Welcome to the 2010 HTC Desire review page. The Desire is the first Android 2.1 based mobile phone to be released and is the one of the most fully featured.  This is a top end phone which has functionality and usability that surpasses it primary competition notably the iPhone 4 but not the Samsung Galaxy S.

First the good bits.  The user interface is fast and stable, it is pretty to look at and customizable.  The touch screen and apps work flawlessly and lag free.  The screen is a bright AMOLED and the colors are vibrant.  The Contacts and Organiser are fully featured and includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF readers/editors.  You may have to purchase them if you want to edit documents – depends who your network provider is. The Web Browser is likewise really good for a mobile phone and Flash capable.

Construction wise the phone is well built and looks good.  In the hand the matte finish makes the phone look understated and easier to handle than other phones that use shiny plastic.  It is also surprisingly small.  Overall it does look and feel worth the money which is also surprisingly well priced.  We like the extra buttons on the Desire since the single button on the iPhone can break and once that goes it become useless – literally.  The optical track pad and touch screen work well together or separately.

The bad bits where hard to find. If anything we can point out the average quality camera and video recorder.

It is difficult to write about the HTC Desire because like the iPhone it can do everything you could want in a mobile phone in 2010.  We guess that it is the Apps that will make or break the Desire and any other Android based mobile phone.  Just remember to get a decent data plan with the phone.

Overall the HTC Desire is a very good phone for those wanting all the communication options.  It does voice, text, Skye, email, IM, Facebook, Twitter everything with ease.  Perfect for those who want to stay in touch and can afford it (during the initial release phase).  It works fast and easy enough to use and most of all the interface is customizable.


  • HTC Desire
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100 (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
    HSUPA 2 Mbits data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L119 x W60 x D11.9 mm
    Weight 135 grams
  • Display/s
    External 3.7 Inch TFT 480 x 800
  • Camera
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    800 x 480 video camera 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2.1
  • CPU
    1000Mhz Snapdragon
  • Memory
    Up to 576MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    FM Radio
    JAVA Apps
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 1400mAh battery
    Up to 360 hours Standby
    Up to 400 minutes Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $759 AUS 2010 (Outright)