HTC Desire Review

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steedie's review of HTC Desire


“Great phone - the words 'iPhone beater' get used a...”

Written on: 17/01/2011 by steedie (4 reviews written)

Great phone - the words 'iPhone beater' get used a lot, but this is probably one of the few phones that can actually say this. It does pretty much ANYTHING. the flexibility of this phone to be used and changed to how you want it is its strongest point - but in the wrong hands can be a weak if you dont know what you are doing, you can run apps that will drain your battery in a few hours, slow it down, make it crash etc. So its not for technophobes - they should probably stick to the iPhone. But if you do know how to use it - its incredibly powerful - makes use of the WHOLE web (including Flash, which iPhone still doesn't support..!) Is brilliantly integrated with gmail and facebook - so you'll never lose your contact details again.

Two gripes: Firstly, the limited internal memory means that you can be restricted on how many apps you install - the huge external SD card can't be used for all apps, things like Flash Player etc take up masses of valuable internal memory....which gets used up all too quickly...!

Secondly - when its in standby - the only way to bring it out of standby is to press the power button. When its switched off, the only way to switch it on is to press the same button.

So... If you are in a cinema, and you think the phone is in standby, and want to switch it off, you press the button. But in reality if its ALREADY switches ON - and gives a ridiculously LOUD musical start-up tune, with the words 'HTC Quietly Brilliant' (no hint of irony) - HIGHLY embarrassing. And there's no way of avoiding it. Done it several times now - and nearly chucked it in a glass of water last time..!!

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