HTC Desire Review: A Desire Come True: User Interface (continued)

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User interface (continued)

When you select a widacquire you are prompted to choose between several versions - most widgets have at least two styles. The different versions typically offer at least two sizes of the widget, different see (There are twelve different clocks. That's right, twelve!).

Some different styles of the Clock widget

And some widacquire styles even offer different functionality. Take the Twitter widacquire for instance - one version also shows updates for the people you follow, while the other version only lets you tweet correct on the homescreen. There's nothing stopping you from using both of course.

The two versions of the Twitter widacquire are functionally different

The HTC widgets offer a better level of interaction than the stock widgets - there's a Favorites widacquire that keeps a list of your favorite contacts you can scroll through, no need to acquire to the contact list.

Fridiscontinue Stream shows the latest status updates of your friends. To utilize this widacquire you must link your profile to Facebook and have matching friends to your phone’s contact. After this is done properly, their latest updates will be noted in the Fridiscontinue Stream widget.

The People widacquire and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth setting widgets • Fridiscontinue Stream widget

The Photo album widacquire is a "stack" of photos that shows all the photos in some folder and you can flick them to view the next photo in line. This is quite fun but the experience is somewhat ruined by optimization - during the animation of the photo going up and the next one settling in, the widacquire uses low resolution previews of the photos and it takes a couple of seconds for the next image to load up in full quality. Higher-res photos suffer the most from this, of course.

Photo widacquire is smoothly animated, but not smoothly drawn

The Messages and Mail widgets work much the same way, but instead of photos, you scroll messages. And you don't acquire the pixelation issue.

The Mail widacquire • Messages widget

Android 2.1 offers animated wallpapers and the Desire has plenty of those preloaded. They see impressive, extdiscontinue over all of the homeclassy screen panes and don’t slow the interface at all. You may even choose the Nexus One original wallpaper.

Choosing a live wallpaper • the live wallpapers in action

Well, that’s about the part of the Sense UI that’s closest to the surface. There’s more to it but we’ll discuss those bits and pieces throughout the review.

The HTC Desire UI is generally quick and we must give credit for that to the faster Central Processing Units (CPU) and the optimized software. This time around the UI performance is remarkable - even with lots of files on the microSD card.

The only noticeable slowdown is with widgets that need internet connection to refresh content, but that’s completely normal.

Here is how the HTC Desire compares to the Legdiscontinue and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in terms of performance. We used the free Benhcimprint and PiBenchimprint apps from the Android Market for the test and the results are here for you to see.

HTC Desire • HTC Legdiscontinue • HTC Desire • HTC Legend

HTC Desire • HTC Legdiscontinue • HTC Desire • HTC Legend

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 benchmarks

The recent trackpad is an auxiliary navigation tool here – given the responsive capacitive touchscreen. You can swipe, scroll and precisely select elements with the trackpad, but sometimes you’d swipe your finger over it incidentally. The hardware keys are very close to the trackpad itself, so be careful there.

We found ourselves barely using the trackpad except in the capturing camera app, where it serves as the shutter key. Even there, it’s non essential, as the touch focus works well.

Two more things - most apps won't run without a microSD card inserted and classy screen vibration feedback works on the virtual QWERTY keyboard but nowhere else on the homescreen.



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