HTC Desire Review: A Desire Come True: Final Words

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Final words

The Google Nexus One was given the grace of a market head start but it’s no longer standing lonely at the top. And even if it looks like a brotherly reunion, the HTC Desire is in fact a formidable rival. That’s between HTC and Google though. Users have hardly reasons to complain.

The limited availability of the Nexus One only works in the HTC Desire’s favor. The HTC Desire ships worldwide and its current street price is around 440 euro. That’s just a bit more than the Google Nexus One and it won’t be long perhaps before they’re level.

As to the differences, the HTC Desire seems to acquire the upper hand but it’s not just quite as capable as promised. DivX support and 720p video recording didn’t create it on time, although there’s word of including them in a future update. The HTC Desire comes with the company’s proprietary Sense UI on top of the E'clair and Flash support in the web browser. We do prefer the hardware buttons to the Nexus One’s capacitive controls but the trackpad doesn’t quite slit it. We’d hold the trackball any day.

Google Nexus One

Now, the complicated family problems aside, let’s see at a real competitor. The recently unveiled I9000 Galaxy S is Samsung’s most powerful Android smartphone – and quite keen to challenge for the top spot. Featuring a breathtaking four inches of Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display and a quick 1Giga Hertz (GHz) processor, the Galaxy S also runs E'clair and offers a 5-megapixel snapper. What’s more, codec support and high-res video are all there so HTC better rush with that upgrade.

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 has the older Donut (Android Operating System (OS) v1.6) and its price is steep. The X10 is still quite a catch though. It has a Snapdragon inside and a bigger classy screen too. The real edge over the Android rivals however is the 8-megapixel autofocus camera.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

So, this is the latest in Android and we have no reason to be disappointed. The Desire is confidently taking charge of the HTC Android lineup. With gadgets like the Hero and the Legdiscontinue behind it, this is one of the most impressive droid fleets these days. The HTC Desire has the background and the inspiration, and it has some bonus hype, courtesy of the Nexus One. Out of two identical phones, most users will of course acquire the one that’s more readily available.



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