Review : Apps, Widgets & Multimedia On HTC Desire (Part 4)

June 19, 2010 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 5 Comments

The Android Market may still lag behind the iPhone App Store in terms of variety and quality, but there is something to be said for the Android operating system’s extremely tight integration with existing Google products, and the wide choice of devices and carriers. With the fast growing size of Android Market, you’ll simply be occupied for quite a while.

Apps are fun and they can be very useful too. Some Apps you just can’t live without and some are just genuinely annoying, just like the Vuvuzela App. Now I won’t be telling what Apps to get but however, I will tell you how to make full use of these Apps.

I’m a Social Media addict and I check-in almost everywhere I go. I use Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare a lot. Facebook App for Android is not exactly the fun App to you but it keeps me and my friends updated of whatever we’re doing. I can event keep myself updated with events and new photos posted. However, just like any other mobile device App, you can’t exactly play Farmville with it. Peep is the default Twitter App for HTC Desire and it is integrated with HTC Sense. It enables Twitter status of those I follow constantly streaming on one single screen. I too have downloaded the official Twitter App for Android but I don’t really like that either. Perhaps it’s just me but for some reason, I can’t do Reply All in the Twitter App.

The Widgets on HTC Desire are amazing. Widget such as FriendStream allows updates from multiple social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook. It’s like a melting pot for all social network sites. The Weather widget is just stunningly good looking. The vibrant colours of the 3.7 inch AMOLED screen make the animated weather widget so mesmerizing. You can just stare at it the whole. Another widget that I like a lot is the RSS news feed. You choose a selection of news sites that you want from the settings and voila, you get all the headlines now appearing on one of the Home Screen.

HTC Desire comes with a 5 megapixel auto-focus snapper and it does take quite reasonably good photos. When I said reasonably, I meant average despite having higher resolution than the Apple iPhone 3Gs. Even with auto-focus, photos taken are almost sharp but I need to have a real steady hand. The built-in single LED flash does help a bit during low light condition but still not good enough to produce a quality image. Well at least if you can’t see the photo clearly, at least you can tell where it was taken with the geotagging feature.

These are the photos taken with the HTC Desire.

Switch it to video mode and I get an instant video cam in hand. With 480 x 800 WVGA display, the HTC Desire captures quite good quality videos in 3GPP file format.

Check out this video demo recorded with the HTC Desire.

HTC may a little work on the sound department especially with the loud speaker at the back of the phone. Playing music aloud through the loud speaker is really at a sorry state. The piercing sound from the tiny speakers does not make Justin Bieber sound any younger. The handset speaker too needs a little more attention. Having to press the handset tightly against my ear to during phone conversation is not exactly a fun thing to do.

However, tuning in to music on the HTC Desire is really a pleasant surprise. The HTC Desire comes with a gorgeous looking music player and it sound even better with a headset on. The headset also acts as an antenna so I can tune in to your favourite local radio stations when I’m on the move.

The large and vibrant 3.7 inch AMOLED screen is just perfect for gaming. Gaming experience on the HTC Desire is definitely out of the world especially when I have a device with the fastest processor in the market, 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor! There’s plenty of games you can download from the Android Market; from some classic arcade favourites to some mind-boggling quizzes. The best part about gaming on HTC Desire, is that most of the games are for free!

The HTC Desire is definitely one of the fastest smartphone available in the market now and so far I have no complains about the speed. However, there’s definitely some are where HTC can work on improvement. Perhaps an image stabilizer or a better speaker for a start.

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A creative professional and social media junkie, Galvin Tan has been blogging since 2005 and he writes about everything from food to gadget. An avid fan of football and loves playing foosball and basketball. For latest updates, follow him @galvintan on Twitter.

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