Although previously an OEM only company, HTC has made great strides into the consumer smartphone market with its own brand
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Data services: Y
Media player/capture: Y
HTC was the first manufacturer to bring an Android handheld to market and since then, the firm has released numerous Android devices. The Desire is the latest and is expected to go on sale in the region in the coming weeks.
In hand the Desire feels a high-end, premium device and this is thanks to its beautifully textured battery cover. The cover is also etched with the HTC name - a classy touch.
Like the Samsung Galaxy S the HTC packs a 1GHz processor and thus it performed fluidly no matter what we did. We noticed a little bit of lag from time-to-time when using the web browser but beyond this we had no complaints.
The Desire offers four physical buttons, rather than touch sensitive, in addition to an optical trackpad and these served to aid usability. The smartphone's 3.7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen while slightly smaller in size compared to the Galaxy S' 4-inch LCD, returned visuals that were just as impressive with regards to both colour and sharpness. Typing out text messages, e-mails and navigating the web was also easy as the screen proved responsive to even very quick fingers.
The biggest problem with the Desire is its limited battery life. In mixed use with WiFi the phone needed a recharge after just 25 hours. Moreover battery life dropped significantly when running ‘Live wallpapers' and widgets.