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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:

HTC Desire
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.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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19 Responses

  1. Arvin says:

    got my HTC Desire from topelectronics. :)

  2. snpklsdmbldr says:

    how much is it here in the Philippines?

  3. Rom says:

    Good photos! What I’ll miss from the HTC Hero is the Green Call and Red End Call buttons.

  4. yuga says:

    @snpklsdmbldr – Php31,000 in some stores but SRP could be higher.

  5. simplynice93 says:

    Sir abe wish ko sana makapagpost ka ng comparison ng Samsung Spica i5700, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and HTC Desire para malaman namin kung which is best in speed, performance at pinakasulit kunin.

  6. giogagz says:

    wow. next project q tong phone na to. thanks sir yuga.

  7. Efren Sy says:

    Saan yung 31K na stores located?

    @simplynice93 – spica is the most affordable of the 3.

    x10 is a bit pricey here sa philippines

    if the 31k is srp for desire thats already good

    checking out if real yung 28500 na nagpost dito

  8. markmarcelo0210 says:

    is it now selling on stores? how much?

  9. Arvin says:

    Any news about the samsung galaxy s? really really want that phone >_< i hope its cheaper :D

  10. carloxy says:

    mukang cheap ang Xperia compared to the Desire.. i really hate glossy plastic.. pero the Legend both trumps both of those in terms of design.:-)

  11. ronald aldana says:

    sayang sana binili ko na yan sa hong kong.27,000 lan yan dun.sarap mamasyal sa hong kong

  12. re comparison of Samsung Spica i5700, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and HTC Desire

    The i5700 don’t belong in the same class as the X10 or Desire. Again, apple and oranges.

    The i5700 could be compared against the HTC Tattoo, or maybe even the upcoming Samsung Corby i5500.

  13. bob says:

    One problem I’ve had with the desire is the display is really not very visible at all outdoors in the sunlight. It seems much worse than the BB9000 and Iphone.

  14. Ric says:

    I wonder when the price of this device will fall along the 20-22K range. 30K is just too much for me

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