Pros Screen is fantastic, pin sharp and beautiful. The Sense user interface is slick, smooth and many great customisations.
Camera is fantastic, and will easily ourperform the 3GS camera and many 8mp camera's on phones for colour and sharpness.
Cons Screen in direct sunlight outside can be hard to see due to reflections.
At first the battery can be drained in 6-8hrs, after a few full charges this is fixed, or replaced with a higher capacity battery. Just a bit worrying when you first buy it.
Summary First using the Desire the Sense user interface really strikes you along with the screen (the screen is only very fractionally less as high resolution as the Iphone4, but nothing you can actually see when using it unless you use it at nose length). The smooth scrolling, swishing of panels, and very slick widgets to customise the user inteface to how you want to work, and display the information you want is exceptional. Many of the times you find yourself not needing to bother with application as you've set up the widgets to display what you want infront of you all the time and the HTC widgets tend to be of a much slicker, and higher level of finish than the normal basic Android ones (although normal Android ones are available also).
As mentioned earlier, the screen is truely beautiful. The only issue is the high gloss which in very bright direct sunlight does mean you can't see what you are doing unless you turn to put the phone in your shadow. Annoying when you forget your somewhere very sunny and quickly grab the phone for something to then need to shadow it to see it.
When I first started using the Desire I found the battery a bit of a problem for how fast I could empty it. Part of this seemed to be the initial heavy use of a new gadget, and also reading the HTC forums seemed to be a chemical issue in the battery. Once it had been fully charged a few times it settled down and I was able to get 2-3 days out of a charge. Up till then I was considering the larger replacement battery, but thankfully not needed.
Unlike the CNET review, the lack of a HDMI port isn't a big deal as you have a standard micro USB connection and a MicroSD card. Want video off, you just plug in and it's a big USB drive and you drag and drop your files on/off.
The camera is also very sharp and detailed, with accurate colours. Compared to my older phones with 8mp camera's on them, while a lower resolution the response times and clarity really make the pictures off the Desire a no contest win over them. The links from you photo's directly to Flickr and Facebook also make things very useful and quick to send online.
And then there is Flash! It's great to have a phone which displays a website exactly as it is on your desktop. It's perfect, utterly fantastic! If you want to log into Facebook and run a game as you do normally, you can. No having to fiddle around looking to download an app for it (if they've written one that is). It does things exactly as you are used to. No change, no compromise. It does the internet how it should be done.
Best thing for me though is it's freedom. I have total control over how it looks, feels, and displays what I want and how I want it. The freedom of Android coupled with a beautiful device and spec list make this one of the best phones you can purchase currently. Love it! :)
Pros large screen
Sense UI is great
has a great build quality
doesnt feel cheat
videos in 720p HD
camera is pretty good
Cons camera is okay, but some pictures indoors are not the great
still has Android 2.1, but ive been told Froyo (2.2) is coming for this device before the end of 2010
Summary Before this phone i had there other Android phone, the Samsung Acclaim. And wow, is this a huge upgrade. I myself think this is the best phone available on US Cellular. The Samsung Mesmerize is nice, but i dont think its worth paying more for just a larger screen and a lower build quality. Saying that, the Desire has an absolutely terrific build quality. It feels terrific in the hand. And it doesn't have a plastic like back... And the phone just looks awesome. It was designed so well. The GPS works awesomely. The signal strength is great. And internet speeds are really fast. I just love this phone!
Pros - Excellent indoor screen
- Loud speakers
Cons - Battery life
- Problem viewing screen in sunlight
- Odd accelerometer that only rotates left and not right
- The iPhone has better and more applications
- The keyboard, while nice, isn't as user-friendly as the iPhone's
Summary I was totally bowled over by the phone when I was purchasing it. It did live up to its expectations in most regards but there are a few things that could have made this phone even better. I also have an iPhone 3GS so most of my comparisons come from there:
1. The speakers are super loud which comes in handy at times.
2. Android is obviously better than iPhone's OS. Period.
3. The level of customization is mind-blowing. You're bound to run out of home screens.
1. While the 3GS's battery isn't that much better I can still get away with not charging it for a day or even two. I have to charge the Desire at least once a day, especially if the screen brightness is higher which is a necessity in daylight.
2. The screen is quite nice but only for indoor use. As soon as I take it outside it's a dud! With the battery problem I have to keep the brightness at a minimum. So I have to readjust the brightness every time I take it outside.
3. My accelerometer only works if I turn the phone to its left and not the other way. Why is that?
4. The iPhone has a much larger variety of applications with much better graphics. The same games available for Android aren't that much fun (e.g. Monopoly: Here & Now)
5. The iPhone's keyboard is somehow much easier to type on.
6. I still have some problems with all the different places that the contacts are synced with. We obviously have a choice, but it was a challenge to figure these things out initially. Also, I'm quite confused between "Phone" and "My Phonebook" - what's the difference?
Despite all the cons that I've listed here, it's still a great phone. But for those thinking of buying it right now, I'd recommend waiting for the Desire HD instead.
Pros Great reception
Trim and sleek
Cons Battery life
No bluetooth dialing until the 2.2 upgrade
Summary At first, I was disappointed in the phone. After using the Htc Hero, I expected the Desire to have a great speakerphone. I was wrong. It is tinny and shrill sounding. Plus the battery life was terrible. However, after using this phone for over a month, I have become very fond of it. It is definitely a keeper. It connects quickly to the internet. It gets reception where my other phones could not. It is a beautiful phone considering it is a touchscreen. I have no problem dialing or sending texts with the touchscreen keypad. It is very responsive, yet not overly so. I do like the trackpad--if that is how you refer to it. It is better than a trackball. I have also found that with time, the battery life has gotten better. ??? Were it not for speakerphone quality--or lack thereof, I would have given it a five star rating
Pros with proper rooting of your device, you can get battery backup abundant...... I use N.S.A ROM most popular from xda. give it a try ... btw this one is spectacular :D
Cons battery back up..... guide me if you find anything else
Summary excellent buy it !!!!!