HTC Desire

HTC Desire arrives & gets video unboxing

It feels like we've been waiting ages since Mobile World Congress and the launch of the HTC Desire, but the Android 2.1 smartphone is finally in our hands. Packing the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor as the Google Nexus One, but bearing the latest version of HTC's alluring Sense UI, the Desire has a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Flash Lite support and a 5-megapixel camera. The Desire is set to go on sale through UK carriers T-Mobile and Vodafone over the next few days - in fact T-Mobile are already shipping handsets out this weekend, with deliveries expected to begin on Monday - and with the Nexus One still not officially available in Europe there's a lot resting on this new device.  First impressions are certainly positive; the display is just as bright and eye-catching as we know from the Nexus One, and Sense whips along on the 1GHz CPU. We'll be putting the HTC Desire through its paces over the weekend and expect to have the full review up next week.  More photos plus first-impressions and a demo video (including Flash in the browser) over at SlashGear! HTC Desire unboxing video: [vms f7c5a0bf619f979c6cf3]

HTC Desire Confirmed for March 29th Delivery in the UK

This little tidbit of information was brought to our attention not too long ago. A user in the T-Mobile's discussion forum has received a confirmation email from T-Mobile that said his phone was in their stock and will be delivered on March 29th. Some of you lucky enough to have ordered this, only have four days until it’s in your sweaty palms. Looks like it’s time to start stalking the delivery guy again. Let the countdown begin. This was undoubtedly the hottest Android phone around the web until the recent announcement by Sprint introducing the HTC EVO 4G. Nonetheless, this is still the most “Desired” phone among fans of Android. And if you choose the right plan, it can be yours for free. These next few months we are going to see a few powerful Android devices enter into the market from various manufacturers’. I can’t wait to see what’s next; I’m still waiting on a good physical keyboard “Superphone” to be caught in some spy pictures. [via t-mobile]

Nexus One “doing pretty well” says HTC CEO

HTC CEO Peter Chou has spoken out in defence of the Google Nexus One, dismissing the recent speculation regarding poor sales figures for the smartphone.  Speaking at CTIA Wireless this week, Chou described the Nexus One as a halo device for HTC and suggested that Google's intent with the smartphone was more to show what Android is capable of rather than to dominate the market in terms of sheer sales. Analysts Flurry caught headlines earlier this month by suggesting Nexus One sales severely lagged behind both the first-gen iPhone and the Motorola DROID in their first weeks of availability.  In defence, while Chou wouldn't reveal specific sales figures, he did say that "considering Google didn't do [standard] retail or marketing for it, the Nexus One is doing pretty well." "We can quickly leverage that [Nexus One] credit to show that we are the top Android brand" Chou explained.  The company have used pretty much the same hardware as is found in the Google-branded device for their own HTC Desire, set to go on sale in Europe imminently.

T-Mobile launches HTC Desire competition

T-Mobile UK has a new promotion to commemorate the launch of the HTC Desire on the UK network on March 26, they are giving away one HTC Desire to any T-Mobile user who enters its online draw. To enter, sign up on T-Mobile UK forums and email some information given there and you could be the lucky winner.

A Black HTC Desire?

So far we have seen this device in two flavors, the gray one that we all know and love and in white. Now a black Desire has been spotted. Not only has it been spotted but it’s on sale for preorder right now at Amazon.

Silver HTC Desire caught in the Netherlands [Video]

While the HTC Desire's display may be a rich, color-saturated AMOLED, the smartphone's casing is pretty mundane; HTC don't seem to have strayed far from the Nexus One with their color palette.  Happily it seems murky-grey isn't the only color HTC plan to offer, with a brighter silver Desire already being caught in the wild in the Netherlands. The images of the two devices were spotted by xda-developers forum member irkan and come from the Flickr gallery of Robert Webbe.  No telling where he actually encountered the device - it seems to have been recorded at some sort of press event, judging by the video below - but it's available for pre-order exclusively from PDAshop.nl. They're asking €449 ($620) for the silver HTC Desire, and reckon shipments will begin on April 9th.  Anyone tempted by this over and above the more common brown version of the phone? [flickrvideo]http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertwebbe/4426732591/[/flickrvideo] [gallery] [via SlashPhone]

Vodafone UK confirm HTC Desire and exclusive HTC Legend in April

Vodafone UK have already confirmed that the Google Nexus One is arriving soon, and now the carrier has announced that it will be offering HTC's two latest Android smartphones come April.  The HTC Legend - which will be an exclusive to Vodafone UK - and the HTC Desire will both drop next month. Pricing for the two handsets is yet to be officially confirmed, though we're guessing Vodafone will end up offering them free on at least a few high-end plans.  The Legend has a 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED touchscreen while the larger Desire has a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen; both run Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI enhancements. If you're looking for more on the HTC Legend, check out our full review over at SlashGear.  We're still waiting for HTC Desire review units to come through, but you know we'll be all over the Snapdragon-based Sense-toting smartphone when they do. HTC Legend hands-on: [vms 1715466cd580a448cf82] Press Release: HTC Legend and HTC Desire Coming Soon to Vodafone UK Android options grow for customers on the UK's best network NEWBURY, England, March 15 -- Vodafone UK customers can now register for the HTC Desire and HTC Legend, two of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year. The new handsets, both powered by the Android operating system, are set to launch in April and customers can sign up for all of the latest information here. HTC Legend The HTC Legend will be available exclusively to Vodafone UK customers at launch and will come pre-loaded with a range of Vodafone 360 services, including Vodafone Music and MyWeb, sitting on top of the HTC Sense user interface in addition to full access to the Android Marketplace for apps. The Legend has a stunning 3.2 inch, AMOLED HVGA display allowing you to view the very best shots taken with the impressive 5 megapixel camera, as well as browsing the web and videos. In addition, the new optical joystick functionality makes the device quick and easy to use. HTC Desire HTC Desire will offer one of the richest mobile phone experiences. The large 3.7 inch screen AMOLED WVGA display enhances visual content, whether viewing photos, videos, browsing the web or catching up with mates with the Facebook, Twitter and Flickr integration of HTC's Friend Stream functionality. The HTC Desire is powered by a powerful one GHz Snapdragon processor, enabling multi tasks from app-to-app, and also comes with full Google application / app store integration. And the Vodafone UK, Android goodness doesn't end there: More devices will be available soon, including Google Nexus One and the Sony Ericsson X10, giving Vodafone UK customers plenty of options when it comes to choosing their favourite Android-based smartphone.

HTC Desire getting DivX support after update

This phone isn't even out yet the specs keep getting better and better. The Desire is the hottest Android around the web since the Nexus One. This snapdragon Sense UI monster will surely be another hit for HTC, DivX support will be added at some point to the Desire.

Nexus One gets HTC Sense & Flash 10.1 with Desire ROM

One of the biggest differences between the Google Nexus One and the HTC Desire is that the latter comes with HTC Sense, but as predicted the homebrew ROM community has already addressed that.  The Desire isn't even on shelves yet, but already there's a custom Nexus One ROM - albeit heavily in alpha stage - which adds Sense together with Flash 10.1 to the Google-branded smartphone. There are a few drawbacks - the camera is locked at 3-megapixels, rather than its native 5, and can't shoot 720p HD video like the Desire - but things like the active noise cancelling microphones still work, even though that's absent on the Desire.  Obviously you'll need to root your Nexus One, and there's the risk of a) bricking it and b) running into ongoing stability problems from an alpha build, but this is still likely to make a lot of Nexus One owners happy. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL60j3iDgLk[/youtube] [via Redmond Pie]

HTC Desire vs. Google Nexus One

The Desire has been one of the biggest announcements as far as upcoming Android handsets. It was almost instantly referred to as the Nexus One with Sense UI. How would HTC attract buyers to this phone when it has the same form factor as the Nexus One? Our friends over at Slashgear has done a hands on comparision of the two.
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