Lets Get Physical

Finally, HTC has dropped the idea that a candybar form-factor phone with an overly accentuated chin is really (out)standing. What we have here instead is a relatively flat phone that stands out pretty well on its own too.

The front face of the phone is devoted mainly to the 3.7-inch AMOLED screen that offers superior picture quality as compared to normal LCD screens. Aside from the screen, the bottom of the phone is occupied by five buttons and an optical trackball.

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 of the phone contains a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. HTC’s namesake is engraved followed by a print on of the Google and HTC Sense (UI).

The left of the phone basically houses the volume control.

The top of the phone is graced by the power button as well as the 3.5mm earpiece jack. It might be worth noting that the supplied earpiece while functional isn’t one of the best we have seen or heard. But, since it is a 3.5 mm jack, any of your favorite earphones fits the bill.

The right side is empty. No biggie there.

The bottom aside from the lack of overly accentuated chin (which I do not really favor) has only the micro-USB connection port.

And here we have the supplied USB cum wall socket charger.

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.