HTC Desire

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Rob13

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5,361 posts

161 months

Monday 22nd March 2010
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The Desire is being released, T Mobile have just announced its available for new customers, and apparently current customers can have it from 1st April. I've just been onto TMob and they've offered me a 24 month deal - £20 for the phone and £20 a month for 300 mins, unlimited text unlimited web which looks a good deal....

Looks like a great phone

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communicat...



I've not been a massive phone fan in the past and have generally got away with cheap contracts on older mobiles but since the end of last year, I've become more and more interested in smartphones/iphones and I love gadgets. The possibilities with Apps stores make these handsets much more than a phone and as such I'm looking to jump on that bandwagon. I just hope I'm making the right choice in choosing Android over iPhone. A mate of mine has been bleating on about his iPhone explaining that his is jailbroken and as such can do anything. If iPhones were available on a contract less than the £35 that it is, then I might be tempted but I cant justify the cost of the 16 or 32gb model

andrewrob

2,869 posts

127 months

Monday 22nd March 2010
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I'm looking at ditching my iphone for one of these. Do you know if they have announced any packages with more minutes on an 18month?

spikeyplanet

185 posts

197 months

Monday 22nd March 2010
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Sounds like a cracking deal - did you just phone up and speak to T Mobile?

ShadownINja

68,046 posts

219 months

Monday 22nd March 2010
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Don't know about Android, but my 5 year old HTC Tytn is still in the Windows Mobile days and I think it is fantastic. It's like iPhone apps before iPhone existed: I can trade with it (Metatrader 4 forex trading and IG Index spreadbetting), create MS Word docs, read ebooks, navigate with satnav (ZorroGPS - cheap and even recalculates routes), create music (Griff music studio) and create synth/trance samples (Aurora - if you know what the Korg Kaosilator is like, it's a lot like one of those). I have no need for anything else.

Looks like you can use VPS for a link to your desktop over the airwaves. So that makes your HTC able to do anything your desktop can do!









Edited by ShadownINja on Monday 22 March 16:51

andyps

7,764 posts

219 months

Monday 22nd March 2010
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I got the Google Nexus One last week which is basically the same phone and am very impressed with it. There aren't as many apps on the Android market as there are for Apple at present, but I think that could reverse as there are a large number of handset manufacturers (HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG) using Android so the popularity is only going to increase.
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Rob13

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5,361 posts

161 months

Monday 22nd March 2010
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spikeyplanet said:
Sounds like a cracking deal - did you just phone up and speak to T Mobile?
Yeah, they said with my current deal I could go for that, but will have to contact me once its in to confirm.

18 month deals can be had for £20pm but its about £160 for the phone. Im tempted to wait and see what the other networks are doing but it seems a very good deal. Considering I'm now paying £22 a month on an old £15pm 100 mins 100 texts plus £7 internet a month, its a cracking offer! N95 is going to be recycled for about £80 too

andrewrob

2,869 posts

127 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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Ordered mine on the T mobile website.
600 minutes
500 texts
Unlimited land line calls
Unlimited internet
£30 per month 18 months £60 for the phone

I used quidco for cashback so should get back £35 although its tracking at £40 at the moment

Rochester TVR

3,297 posts

143 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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Im very tempted to get one of these..

Can anyone comment on how good T-Mobile are?
What is their 3G coverage like compared to Orange and O2's?

I am currently with O2 (iPhone) and have been unimpressed with their 3G coverage on my Central London to North Kent Commute.


(I understand that T-Mobile and Orange have merged so that could end up being the strongest coverage network in the UK but I doubt we'll see any re-branding or coverage differences for a year or so.)

Steve Evil

9,744 posts

166 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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I've been holding off on upgrading since November when my contract ran out, decided I wanted one of these and T-Mobile seem to be a complete shower at the moment, no-one can give me any solid info on when I can confirm the upgrade and get one.

It's all very well letting your new customers get one, but I've been with them 9 years now and you'd think they'd at least show some courtesy to their existing customer base.

sadako

7,080 posts

175 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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cyberface said:
Exactly what is different about the Desire to the Nexus One? The 'hard' buttons on the bottom are obviously one, but is the centre button a trackball like on the Nx1?

Any other improvements? I think the Nx1 rocks - and has better industrial design than the Desire (from the pics above).
The hardware is pretty much the same, but the desire runs the HTC SenseUI on top of it, which is closed source but very swish.

I'll likely end up with the desire as the N1 doesn't look like it'll be coming out on t-mobile and I don't have the hard cash to just buy the handset.

jammy_basturd

21,439 posts

149 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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Broke my N97 a couple of weeks ago, so looking at one of these, or the N1, or the Tattoo or the Legend. Just going to go into a shop in a weeks time to see what each phone is like.

andrewrob

2,869 posts

127 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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double post

Edited by andrewrob on Tuesday 23 March 13:53

andrewrob

2,869 posts

127 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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andrewrob said:
Rochester TVR said:
Im very tempted to get one of these..

Can anyone comment on how good T-Mobile are?
What is their 3G coverage like compared to Orange and O2's?

I am currently with O2 (iPhone) and have been unimpressed with their 3G coverage on my Central London to North Kent Commute.


(I understand that T-Mobile and Orange have merged so that could end up being the strongest coverage network in the UK but I doubt we'll see any re-branding or coverage differences for a year or so.)
The coverage checker on their website is pretty good. Also there was an option when I ordered at the bottom of the screen for a 7 day money back guarantee if I didnt think the coverage was up to much.

http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/services/coverage/street...

JohnnyPanic

1,282 posts

146 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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sadako said:
cyberface said:
Exactly what is different about the Desire to the Nexus One? The 'hard' buttons on the bottom are obviously one, but is the centre button a trackball like on the Nx1?

Any other improvements? I think the Nx1 rocks - and has better industrial design than the Desire (from the pics above).
The hardware is pretty much the same, but the desire runs the HTC SenseUI on top of it, which is closed source but very swish.

I'll likely end up with the desire as the N1 doesn't look like it'll be coming out on t-mobile and I don't have the hard cash to just buy the handset.
The Desire has slightly more RAM to run the SenseUI without impacting the performance of the OS. The centre button is an 'optical trackpad' rather than a ball.

The big difference for me though, and why I went Nexus over Desire was that the Desire doesn't have the second microphone for noise cancelling. My last phone was great as a camera & texting device but terrible as a phone, I wanted to make sure that first and foremost I could hold a conversation on my new one. The NX1 is leagues above my old phone for this (I have no idea how good the Desire is on this of course).

Also, Sense is all very well and nice, but a friend of mine is a little frustrated with it (on a Hero) as you have to wait for HTC to update Sense to go on top of new versions of Android, and there's no easy update over air. He's still on 1.5 and I'm on 2.1.

sadako

7,080 posts

175 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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jammy_basturd said:
Broke my N97 a couple of weeks ago, so looking at one of these, or the N1, or the Tattoo or the Legend. Just going to go into a shop in a weeks time to see what each phone is like.
The n1 and the desire have the fast 1ghz processor in it, the legend and the tattoo have slower ones and/or worse screens, but are cheaper.

Driver Rider

513 posts

134 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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Steve Evil said:
I've been holding off on upgrading since November when my contract ran out, decided I wanted one of these and T-Mobile seem to be a complete shower at the moment, no-one can give me any solid info on when I can confirm the upgrade and get one.

It's all very well letting your new customers get one, but I've been with them 9 years now and you'd think they'd at least show some courtesy to their existing customer base.
mate get on their backs t-mobile are a weird lot. it all depends on who you get on the end of the line in my experience just keep on ringing!

ymwoods

2,142 posts

114 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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I am another one going for this phone. My T-Mobile contract is up on the 30th of this month and litrally seconds after the call center opens this is the one I will be choosing. Seems the best of the bunch for the price.

Driver Rider

513 posts

134 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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i'm being a bore, getting the iphone if all goes well!though there will probably be a new iphone in a short while knowing what apple are like!! i might try and wait till july for the 4th gen though i change my mind every day!

eta i've heard the htc is a better handset!

Edited by Driver Rider on Tuesday 23 March 14:12

andyps

7,764 posts

219 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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JohnnyPanic said:
sadako said:
cyberface said:
Exactly what is different about the Desire to the Nexus One? The 'hard' buttons on the bottom are obviously one, but is the centre button a trackball like on the Nx1?

Any other improvements? I think the Nx1 rocks - and has better industrial design than the Desire (from the pics above).
The hardware is pretty much the same, but the desire runs the HTC SenseUI on top of it, which is closed source but very swish.

I'll likely end up with the desire as the N1 doesn't look like it'll be coming out on t-mobile and I don't have the hard cash to just buy the handset.
The Desire has slightly more RAM to run the SenseUI without impacting the performance of the OS. The centre button is an 'optical trackpad' rather than a ball.

The big difference for me though, and why I went Nexus over Desire was that the Desire doesn't have the second microphone for noise cancelling. My last phone was great as a camera & texting device but terrible as a phone, I wanted to make sure that first and foremost I could hold a conversation on my new one. The NX1 is leagues above my old phone for this (I have no idea how good the Desire is on this of course).

Also, Sense is all very well and nice, but a friend of mine is a little frustrated with it (on a Hero) as you have to wait for HTC to update Sense to go on top of new versions of Android, and there's no easy update over air. He's still on 1.5 and I'm on 2.1.
The other difference is that the Desire has an FM radio, apparently the Nexus One has one too, but it is not enabled for some reason. It would be good if it could be switched on somehow, seems a waste it being in there but not working.

andrewrob

2,869 posts

127 months

Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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Driver Rider said:
i'm being a bore, getting the iphone if all goes well!though there will probably be a new iphone in a short while knowing what apple are like!! i might try and wait till july for the 4th gen though i change my mind every day!

eta i've heard the htc is a better handset!

Edited by Driver Rider on Tuesday 23 March 14:12
I'm moving from the Iphone 3G to this so will let you know, this does look a hell of a lot better though