HTC Desire Review

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bmw e30's review of HTC Desire

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“I sold my iphone 3Gs 16gb(owned 1 year) to replace it...”

Written on: 28/03/2011 by bmw e30 (1 review written)

I sold my iphone 3Gs 16gb(owned 1 year) to replace it with one of these as on paper they match each other and the desire beats the iphone on its 'extras'. Initially i loved it, the freedom android gives you and all the bells and whistles, and 2 day battery life compared to 1 on the iphone. But 4 weeks on id honestly grown to hate it, and now today i've sold it. The speaker is total rubbish, tinny and nothing else, texting using the htc onscreen keyboard was so terrible and is just like tapping on glass with no feel or precision(cue v/bad predicted text), the iphone with its capacitive screen has a 'cushiony feel somehow, same as their ipod touches etc, and blows the htc out the water for feel, precision when texting with fingers and feedback. And also on the htc the predicted text is a joke, iphone has a very good one(it seems to search around the letter it 'thinks' you've done incorrect and comes up with a SINGLE relevant word), 99% it is always spot on, this htc one, it doesn't search around the letter it thinks you've wrong, what it does is like scrabble, it comes up with a HANDFUL or MORE words which you can make out of the letters, and pre selects one if you don't notice you've spelt it wrong, which is all the time as you rarely type one word and check it before doing the next, and it always gets it totally wrong. So so annoying, this is the main reason i sold mine, and am treating myself to a new apple phone which is coming out later this year.

Battery life is very good, if you switch on wifi and mobile internet when you need it you will easily get 2 days use, but more like 1 if you leave it on constantly. Making a shortcut to this saves so much time over the iphone's way-going through menus to turn on/off.

Screen is nice and clear, but the htc screen wallpaper program stretches your picture across its 7(i think) screens so you have to scroll left and right just to see it all(it supersizes it), there are apps which fit it to the screen itself so when you scroll it stays the same.

Quite scratch resistant tho very plasticy and cheap feel compared to other phones, good reception, awful music player, no way can it be classed as an mp3 player. Apps are as good as apples, generally whats on apple is on android(the useful ones anyway!), but there are alot of rubbish ones, that are constantly(daily!) updated because they're full of bugs.

To sum up, the cons of the htc,

1.Texting is a horrible experience, bad predicted text, very inprecise touchscreen even after callibrating,

2.Speaker is so tinny its painful to listen to.

3.Back feels cheap and threatens to break every time you remove it, tho it doesn't.

4.Music player is very basic, fiddly, and is a very poor experience.

5.Can freeze on odd occasions and texting becomes slow/plays catchup sometimes(software bug???)

6.easy to have the optic scrollpad pick up your hand movement by mistake and leave you wondering why its changed screens,lol.

7.internet use feels basic and 'clumsy' compared to iphone(not biased, it is!)zoom in and it does so, then a second later it centres itself, by then you've already tapped on whatever you wanted to zoom in on in the first place, but because its centred that part to the screen now, you ended up accidently tapping on something totally different! VERY Annoying!!!

8.compared to the iphone, the things they can 'both do', the iphone does it much better and is a joy to use-texting, predicted text, accuracy when clicking on something, internet use, sound quality, ease of use in general etc, iphone beats it fair and square. But then there's alot the iphone fails at like bluetooth, not being allowed to set your own text alert sounds etc etc, simple things, that the htc does as standard.



pro's of the htc desire



1. 2-day battery life.

2.screen size is crisp and vivid.

3.Replaceable battery/carry a spare(tho in reality i never even thought about buying another battery)

4. great camera, tho taking closeup pictures(within 2 ft) the flash totally whites out the object your photographing.

5.bright led can be used as a torch-very useful

6.can download various different keyboards if you don't like original, but many have their own niggly faults like they end up covering your text ur writing because they take up so much screen space! or are inaccurate, or fiddly to do £' signs etc.

7.solid wifi connection and fast mobile internet.

8. can be used as a wifi hotspot(run other gadgets using the phones wifi signal to connect through)

9. £100 cheaper than iphone(but i would rather pay the extra and have the iphone at the end of the day)



So thats my experience, i've had many phones, many different makes, and my opinion is that this phone is way over rated, and those who highly rate it(users and reviewers) generally have only had it a few days, ie 'honeymoon period'. Just like how i was when i first got it-felt a complete revelation to have so much freedom compared to the iphone 3Gs, but after a while i found that alot of those things this htc could do that i thought i wanted(replaceable battery, proper bluetooth, my own text alert etc) i rarely used, and the day to day experience with this phone left me wishing i had never sold my 3Gs.

So thats my review, not biased, not made up, not like 'BEST FONE EVA' like some reviewers ;), just a normal user who likes his phone to do lots of stuff, but still be able to do the basic stuff too like texting or taking a snap of something or listening to a tune.

Thanks for reading!

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