HTC Desire review

We review the HTC Desire to see if it builds on Android's already solid foundation and has something to entice business users as well as consumers.

HTC Desire
Price
£440

The HTC Desire is the follow-up to the very well-received HTC Legend. The two smartphones are similar in many respects, but the HTC Desire has a more powerful processor and a larger screen, making it potentially more appropriate for business users who find themselves staring at the display more often than not to respond to emails and suchlike.

The HTC Desire sports a 1GHz processor, rather than the 600MHz offering in the HTC Legend. The more powerful processor means the device is better able to run applications faster. This means not only working more quickly within individual apps, for example, responding to screen taps and saving photos to an SD card more quickly, but also running multiple applications at the same time with more speed. During testing we did not experience any of the white screen wait' situations that we do with our workaday HTC Hero, for example.

The screen is one of the real plus points of the HTC Desire. At 3.7in it is one of the largest on any smartphone, and its 480 x 800 pixels mean it can display plenty of information. Its AMOLED technology makes it pin-sharp and bright in most situations. We did find it faded away in bright outdoor sunshine, but that is not a situation unique to this device.

The size and high definition of the screen come into their own when you carry out tasks that require a lot of detail such as reading emails or browsing the web. As we've come to expect from Android handsets you can pinch to zoom into web pages, or alternatively simply double tap on the screen.

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