HTC Desire: In the Flesh, First Impressions
I got a hold of the HTC Desire and played with it for some time, looking for some differences between the handset and its other twin, the Nexus One.
From the short time I tried the Desire (borrowed from MB TechNews), I observed a couple of things that made it a bit different and in my opinion, better than the NX1. As expected, the device is snappy and very responsive.
The body shape, color tones and form factor are almost identical to the Nexus One but the Desire feels a little chunkier (thicker) on the hands. The display is gorgeous — as bright and crisp as one can imagine. The HTC Sense UI adds to the familiar attractiveness of the interface.
The physical buttons (similar to the HTC Hero) at the bottom of the front panel offers a more tactile feedback compared to the touch-panel used by the Nexus One. The polished stainless-steel finish of the buttons sticks out in contrast to the dark, cold finish of the handset. The HTC Desire also uses a circular optical trackpad instead of the old marble trackball.
The handset specs will speak for itself:
Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
3.7 inches AMOLED touchscreen @ 480 x 800 pixels
576 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
up to 32GB on microSD
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
5 MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
Stereo FM Radio w/ RDS
GPS with aGPS support
1400 Li-Ion battery
Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
Froyo (Android v 2.2) will also be available to the unit although there’s no specific date yet.
My Xperia X10, placed sibe-by-side the HTC Desire, offers a good challenge as top smartphone of the year (in the Philippines) but the X10’s advantage with a large 4-inch screen is rivaled by the smaller but exceptional display quality of the Desire.