A detailed HTC Desire review from UK T3 Magazine

T3 have published a more detailed review of the HTC Desire on their site. They have acknowledged that the Desire is an iPhone-beater (not killer because you can’t kill a phone that’s already sold millions can you?).

Here are a few snippets:

Right now, let’s put aside that dumb phrase “iPhone killer”. The fact that a phone is better than Apple’s all-conquering, landscape-changing, gadget-genre-inventing device doesn’t “kill” it, any more than Chelsea defeating Man United means that that particular football team is dispatched to the Araldite Glue League (Northern Area). But make no mistake: this phone is better than the iPhone.

As we mentioned, the Desire is one of the most powerful Android phones on offer, and it shows when you pick it up for the first time. It reacts to your slightest touch, slipping between home screens without a hint of slowdown, and allowing you to open multiple applications without destroying the user experience.


The on-screen touch keyboard is among the best in the business, and eerily accurate in use. Even if your typing is terrible the Desire will often work out which word you’re really after and suggest that instead. You can flip the phone into landscape mode to open up a larger keyboard, but we’ve found you don’t need to – the basic version is good enough on its own.

HTC Desire

Like the iPhone it’s built on the WebKit framework, but it matches and beats Apple’s device in nearly every area for surfing on the go. It’s got multi-touch pinch and zoom, cut and paste and text resizing as standard, but it also has Flash video on board, something we think Apple will never be on board with.

The camera on the Desire is also probably the best we’ve seen on a phone from HTC – the five-meg snapper with LED flash performs quickly and takes some decent snaps too. There are a range of options to play with, such as contrast, saturation and sharpness, as well as the usual negative/sepia/black and white effects on offer too.

Above all, the Desire beats the iPhone 3GS in just about every area. Apple may trump it on music playback and with its various Stores and a bigger choice of apps and games, but other than that the Desire is the better phone. Let’s see what Apple comes up with to fight back…

Click here to read the full review



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