HTC were the last major manufacturer to announce their new handsets at this year's MWC. As it turns out, the wait was more than worth it. The Taiwanese company had three very nice devices in stock for us.
The HTC Desire, HTC Legend and HTC HD mini are all fine full-touch phones with sleek design and extensive functionality.
The incredibly cheesy porn-starlet name aside, HTC Desire is a great device. Sleek looks meet great performance to create a package that is really hard to resist.
We are certainly impressed by the large AMOLED display. It sure is short of the Samsung S8500 Wave incredible blacks, but otherwise quite a match. We are not sure how it will handle exposure to direct sunlight but inside the Barcelona Fair halls it looks just great.
As was to be expected from a capacitive unit, response is excellent and there is multi-touch support too.
In spite of our worries, the phone fits nicely in the hand and isn't too big to handle at all. Of course, it's no LG Mini but some good use of space makes sure the 3.7" display doesn't become a burden for the HTC Desire.
It was a short time we spent with the HTC Desire but it doesn't take long to convince anyone in the qualities of the 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU. The Desire is among the snappiest devices out there even though its display resolution nearly steps over netbook territory.
Unfortunately, the rumors about the HTC Desire (or Bravo as it was known at the time) capturing 720p video turned out wrong. It's not that D1 resolution at 30 fps is bad, but it certainly isn't top-notch.
The trackpad is a nice touch to the HTC Desire. It works fine and gives you an alternative way of browsing your homescreens for example. Unfortunately the trackpad itself is well on the small side and doesn't quite provide high precision.
And here goes a user interface demo to get you better acquainted with this new Android.
HTC have added a few new touches to their proprietary Sense UI that comes preinstalled on top of the Android OS 2.1. The Leap view is the nicest of them, allowing you to make all seven homescreens visible at once by a pinch, and decide where you want to go next.
Impressive, isn't it? Now, if only they stuck to the original Bravo name, it would've been just perfect.