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HTC Desire

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4701 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the camera and usability are generally positive. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the features and battery.

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battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for HTC Desire

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 690 user reviews of HTC Desire from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on Amazon.co.uk.

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features

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire Sim Free Mobile Phone - MochaHTC Desire - Smartphone - 3G - WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM - touch - AndroidHTC Desire SIM-Free Android Smartphone

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Amazon.com review summary for HTC Desire

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of HTC Desire from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

responsiveness, usability, screen, design, camera

features

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire A8181 Android Smartphone with 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, Touchscreen and Bluetooth--Internati... Version with No WarrantyHTC Desire A8181 Android Smartphone with 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, Touchscreen and Bluetooth--International Version with No WarrantyHTC A8181 Desire Unlocked Quad-Band GSM Phone with Android OS, HTC Sense UI, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi and gps navigation--Internat... Version with Warranty

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HTC Desire Android Mobile

 

One of the handsets that the Android community in India has been eagerly waiting for has been the Desire. True it's been here, in an unofficial capacity for quite a while now, but for those who prefer the company bills and warranties, it's officially...

Aside from the battery problem, the Desire is a brilliant handset. It works like a charm and is capable of providing users with plenty of fluid functionality for all purposes. If it wasn't for that darn battery heating up and draining so quickly (a...

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HTC Desire 500 review: Here To Charm

 

Desire has long been the signature of the company's tier-2 lineup. With past offerings varying from capable midrangers all the way down to entry level, going for a smartphone bearing the Desire moniker has largely been a hit-or-miss affair.

Quad-band 2G and dual-band 3G support ; 4.3" 480 x 800 pixel TFT capacitive touchscreen with 217ppi ; Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.0 ; Qualcomm MSM 8225Q Snapdragon 200: quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A5, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 203 GPU ; 8 MP...

WVGA screen resolution ; Not the most powerful of chipsets ; Disappointing stills and video, no Full HD video recording ; No active noise cancellation for voicecalls ; Poor video codec support out of the box ; Limited inbuilt storage, only 1GB...

You may not be able to tell going by the financial reports alone, but HTC has produced plenty of fine hardware in 2013. The company has consistently delivered well-built stylish smartphones with lots of character and the HTC Desire 500 is no exception.

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HTC Desire (US Cellular)

 

The HTC Desire is a dual-band EV-DO Rev. A (850/1900 MHz) device with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. The nation's sixth-largest carrier, US Cellular offers service in 26 states, but roams on Verizon otherwise; be sure to check the coverage maps before deciding on...

Fast performance. Sharp, responsive screen. Attractive hardware design. Refined HTC Sense UI layer. Smooth, colorful video playback. Reasonable US Cellular plan pricing

Must pull the battery to swap microSD cards

The Android 2.1-powered HTC Desire is indeed desirable, with a robust feature set, a mature and attractive user interface, and plenty of multimedia goodness.

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HTC Desire

 

U.S. Cellular answers the call for a sleek Android phone while packing in plenty of speed and a vivid Super LCD screen.

For Midwesterners who don't travel much and are looking for something smaller than the Droid X or the Evo 4G, the $199 HTC Desire is a solid choice. It's easily the best smart phone offered by U.S. Cellular, and it's speedy to boot. However, the...

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HTC Desire (US Cellular) review

 

HTC's Desire is undoubtedly one of the headline Android devices of 2010 so far -- and heck, when you're using the already-great Nexus One as a starting

Relatively clean, bloat-free firmware ; Keeps GSM Desire's good looks ; SLCD keeps us from missing AMOLED

No global roaming capability ; No Android 2.2 yet ; Weak camera

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HTC Desire (U.S. Cellular)

 

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...

The HTC Desire features a sleek design with a sharp and responsive touch screen. The 1GHz Snapdragon processor keeps things running smoothly, and call quality is good

No voice dialing over Bluetooth. Camera and camcorder quality are so-so

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

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HTC Desire review: A desire come true

 

If you've seen the Google Nexus One, you've seen the HTC Desire. End of story. We liked the Nexus One so be our guest, HTC Desire. But is it all that simple? HTC are so good they build phones for the competition. HTC are so mean they have no issues...

Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support ; 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA ; 3.7" 16M-color capacitive AMOLED touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480x 800 pixel) ; Android OS v2.1 with kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming ; Slim profile and great build...

Disappointing video quality ; Limited storage available to the user on the system partition (you are left with only 120 MB for installing apps) ; No DivX and XviD video playback ; No voice dialing ; Non hot-swappable memory card

It doesn't quite make sense to go as far back as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 and the HTC Touch Pro. Today's story is about another couple of twins. And because the children are nearly identical, we'll try to see what it's like being mom's favorite or...

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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

Snappy OS performance ; Enhanced Sense UI ; Large, sharp AMOLED screen

Average camera quality ; Screen too reflective outdoors ; Weak battery life

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HTC Desire Review

 

The HTC Desire is the company's second-strike in what they hope will be a one-two sucker punch for the Android competition. Following on from the excellent HTC Legend, the Desire borrows plenty from Google's Nexus One but packages it with HTC Sense for...

Nonetheless, in a move to pre-empt the future, such buyers would be missing out on a great user experience – and a great smartphone – right now. It’s hard not to be convinced by the HTC Desire; this isn’t just “good for an Android device”, it’s...

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HTC Desire 600 Review

 

With a spacious 4.5-inch display, great sound quality and HTC's latest Sense 5.0 Android interface, the HTC Desire 600 brings some of the HTC One features in a more affordable package…

Bright, vivid 4.5” display ; Rich stereo sound speakers ; Dual SIM, Dual Active means both SIM cards can be simultaneously active

Slightly below average camera capturing dull yellowish images ; A slight but consistent lag, feels underpowered

At a price north of $425 off contract, the HTC Desire 600 is not cheap. It’s more of an upper mid-ranger, facing ferocious Android competition. The 4.3-inch dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini comes to mind as a better overall alternative or if you want a...

Product Specifications

Camera

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Swivel Camera: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:WVGA

Configuration

Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
AUDIOFORMATS: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes
XHTML Browser: Yes

Connectivity

A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Infrared Interface: No
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSCSD: No
HSDPA: Yes
Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)

Display

Display Technology:AMOLED
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Design:Bar
EASY USE PHONE: No
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Multi Band:Quad Band
Operating System:Android
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free

Messaging

E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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