The HTC Desire is one of those phones that demand attention. From its name, to its price-tag, to its features, the HTC is an out-and-out premium device. The Desire also supplants the HTC Legend as the top of the line HTC phone available in the market and stands alongside other smartphones like the Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 as a high-end Android offering.
The Desire’s specs make it one of the most powerful mobile devices in the market today. It boasts of a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 576MB of RAM, a 3.7-inch AMOLED display and a 5MP autofocus camera with an LED flash. The Desire’s screen is capable of a resolution of 480x800 pixels and 16M color output. Of course, the Desire leaves nothing to the imagination in terms of connectivity and you get Wi-Fi and 3G support. The Desire also supports GPS and lets you use Google Navigation for voice navigation. Unfortunately, Google Navigation is still not active in India so while you can get route calculations, you won’t get turn by turn navigation.
The Desire uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) mobile OS with a generous layer of HTC’s own Sense UI, a UI that can also been seen on other HTC Android phones such as the Legend and the Wildfire. While you can always download plenty of applications from the Android market, the Desire also comes with some pre-installed applications. Friend Stream is an app that accumulates updates from various social networking sites that you are logged into. Peep is an app that makes it easier to keep track of your Twitter profile on the phone. Plurk is an application for another social network and the QuickOffice Free app lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents.
Apart from these applications, the Desire, being an Android smartphone, comes packed to the gills with Google apps. These include apps for Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Navigation, Places and Latitude among others.