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The HTC Desire : A Short Guide

By Mark Walters

When set side by side, you would think that the HTC Desire was an identical twin to the Google Nexus One. The insides are virtually the same, as well. Both offer a 1 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, a GPS, A-GPS, a microSD, 512 MB of flash and 265 MB of Ram. The 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED screen and the curves of the device, as well as the fact that the power button is on the top, also seem to mimic the Google Nexus One.

This device also has a proximity sensor and a compass so it’s readily usable for augmented reality apps as well as HSDPA. The handset is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ready. There’s a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and the ability to capture 800x 480 video, which is slightly boosted from that of its predecessor. Both offer screen shortcuts to options like home, menu, back and search.

So what’s the difference between the two phones? There actually aren’t that many because HTC actually manufactured both phones. So, although, the Nexus One is officially a Google phone, for all intents and purposes it’s actually a HTC handset. But HTC wouldn’t ship an identical product with a different name though would they? Of course they wouldn’t!

The mechanical trackball on the front of the phone has gone, as have the touch-sensitive buttons within the screen. They have been replaced with hard shortcut keys and a more precise optical navigation trackball. This is inline with what has been happening elsewhere in the cell phone market, with BlackBerry making the same choice for their latest releases. It’s been recognized that mechanical trackballs struggle to last the duration of an 18 or 24 month contract, and so this change is a major plus.

The user-interface is different too, with the HTC Desire making use of the Sense UI that was used on the HTC Hero. The lastest version of HTC’s Sense UI id bigger, better and faster though. Put simply, they’ve taken what was already a great interface and have made it even better. A new option is the ‘helicopter view’, which works in a similar way to Expose on Mac products. Pinching the homescreen displays all of the homescreen pages you’ve got running at the time. You just have to tap to switch between apps. It really is the best interface that you’ll find on any smartphone, and that includes the iPhone.

So, which one should you get – the HTC Desire, the Google Nexus One or the iPhone? It really comes down to personal preference, as there’s not much between them at all. However, if you’re really unsure, then the fact that the HTC Desire was released later than the Google Nexus One, and is cheaper than the iPhone, would maybe give it the advantage.

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