Going Android with HTC Desire HD

So Hub surprised me with an HTC Desire HD a few weeks ago.

HTC Desire HD unboxing

“Yesterday’s tiny screens and squeaky sound couldn’t do justice to all the great stuff you can experience on today’s HTC Desire HD. That’s why we’ve fitted the HTC Desire HD with a huge cinematic 4.3-inch display, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound. Websites, videos, music, games and apps really rock on your HTC Desire HD.” (From HTC’s official web page)

He has been eyeing this Android phone for himself, actually. But he thought it would end up with me anyway because he’s intimidated by its techie-ness.

How do I find it? After several weeks of using the HTC Desire HD, I think I am past the honeymoon stage. I’ve seen what it can do and can’t do.

I will not attempt to sound techie or geeky. This is my simple review as a consumer. Okok?

One of the reasons why Hub decided on this phone is its “super-fast internet” feature. He knows that I can’t live without internet connectivity. And HTC Desire HD’s main selling point is how fast and easy it is to get online, browse websites, and share photos.

True enough, it is very easy to share media through this phone. The phone automatically detects installed photo sharing and social media apps (such as Picasa, Flickr, Twitter, Plurk, Facebook), so these photo-sharing options come out when you tap on the “share” icon when in the photo gallery view.

I tried posting an entry from scratch in this blog using the WordPress for Android app and succeeded! However, I don’t think I will blog very often from my phone as it is quite difficult to input text – with my fat fingers and all.

Comparing its speed of downloading and installing apps to my daughter’s iPod Touch 4 (using the same internet connection at home), Desire HD is about twice faster. I love that most apps and games on the Android Market are free. Even the full versions of all Angry Birds games are free – hooray!

Like most smartphones, the HTC Desire HD is not just a toy or a phone. It’s a total productivity tool. With the right apps, I can do a lot of things from here. Aside from blogging, I can:

  • Monitor personal and family expenses with the Expense Manager app;
  • Keep track of my caloric intake and weight loss progress with Cardio Trainer, Calorific and Noom apps (woot!);
  • Seamlessly integrate identical online profiles (e.g. Facebook and Gmail contacts) and phone contacts in one address book entry (with permission);
  • Seamlessly integrate Facebook events (such as birthdays) into phone calendar (no more excuse for forgetting a birthday);
  • Read ebooks with Adobe Reader or the numerous ebook apps.

Now the rants:

1. I notice that after opening several apps consecutively, there is a lag in loading. Eventually the phone goes crazy and seems to go into auto-pilot mode – it just goes into several different pages without me doing anything. I’d just leave the phone be for a while and it eventually go back to normal. It’s crazy! Sometimes clearing the application cache helps; sometimes it doesn’t. So yes, I have to go back to HTC one of these days to have them check it.

2. Yes the camera is 8.0 megapixels, but that’s about it. The resolution is not very good; pictures are often grainy, especially under poor lighting. Under good lighting photos are forgivable. This phone cam doesn’t measure up to the iPhone 4’s, which IMHO set an altogether new standard for phone photography. ( Yeah, yeah…)

3. Battery time isn’t very good, but I suppose it’s the same with most bigger phones that use up a lot of power. I charge everyday, sometimes twice a day. Setting the display brightness to minimum and turning off features such as the wifi and GPS help to conserve energy. However, I know which culprit is using up my battery fast: the games! 😛 (Angry Birds addict in da house!)

4. And my final rant: several photos got corrupted and disappeared!

The quirks on disappearing photos and auto-pilot mode may have something to do with the software. So yes, I have to go back and check with the HTC peeps. As for the camera, I will just have to reserve it for emergency use.

Over-all, though, I am still very happy with my phone.


4 thoughts on “Going Android with HTC Desire HD

  1. What I love about Android phones is that it has a wide variety of apps to use. I am not sure how Samsung would fare against HTC. I heard good reviews about HTC yet the price is already too steep for him. Hahaha. Have you tried using Littlephoto app for your phone? You can download it via the Android market.

    As trying to e-mail with the phone or tab—I am with you on this. Mahirap siya. Hahaha. Unless it’s a quick short reply, I would. 🙂

  2. Hi Tangerine! Are you using a Samsung android? I sooo love the Android Market! I haven’t spent a single peso yet. 🙂 Thanks for the Littlephoto app suggestion. I will check that out. Yes, I only use my phone to send short emails. Even with texting, hirap ako sa touchpad! My fingers need to lose weight, haha!

  3. Memory congestion is common on all Android devices. You’ll probably need to install an application manager to kill unwanted apps running in the background.

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