I am an user of HTC Desire for last 10 months and here are the major disadvantages I have faced for which I have decided not to use a HTC device any more in future.
1. Microsoft & Google hate each other, it is evident in Android. If your enterprise runs Exchange email, you should think many times before buying HTC's android based phones. Initially it took me 1 month trying many hacks on my phone to get the calendar to sync with Exchange. However after the initial success, almost every 15 days thereafter the account used to stop syncing by giving some weird reason such as "sync protocol error" etc. The only way to get around was to delete the exchange account from the phone and reconfigure the whole thing. It was such a productive exercise on a smartphone whose intention is to improve your productivity. Yes, I know there are applications like "Touchdown", but they are not free. In case the phone has a problem, its better if the manufacturer bundles this app free of cost with the phone.
2. Quite a few times, the exchange account reconfiguration created a new issue where the empty contact list on the phone (since the exchange account were deleted after it stopped syncing) went back to exchange account and deleted all entries from the exchange as well!!!! Since I had my contacts backed up on some other device, I was able to survive. But, what a piece of marvel this HTC phone is, you can very well understand yourself.
3. Android market has some hundreds of thousands of application and the number is growing, but it doesn't matter if you carry a HTC phone in your pocket. The reason is the super brilliant engineering that HTC did on it's phone's memory design. HTC phones has a RAM, ROM and SD card slot. In comparison iPhone or Samsung Galaxy has RAM, very large FLASH based ROM and may be an additional SD card slot in case of Galaxy. The HTC ROM holds Android OS and many application that doesn't support movement to SD Card slot. And in fact, even if an application support move to SD card slot, still a portion of that application resides on the phone ROM. HTC Desire has some 500MB+ ROM, but just the basic android loaded, it shows free ROM as some 110+ MB and after loading a few applications (may be 10-15), you will run out of ROM space. So there will be many applications or games which will be teasing you from the Android market, but Alas, you don't have space in the phone on a phone that is priced in the same range like a Galaxy where you have a 16GB based Flash ROM which can hold may be 50 times more number of apps than a HTC.
4. One of the most pathetic battery in the market. Doesn't even provide 2-3 hrs of talk time. For a minimal use on a 2G network, even with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth disabled, be prepared to charge in it every 12 hours.
5. Extremely poor quality speakerphone, virtually non usable.
6. No future android upgrades, Android 2.3 has been denied on this phone. This trend may continue in future.
7. This is my 7th mobile phone and for the first time, all of my friends started complaining immediately after switching over to the HTC phone is "your phone comes unavailable" so many times. Don't know if some other HTC user has also faced this problem
8. Poor support, almost non existent. A couple of times try from my side was just waste of time.
DESIGNERICON1984, 14 Jun 2011BREAKING NEWS ,,,no 2.3.3. for desire finally...thank god I got desire hd...HTC can't seem to make up its mind about the Android 2.3 fate for its HTC Desire handset. After promising an Android 2.3 upgrade for its HTC Desire handset, HTC said on June 14 that it had determined the phone would not be able to handle the Gingerbread software along with its integrated Sense UI. In a statement posted to Facebook, HTC announced it's "been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow [it] both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire." HTC went on to say it was "sincerely sorry for the disappointment." Then, a day later, following (understandable) outrage among users, HTC posted another message to Facebook: "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire."
HTC has let down their desire customers
we bought it thinking that its a co-brother of Nexus and they happened to break the family relation :(
Wrong move HTC, when Wildfire can have gingerbread, y not Desire ?
So disappointed by this stupid move HTC...
Can any1 tell thhat HD (720P) recording is available for this phone ?Also can any1 tell that all HD games work perfectly in this phone? PLease reply
tsk, 15 Jun 2011Now they say it will have 2.3First they said 2.3 is out for Desire by the end of June. Then they cancelled it, and now they are continuing it. Lets just hope they stay on schedule. Hope they fix the time stamp issue as well.
seems that we will be getting Gingerbread after all... http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-now-says-desire-will-get-gingerbread
f1ddy, 14 Jun 2011Well androidcentral says this handset will not get gingerbread updateNow they say it will have 2.3
i have a query regarding my desire. i want to turn off its vibration of dial pad but cant find it in the setting. any body plzzzzzzzzzzz help me.
[deleted post]Ikr, what a bummer. I was hoping Gingerbread will fix the issue about battery life of Desire.. Guess we'll have to root it after all :|
Bad move for HTC. They shouldn't have announced that Desire will be updated to Gingerbread if it wasn't 100% sure.
Waaaaaaaaahhhhh! Its now official!
No Gingerbread! Why oh why?!!
Curse you selfish htc...!
Im now thinking of Mr. Ginger villain..........
BREAKING NEWS ,,,no 2.3.3. for desire finally...thank god I got desire hd...
tamp, 13 Jun 2011there is Tango software also for video calls Yeah that is true but the problem with Tango is that we need to have separate account in it unlike Fring which uses the google account.
stupid phone accumulates dust under screen like a vacuum cleaner caused by cheap materials and design. iphone is sealed much better. performance is good, but it lacks internal memory. you can only use less than 200mb for internal storage, and some apps cant be transferred to the external memory. specs is almost the same as an iphone 4
I purchased this phone at the weekend. In most aspects, it's working well. However, is there any way I can log out of my e-mail accounts? I appear to only have the ability to switch between different e-mail accounts. I've synced all my personal e-mail addresses, but it stays logged into my actual e-mail accounts, unlike my previous Blackberry?
One Tip to save more internal memory..
this is one problem i always encounter. Memory Low..
this happens when apps piles up and they arent movable to SD card. but just lately iv discovered who's been gluttonous to my internal memory..
and "Apps to SD" wont tell you this...
check your facebook app size in apps to sd.. its supposed to be 4.8 mb (thats the default app size).. if its not then Fb app is ur culprit.. this is what you do..
go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All...
tap on the "Facebook" app (**Not facebook for htc sense**) and ul be in the Application info.. take a look at the storage section..it should look like this
Total------------ 4.8 mb
Application------ 4.8 mb
Data------------- 0.00 b
check ur data value its the primary culprit.
before i discovered this my data value was already 20mb... damn.. that means a lot for a desire user..
fb app happens to save all of the viewed pics,pages,walls, everything in ur phone using the phone memory.
all you have to do is to tap on "Clear Data".. but by doing this ul be Erasing Everything in ur fb app database. means u have to log on again in ur fb account.. but this is nothing compared to what ul gain in ur internal memory.
now... check every app u have that isnt movable to sd card (though i havent tried those in the sd card if they're also using the phone memory for their database)... and clear all data of those apps, ul gain a lot of internal memory...
Tips to prolong your battery life...
1.Switch ur Network Mode to "Gsm only". having both wcdma and gsm active eats a lot of battery.
(Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Network Mode)
2.Turn Off "Background Data" in Accounts & Sync when u dont need it. i personally do this whenever i go out when i aint gonna be able/needing to sync.
3.Use a Stationary Wallpaper.. Live Wallpapers has an apetite for battery.
4.Turn Off Wifi when not in use and dont max out ur display brightness.
**i personally dont use task killers, i believe they dont help much in prolonging battery life. i used to use one and theres no difference.
Because in My opinion and to what iv googled around, what task killers do is kill every single program u have... so the moment u tap on anything even live widgets, it has to start on again from scratch.. killing off and restarting eats more battery.
Android is intelligent enough to manage idle programs. thats why task killers is not always included in the default functions and you wont get them out of the box. cause i believe the HTC guys would be the first to know if they're needed or not. (think of this, previous htc phones ,specifically win mo's, always had a task manager)..
tamp, 12 Jun 2011yes you can make video calls by yahoo and fring also. for yahoo video call go to android mark... moreBut we can make video calls using Fring only to another user who is online through phone right? I have tried many times to make video calls to users who are online through their computers but the video call option itself is not enabled on such cases.
yes you can make video calls by yahoo and fring also.
for yahoo video call go to android market install yahoo and also yahoo video plugins than you can call video yahoo automatically ask you to install video plugins.
if you want increas battery life install auto task killer this improve your battery life. or go to settings> application > running services > from here close all application u don't want