the screen is perfect for viewing TV shows and films, providing you with a bright, clear image, even in direct sunlight.
Multimedia & Storage
Our favourite improvement from the HTC Desire is the Desire HD's powerful 8 megapixel camera with face recognition, autofocus and dual LED flash, making it perfect for taking pictures in areas with low-lighting. You are also provided with bags of photo-editing tools, including sepia and posterisation. Not only does the camera take great snaps, it can also record 720p HD video footage, complete with Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound. You also have the option to transfer your photos and videos to your HD TV via DLNA, perfect for sharing footage with your friends and family.
Music sounds great on the Desire HD's built in MP3 player too, mainly due to its upgraded Dolby Digital and virtual surround sound. You have plenty of storage for all your music files too, the handset coming equipped with 4GB of internal memory and a microSD slot for expansion.
Internet browsing and social networking is made easy on the Desire HD, which comes equipped with both 3G and WiFi connectivity. Its web browser comes with a new 'text flow' feature, which automatically resizes text on a page to fill the screen, making everything clear and easy to read. The browser also comes equipped with Adobe Flash support, making it easy to watch movies on your handset. Facebook and Twitter widgets can be downloaded straight to your homescreen too, although we would have liked them to come pre-installed.
E-mailing on the Desire HD is great too, as it supports multiple accounts, of which you can view messages in one unified inbox. It also colour codes messages in each account, to help you keep organized, and you can send messages super-fast using the handset's on-screen keypad.
You are also provided with a built-in GPS service called Locations, which is based on Google Maps. The service provides you with access to maps while offline, so its perfect for not using up your data allowance. It can guide you too, the screen automatically turning to give you instant orientation.
The HTC Desire HD had squared up to be a great smartphone, and although we initially had reservations about the whopping-great screen, I'd challenge anyone not to love it. It would be the perfect upgrade for any HTC Desire owner, as it comes packed full of tweaks and additional features which certainly prove that bigger is better.
it,s was my first smart phone,like it very much,the only issue is battery life very poor......
great phone, Although the screen is a little on the big size
its a great phone one of the best on the market i so have to get one. brilliant apps stunning hd movies touch pad takes a bit of getting use to good camera internet and wifi work great what more could you want from a phone
I was looking for a large screen smartphone running Android and the Streak and Tab are just too big. But the Desire HD fits my needs perfectly. Stellar list of specs, latest version of Android and HTC Sense all combine into a blisteringly fast device. GPS and 3G are essentially âinstant onâ, just like the OS due to Sense. I think it stands above other devices such as the IPhone due to its specs and open source OS allowing me to run things the way I want.
Hi St. neil.
I agree with you on the battery issue. It is simply not good enough. But by turning of mobile network, you encrease battery life by quite a lot. Get a widgett on your front sreen and turn mobile network on when you need it.
seriously !!! not the best handset HTC has offered.
first of all, i read these reviews saying how great this handset is.....and bought with a monthly contract of £ 35 a month from 3 network. it was great at first but after 3 days i realise that it slows down and sometimes freezez for couple of seconds, i find it when i was going through my messages.. and the biggest of them all is its battery problem , i mean why HTC published that it has 5 hrs of talk-time and 20 days of standby time ....this is ridiculous !!! in real life if you get even 10 hrs of standby time, then you are simply lucky........
if anyone knowns any extra idea than decreasing the display or turning off bluetooth then please reply .
Having recently received a free upgrade, I took the opportunity to make a change in the scene. It was time to leave the HTC Touch HD behind on Windows Mobile 6 and venture into the world of the fast growing Android platform. I was not enticed enough to go for the HD2 and the mass marketing for the Mozart didn't sway me. So after a back-log and 2 week waiting list I finally got my new shiny HTC Desire HD. 100 words is not enough to detail how great this phone is. I am officially an Android Addict and dribble at the thoughts of having a Nexus S!
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HTC Desire HD News
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Three has finally released Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to its Desire HD customers, if this cryptic Tweet is anything to go by. The UK operator posted on Twitter that “The Desire HD update is now ready for OTA upgrade” – which we’re assuming means that Android 2.3 is on its way to Desire HD users. This [...]
Hooray! Orange has finally released Android 2.3 to its HTC Desire HD customers, equipping the smartphone with a bunch of Â new features. That’s according to Eurodroid, which heard from a savvy reader that the update has now gone live. The Android spies said: “One of our readers has just let us know that his HTC [...]
HTC Desire HD Specifications
123mm x 68mm x 11.8mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: Super LCD
Size: 4.3 inches
Resolution: 480 x 800
Interface: HTC Sense
External: microSD up to 32GB
A-GPS with Google Maps
Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
8.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash
720p Video Recording
Battery Capacity: 1230 mAh
Talk Time: 550 minutes
Standby Time: 490 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, WMA, eAAC+
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX
Recording: 3GP, MPEG, AMR-NB