Hands on: New Android HTC Desire phone

At the HTC press conference this morning we got an early hands on of the newly announced Android device, the HTC Desire.

Overall the look and feel of the device is very similar to Google's Nexus One which is also manufactured by HTC. Welcomed additions are the optical track pad and HTC's Sense UI. The screen is colourful, vibrant and most of all very responsive. HTC has included support for Flash 10.1 so you'll get the full web experience on the go.

HTC has introduced a new application and widget in Android called the HTC Friend Stream. The application seamlessly integrates into services such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and provides an organised feed of updates. HTC has also improved the browser, email and other applications using the HTC Sense UI. The new version for Android also includes a new newsreader application and widget as well as a seven-screen 'Leap' thumbnail view for quick and easy access to specific screens.

CHeck out a quick hands on below and pictures of the device in our gallery.

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Nice phone, [no doubt] shame about the price, which I'm expecting to be ... high. Good to see the trackball being lost from the Nexus one ... but will be waiting to see what the 4G iphone will look like before upgrading my mobile this year

Nice features, there is something about the glossy black theme and multicoloured background that just looks really dated. I'm guessing it's customizable, but I would have thought they might have chosen something that looked a bit more slick for the event.

One flaw: back button is in the middle. You are going to use the back button much, much more often than search button, and it's going to be harder to press being in the middle.

hmm, that friendstream reminds me of google buzz?

also why do you need a joystick when you have a touchscreen... sorry if i sound abit behind the times, but i dont own a touchscreen phone...

wow, looks nice!

carmatic said,
hmm, that friendstream reminds me of google buzz?

also why do you need a joystick when you have a touchscreen... sorry if i sound abit behind the times, but i dont own a touchscreen phone...


well, my htc magic dont have a joystick, but it has trackball. it's useful when you type a wrong word and need to set the cursor where's the word. i think it's much more easier than touching the screen to do that. :)

bruNo_ said,
wow, looks nice!


well, my htc magic dont have a joystick, but it has trackball. it's useful when you type a wrong word and need to set the cursor where's the word. i think it's much more easier than touching the screen to do that. :)

i could kind of see your point, if you have large fingers or something... still i think a pointing device on a touchscreen is abit anachronistic
but i suppose if its winter and your wearing gloves, the optical tracking is gonna work alot better than capacitive, so yeah...
and depending on how the ui is set up, maybe you could use the touchscreen and joystick simultaneously

carmatic said,

i could kind of see your point, if you have large fingers or something... still i think a pointing device on a touchscreen is abit anachronistic
but i suppose if its winter and your wearing gloves, the optical tracking is gonna work alot better than capacitive, so yeah...
and depending on how the ui is set up, maybe you could use the touchscreen and joystick simultaneously

I've had an iPhone for about a year and a half now, and it has no trackball/optic tracking device, and believe me i think it would be handy to moving the cursor around, and other things. It's simple enough to use the touchscreen, but it can get a little tricky

Happy_Camel said,

I've had an iPhone for about a year and a half now, and it has no trackball/optic tracking device, and believe me i think it would be handy to moving the cursor around, and other things. It's simple enough to use the touchscreen, but it can get a little tricky

+1

Had my iPhone a year and a half too and find the exact same thing - especially when you're trying to text edit in a less than half-height text window (Facebook!!) - something more accurate for moving the cursor around than a fat finger would be a godsend! :)

Really nice phone, quite the toss up between it and the nexus1.
Some will prefer the optical to the trackball.
I've seen comparisons that state the bravo/desire lacks the 2nd mic of the nexus one used for noise cancellation though, and I think I'd rather have the direct android update path from Google rather than waiting around for new firmware from 3rd parties.
There were some queries over system RAM too, some previews seemed to think the bravo/desire has less than the nexus1.

with such incredible specs coming out on mobile phones these days im finding it surprising for most smartphones being a bit laggy. I'm assuming this may be due to bugs rather than limited specs?

pielor said,
with such incredible specs coming out on mobile phones these days im finding it surprising for most smartphones being a bit laggy. I'm assuming this may be due to bugs rather than limited specs?

According to another site, HTC says it's not a release version of their Sense UI, just a testing version

The interface itself looks laggy sometimes however due to this phones suspiciously similar specifications to the HD2 I am hoping it could help with a HD2 android port ;D

Jack E said,
The interface itself looks laggy sometimes however due to this phones suspiciously similar specifications to the HD2 I am hoping it could help with a HD2 android port ;D

Is that even possible?

DrScouse said,
Thats just ridiculous.. i mean, c'mon... how you supposed to wipe your backside with them fingernails!!!

I've seen much worse.

DrScouse said,
Thats just ridiculous.. i mean, c'mon... how you supposed to wipe your backside with them fingernails!!!

I've often wondered that, every time I see someone with long fingernails, I sure hope you sanitize those hands before shaking mine...!

DrScouse said,
Thats just ridiculous.. i mean, c'mon... how you supposed to wipe your backside with them fingernails!!!

LOL! What? Do you dig your finger nails up in there?

Tom W said,
Please note the video quality will get better, it's just YouTube's slow processing that makes it look bad.
Too bad we still seem to lack videocameras that can't focus properly. :p