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19 May 2010
By Ben Bevins
May
19
2010

Telstra HTC Desire Social Review ‘Hands-on’ Kick-off!

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After receiving 2000 plus applications to become reviewers and announcing our 25 Social Reviewers last week, we are officially kicking off the ‘actual’ review phase of the Telstra HTC Desire Social Review!

We will be producing video and text blogs that will profile the various elements of the HTC Desire.  These themes include profiling top Android apps, social networking capabilities, the web browser experience and Android at work (email, productivity, tethering).

Telstra HTC Desire Social Review Kick Off! We’ll also be responding to your requests and those of the Social Reviewers to dive into specific aspects of the handset that may not be covered above.

For the first blog I wanted to provide a bit of a general video walk through of the Desire  (checkout the video below) and some tips for getting the most out of the phone.

Tips, tips, and cool stuff

For those of you who are starting out with the Desire, I also wanted to share some tips and cool features that will help you get the best out of your new smartphone.

1. The Notification Bar

If this is your first Android phone you may be overlooking what will soon become your new best friend — the Notifications Bar. To access the Notifications Bar simply drag you finger down from the top of the screen. In here you will find notifications on missed calls, messages, emails etc. You will also find “now playing music” and any apps you have set to appear in the notifications bar. To access any item on the list simply tap it to link to that app. The Notifications Bar will also display your text messages as a scrolling ticker – pretty cool.

2. Loading and deleting content (including adding music)

Unlike many other phones there is no file browser pre-loaded on the HTC Desire. You can either download one from the Market, or simply use the bundled USB cable to connect the Desire to your PC. Select the mass storage connection option when promoted. I find the mass storage option to be the fastest and easiest way to get content onto the Desire. You can drag you music into Desire’s music folder, delete or copy images, add notification sounds etc.

3. The LONG PRESS!!!

Another one for Android noobs (ed. people new to something). Long press, as it sounds, is simply holding your finger down on a piece of screen real estate or word or number on a web page for longer than a ‘tap’.

This can unlock heaps of context-specific shortcuts and commands. For instance:

  • On the home screen long press a widget or shortcut to move it or delete it. Or, long press free screen space to add widgets, shortcuts or change the wallpaper.
  • In the applications menu long press an app to create a shortcut.
  • On email or Gmail long press a mail heading to mark as unread, delete, move folders etc.
  • On a mobile web page, long press on a word or sentence and you’re given the option to copy text, share text via email or Twitter or look up a word via Wikipedia, Google Translate or Google Dictionary.
  • On a mobile web page long press a phone number to launch a call.

Over to you guys. Have you got any questions, comments? Found any cool features or tips like the long press you want to share? Drop me a line below.

Also, remember, you can ask a Social Reviewer a question.

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46 Comments

  1. I am interested to see how far, in three days, my Desire has come from the stock setup as shown in Ben’s video. While this has been in part to minimise the impact of the bundled Telstra apps on my user experience (as discussed on Twitter and my blog), it is a testament to one of of the things I really like about this device – its configurability.

    I love my iPhone, but I have really wanted to grapple with Android because of its integration with Google Apps, as well as its widgets and shortcuts. This is why I entered the competition to become a social reviewer.

    Even though I have never used an Android phone before, I have had no problems adjusting to a different set of UI metaphors, although I found the keyboard different enough to the iPhone’s to be frustrating (muscle memory is a powerful thing).

    The HTC implementation of Exchange server support is absolutely brilliant in comparison to the iPhone. So good, that it seems that Telstra has perhaps pitched this device to the wrong market – there are so many iPhone apps that offer are amazing and feature rich social experience, yet Exchange server support has felt altogether too restricted on the iPhone.

    There is a glaring opportunity to emphasise the suitability of the Desire for deployment as an enterprise device. Prior to owning an iPhone I had a Windows Mobile phone, and the Desire feels like it is at least as capable of handling email, contacts and calendars as any Windows device.

    My jury is still out on the quality of the Sense UI – in comparison to the understated nature of the ‘vanilla’ Android UI offered on devices like the Nexus One, the mixture of black and green throughout the Sense can feel garish after prolonged use. But being able to flick over to screens with a feature rich array of widgets, does go some of the way to compensating for any perceived aesthetic shortcomings in the UI.

    These are just some initial thoughts – I will be interested to hear what others have to say.

  2. Just a bit further on the loading of media – a few folks on Twitter have discussed the difference between loading media onto the iPhone and onto the Desire.

    Particularly for me, as someone who keeps his music on an iPod, having to create a whole new way of cataloging my music would be a real pain in the neck.

    For folks looking for a different way to manage their music on the Desire, or indeed quite a number of devices that aren’t made by Apple, Double Twist may be what’s in order. It’s available here: http://www.doubletwist.com/cure/

    It makes syncing music to the Desire a breeze – auto creates playlists and imports stuff from iTunes in one click – it’s really simple to use.

    I recommend it :)

  3. Helen Perris says:

    Aha! Now I know how to get rid of that app I accidentally put on the main screen and how it got there in the first place.

  4. Chris I can’t make the same recommendation about Doubletwist, at least on the Mac. I have ‘only’ 9 gig of music so not a large library for some and my Mac which is a last years Macbook Pro just couldn’t either handle it or it just likes to crash. So I am at work today with just a handful of songs which I copied over via USB.

    On a different subject now, I haven’t fully explored all the widgets and programs you can put on the home screen. But I’ve got what I need on one screen so far but I feel that it’s a bit all over the place and the designs of the different inbuilt Google made programs clash with the HTC ones. The Google, Facebook and Twitter integration has been good in getting my contacts on there quick and easy though.

    Anyone notice that you can’t wake the phone up even just to check the time without hitting the power button? You can’t hit that with one hand easy so if you need to quickly check the time takes that just little bit longer. Anyone got a way around this?

    The screen though so far is the stand out point, it’s so clear and pretty. The dedicated back button is a blessing too.

    Impressed so far, lots of ups, some niggling downs but only had it for one day now. Much more to explore.

  5. I haven’t used the Desire for anything too complicated yet but have found it fairly easy to use, which surprised me a bit given my lack of familiarity with smartphones.

    It helps that the manual is saved on the device too, so if there is anything you need to work out you can look it up straight away regardless of where you are.

    Something that wasn’t mentioned in the above video but I’m glad a colleague explained to me soon after I got it is how to zoom in (which comes in handy when reading the aforementioned manual). All you’ve got to do is put two fingers on the screen and draw them away from each other (something that everyone else probably already knows!).

  6. Casey Glass says:

    Hi Ben,

    I’ve been having some problems with the Foxtel App. It worked the first time, but then the next time I used it, it got stuck on the loading screen (doesn’t get to the % completed part).

    I tried deleting the app and downloading it again which worked the first time – but it then stops working again.

    Any ideas on a fix? I’m missing Robot Chicken!

  7. Jason Jordan says:

    I think I was one of the last to receive my HTC Desire, so unfortunately I’m a little behind the 8-ball on my thoughts.

    Nevertheless, after unpacking it this morning I was really impressed with the build quality and “hand feel”. It’s also a beautiful screen, it weighs intuitively the “right” amount and it feels slimmer than my iPhone 3GS even though in practice they’re about the same.

    My major struggle so far is that I’m so used to the iPhone UI, I’m struggling to unlearn it and grok a new way of doing things.

    But in the 30 mins I’ve played so far, I’ve been able to do a host of customisations which make me feel far more comfortable with the device.

    Of enormous value to me is the ability to run applications as widgets on the home screen(s) and keep them running. This allowed me to have Google Latitude stay running so that family can see where I am – all the time. On the iPhone Latitude only updates when you launch it. I also have Twitter running permanently as I live there. 8-)

    I’ll report more as I discover it, but so far I’m pleasantly surprised. This is my first experience of Android. I’ve had plenty of Windows Mobile phones and never ever want to go back.

  8. Casey Glass says:

    One really cool feature I just discovered: if someone calls you and their number isn’t in your phone – after the call is over the phone asks you if you want to add it to an existing contact, or create a new one.

    This kind of prompting makes these tasks so much easier as the phone does the task of finding the address book app for you, so you get straight to the task of adding the number to your address book.

    As my phone contacts are synced to my Gmail address book – I only have to add it once and then its accessible from the phone, my email, and my Mac address book which syncs with my Gmail address book too. Sweet.

  9. I have to say, my first impression of the HTC Desire is more that I actually expected; Being an Android platform user, I am familiar (very) to the look, feel, process, etc… of any Android-based device.

    What makes this phone shine out, well for starters, how fast it is; the 1Ghz Snapdragon processor makes the whole experience so smooth. Apps loads much faster, switching between apps is a breeze. One thing to keep in mind is the capability of being multi-tasking. Once loaded, an app stays in memory, hence moving from one app to another is fast. We have to bear in mind, though, that not all apps will stay in memory as this is a limited resource; so the system, to keep on top of itself, will kill (terminate) an app depending on the system’s requirement. I will be talking about more on apps, and how they interact with the user and the phone here and in my blog (http://zigiprimo.wordpress.com) over the coming weeks.

    Doesn’t the phone look sexy ;) My sister even commented on how better looking it is compared to the competition (the one that has heaps of restrictions applied to it, something to do with an orange or apple or some kind of fruit; my other sister has one of those)

    Enjoy the reviews, there is more to come from all over :)

  10. One thing I miss (or cannot find) is voice recognition.

    From my Windows Mobile or iPhone it was easy to use the hands free in the car and use the voice recognition to select the person and their relevant number.

    I have found the voice search for google but it doesn’t help.

    Any ideas from the 24 of the reviewers?

    (I am assuming I will wait for an Android upgrade to get this)

    Apart from that, it’s a cool device. Picking up my 16GB class 6 chip this arvo.

    Warwick Merry
    The Get More Guy
    http://www.warwickmerry.com

  11. Xabier Ho says:

    Nice comments. I agree completely about the shiny new screen, and the multitasking capability with gps/Twitter.

    I also found one thing amazing on the HTC Desire: it transforms voice messages into text messages! I was surprised when I got the text message. This means I don’t have to call to listen to my voice mail. Awesome!

    I’ll be watching for future reviews. Keep up the good work.

  12. Nice Android / HTC Desire tips Ben. These are bound to give Android newbies a good launching pad when experiencing the HTC Desire.

    Voice Command App for Android
    ——————————–

    @Warwick – Android 2.1 does not have explicit voice command functionality like the iPhone OS (iPhone 3GS) or later versions of Windows Mobile. I did however purchase an Android app today called “Choice Dialer” which, in my opinion, allows you to carry out more advanced functions that the aforementioned.

    Some of the cool voice commands include:
    “Call Ed Adams”
    “Call Ed Adams at home…”
    “Schedule an event for May 20th at 3PM”
    “Remind me to call Ed Adams tomorrow”
    “Open Broswer (or other app)”
    “Create a contact”
    “Find contact for (whom)”
    “Send email to (whom)”
    “Dial 555 0982″

    Accuracy and speed are acceptable so far. Will need to test more as I just downloaded it :)

    See more at: http://choicedialer.com/

  13. Buzz Moody says:

    I have found the Voice Recognition throughout the OS to be pretty good. Although it keeps thinking I am saying “HTC Design a” when I say “HTC Desire”.

  14. Daniel, I had a similar experience with Double Twist, even after downloading the helper app off the Android Market.

    I have had good results with Salling Media Sync, which can sync photos, music and podcasts. With AppBrain remembering the apps you have installed, you are replicating much of the functionality of iTunes.

  15. Kat says:

    I think I’m going to be the shallow reviewer because when I switched to the live scene and saw my phone ‘raining’–that’s the moment I kind of fell in love with it. It’s the first thing I show to people.

    The second has become a bit of a party trick–turning the phone over to reject a call when it rings.

    I have a love-hate relationship with the actual phone function at the moment. I like that it does snazzy things like ask me if I want to add new contacts, but I keep making accidental phone calls and I’ve not found the process of actually making, answering and rejecting calls all that intuitive. (The discovered party trick above courtesy of a couple of helpful tweets.)

    Oh, and today I noticed that pressing the home button for a few seconds brings up the last 6 ‘thingies’ I used. Maybe everyone already knew that but I’m discovering that being slighty unco can be an advantage when one is totally new to smartphones.

  16. Okay, adding to Bens discussion of the ‘long press’ to trigger actions, here is my Android noob find of the evening. I had forgotten that when you long press on the Home button, a HUD app switcher appears. Cool!

    I can hear all of you established Android users groan, but this is a mighty useful find for me.

  17. First of all, I agree with Andrew Gillett. I’ve installed the SlideScreen app which totally replaces my home screen with a bunch of info from my email, Facebook, Twitter etc. Exactly what I need. Phones should be easy to tweak, and this one is.

    Other good points: camera is AWESOME. Several people (including a good friend of mine who doesn’t really care about smartphones at all) have commented on the clarity of pics taken from the Desire. I’ve done a few posts showing pics taken at the same place and time with both my Nokia 6120c and the Desire – it really shows up the difference.

    I’m also getting used to the way the touch-screen interface works very quickly, and I’ve never owned a touch-screen before. The only touch-screen I’ve played with for more than half-an-hour is the Samsung Omnia, which has a pretty poor touch interface. The Desire is stunningly good and easy for me to work out.

    However, typing on a touch-screen is a bit hard to learn. I can go VERY fast on the 1-9 keypad on my Nokia with T9 (predictive text) and I’m feeling a bit frustrated by how slow I am on the Desire. I’m sure I’ll pick a lot of speed with practice.

    Bad points:

    Battery life is shocking. Admittedly I have the GPS on (but that’s how I use the phone, I like to use Google Maps, Foursquare and other location-based service. I’m lucky to get five hours heavy use out of the phone.

    There’s no app to edit videos. I’m studying journalism so I’m looking at how good the Desire is to post mobile content. If you can’t edit videos that’s a major flaw. (the Qik app doesn’t work the way Qik says it should)

  18. Greg Lamb says:

    Well I’ve been using the Desire for 2 weeks now. Although it’s a lovely phone, I just can’t take it anymore. Gonna have to try and get my iPhone back from my partner. Between the bugs (calendar, flickr), Exchange mail not showing up without restarting the app, Facebook items not showing up in Friendstream and the absolutely woeful battery life I just find the phone too much work. If a phone is meant to be used for social networking it should do it and should be able to do it for at least a day without needing to be recharged.

    I’ve turned off Flickr sync (as per direction in XDA-Dev), killed Calendar and restarted to ensure it’s not keeping the phone running in the b/g. Took the phone off charge this morning about 6:30, sent and received 1 sms, turned screen on a few times to check notifications and now just before 8am it’s at 92%. By lunchtime I’ll be down to around 50% unless I browse a few websites then it’ll be lower. Will have to put it on charge as soon as I get home if not before. I need to use it as a mobile device, not an extra computer that sits on the charger next to me at my desk.

    Apart from those show stopper issues, I love the phone itself. The notification system is simply awesome and is on par with Blackberry. I wish the iPhone could do the same….maybe in time.

  19. Thanks @MR Gadget and @Buzz
    Will give those things a crack.
    Battery life is fairly poor. Looking forward to o/s updates to correct it’s power usage. Will probably have to wait awhile though.

    Warwick Merry
    The Get More Guy
    http://www.warwickmerry.com

  20. Kat, I also think it’s cute when it ‘rains’ on the phone screen :)

  21. Susan Moore says:

    Kat, I’ll join you in the shallow reviewer brigade. I was quite captivated yesterday evening watching the rain falling and clouds drifting across the screen as the light faded over waving grass in the field at sunset… it was quite an accurate reflection of what was happening outside my own window! The live backgrounds are cool.

    Compared to my iPhone, I agree that the camera is really good – the flash and zoom work very well. I’ve taken a few great pics with it.

    A negative for me is the lack of back-arrow for text editing (placing your finger where you want the cursor to be just doesn’t work – it’s not much better on the iPhone either). Having to backspace/delete and re-type is very annoying.

    My big disappointment today is not being allowed to connect Android devices to the corporate network. HTC and Google will need to do a lot more work to convince IT folk that security is up to scratch and that the remote wipe actually works in the Desire, because apparently it doesn’t in other Android devices. But I’ll find another way of importing all my contacts at least.

    After several days of wondering why the Foxtel app wouldn’t work, last night I realised (I think) it was because I was connected using wi-fi and not Next G. D’oh. The TV image on the screen really is quite amazing. Like Jason, I’m impressed with the build quality and “hand feel” – it is slightly slimmer and lighter than my iPhone 3GS, for some reason I’m less worried about dropping it, and the ‘home’ button works better.

    Look forward to learning a few new things in my upcoming chat with a Mobile Mentor this arvo!

  22. @Kat

    It hasn’t rained here yet but it was cloudy so the screen was filled with clouds the other day. I thought that was cool.

    Small things :D

  23. Well I posted up my initial thoughts on my blog (click my link) but it was a bit all over the place.

    I’ve finally got the hand of twittering (total noob @ twitter until the Desire)… Over the last 2.5 days, I’ve been grappling on the question of whether I can do a full switch over from an iPhone – what features make it really worth the switch?

    Well today I found that one thing: SlideScreen. Oh my god! this app is amazing… exactly what any multi use user needs: everything on 1 screen: missed calls, phone book, SMS, calendar, email (that actually works with ActiveSync), Facebook, twitter, finance, etc.

    At least give this app a go for a few days. You do lose swipe access to the 7 home screens :( but they are still there… but considering my FB, Twitter and email and calendar each take up 1 screen, i’m ok with it!

    Battery life: everyone here is talking about battery life. No offence to HTC… but the battery is woeful. One of the first things I said in this review, was one point that was not negotiable was battery life. It must at least be as good as an iPhone… at least one of the first batches of the 3G 8GB (yes I lined up that cold morning on George St to get mine on release).

    So far – its a joke and unacceptable. I get through 2/3 of a day on a battery charge (need to stop watching Foxtel though), but even when not watching Foxtel, I still only get just about a day’s worth of charge. At least with the iPhone I could send it into limp mode (2G, no wifi, BT, or push and screen down to 10% quite quickly, and get nearly 3 days out of it!).

    So at the moment – im cleaning up the interface

    Next step – cleaning out all of Telstra’s bloatware!

    (bring on Froyo 2.2 telstra!)

  24. I was having the same problem as Greg with Exchange mail not showing up, and decided to do some digging in the app.

    It seems that that the ‘Mail’ app is the central node for configuring Exchange ActiveSync. To change the sync settings, go into Mail, invoke the menu, and then go More/Settings/Send & Recieve/Schedule.

    Once you are here, you will find that the HTC Exchange sync app is very configurable. I work in my job in local government three days a week, and the app allows you to set peak and off peak times for being notified of the arrival of email, and how frequently the email is to be delivered.

    I have configured Exchange so that during my peak times (Tuesday-Thursday), mail is pushed to the device as it arrives. Testing this yesterday, it arrived on the phone at exactly the same time as it did in Outlook. On the days when I work as a Dad, Graphic Designer and Video Editor, I have set the frequency for mail delivery to every four hours, so that I can keep on top of meetings and project development without having to address mail as it arrives.

    I think this is an important thing I have learned about the Desire, and Android in general – the true feature richness of the apps are often hidden behind the ‘More’ button in the Menu.

    Hope this helps.

  25. Greg Lamb says:

    Hey Susan, you can use the optical trackpad to navigate around to correct mistakes. Tap anywhere on screen then use the trackpad to fine tune where you are. The movement in the trackpad is not quick but it will get you there. Took me a while to figure that out. I actually realized by accident.

    Andrew, yeah I know you can set the send/receive times and peak/off peak times. I’m talking about mail not updating at all even when I selected refresh. My mail is set to send/receive every 10 mins peak time but yesterday I didn’t receive any updates from 10:40am. After I killed the Mail app it started working again.

    I’m still not getting any Facebook updates in Friendstream either. It shouldn’t be this hard????

    BTW. The I too get mesmerized by the weather display and grass waving in the wind against a dusky sky!!! :) Apparently the live papers use more battery than they should too so I’m in a quandary…..a pretty wallpaper or a little more battery life??? Why should I be forced to make these life changing decisions!!!!!! :s

  26. Monnie says:

    If anyone’s still having issues with Foxtel after updating the app, reboot the phone. I googled around and saw some people had the same issue on the iPhone but it was fixed after a reboot. And sure enough, mine was too. :)

  27. Stilgherrian says:

    I’d previously posted my initial impressions over at http://stilgherrian.com/internet/experiencing-the-desire-1/ and since then have been flat out with other things — so not much of a chance to explore.

    However, to add to those initial impressions:

    1. I still agree that the industrial design is good. The Nokia N96 has the nasty habit that if you drop it the back cover comes off, spilling your battery and sometimes your SIM onto the floor. That side volume control is just in the wrong place.

    2. I’m still not happy with the battery life. I’ve been using the USB cable to keep the phone trickle-charged off my MacBook Pro when working at the, erm, pub. But the whole point of the exercise is that I should be able to move my work to the phone. The HTC Desire simply can’t last a whole business day if it’s put to any kind of serious use — and this is without using the camera or audio recording or whatever.

    That said, the N96 didn’t cope with a heavy day either. The Desire does have a removable battery, so at least that’s a plus. What do they cost?

    3. Tethering was a PITA to set up. USB tethering to my MacBook Pro required a non-free 3rd-party app and the set-up was fiddly. I’ve documented it at http://stilgherrian.com/internet/htc-desire-to-os-x-tethering-via-usb/ However once it’s set up, it’s quick to connect and obviously I’m having a better tethered experience with the Next G network than my current provider.

    4. I’m still not sure about the overall interface. Some functions are part of the touch screen, some are on the physical buttons for home / menu / back / search. Switching between the two means jumping between two different physical finger-feels. Feels odd. Maybe that’s just a matter of getting used to it?

    I’ll be doing more serious stuff on the Desire across this weekend, and will probably have a send batch of feedback on Monday.

  28. Helen Perris says:

    Hi folks,

    You can read my review of the HTC Desire here: http://thedesire.perris.id.au/

  29. Buzz Moody says:

    http://ausdroid.net/2010/05/22/comparison-xperia-x10-desire-nexus-one/

    I did a bit of a comparison between the Telstra HTC Desire & SE Xperia X10 (available on Telstra also) and the Google Nexus One.

  30. Greg Lamb says:

    Another surprising and confusing day with the Desire. I turned a few apps off (Nimbuzz, NewsRob), set FB and killed apps (killed Calendar again and restarted) that didn’t need to be running. Today being a non peak time my Exchange mail checks every 30mins instead of 10. I took the phone off charge at 10:30am and now at 7:15pm I still have 86% battery left. No phone calls or SMSs today and only browsed a few web pages. Will have to try using a few apps and reading some RSS feeds to see how the power goes after todays use.

  31. Greg Lamb says:

    Well, last nights excitement seems to be shortlived. While I was waiting for takeaway, I read a few RSS feeds. lost 2%. Got home and read a few more RSS feeds and browsed a few web sites, lost another 10%. By the end of reading RSS and web surfing, I’d lost 40% of my battery life over about an hour. I don’t remember other phones being so bad???

    So basically, the phone is great…..unless you use it. Not a great option for a so called ‘socially connected’ phone.

    I have a colleague with a Nexus One. Basically the same phone obviously with a stock Android 2.1 ROM. He has 55% battery by the end of the day. Maybe the problem is the radio in the Telstra version? Or some of the HTC Sense stuff??? A little light on the issue by Telstra or HTC would be great.

  32. Wolf Cocklin says:

    Just a quick note to say hi….

    Having been away for four days playing with the phone on a mini break I really haven’t had a chance to catch up with all the blogs and all the other goings on…

    My one big conclusion from the last 4 days I need to RTFM… or in this case RTFB (blogs) so I can work out how to get the most out of this device.

    Which in someways is almost a failing of the device. I have managed to work out the predictive text, the “long hold” and the trackball and am starting to get the hang of using the phone for my social web…

    Anyway… less commenting on posts and more writing up some reviews….

  33. Graham Mitchell says:

    I applied to take part in the ‘social review’ and was rejected. As someone over 50, I strongly suspect ageism may have played a part or is that just sour grapes?
    I’m not particularly impressed with what I’ve read about the phone to date; the battery life would drive me insane! At least my four year old Motorola lasts for four or five days between charges.
    I’m greatly looking forward to the next iphone; will it knock HTC of its perch…?

  34. Having not received my HTC desire for review yet, I have decided to do a review on the systems of the HTC Desire (Android) vs the Apple iPhone from a global community and competition point of view.

    http://blog.wheatland.com.au/2010/05/iphone-vs-htc-desire.html

  35. Here’s a video I took in the car over the weekend:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpZ5g1VDCIg

    I had a look at how the lens was able to handle changing light conditions (dark inside the car, light sky at dusk).

    Wasn’t too bad actually. 480p looks acceptable.

    Shame about uploading – have to do it over Wifi, not over NextG.

    I’ll be posting up a review of how the phone went over the weekend this evening after work.

  36. I posted on my Tumblr over the weekend about my frustrations with the Sense UI continually crashing, and how problematic this might be for a non-tech user.

    Turns out it was (seemingly) a corrupted Scene I had saved. The upshot was having to delete all data from the Sense UI (including all the setups I had saved in Scenes), which fixed the crashing problem, but left me having to reconfigure the device to the way I had set it up.

    You can read all about it at http://digitalbirdy.tumblr.com/post/624948283/frustrated-with-desire

  37. Ratzbool says:

    Thoroughly enjoying these reviews, though I’m wondering if any of the reviewers have experienced the widely reported problems with ActiveSync.

    I’m this close to getting a HTC Desire, but the exchange server sync issues reported for the Desires native ActiveSync would be a deal breaker for me.

  38. Greg Lamb says:

    Haven’t had any issues with Exchange Activesync since changing the APN. The APN that was set up with the phone out of the box was telstra.wap. After changing it to telstra.internet, all was good.

    In regards to battery life, I seem to have struck a good compromise. I’ve set the check frequency of all my apps to a moderate setting and get pretty much a days use out of it. If I do to much web surfing, I have to charge it mid-late afternoon.

    This weekend just gone all I did was send a bunch of SMSs, a couple of calls and check incoming emails and tweets (non peak check of emails is 1/2 hour). Battery came off charge at 10:30am Saturday and I still had 35% Sunday night 11:30pm (airplane mode from 10:30pm Sat to 11am Sun….had some well deserved sleep ins).

    I’m not so much of an (so called) Apple ‘Fanboy’ as I used to be but I think I agree with a recent comment by a reviewer elsewhere regarding Android. It’s a great operating system but when coming from (and comparing to) an iPhone, there’s just something missing. It’s the little things that are just that much easier on iPhone OS and Android needs just that little bit of extra work to manage. In time, the UI might be just as easy to use/manage. Having said that, for a technical person, the phone is great.

    I would like to have the opportunity to turn off built in apps so that I could use my preferred apps ie Messages vs Handcent, Mail vs any other number of apps. If I don’t use them, they still run and if I kill them, they just relaunch.

    As stated by many other people, I’d also like the option to remove HTC/Telstra apps that I don’t use. I’ve pretty much reached my limit of apps I can install and without FroYo, I have no option but to either delete apps that I may want but need others more.

  39. Dave M says:

    The battery life is appalling. Until HTC fix this I cannot recommend this phone at all. With everything off ie WiFi and 3G no email or GPS just a phone I only get a day max. Also takes ages to charge whereas my old Nokia got enough in about 1 hour.

    Great phone but no good till the battery life is much better.

    I even asked the question about battery life at the telstra shop and was assured it was as good as an Iphone ( i hate Iphones)

  40. Eduard says:

    Had this great phone for bit over a week now. Many mention battery life and initially, it was bad. I now installed ‘advanced task killer’ and bought ‘juice defender’ ($3 US) battery life became acceptable and easily lasts me through a day now.

    I have juice defender switching on Wifi (or 3G if needed) every 5 minutes and then turning it off again when the phone is on standby, so I still get all the updates / sync regularly but that saves quite a bit.

    Other awesome apps I installed (as some of you also have):
    handcent – replaces my sms conversations
    swiftkey – very fast predictive keyboard that learns from you
    agenda widget – widget to display your calendar(s)
    action complete – getting things done / task list
    netcounter – keeping track of your wifi / 3G data use to avoid nasty surprises

  41. Tanya says:

    I’ve only had my HTC a week or so. Have photos that i want to use as “contact icons” but when I go to the picture then set as contact icon the search always comes back as no matches found… How do I add pics to contacts???

  42. Phill says:

    Why do they put the speaker on the back of the phone?
    It really annoys my that everyone within a few meters can
    hear the person that I am talking to on my phone. Damn that
    p*sses me off!

  43. Dominick says:

    Everyone loves it when folks get together and share thoughts.
    Great blog, keep it up!

  44. Justine says:

    Everyone loves it when folks come together and share thoughts.
    Great blog, continue the good work!

  45. kanser says:

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for htc desire

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