Friday, February 18, 2011

HTC Desire- Love, Hate [RANT]

I just bought the HTC Desire this week and have been playing with it for awhile now. Here’s my opinionated love-hate about this handset.


  • Android Market. That’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? The Android Market offers a plethora of apps to customize and get additional functionality on your phone. I haven’t tried paid apps yet, but my experience with free apps have been good. Moreover, I was using Nokia’s OVI (Yes, the app store that sells blog links for $5) before switching to Android.
  • The Camera. The 5MP Camera on the HTC Desire is brilliant and it definitely isn’t the same you find one low end 5MP Phones.
  • The Updates. The Phone came with Android 2.1 and I got an update to 2.2 Froyo immediately. There’s also an update for Gingerbread in the future.


  • Battery Life. The phone has a really pathetic battery life. But, I guess that’s a common virtue for many Android devices out there. I’ve taken some measures to improve the battery, but there isn’t any improvement on that front.
  • Huge Amounts of Data Consumption. The phone is hungry for data all the time and has already consumed over 200MB of data from my WiFi and over 50MB on my carrier’s data plan.


I’ve installed quite a few apps, here’s the list.

  1. Auto WiFi Toggle
  2. 3G Watchdog
  3. Opera Mini
  4. Google Reader
  5. Juice Defender
  6. Skype
  7. Advanced Task Killer
  9. Barcode Scanner
  10. Evernote
  11. Dropbox
  12. Google Goggles
  13. Angry Birds
  14. Blogger
  15. Twitter