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HTC Desire HD review

£414.11 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HTC

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

A souped-up version of the HTC Desire that wowed us last year, the Google Android 2.2 'Froyo'-based HTC Desire HD is one of the most popular smartphones on the market. Updated 22 March 2011

The HTC Desire HD is a Google Android mobile phone equipped with a 4.3in SLCD touchscreen, an attractive aluminium case, and the latest Android OS version 2.2 (Froyo). This is our original review of the HTC Desire HD, by Ross Catanzariti, of PC World Australia

This successor to the popular HTC Desire Android smartphone, the 4.3in SLCD screen with a 480x800 screen resolution is larger than its predecessor's 3.7in display. This means it will be a larger handset than the HTC Desire. HTC says the HTC Desire HD is crafted from a single block of aluminium, similar to the HTC Legend.

The HTC Desire HD is powered by a 1GHz ARM-based processor (8255 Snapdragon). It comes equipped with an 8Mp camera with dual-LED flash, 720p HD video recording and Dolby Mobile sound. It has 1.5 GB of internal memory, along with a micro-SD memory card slot that supports cards of up to 32GB in size.

In addition to these hardware features, the HTC Desire HD benefits from the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Google Android OS which adds full Flash support, built-in wireless tethering, and the ability to store third-party apps on your SD card, in addition to a range of other improvements.

The HTC Desire HD is one of the first HTC smartphones to benefit from HTC's new Sense software. Enhancements include a shorter boot up time (10 seconds), cached map data for faster rendering of maps (along with a digital compass built into the map), and DLNA support for connection to compatible televisions. HTC has also launched HTCSense.com, a set of desktop-based services largely centred on backup and security. You can locate your phone on a map if it is stolen, remote lock or wipe the handset, and archive contacts, text messages and call history.

Using the HTCSense.com service HTC users can manage their mobile phone experience from their HTC phone or personal computer.

There is a security function in this, in that people can easily lock or locate a missing phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it. And with HTCSense.com all the HTC Sense enhancements can be ported to a new phone handset - so long as it is an HTC model.

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HTC Desire HD Expert Verdict »
HTC Desire HD Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 1701 reviews
Google Android smartphone with HTC Sense and 1GHz processing power
4.3-inch touchscreen
8.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and 2x LED flashlight and 720p HD video capture
Free voice guided SatNav with Google Maps
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS
164g
68x123x12mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The HTC Desire HD has a fantastic screen, good multimedia and web-browsing credentials and very good battery life. Its Sense interface is a welcome addition not seen on other makers’ handsets.

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