HTC Desire HD Review: Most Wanted: Android Market And HTC Likes, HTC, SatNav

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Android Market and HTC Likes

The HTC Desire HD is running the latest available version of Android and has a WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) screen, giving you access to the whole Android Market (some apps won’t run on older versions or low-res screens).

The structure of the Android Market is quite simple – featured apps on top and above them, three sections (Applications, Games and Downloads). There is also a shortslit up there for initiating a search.

The Android Market will give you access to over 100 000 applications

The Applications and Games sections are divided into subsections (e.g. Communication, Entertainment etc.) so you can filter the apps that are relevant to you. Of course, there is also an option of displaying them all in bulk, but you’ll probably need days to browse them all that way.

There are all kinds of apps in the Android market and the most vital ones are covered (file managers, navigation apps, document readers etc.).

HTC Likes is an alternative way to browse the Market, which might prove to be more convenient than the vanilla app. It has tabs for Featured and Popular apps, which are presented as 3D cards.

HTC Likes is an alternative to the Android Market

To view the rest of the apps, you can scroll down. To create discovering apps even easier, you can see what apps/games your friends have commented on, which is a remarkable way to find recommended apps. Or you can utilize the site to see for apps from the comfort of your computer and imprint them. Later, you can find them in the Market items tab.

HTC Likes pulls apps from the Android Market, but each one comes with an HTC review. You can comment on apps, like and share them via texts or email, even over Twitter and Bluetooth (which just sends a text note with a link to the app).

You can check out what your friends have assumed about the apps

Not an app store, but the HTC Hub is a fine source of widgets, wallpapers, scenes and skins and also sound customizations – ringtones, alarms and notification sounds and entire sound sets (a set is a whole package that brings together the other three categories).

The HTC Hub is your source of customizations integration offers some premium features for free (a bit like HTC Locations). The Phone locator can be used to locate your phone if it’s stolen and you can lock it or even erase all the data from it.

And don’t worry – will back up your Desire HD contacts and messages (though contacts should already be safe and sound in the Google cloud).

The website

Some other handy features include ring phone (if you’ve lost it in your room and can’t find it), toggles for call and message forwarding. The site also lets you view and edit contacts and view messages. You can compose SMS and MMS messages too – so you can utilize the gigantic computer keyboard and you don’t even have to have the Desire HD in front of you to sdiscontinue a couple of messages.

You can also view your and your friends’ Footprints. Finally, HTC Hub lets you browse apps and games on the computer and imprint them, which makes them easier to find on the phone later (in HTC Likes). You can’t initiate an app download from the site though.

The site is a bit heavy (we tried it in Firefox 3.6.12), so if you’re stuck with Internet Explorer it will feel sluggish.

GPS navigation gets some assist from TomTom, Route66

The HTC Desire HD has a built-in GPS receiver, which managed to acquire a lock in a small over a minute (with A-GPS switched off). If all you need is a rough concept of where you are (within 150 meters) you can utilize the Cell-ID and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network lock, which is very fast.

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we’ve covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere. You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View.

Google Maps is an inherent part of the Android platform • Street view

But HTC recently made an fascinating announcement – the Desire HD and the Desire Z will come with HTC Places, collaboration with TomTom.

What HTC Locations can do is let you download maps for countries for free, or just cache maps as you browse. Google Maps has caching enabled too, but the best part about Locations is that it can calculate routes even when offline – and Gmaps can’t.

Plotting a route with HTC Locations

If you stray from your course and don’t have a data connection Gmaps can’t do anything, which might be a problem. No such problems with Locations though – that distinction makes all the incompatibility when traveling abroad.

It doesn’t do voice-guided navigation for free like Ovi Maps though – but still, you can utilize the list of instructions and tap the next and pervious arrows to see the next turn. Not ideal but it’s a remarkable addition, especially since it’s free.

HTC Locations has a regular 2D view and a 3D view, which is convenient becautilize it gives you a better see of what’s ahead. It’s just as easy to work with as Google Maps and has POI too (including your Footprints) and also 3D buildings.

HTC Locations has plenty of features

Pinch zoom works in both 2D and 3D modes and you can turn on compass mode – at first it seems choppy, but that’s only to avoid wobbling (digital compasses are not the most accurate things in the world).

One more thing we found fascinating – when HTC announced Locations, they assumed they were collaborating with TomTom. But when we started the app we saw Route66 flash on the classy screen – it turns out the software is by Route66, while TomTom contributed the maps.

The car panel offers big, easy to hit buttons so that you don’t acquire too distracted while driving. A handy option is “imprint this location” – remarkable for those who often foracquire where they parked their car.

The Car Panel has big, easy to hit buttons

If you hold the plunge and pay extra for the voice-guided navigation, the HTC Desire HD can very successfully double s a SatNav unit. A lot of dedicated units have 4.3”-5” screens, so the Desire HD isn’t really at a disadvantage here.



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