Would you still buy the Desire?


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  1. Andythetallguy

    Andythetallguy Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hmmm, I was thinking about getting a Desire as my first Android phone, looking though the thread about 3G issues, ones about batteries and SD cards etc now I'm not so sure.....:(

    Knowing what you do now, would you have bought the Desire?
     

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  2. abs_n

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    Hi I really think it depends on what you want from a phone. If you want an internet phone then the desire is hard to resist. I was going to get the iPhone but there were too many negatives for me.

    The desire is a lot cheaper has multi tasking and great internet experience.

    If possible I would see the phones you are interested in at a shop nothing beats hands on experience you can then make your choice.
     
  3. abs_n

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    Hi I really think it depends on what you want from a phone. If you want an internet phone then the desire is hard to resist. I was going to get the iPhone but there were too many negatives for me.

    The desire is a lot cheaper has multi tasking and great internet experience.

    If possible I would see the phones you are interested in at a shop nothing beats hands on experience you can then make your choice.
     
  4. ramanmilan

    ramanmilan Well-Known Member

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    or wait for iphone 4g and get the better one out of the two
     
  5. Sybex

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    I have had my Desire for a couple of weeks now, I've not had any real issues with it, I love the phone and as for the battery, well it's a smart phone, it will go through batteries quickly, I get on average 24 hours out of my battery which I think is fairly good seeing that I use the internet a fair bit along with the GPS...
     
  6. gmarkj

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    Without a doubt. Friend got the hd2 which was nice but didn't fancy another win mob phone. Someone at work got the x10, which had a better camera but I didn't like the timescape software.

    Having had the desire for about a month the only thing I miss is my igo8 sat nav software, and that's only because it was offline and had speed camera info. If Google maps had the camera info I'd be in heaven!
     
  7. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Well-Known Member

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    Had an iPhone 3G for 2 years until last Friday, Had the Desire for 5 days now.

    The Desire is great, I definately dont regret getting it.
    The speaker isnt as good though, and the battery is no better than the iPhones,
    But the ability to thoroughly customise it and the very good choice of apps more than make up for its weaknesses.

    I'd say get one.

    also, forums are normally full of people looking for answers, you dont get all the really happy customers on here.
     
  8. HTC_Desire

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    Hell yes!!!!!

    I love this phone, I really do - My wife has one now, a number of people I work with have also got it, and i have yet to hear a negative comment about it. More likely to hear "Guess what app I downloaded yesterday". I have no doubt that a better phone will come out at some point (Probably the Evo 4G), but for the deal I got, I am a very very happy bunny indeed.

    I'm having a whale of a time with the thing, and now can't imagine having to give it up. I've had no 3G issues at all, work on a computer during the day (so am able to charge phone most of the time) and have had no real charging issues. Have bought a nexus portable power pack for more power backup if i need it and it works well.

    Absolutely love it!!!
     
  9. biscuitlad

    biscuitlad Well-Known Member

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    I'd have to echo the previous post's sentiments. If I lost mine I'd buy another one tomorrow. I just love mine.
     
  10. Andythetallguy

    Andythetallguy Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok so it seems the bad experiences mentioned are in the minority? Guess the reviews would have mentioned issues if they were mainstream?

    Sounds like its still in my list of options, can't upgrade until after Mr Jobs has his little moment so I'll see what the 4G brings, reckon it'll not offer as much as the asking price says it should??
     
  11. Uncle Tupelo

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    Except that with the iPhone, you can't pop in a spare when it runs out.

    I've had my Desire for just over 7 weeks now. Would I buy it again? In a moment. I still think it's the best techy gadget I've bought in 30+ years of wasting money on investing in technology, bar none.
     
  12. gmarkj

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    Without a doubt. Friend got the hd2 which was nice but didn't fancy another win mob phone. Someone at work got the x10, which had a better camera but I didn't like the timescape software.

    Having had the desire for about a month the only thing I miss is my igo8 sat nav software, and that's only because it was offline and had speed camera info. If Google maps had the camera info I'd be in heaven!
     
  13. matttye

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    Forums tend to be full of people with issues on their phones, or people who want answers to questions. You don't see the masses who are perfectly happy with their phones on a forum.

    The Desire is the best phone I've ever owned by a long shot and that includes the first gen iPhone. I would definitely get the Desire unless one of its successors (incredible, evo 4G) are available where you live.
     
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  14. SurfXombie

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    Switched from HTC TYTNII (Winmo) and the Desire is a huge shift in experience. It has transformed the mobile me.... definitely I would buy it, or whatever the latest is :)
     
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    I wouldn't change my Desire for any Win Mob or iphone, but I would still expect iphone to set the bench mark otherwise htc don't care in improvements.
     
  16. chris100575

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    Absolutely. I've had my Desire for about a month and have had no problems with it. One of the best gadgets I've ever bought!
     
  17. Andythetallguy

    Andythetallguy Member This Topic's Starter

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    Great things to hear! Thanks all.
     
  18. gie62001

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    me too had it for more than a month and all i can say i love this phone. as you see from my info i also have samsung galaxy since day one it came out and can say that these two devices can't be compared. actually don't remember switching my samsung galaxy since the day i got the desire. huge difference, amazing hardware and software. htc really did great job here. if i had to buy it again i wouldn't even have a second thought.
    actually i might buy one for my brother for his birthday as he keeps asking me to let him play with it :)
    ofcourse it's down to every individual but i have extensive history with smartphones SE P900i, then PDAs then nokias with various versions of symbian then adroid os since 2009 and i can see how much smartphones improved over these years and basically for me it is like a small laptop :)
     
  19. nx1977

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    Another I love my Desire here.
     
  20. jimdriver2

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    I still would.

    Only issue I have is that the battery usage is more than I expected, but not to a point where it's given me major issues. The fact you can get cheap extra adaptors kind of mitigates it a bit.

    Otherwise everything else impresses. The browser and internet features are fantastic. The ability to customise so much is great, you can fill 7 homescreens with useful stuff very quickly.
     
  21. purplepixie26

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    most definitely yes, its a breeze to use and so customizable. very friendly phone.
     
  22. Lol mahmood

    Lol mahmood Well-Known Member

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    No, I wouldn't buy it again. I like a lot of things about it, but there are too many little niggles that drive me nuts. The battery life is the worst offence; I just can't get used to not being able to make it through daylight hours without a charge! My previous phone was a Nokia E71, which would comfortably last 3 days with moderate use (including downloading podcasts, using as a Joikuspot hotspot for my iPod touch, browsing, checking e-mails, a bit of GPS now and then....) The Desire is on red by 7pm, and that's without any GPS. Downloading a 20 minute podcast seems to wipe out 10% of the battery straight away!

    I can't rely on the Desire next time I go to a festival, or go camping in the countryside. I'd have to keep it switched off, or carry a spare battery for every day out!

    Other irritations: the keys on the QWERTY keyboard are too close together for me (I also have an iPod touch and the QWERTY keyboard on there is fine), especially the Menu key on the bottom left (can't remember precisely what the key is; my desire is away at the mo') which I keep catching when I'm typing - it takes me out of whatever I'm doing into a menu of some kind; very irritating when it happens 2 or 3 times per message.....

    Funnily enough, I've just dropped my Desire and completely cracked the screen. Luckily, I have insurance, but rather than accept a duff, low spec replacement phone while mine is away being repaired I picked up a Nokia X6. In many ways the Desire is a superior phone to the X6 - Sense/Android is smooth and silky where Symbian is jerky and unlovely - but the X6's battery life is so much better than the Desire's. Tonight I used Ovi Maps to navigate to tiny little club tucked away in the middle of Leeds. It took me well over an hour to get there, but the X6's battery was barely grazed by the experience! I also listened to some music, took some pics, filmed 10 minutes of the headliners, texted a bit, popped on Facebook and had a brief argument with someone via their status updates, installed Joikuspot... My Desire would have been well over half-dead just from the drive. I've tested it out in the car over far shorter journeys and you can almost see the battery bar shrinking!

    When my Desire (or its replacement) comes back I'm pretty sure I'm going to sell it on. Not sure I'll keep the X6 longterm, but whatever i get next will have to have a decent battery life. What's the point in having a phone you can't use?
     
  23. NZtechfreak

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    Great phone, would but it again.

    If you're thinking about buying now though I'd give serious consideration to the Galaxy S, by the time its available you'll have seen what the next iPhone has to offer and you'll be able to make a better informed decision about which handset will serve you best.
     
  24. Pryomancer

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    I think the Desire will end up being one of the classic best selling phones of its era. You know like the Nokia 3310 or the Sony Ericsson K800i.
     
  25. Hardcore

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    No doubt!
    Desire is no doubt an excellent terminal.

    Buy one and you do not regreat!
     

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