This new addition to the HTC roster is the Desire, much like the Legend, it has an Android operating system and benefits from the HTC Sense user interface. It is a little bigger and more powerful than the Legend and it has a mammoth 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen. Within the Desire’s casing is an in-built digital camera, a G Sensor and Proximity Sensor for movement response and a handy set of dedicated social networking features.
The phones dimensions are 119 x 60 x 11.9 and it weighs 135 grams, it feels nice to handle, it comfortably fits in the palm of your hand and with its weight you get the feel of quality and reliability. Its capacitive touch screen is both colourful and responsive with its WVGA display and pinch and zoom functionality and the device comes fully equipped with a 5 mega pixel camera, it is capable of widescreen image capture, the face detection feature offers good support and a geo-tagging feature has been installed enabling you to pin-point image locations.
HTC have given the Desire the intuitive HTC Sense overlay and they are running the phone with the Android 2.1 operating system, combine these with its potent 1GHz processor and you have real technological powerhouse at your disposal! The Desire is highly capable of speedy internet connections with 3G connections offering up to 7.2 Mbps and Wi-Fi for local wireless hotspot connectivity. The browsers interface is receptive and delivers a pleasurable browsing experience with its clever pinch and zoom feature and built-in accelerometer for a wider view of web pages, there are seamless links between sites and pages thanks to the raw power of the Desire and the pages themselves are rendered in great detail. There are dedicated social networking apps to help you manage your social life; Facebook has its own committed application where Twitter is managed through HTC Peep. Photo share is possible with links to Facebook and Twitter, and video share is promising with YouTube integration. The phone has full e-mail compatibility and allows you to handle your personal and business accounts on the go. So the Desire has both web connectivity and social network integration and messaging well covered, but what about entertainment?
The HTC Desire has a very usable Multimedia player pre-installed; it can play a huge variety of audio and video file types including mp3 and mp4. Sound clarity is of a very high standard from low to high frequencies, the bass sounds deep and clear and the mid and high sound comes through very smoothly with no sign of crackle, this sound is carried just as well through the 3.5mm jack for personal listening through your headphones. The video quality is no less than spectacular which is not surprising of a phone of this calibre; the huge WVGA display delivers a high class performance throughout playback in high resolution. There is plenty of memory support for media files and such, the Desire is accompanied by a microSD slot which can eat up as much as 32GB of external storage. There is a built-in FM Radio so you can hear your favourite radio shows or keep up to date with traffic reports and to finish up there is enhanced Bluetooth technology for wireless data transfer or wireless headset use and the phones built in G-Sensor can detect whether the phone has been picked up or not and adjust the ringer volume accordingly, it mutes the sound when placed face down.
In short, the HTC Desire is a masterful piece of engineering; it looks good, performs superbly. The HTC Desire delivers the best individual user experience on the market and this is supported by the phones customizability. With full access to the Android Market for additional applications, themes and more you have almost limitless options to personalize the device to fit your personality and day-to-day needs. If given the chance, get the HTC Desire.