HTC Desire - Unleashed Android Power

Launch SRP: S$648

Overview

** Updated as of 17th May 2010 - Video Walkthrough Included **


Thou Shalt Desire

It's been more than a year since Google brought forth its open-source mobile platform, Google Android, onto the mobile scene. Though the mobile OS had a slow and uneventful start with the HTC Dream, it got a breakthrough with the help of HTC and its Sense UI on the HTC Hero. For a while, it seemed as though HTC was dominating the Android realm, with its various offerings that also includes entry-level devices such as the HTC Tattoo. But with more manufacturers joining the Google bandwagon, it became anybody's game.

Then came the Google Nexus One, dubbed as the superphone by the Google themselves. True to that, the Nexus One offered much more than its counterparts did, loaded with the latest Android 2.1 version whilst others were still waiting for the update from its earlier Android 1.5 or 1.6 versions. As evident by its strong partnership with HTC, the Nexus One was manufactured by the said Taiwanese company, and that brought up this question - will HTC release its own model loaded with HTC Sense? The answer is a resounding yes, when we first spotted the HTC Desire at Mobile World Congress 2010. Bearing similarities to the Nexus One, the Desire is more than just a clone of the earlier Android device. As expected, a new and improved HTC Sense UI was loaded within the Desire, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Want to know how big this iceberg really is? Read on as we give you the detailed breakdown of the HTC's new Google Android 2.1 device, the HTC Desire. But just before that, here's a quick video overview to get you up to speed on most pertinent features of the HTC Desire if you're in a hurry to know what's all the fuss about:-

9.0
Design
9
Features
9.5
User-Friendliness
9
Performance
8.5
Value
9.5
The Good
Enhanced and fast user experience with updated HTC Sense.
Great multimedia experience on its 3.7-inch AMOLED screen.
Availability of internet tethering and FM radio features on Android.
The Bad
Less than a day of heavy usage.
Average audio playback quality.
More work required on imaging quality.