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.