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HTC Desire

8.5/10 AVG.
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8.5/10
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The HTC Desire currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
3.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Engadget

Make no mistake: if you're a US Cellular customer looking for the best phone the company has to offer, the Desire instantly becomes the no-brainer choice now that it's been released at retail. And actually, looking at all of the larger regionals, you could make an argument that this is perhaps th...

- Chris Ziegler, Engadget
CNET

Sleek and fast, the HTC Desire is not only U.S. Cellular's best Android device but the carrier's best smartphone to date.

- Bonnie Cha, CNET
Mobile Syrup

Once in a while there’s a phone that actually lives up to the specs, the HTC Desire is one of those devices. This newest Android device from TELUS comes with OS 2.1 and the much talked about 3.7-inch Sony Super LCD display (resolution of 480×800). Other devices claim to have a 1GHz S...

- Ian Hardy, Mobile Syrup
Bright Hub

If you are currently shopping around for a smartphone then you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option than the HTC Desire.

- Simon Hill, Bright Hub
PhoneArena

The HTC Desire also belongs to the same category of the best-made Android handsets to date, although it's not as spectacular as the Legend.

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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HTC released the Desire on August 15, 2010.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Desire user manual here.


HTC backs up the Desire with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Desire has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
3.7"

The HTC Desire's screen size is 3.7 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.1 Eclair operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 400 minutes.

HTC Desire Specs

Overview
Release date August 15, 2010
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
HSDPA
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.1 Eclair

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Processor Qualcomm 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 576 MB
ROM 512 MB
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.75 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 400 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Brown
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.0 x 1.2 cm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Optical pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WEP
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Bravo

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Critic Reviews


Engadget

HTC's Desire is undoubtedly one of the headline Android devices of 2010

from Engadget

Make no mistake: if you're a US Cellular customer looking for the best phone the company has to offer, the Desire instantly becomes the no-brainer choice now that it's been released at retail. And actually, looking at all of the larger regionals, you could make an argument that this is perhaps the best device any of them are currently offering. HTC has done a tremendous job carrying the Desire's personality over from the GSM realm to CDMA, and if you can get over the lack of Froyo and the occasional less-than-perfect shot from the camera, you can't really go wrong....

More

Make no mistake: if you're a US Cellular customer looking for the best phone the company has to offer, the Desire instantly becomes the no-brainer choice now that it's been released at retail. And actually, looking at all of the larger regionals, you could make an argument that this is perhaps the best device any of them are currently offering. HTC has done a tremendous job carrying the Desire's personality over from the GSM realm to CDMA, and if you can get over the lack of Froyo and the occasional less-than-perfect shot from the camera, you can't really go wrong.

 

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CNET

Has a sleek design with a sharp and responsive touch screen

from CNET

First announced at Mobile World Congress 2010, we've had to wait seven long months for the HTC Desire to land Stateside, and admittedly, we were worried that it would come up short compared with some of the smartphones that have come out since. We were wrong. Sure, it doesn't have some of the latest and greatest features found on other smartphones, like a front-facing camera or an HDMI port, but it offers a solid feature set, top-notch design, and great performance. It's a particularly great and important addition for U.S. Cellular, whose smartphone lineup has been lacking and whose only Android offering up until now has been the Samsung Acclaim. In our book, it's hands down the best smartphone that the carrier has to offer. The HTC Desire will be available from U.S. Cellular starting August 27 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $70 mail-in rebate....

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First announced at Mobile World Congress 2010, we've had to wait seven long months for the HTC Desire to land Stateside, and admittedly, we were worried that it would come up short compared with some of the smartphones that have come out since. We were wrong. Sure, it doesn't have some of the latest and greatest features found on other smartphones, like a front-facing camera or an HDMI port, but it offers a solid feature set, top-notch design, and great performance. It's a particularly great and important addition for U.S. Cellular, whose smartphone lineup has been lacking and whose only Android offering up until now has been the Samsung Acclaim. In our book, it's hands down the best smartphone that the carrier has to offer. The HTC Desire will be available from U.S. Cellular starting August 27 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $70 mail-in rebate.

 

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Mobile Syrup

The best HTC device that’s officially launched in Canada

from Mobile Syrup

Once in a while there’s a phone that actually lives up to the specs, the HTC Desire is one of those devices. This newest Android device from TELUS comes with OS 2.1 and the much talked about 3.7-inch Sony Super LCD display (resolution of 480×800). Other devices claim to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor inside, but unfortunately underclock it. I’ve been using this for over a week and can say that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is not underclocked and has zero lag time. Even switching between the 7 screens or running several applications at the same time there’s not a hint of the performance being stalled....

More

Once in a while there’s a phone that actually lives up to the specs, the HTC Desire is one of those devices. This newest Android device from TELUS comes with OS 2.1 and the much talked about 3.7-inch Sony Super LCD display (resolution of 480×800). Other devices claim to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor inside, but unfortunately underclock it. I’ve been using this for over a week and can say that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is not underclocked and has zero lag time. Even switching between the 7 screens or running several applications at the same time there’s not a hint of the performance being stalled.

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Bright Hub

It is attractive, packed with features and highly enjoyable to play around with

from Bright Hub

This is a smartphone with the same broad appeal as the iPhone. It is attractive, packed with features and highly enjoyable to play around with. Android Market is fast catching up to the Apple App Store in terms of choice and the HTC Desire is well placed to capitalize. Great value for money, top...More

This is a smartphone with the same broad appeal as the iPhone. It is attractive, packed with features and highly enjoyable to play around with. Android Market is fast catching up to the Apple App Store in terms of choice and the HTC Desire is well placed to capitalize. Great value for money, top quality performance -- this is the mobile phone you’ve been waiting for.

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PhoneArena

Acceptable for daily use and allows for instantaneous sharing of images over social networks

from PhoneArena

Is the HTC Desire worth its price? Yes, definitely. We would have to become rather petty in order to come up with a list of shortcomings. If you like handsets with compact size and feel willing to sacrifice extra features for it, you better consider the HTC Legend – talking from experience...More

Is the HTC Desire worth its price? Yes, definitely. We would have to become rather petty in order to come up with a list of shortcomings. If you like handsets with compact size and feel willing to sacrifice extra features for it, you better consider the HTC Legend – talking from experience here. Eager fans of high-tech devices surely know by now that the HTC Desire is what they want.

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User Reviews


A laundry list of “I want that!” features

The aptly named HTC Desire is an energetic, new-gen phone that makes my picks due to its laundry list of “I want that!” features.


Running on the Android 2.1 operating system, the HTC Desire boasts a large, 3.7 inch AMOLED touch capacitive screen that offers a remarkable 400 × 800 pixel resolution. Reading books and web pages on this phone is truly enjoyable....

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The aptly named HTC Desire is an energetic, new-gen phone that makes my picks due to its laundry list of “I want that!” features.


Running on the Android 2.1 operating system, the HTC Desire boasts a large, 3.7 inch AMOLED touch capacitive screen that offers a remarkable 400 × 800 pixel resolution. Reading books and web pages on this phone is truly enjoyable.


Add 3G speeds, GPS, 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1, email and a full suite of social media tools, and an actual lumberjack (no, no lumberjack), and you have a winning collection of popular features that has garnered this phone much deserved positive press.


The HTC Desire grants you access to the Android Marketplace and it’s over 30,000 apps, so you’ll have a real challenge keeping up with what this phone can do.

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Love it :)

So far, I've had this phone for a month, at first the battery might seem really short, I had to end up charging it everyday, but of course, when you get a new phone you would go on it almost every minute and try to figure out how to use it. After I got use to the phone, I noticed that the battery wasn'...More
So far, I've had this phone for a month, at first the battery might seem really short, I had to end up charging it everyday, but of course, when you get a new phone you would go on it almost every minute and try to figure out how to use it. After I got use to the phone, I noticed that the battery wasn't all that bad. I still don't know how to use this phone to the full extent! There are soo many features to it, and this is a great phone. Pros: - responses quickly - great resolution - easy to use - camera is decent, but MUCH better than most phone cameras - comes with a 8gb memory card, WOW! - has 'themes' - very customizable - apps are very good - glass screen - very durable, feels good in hand Cons: - when you remove the back, the cover is very flimsy, it feels like it's going to snap in half, be careful when removing the back cover - the screen tends to catch finger prints - wifi range isn't all that great, but that can be fixed with data plan. Overall, this is a fantastic phone and I would recommend it to anyone who is considering on buying it. It's better than my old phone! (iPhone 3g) Less

So far I love it!

This phone is MILES above the old HTC phones, I can tell you that. All the standard apps (internet, maps etc) work smoothly as though they are designed for the phone... as opposed to the old HTC smartphones where they just seemed to awquardly run them the best they could. They style and homescreens cu...More
This phone is MILES above the old HTC phones, I can tell you that. All the standard apps (internet, maps etc) work smoothly as though they are designed for the phone... as opposed to the old HTC smartphones where they just seemed to awquardly run them the best they could. They style and homescreens customization is really cool. It even breaks down everything that is currently using your battery....really cool! The bluetooth times out which I hate...but apparantly there's an app. for this.. i'll download it later. Thus far i'm still struggling with the onscreen keyboard as opposed to the slide outs...but I have faith i'll get used to it. Less

Best Phone Ever

I truly love this phone...not only does it give yu the bacis smartphone features it introduces new features like tetering and internet sharing! Not only that, telus is offering this phone on three years without a data plan so yu dont hav to worry qbout huge bills...and with wifi yu can connect anywhere...More
I truly love this phone...not only does it give yu the bacis smartphone features it introduces new features like tetering and internet sharing! Not only that, telus is offering this phone on three years without a data plan so yu dont hav to worry qbout huge bills...and with wifi yu can connect anywhere! The only problem i had wid this phone is that it overheats if yu use it too long and the battery life is like average smartphones, a peice of shit. Still i would giv it it 4 out of 5. Less

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