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.

Featured Resources

Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape

How key technology partners grow with your organisation

Download now

Evaluate your order-to-cash process

15 recommended metrics to benchmark your O2C operations

Download now

AI 360: Hold, fold, or double down?

How AI can benefit your business

Download now

Getting started with Azure Red Hat OpenShift

A developer’s guide to improving application building and deployment capabilities

Download now

Most Popular

Citrix buys Slack competitor Wrike in record $2.25bn deal
collaboration

Citrix buys Slack competitor Wrike in record $2.25bn deal

19 Jan 2021
How to recover deleted emails in Gmail
email delivery

How to recover deleted emails in Gmail

6 Jan 2021
SolarWinds hackers hit Malwarebytes through Microsoft exploit
hacking

SolarWinds hackers hit Malwarebytes through Microsoft exploit

20 Jan 2021