You would never guess from the understated exterior that this smartphone is capable of so much. It is ideal for browsing the web, checking email and watching YouTube videos. On 3G you can get speeds up to 7.2 Mbps (2Mbps upload), on GPRS you’re looking at 114 kbps and on EDGE 560 kbps. It also supports Wi-Fi on the 802.11b or g standards. If you’re worried about using the Internet and incurring charges then you can tell it to only use Wi-Fi rather than connecting to the web via your mobile service.
It has a 5 megapixel camera with face detection, auto focus and flash. You can capture widescreen photos and you can geotag them. To focus on a subject you can simply tap on the screen, which is awesome. You can also capture video. The quality is good but noticeably suffers in dark conditions.
There is support for Bluetooth 2.1 and you can use a wireless stereo headset to listen to music. The audio player can handle AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, MP3, WAV, and WMA formats. For watching video it supports 3GP, 3G2, MP4 and WMV formats. It also has a built in FM radio.
The HTC Desire also has GPS and you can use Google Maps for turn-by-turn directions absolutely free. This makes your phone into a Sat Nav and there’s no need for an expensive standalone navigation device.
A digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor are all onboard as well. The ringer volume lowers automatically when the phone is picked up and you can flip it face down to mute in a hurry.
If you plan on buying an HTC Desire then get a plan with a good Internet allowance so you can really make the most of it. The onboard widgets are convenient but there are also loads of available options to download and Android Market is packed with useful apps and fun games.