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HTC Desire HD review

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

HTC desire hd review
The HTC Desire HD has an 8MP camera, making it one of the best from the brand so far. It's only bested by the Windows Phone 7-powered HTC 7 Mozart on the market, by dearth of the fact that has a Xenon (proper) flash.

But the Desire HD comes with a dual LED flash, which although slow can double as a video light and torch. Beat that, Xenon.

HTC desire hd review

While the modes are simplistic, there is a little bit of range on the camera shots you can take. Using simple slider bars, you can alter the contrast, sharpness and exposure, and these go a long way to altering the quality of the shot you get.

One problem is said shots do look a little, well, camera-phonesque. There's a processed quality to some of them, especially in overcast conditions, that you might not expect from an 8MP offering.

HTC desire hd review

The shutter speed is awesome though, and it's very easy to capture the picture you want when you're ready to go in less than four seconds, less if you turn off auto reviewing of pictures.

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The standard shots can look a little over-processed with some digital artefacting, although they look good on the phone screen

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The macro mode is non-existent; instead HTC's auto focus can handle pretty much any scenario - even as shown here, less than 5cm away from the subject

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Touch to focus allows you to take a shot that highlights a certain aspect of the photo - here we've touched the tree

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And here the sky - the difference in detail and light levels is impressive

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Bright light is something of a hindrance to the small-sensored 8MP camera, but it doesn't completely destroy a shot if you focus on the right area

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Here's our subject taken in normal, automatic mode

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And again with high exposure

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And again with low exposure

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Here's an oddly purple shot taken again in automatic mode - as you can see below, the change in effect is quite marked

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With high contrast

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With low contrast

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With high saturation

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With low saturation

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The digital zoom is average - here we took a photo using some exposure and contrast tweaking

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Zoomed in it looks relatively similar - we've seen worse digital zooms, but it's nothing in the same league as the Nokia N8

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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