HTC Desire HD review

The Desire's successor finally lands but is it an improvement?

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Does anyone remember the Mystery of the HTC Desire and the suspect battery life? Well, this is the sequel: HTC Desire and the suspect-er battery life (that's the best we could come up with? You expect me to believe you used to work in Hollywood? Get out of my office...)

The battery life on the HTC Desire was iffy at best - it would last a day or so without a problem, but heavy usage would bring that right down to sometimes needing a midday boost.

Android 2.2 helped to make that less of an issue, but it still wasn't the greatest - and the problem was exacerbated by the fact that the iPhone 4 managed to find nearly 40% more battery life through some nice processor integration.

The video issue aside (which we hope will be fixed in the near future) this is the single biggest flaw on the HTC Desire HD – in our tests we managed to get just under 24 hours' use out of the phone without needing to recharge.

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The fear is that this will dwindle over time in the same way anecdotally HTC Desires appear to be doing.

If you start using the HTC Desire HD heavily, for video, music, camera or streaming media, then that battery life drops too, so you might need to recharge.

Where we struggled to work out what was nabbing the power from the HTC Desire, it's a pretty easy one with the Desire HD: the screen is apparently sucking half the power.

You can see when installing battery readers that the phone can hold charge quite easily in normal use – even when it's got push email on and is quietly syncing in the background, it's holding a pretty good charge, and as the signal doesn't drop too often it's not searching for another one.

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It's odd then that HTC has decided on a 1230mAh battery when it could have added in a 1500mAh option instead – surely that 20-odd percent increase is crucial?

And as it's the screen, we don't see how it can be remedied. Overall, we didn't find many days when we were reaching for the charger before we got home – but it gets a little too close for comfort.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1.50 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time9.16 Hour
Product ModelDesire HD
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)164 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height123 mm
Width68 mm
Depth11.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameDesire HD Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HL2001-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Fun on the web, the way you want it

HTC Desire HD has a super-fast 1Ghz processor to take you anywhere online in seconds, plus a clever zoom that automatically reflows text and images to fit your screen. Because the internet should work around you. Not vice versa.

See everything on the big screen

Gone are the days of squinting at tiny screens and missing all-important details. Now, with the HTC Desire HD, you can experience a truly great browsing experience on its large 4.3" screen. With added features like pin-sharp text display, vivid photos and vibrant video, the HTC Desire HD is designed to enhance your favourite websites, YouTube clips and Facebook photos.

Package Contents
  • Desire HD Smartphone
  • Battery
  • microSD Card
  • USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year