HTC Desire in the Test

Sometimes the world is a paradox: on the one hand, the Internet giant Google is suspiciously eyed because its data collections to aggressively fought, on the other hand, the Smartphone operating system initiated by Google celebrates successes worldwide.

  1. HTC desire in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

Although the group always traceable phones and the Gmail account necessary for many features gets profound insights into the habits of its customers.

Contributed to the success of the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, who built the first Android models not only for T-Mobile and Vodafone, but also as the first phone sold by Google itself – has the nexus one.

The better Google nexus one?

It must now warmly dressed, because with the desire, the Taiwanese, who market their products successfully for quite some time under their own flag, presented a new Android phone that looks very similar to the nexus one at first glance. But just at first glance, because the closer look show significant differences – to the advantage of the desire.

Such as when the four Android typical controls below the screen: the mechanical keys of the HTC desire have a real, pressure point for targeted typing if also slightly spongy.

The desire is breaking new ground in the mandatory Navigation key: scans the finger trending about off a camera placed between the four buttons as an optical mouse and also accurately executes the appropriate command with some practice.

High-quality hardware

Grab quality of the two devices located at a similarly high level: with identical outer dimensions, as well as a high-quality material texture brings the HTC desire four Grime more on the scale, with a total of 138 grams and a height of twelve millimeters nice handy and disappears almost unnoticed in the trouser or jacket pocket.

The stable housing is clean, no creaks and seems resistant to the ravages of time. Also the screens of nexus one and desire are one: so is the energy-saving technology of organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), which illuminate the display with rich contrast and large color space in two.

A 3.7-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, also this screen parameters are identical and clearly better compared to the iPhone bar (3.5 inch, 320 x 480 pixels). In combination with the 1 gigahertz fast clock Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm end responds the touch-sensitive screen of the desire very quickly and accurately, why the touch control without annoying jerks elegant and supple feel.

Android HTC-stamp

Of course, the Android operating system in its current version 2.1 contributes decisively Eclair. The user interface is intuitive and easy to grasp even for Android newbies – after recently trying out and some AHA effects it runs most like clockwork.

But HTC does not rest on the laurels of Android, but added the operating concept with its own sense interface which makes operation even easier and more comfortable: on a total of seven free customizable home screens, especially a variety of handy HTC widgets can be placed in addition to shortcuts for various applications, favorite contacts and thematically named folders.

About the calendar widget displays upcoming events, world travelers know certainly appreciate the simultaneous display of two time zones. Also for the relaxed listening to music on the way home or a quick glance on the private mailbox, the sense interface provides appropriate widgets.

Speaking of E-Mail: who wants to run its digital post not on the Google servers, can manage well its IMAP or POP3 accounts from AOL, or on the desire or by using the included sync software plus data cable sync the Smartphone with Outlook messages and contacts but. The company P.o. box can be operated mobile via the implemented Exchange connection.

No apps without a Google account

However, the Gmail abstinence hand in hand with the abandonment of the Android market is: to customise the desire with additional applications from the software store, a Google account is required – as annoying as that may be. The app store contributes significantly to the flair of Android; the consistently growing supply in the market with mostly free or cheap tools facilitates the decision for an additional mailbox when the big brother Google after all.

On the amount of time

For modern Web 2.0 user’s self-image in social networks is now an integral part of the leisure. HTC that has not escaped, and so the manufacturer with the application “FriendStream” user accounts from Facebook, Twitter and Flickr in a common channel open as a widget or stand-alone application bundles. Thus, social networkers have virtually the current status messages of contacts at a glance as a live stream.

In terms of hardware equipment, go the Taiwanese people with the time and Pack in addition to HSPA, Wi-Fi and GPS receiver also gravitational, brightness and proximity sensors on the Board.

Especially chic: the desire for an incoming call in the hand is taken, automatically reduces the ringtone volume and shuts off completely once the Smartphone with the screen is placed on the table. A second microphone for the active suppression of background noise saved HTC.

You are looking for the Android 2.1 of voice control provided for of House in the HTC desire without success. A Bluetooth module equipped with abundant profiles and a pretty decent for a Mobile 5-mega pixel camera worthy complete the equipment package.

Noiselessly, the HTC desire by our laboratory is walk – to say: spectacular does not exist to announce. 1392 mAh large battery is rather weak on the breast power with little over four hours in the mix of uses from surfing, listening to music and email and require intensive use at the latest at the end of the day after the power supply. The curves of the acoustic measurements confirm the Smartphone a pleasant sound in transmission also receive direction; the reception is neat.

The competition a thorn in the flesh

Overall the HTC desire is a credit to his name – it inspires greed not disappointed it in technical terms fancier case with diverse talents. With a very round appearance in the editorial and lab test there’s not only its middle related nexus one loose in the bag. And Android itself concern competition more and more: it hangs like a sword of Damocles over the revolutionary operating concept of the iPhone, which according to Apfel must fear increasingly to its cult status.

The endurance test is already running

The desire makes after prolonged use and the software update to Android Froyo (2.2), how in the endurance test of the HTC desire in the connect issue 10/2010 (from 3rd September at the kiosk). We are even looking for owners of a desire, which would tell us about their experiences with the smartphones in the duration test forum.

Technical data and test results

Operating system Android
Processor / clock speed (MHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon / 1000
internal memory (MB) 512
Memory card slot MicroSD
Phone / qwert keyboard / touchscreen / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
USB host / client / /
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 /.
Wi-Fi / standard / 802 .11b / g
… Headset profile / hands-free profiles /
… OBEX / SIM access-profiles /
Type selbstl. OLED
Resolution (pixels) 480 x 800
Number of colors 16700000
Diagonal (inches) 3.7
Call list / ringing tones of groups of callers
Brokering / withhold /
Situation profiles: Number / flight mode 4-6 /.
Handsfree / mute /
Contact management
ANZ. Telephone number / Email / address 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Notes /… typed / ink… /… Outlook-sync / / /
To do list / with date /
Sync: Windows / Mac / SyncML / /
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
Email / POP3 / IMAP / /
Attachments send / receive /
SMS / MMS / fax / /
Web / frames / Java / Java scripting / / /
Home / Favorites /
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera / resolution (mega pixels) / 5.1
GPS receiver
Dimensions (H x W x D in mm) 119 x 60 x 12
Weight (grams) 138
Endurance D power (hours) 6:45 am
Stamina E-Netz (hours) 8:00
Endurance UMTS (hours) 3:38
type. Endurance (hours) 4:08
Standby time days (days) 16
standard radiation factor / SAR value (-/ W / kg) -0.1 / 0,752
Endurance (max. 115) satisfactory (81)
Endurance conversation / operation (80) 54
Endurance standby (35) 27
Facilities (max. 175) well (132)
System (15) 8
Scope of delivery (10) 7
Display (30) 25
Connectivity (20) 18
Phone functions (15) 10
Messaging (15) 13
PIM (15) 10
Office (10) 8
Web browser (10) 9
Camera (10) 7
Music and video (10) 9
Features (5) 1
Navigation (10) 7
Handling (max 125) very good (112)
Manageability (30) 26
User interface (70) 64
Processing quality (20) 18
Documentation / support (5) 4
Measurements (max. 85) satisfactory (63)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (33) 22
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (17) 12
Acoustic measurements send (17.5) 15
Acoustic measurements receiving (17.5) 14
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points well (388)
tested in issue: 06 / 10