I was waiting for the Desire to compare it to the X10, and now i've seen both, played with both and as an impartial consumer, here's my take:
1. Desire looks very basic and has no wow factor visually. X10 on the other hand, is stunning to look at, and immediately draws compliments. X10 wins.
2. Desire offers only 120 MB available for apps. yes i know about rooting etc but that also voids my warranty so i'm not willing to go that route. X10 offers atleast 500 MB for apps. X10 wins.
3. Desire camera performance is average to poor at times. for people arguing that camera doesn't matter, if for nothing else it matters for direct features comparison to a similar rival product. X10's camera is great. X10 wins.
4. Desire's video performance is even worse. no excuse for a high end phone to still offer 15 fps video recording, its embarrassing. X10 video recording while not exactly 720p, comes pretty close. X10 wins.
5. Desire has the goodness of the AMOLED screen, however in the day light and outdoors, its worthless. X10 has a TFT screen, but same resolution as Desire, it is bigger and it is scratch resistant. with the 2.1 update now confirmed for Sep 2010, X10 will also have 16 Million colors. as it is, it still looks fantastic even in 65k and its more usable in all kinds of light conditions. based on real word usage and implications, X10 wins.
6. Desire and X10 both have Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU. Draw.
7. Desire and X10 both support upto 32 GB memory. Draw.
8. Desire ships with 4 GB card. X10 ships with 16 GB here in canada and 8 GB else where. X10 wins.
9. Desire has Android 2.1 with Sense UI, X10 has 1.6 with SE's customized UI, Timescape and Mediascape.. on first look, Desire should have the advantage here but its not that straightforward. SE have added some 2.1 features in their UI and a full 2.1 update is coming in Sep 2010, and from some reports it may even be a 2.2 update. at that point both phones should have the same OS. as it is, i didn't feel any disadvantage using the 1.6. it felp crisp and fast and certainly not outdated compared to the Desire. i'd leave this for personal preference.
10. Desire has multitouch. X10 doesn't. personally i didn't miss the multitouch as i'm not a gamer. for zooming in and out of web pages or pics, i find it more efficient to use one finger to tap the +/- than use two fingers for multitouch. again, personal preference.
11. Performace wise, i found the Desire and X10 both to be similarly speedy. in benchmark tests, i can see the Desire has the upper hand, however in real time use, i couldn't tell any difference. If anything, i was expecting Desire to be much faster than X10 based on more RAM and 2.1 but sadly i found the performances very similar. based on real world usage, i'd call this a draw as well.
12. Desire has no voice dialing. X10 does. its an important feature for me since in canada driving and using your cell phone without a handsfree is illegal. X10 wins.
13. Pricing for both phones is very similar. for e.g i found both phones listed at 614.99 at an online retailer featured in GSM Arena so i'm not sure how some people have stated that X10 is much more expensive than Desire. in canada u can find it for $100 with a contract and around $540 without contract. i'm sure prices will drop even more as they did with Samsung Galaxy, Palm Pre or Nokia N97. in UK, you can get X10 for $0.00 and £25 plans. not pricey at all.
Thats my take and for me X10 wins handily. Feel free to make up your own mind based on your personal experience, your expectations and your needs. thanks for reading.
iLHaN, 19 Apr 2010Who can advise which "Task manager" in the market is the best??? (it must have combi... moreAs for being able to switch tasks, just hold your home button down and you can switch to one of your last six tasks.
boom, 19 Apr 2010apparently you dont need an app killer to kill running apps, if you go on googles own android ... more"Apparently" being the important word...
I own a Desire and use Advanced Task Killer and find that my battery life was greatly extended when I started using this. When I first used it it killed something ridiculous like 15 apps. Are you really telling me Android needs 15 apps open? I don't think so.
iLHaN, 19 Apr 2010Who can advise which "Task manager" in the market is the best??? (it must have combi... moreapparently you dont need an app killer to kill running apps, if you go on googles own android site, it explains that by killing apps the phones just got to reload them again which uses up more battery, the android system optimises and kills running apps that it doesnt need, dont install app killers, they are a waste of time and dont actually save any battery life.
Who can advise which "Task manager" in the market is the best??? (it must have combine a task killer (both manuel and automatic) and task switcher..
Really don't understand why these are not existing in the device natively..
easybreeze, 19 Apr 2010Had mine a couple of days now and love the phone, only few minor points which actually relate ... more*requiring an app to end applications
That is not true!!!
Android manage application..Man you must read more about android 2.1 you dont need a task killer read on forums...
Battery life improved after 2 weeks and many recharges....
Had mine a couple of days now and love the phone, only few minor points which actually relate to the Desire...
*battery life (really is bad compared to my old N79)
*screen is set very low in chassis - from an angle this can make you press the wrong thing - unlike the iphone which has the screen very close to the top.
*app quality - I'm sure once google allow the SD for storage this will improve.
*requiring an app to end applications
All in all comparing with the iphone and factor in the price - I'm totally happy with this phone... well for 18 months at least :)
btw I was pleasently surprised just how small the phone actually is, the buttons are tiny! Also, found the optical pad handy for editing text
VERY Nasty shots from a 5mp Camera from a top HTC phone ... Hoped better from this phone.
One more question on the DivX:
does it work even with a downloadable player. I ask, beacause it always says on the Desire that it does not support DivX. I am not a technician, but in my opinion, if it does not support, it does not work!
Saurav, 18 Apr 2010Do anyone know when the update for DivX and 720P videos will come? Thanks.yxflash player does divx, get it from the market.
pH1, 18 Apr 2010that might be a software problem (maybe even with the app itself) and perhaps it wont exist on... moreI'm agree with you about zoom but honestly I would prefer to be sure about all this, I was almost buying the phone on expansys when I saw this, I tried to find more and unfourtunatly I found, look:
This is about desire and is related to typing messages too: http://www.vidoemo.com/yvideo.php?i=RlF4LU5ncWuRpMTNYQ2s&htc-desire-nexus-screen-problem
This is related to the screen quality: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/iphones-lcd-screen-beats-nexus-ones-oled-display/
Until now I do not find any official information telling "this is only a software issue that will be fixed soon"... :(
I hope it becomes solved as soon as possible... :(
Everyones can you please tell me where is the file manager? because i saved some email now i can't find them. thanks
Anonymous, 18 Apr 2010your wrong the x10 is getting multi touch, multi touch is just software, the nexus one didnt h... moreSeptember 2010 for multi touch on x10 that is funny...
Until then every phone will support multi touch and every mobile will have 1ghz and better processor..
Desire is best..
Anonymous, 18 Apr 2010your wrong the x10 is getting multi touch, multi touch is just software, the nexus one didnt h... moreThen you've also got this article on the same website, lets face it, no-one knows if it will support multi touch! :D :D :D
Dave Stevens, 17 Apr 2010Sony Ericsson have already said the X10 will not be capable of multi touch due "hardware ... moreyour wrong the x10 is getting multi touch, multi touch is just software, the nexus one didnt have multi touch until they did an update
Joearny, 18 Apr 2010Screen Problem!
Hi guys, once it has basically the same hardware as Nexus One someone knows... morethat might be a software problem (maybe even with the app itself) and perhaps it wont exist on the htc desire or maybe its just that particular nexus 1 unit that has the problem. but that shudnt matter for zooming with multitouch (basically the main use of multitouch on phones).
the app showed that even tho the fingers were not on the dots, as the fingers moved closer, the dots also moved closer. for zooming with multitouch, it only needs the distance between two points and how its changing, not necessarily the actual position.
if u plan on using multitouch for gaming tho, and that problem exists on the game app, u might hv difficulty playing the game. an instance wud be wen u hv 2 on-screen joysticks, one for moving around, the other for shooting in a direction (or something like that). i cant think of many games that do this and some of the ones i can think about, also allow u to move around with the accelerometer so u only need 1 finger on the screen at any 1 time.
Gav, 18 Apr 2010Please help, is it possible to set the calender reminder from weekly to fortnightly on the HTC... moreI had the same issue with the calendar. The way i got around it was by setting the appointment into my gmail account calendar and sync the phone. It worked like a charm...