81
Global
Score
81

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HTC Desire review

Summary

Pros
  • Snappy OS performanceEnhanced Sense UILarge, sharp AMOLED screen
Cons
  • Average camera qualityScreen too reflective outdoorsWeak battery life
HTC Desire review

Following the Legend, HTC continues its Android 2.1 lineup with the Desire -- a gorgeous cousin of the renowned Nexus One. We can trace our drool all the way back to the Desire's leak in December, but there have been some changes since then that made it slightly less desirable -- DivX support and 720p video capture never made it to the final build, but it's not like the company laid down any official promise on them, right? Anyhow, there's still plenty to be loved here, namely the speedy 1GHz Snapdragon, the large AMOLED screen, and HTC's latest revision of Sense UI that we've already seen on the Legend. Now, there are probably two questions floating in the minds of our readers: is the Desire worth the extra moola over the Legend? And is it any better than the Nexus One? Let's all find out together.

Update: commenter NigelL pointed out that HTC will push out DivX support in a future update. Thanks!

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Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.3
Display
8.5
Battery life
5.6
Camera
7.2
Ease of use
8.4
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Specs

Desire

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
150 MB
Screen size
3.7 inches
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Specs

Desire

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
150 MB
Screen size
3.7 inches
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