HTC Desire review

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire was launched in March 2010. It is one of the most wanted phones for custom rom developers. Have a look on its main features:

  • 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 quality
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
  • 576 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging
  • WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) video recording @ 15fps
  • Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD slot, bundled with a 4GB card
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Optical trackpad which doubles as a button
  • Smart dialing

On the front under the screen it has four hardware buttons (home, menu, back and search) and in the middle a trackball. When using the browser that trackball is very useful. On the left side of the phone you can see the volume keys. On the top it has the power button on the left and the 3.5mm jack on the right. The microUSB slot is found at the bottom of the phone and near it is the microphone. On its back it has the 5MP camera with LED flash on its right and with the loud speaker on the left of the LED flash. It is solid and well built.

The display type of the Desire can be AMOLED or SLCD. It depends on the market. It has a 3.7 inches diagonal and it supports 480×800 pixels with a pixels density of 252ppi. Anyway the screen legibility is good under sun light and indoor the colors are very good. The display support multitouch and is protected by a Gorilla Glass screen. The phone measures 119x60x11.9mm and weighs 135 grams.

It internal memory has 130Mb but you can add a microSD card up to 32 GB and move the data from the apps to the SD. The phone has an amount of 576Mb of RAM and 512Mb of ROM. This memory helps the Adreno 200 GPU and the 1GHz Scorpion processor. Those two are based on the Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset. It has accelerometer, proximity, compass and light sensors.

At connectivity it has HSDPA download speed up to 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA up to only 2 Mbps. The wireless internet connection supports b/g standards and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Bluetooth is version 2.1 with A2DP and microUSB is v2.0. Quite good specs for that time and it runs smooth over the internet with the integrated browser which support Adobe Flash.

The 5MP camera can shoot 720p video at 30 fps via an update to Android 2.2 Froyo version. It has autofocus and LED flash. It has many options in the settings menu like: image properties (contras, saturation, and sharpness), white balance, ISO, flicker adjustment, face detection, metering mode and many others. The photos are quite good, not exceptional but good.

The battery has 1400 mAh and can keep the phone on for about six hours and a half in talk time. With a moderate use is can last a little more than one day.

It comes in four different colors: black, brown, silver and white.

If you are interested in buying a mid-range smartphone the HTC Desire is a good choice. You can check deals with it and other phone on


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