The Most Desirable Phone: HTC Desire Review
Lets Get Physical
The buttons from left to right, Home (returns to HTC Sense UI), Menu (brings up whatever menu each application has), Optical trackball with Capture (tracking and scrolling are available, depressing the silver circle captures the scene in camera mode), Return (well, as the name suggests, return) and the Magnify (once again as the name suggests).
The back cover removed and battery out for display. Another noteworthy note, the microSD card slot is hidden below the battery, thus not allowing any hot-swapping of the cards. But then again, whoever still hot-swap nowadays?
And the Spidey Senses are tingling
Let us take a look at the HTC Sense User Interface. With the exception of Nexus One, all HTC Android phones comes with HTC Sense which is an improvement over the generic Android User Interface.
The HTC Sense UI comes with seven default screens (last screen is not shown in the above picture array), each with a preset function like Mail, Weather, Bookmarks and etc. The last screen is just a page for the user to add applications for quick access.
Unfortunately, in the final version of HTC Desire, HTC decided to remove the option to allow users to disable HTC Sense in favor of the default Android UI.
And a stroke of key
One tiring thing about touch screens is that the keypad/keyboard tends to be small and cramped. Fortunately, the size area for each key that HTC has allocated in the Desire is generous – generous enough for big fingers people like yours truly to be able to type (touch actually) with no mistakes.
Prolonged depressing of the key brings up alternative symbols shown in grey. There are also other forms of keyboarding, like scribing or using any of the available third-party applications.
We are done with the looking and the feeling, let us proceed on.