The Android Guide was invited to a HTC event last week, where they revealed the latest family of Android handset, HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z. In addition, HTC launches a new service, HTCsense.com, where people can simply manage their mobile phone experience from any web browser.
The HTC folks are very kind and generous to pass us a HTC Desire HD set to play with and so far, we have been very impressed by the phone. This is one phone that makes us wanting to discard other Android phone that comes with the vanilla Android system (Nexus One :P)
The HTC Desire HD is a head turner, for both guys and ladies. Peers that we showed the handset are very impressed with its 4.3” Super LCD display and the sheer clearness of the screen itself. In fact, some of them were already asking me where to buy the phone just by the first glance of the phone! I believe that HTC had scored well in the ‘WOW’ factor for this handset.
One of the ‘complains’ many users have is the time taken up for the phone to boot up and ready for use. However, to our surprise, it took a mere 30 seconds for the phone to start up and the phone is ready to use. Of course, detractors may argue that the phone is a new handset, but 30 seconds to boot up and running is an amazing fact! Subsequent shut up and boot up as just as fast, making the usage of the phone very pleasant without the frustration to wait for it to load.
Ready to Use
Once the phone is boot up, I was prompted with the usual screen to set up my network connection and my Google account. As I am expecting my contacts to be sync, I proceed with the steps and once done, I left my phone aside to complete my work. I went back to the phone 10 minutes later and realized that all the apps that I installed in my previous Android phone is downloaded and installed in my HTC Desire HD! The speed is amazing and it done the job well backend!
I enjoyed the vivid 4.3” screen with Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround audio, and the fact that it accepts various file format such as wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3), makes my life easier when I want to view my videos on the go without the need to convert my existing files.
In addition, the new HTCsense.com portal where I can manage my mobile phone remotely, which is important in event that I lost my phone or forgotten to bring my phone out.
Of course, the crystal clear HD camera with 2 LED flash with can double as a flashlight.
No track ball or optical track pad? Call me old fashion, but I like the track ball in my HTC Dream and Nexus One, and it comes in handy especially when my fingers are sore from the ‘touching’. 😛 Having the track ball or an optical track pad is good for very tiny navigation, especially when I am editing long text or e-mails.
My only concern is the speed of version updates for the phone, as the phone comes with HTC sense, meaning that we are unable to get the latest updates should there be any from Google. As a developer, it is important to be ‘ahead’ and understand the latest version of the Android so we are able to custom to any latest development.
As a developer myself, I tend to choose phones that provide the vanilla Android system as I can get faster upgrades to the operating system, and I do not like those additional ‘add-ons’ that handset manufacturers applied to differentiate their products from their competitors. However, after trying out this phone for the past 3 days, its add-ons, such as Car Panel (Watch out for the review!) is certainly a plus factor to get the phone itself.
The HTC Desire HD will be available from mid/late Novemeber 2010 with a suggested retail price of $888 without contract obligation.
Watch out The Android Guide for a review of HTC Desire Z and the Car Panel App!
HTC Desire HD Specifications at a glance:
Processor: Qualcomm® QSD 8255, 1 GHz
Operating system: Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense™
Memory: ROM: 1.5 GB RAM: 768 MB
Dimensions: 123 mm (L) x 68 mm (W) x 11.8 mm (T)
Weight: 164 grams (with battery)
Display: 4.3″inch touch screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution
Network: HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
(Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent.)
Internet: 3G (Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed/ Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed)
GPRS: Up to 114 kbps download speed
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Tethering: USB and Wi-Fi® tethering
GPS: Internal GPS antenna
(With Locations, explore maps with zero wait, zero dead spots, and zero data roaming fees)
HTC Footprints™/ Google Maps
Sensors: G-sensor/ Digital Compass / Proximity Sensor / Ambient Light Sensor
Connectivity: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack /Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate /A2DP for wireless stereo headsets / FTP and OPP (object push) for file transfer / Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, PBAP, SPP, Service / Discovery Application Profile
Camera: 8.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and 2 x LED flash / 720p HD video recording /Face detection capability /Built-in effects include depth of field, vignette and more /GeoTagging
Multimedia: Gallery, Music, and FM Radio Dolby® Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound Share videos, photos, video or music from your phone to your TV or PC display via DLNA® (Digital Living Network Alliance)
Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery Capacity: 1230 mAh
Talk time: Up to 320 minutes for WCDMA / Up to 550 minutes for GSM
Standby time: Up to 490 hours for WCDMA /Up to 420 hours for GSM (The above are subject to network and phone usage)
Expansion Slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible). Supports up to 32 GB.
Register at HTCSense.com to manage your phone remotely and protect your phone in case of loss
Read eBooks on your phone
Watch Adobe® Flash® on websites
Easily transfer contacts, calendar events, and text messages from popular brand phones via Bluetooth
Check email from all your email accounts in one unified inbox
Value Added Applications
Bookmarks, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, HTC Likes, Mail, Messages, Music, My shelf, Navigate, News, People, Search Anywhere, Settings, Stocks, Twitter™, Weather, and more.