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

Business users may also like the copy and paste feature, which you can use while web browsing. Tap and hold on the screen to get a pair of markers you can drag to surround the area you want to copy. It is a little fiddly but nonetheless one of the best implementations of copy and paste we've seen on a smartphone.

The capacitive touch screen is very responsive, and helps make text entry both quick and comfortable. The large screen means that even in tall mode the QWERTY tappable keyboard is big enough to use without making too many errors, and in wide mode we were able to tap away with two thumbs at a good speed. Because of this, email-related work is easier on the Desire than it is on many other smartphones we've tried. The predictive text system is fast too, and we found it made good guesses at words when we miss hit a letter completely. Email user will also like the PDF reader and version of Quick Office for reading Word, PowerPoint and Excel files.

The large screen isn't all good news though. Some people simply won't be able to reach across it for one-handed use, and it makes the HTC Desire sizeable. Its 60x11.9x119mm will make it too large for some pockets. But that is an inevitable trade-off and one many will be happy to make.

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