HTC Desire - Unleashed Android Power

Launch SRP: S$648


Beyond Common Sense

So, you want to know what's the draw for the Desire, when it is almost similar to the Nexus One? The answer lies within. Though the Desire shares the same Google Android 2.1 platform with the Nexus One, HTC added its own winning formula in the form of the HTC Sense UI. In doing so, we see a more streamlined user experience within the Desire. Examples include your contacts, which can be linked to the corresponding Facebook profile to consolidate all your communications with the said person. Similarly, images within the Desire or stored with your Facebook or Flickr account are also linked together.

The default interface gets an extreme makeover, on the surface and deep within. As covered in our previous review of the HTC Legend, the Sense UI gets a few updates such as Leap, which requires you to pinch zoom and be presented with a thumbnail view of all seven pages. Internally, the interface looks much more refined and richer than the default Android 2.1 interface. The previously mentioned Friend Stream is also present here, and likewise, you get to post status updates and newsfeeds across three different social networks - Facebook, Twitter and Plurk. Within Friend Stream, you can filter the feeds accordingly to status updates, or those that displays just photos and links within the feed. Alternatively, you can access all three networks via their own widgets.

Similar to the Legend, the Desire is one of the few Android devices that allows you to do internet tethering without the use of third party apps or going through the rooting process. Doing so requires the use of HTC Sync, which can be downloaded via the HTC website. And yes, as its name implies, HTC Sync allows you to synchronize your calendar and contacts from your Outlook onto the device, and vice versa. At this point, one might see the Desire as an upsized Legend, seeing as how both devices are sharing the same user interface and experience. But take heed that the Desire is also an Android phone that features an FM radio, and by far, is the only one. The other possible candidate would be the Nexus One, which could see its FM radio being enabled with the Froyo (Android 2.2) update.

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.