- Mitchell Oke and Dan Cohen , Gear Diary
I have to admit that this was the first Android device that made me really start appreciating some of what Android can do.
The HTC Desire HD is a peacock among pigeons, strutting a massive 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen wrapped in a lightweight aluminum body. The screen offers a very impressive 480 x 800 pixel resolution, which means crazy-crisp text and images.
Powered by Android's 2.2 OS incarnation, and running at an impressive 1000 MHz processor speed, the HTC Desire HD is a powerhouse ready to take on anything you have to throw its way.
Oh, did I mention the fabulous 8MP camera? Yeah, yeah, and it has dual LED flash, auto-focus, face detection and Geo-tagging, so taking pictures and video is more fun than ever. Owning to its namesake, you can video record in 1280 x 720p, which is straight up HD quality.
Add a music player, a full, wonderful internet browsing experience, FM radio, one-touch access to thousands of apps via the Android Marketplace, built-in Facebook, YouTube and Twitter applications, and you have a very powerful device that can help you during your work day and enhance your social interaction.
And as the television pitchman loves to say, "But wait, there's more!". Packed into this sleek device is Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headset jack, tethering capability, A-GPS and expandable memory via microSD. The HTC Desire HD is an excellent and well-built device that puts the user front and center. It gives you the power to do stuff! Nice job HTC.
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It's got a big processor, loads of memory and a powerful camera
In a lot of ways it doesn’t feel like a particularly new device
That brings me to my final comment on the device- the speakerphone. My HTC (iMate) Jam’s speaker was horrid. When I upgraded to the next generation Jam I found that the speaker functionality was… HORRID. Fast forward a few years and the speakerphone on the Inspire 4G is still pretty lousy. I tried to use it for a number of phone calls and ended up putting my headset every time. It really is the weak link in an otherwise good device.
It may sound like I didn’t like the Inspire 4G but that is not the case. There is a ton to like on this device and at a price of $... Full review
The best thing about the Desire HD might also be one of its downsides: it's BIG
Great web browser & superb video playback experience
The HTC Desire HD is one of two new high-end Android handsets from HTC, and provides an upgraded feature set over the original Desire, with a focus on multimedia. It is packed with new features such as an upgraded 8 megapixel autofocus camera, a larger 4.3" touchscreen, and extras like Dolby Mobile and DLNA media sharing.
That's not all, though, because the Desire HD is running the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, with an updated version of its HTC Sense UI on-board to liven things up. The original Desire's 1GHz processor remains, but, disappointingly, the battery has been sized dow... Full review
To start this off, I must state that I was a huge fan of the original HTC Desire. Its sleek design and stealthy look gave it an instant feel of superiority over the other Android devices I have had the pleasure of demoing. That being said, I was quite excited to hear that the new HTC Desire HD was up for release, and I could not wait to get my hands on it. Fresh out of the box, the phone had a great feel to it. The device was sleek and thin, but it definitely has some weight to it. I immediately noticed that the battery and the SD/SIM card slots were in different compartments enabling easy access to hotswapping of cards. I took the plastic protector away from the battery leads, popped in the SIM, and I was ready to go. I turned on the device and it immediately returned the favor, as HTC has added a new feature, Fastboot, which enables the device to power up and load the OS in 5 seconds or less. The HD has a 4.3” brightly lit LCD panel capable of 800x480 resolution, and the touchscreen is amazingly responsive. The 1GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor appears to be more than sufficient for the amazing lineup of app that come standard with the device, and of course with 230,000+ apps available to date, the customization possibilities are endless. The camera is a stunning 8mp with autofocus and dual LED flash, which features facial detection and geotagging capability, and adds gravy to the mix with the 720p video capturing capability. The phone comes standard with 1.5gb of internal memory, and throws in an 8gb MicroSD card preinstalled into the device. While this may seem like a lot, they have also given you the option of upgrading your added memory to a whopping 32gb. Supplies of the HTC Desire HD are already limited in the UK, despite 3 different cellular providers carrying the device. I foresee the same issue here in North America, so get if you are an avid Android fan I suggest you grab one while you can!Less
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- HTC Desire HD Manual (PDF)
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