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The Most Desirable Phone: HTC Desire Review

Ever since its announcement early this year, HTC Desire (codename Bravo) has been the hot topic of most Android discussions. With very similar internal specifications to the Google Nexus One, also manufactured by HTC, the Desire stands among the market as one of the most powerful Android phones. Let us take a look at how powerful this phone proves to be, and oh, we heard it is also Flash enabled.


Once again, HTC proves itself worthy of its own slogan – ‘quietly brilliant’ – as it has produced another highly anticipated phone that lives up to the fanfare. Ever since there was a leak for the Desire last December, bluebirds around the grapevine had been chirping non-stop.

Granted that the final version of Desire differs slightly from that of the leaked version, and much of the internal specifications are similar to the Google-branded, HTC-manufactured Nexus One, Desire still shines brightly.

The HTC Desire comes with an optical trackball, encircled by a silver ring button. It also has physical buttons as opposed to touch-sensitive buttons. Most importantly it comes bundled with Adobe Flash Lite 4, making surfing more enjoyable and engaging.

Whether the final product is as desirable and enjoyable as it is touted to be, read on to find out more. Let us start with a walkthrough of the specifications first.


Networks: HSDPA 900 / 2100
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
OS: Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
Memory: 512MB RAM
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, WLAN 802.11b/g, USB v2.0, Micro-USB, Teethering
GPS: Internal GPS (AGPS supported)
Camera: 5 Mega Pixel with Face Detection, Auto-focus and Flash
Display: 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Battery: 1400mAh Lithium
Standby Time: up to 360 hours (3G / 2G)**
Talk Time: up to 6 hours**
Expansion Slot: micro-SD™ (support SDHC)
Browser: HTTP with Flash supported
Email: SMS / MMS / IM / Push e-mail / POP3 / IMAP4 / SMTP
Streaming: Audio / Video
Audio: MP3 / WMA / 3GP / AAC / AAC+ 3.5mm headset with mic
Sensors: G-Sensors, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Social Networking: Facebook™ integration, Friend Stream, Photo sharing on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, Video sharing on YouTube™, HTC Peep for twittering

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