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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CarsnGadgets, May 24, 2010.

  1. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    After weeks of research, questions and indecision I finally bit the bullet and defected from my 2 year old iPhone 3G to the HTC Desire on O2 (UK).

    so far, i'm very impressed and pleased. I love my iPhone but fancied seeing things from the other side for 18 months.

    observations so far:

    1. The battery life is similar to the iPhone 3G.
    2. The screen is better, brighter, crisper (except in direct sunlight where it is a bit washed out as its oled).
    3. The speaker isnt as good as the iPhone 3G's, a bit tinny but fine for calls, only notice it playing music, which i dont do very often without headphones.
    4. I'm using double twist as an iTunes replacement and it seems ok.
    I'm finding apps via www.download.com and www.androidtapp.com
    and using barcode scanner to download them.
    5. I couldnt export my iPhone contacts to SIM. So I exported my address book from windows 7 livemail as a .csv file. Then imported that into GMail on the pc. Then the Desire linked the Gmail contacts to the People app.
    6. accesories and cases are very cheap compared to iPhone ones.

    I'll add more as I learn more :D

    great phone, loving android so far.

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    KING LUFF Well-Known Member

    Good to see another convert!
  3. purplepixie26

    purplepixie26 Newbie

    I love my Desire too, so much fun to play with!! I was beginning to think I was the only one. I've just come from a Sony Ericsson, and its a refreshing change. I like how you can personalise the phone. happy happy happy
  4. wej1976

    wej1976 Newbie

    Another new user,

    Everyday I find something new to be astounded by. I've been holding off getting dragged into the iPhone "trap" and been waiting for the hardware to come out that would do the Android os some justice. This phone is it.

    Amazing, as is this forum. Great place for info and advice.

  5. kboya

    kboya Android Enthusiast

    yup, it is kinda groovy... am almost 2 months in and never looking back

    welcome one and all!
  6. willis

    willis Member

    Also came from a 3gs and the things i miss are the speaker quality, build quality, and the sheer amount of accessories and cases available. Oh, and app store. Unfortunately that includes its games aswell.
  7. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    one way around the lack of games is to get an emulator like SNESoid, hours of retro entertainment from hundreds of free games. :0)

    I found all the accessories I needed on amazon.
  8. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    I am about to have another crack at Android. My last attempt was last year with the Hero - what a mess that turned out to be!

    Anyway - I'm deciding between the Desire and the Nexus.

    How is the music playback compared to your 3gs? How is the camera compared? (I know it's more MP, but that accounts for squat in my experience).

    Some of the gameloft titles seem to be appearing. The Android crowd seem to be a stingy by nature though - so it remains to be seen whether decent games will be paid for.
    I have read about people buying, then backing up the app, then asking for a refund. It's that kind of BS that really annoys me.
  9. Hardcore

    Hardcore Well-Known Member

    I also have a Desire for a week, and its great! I used a HTC P3600 with WM for about 3 years and the diferencies are huge....
  10. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    The music playback seems fine, you can create playlists on the phone too which is nice. Sound quality through the speaker is not as good as iPhone, but through headphones I couldnt tell any difference.

    I use 3 cubed app and the HTC music app.

    The camera seems good so far, and has some nice options to adjust stuff, I havent taken many pics yet, but it seems at least as good as my 3G, plus it has a flash.

    In low light levels it did seem to be a bit blurry, but so was my iPhone 3G.

    I'd say get the Desire, you probably wont regret it if your coming from the 3G.
  11. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    I'm sure I wouldn't if I was coming from the 3g. Trouble is, I'm coming from the 3gs! ;)
  12. willis

    willis Member

    SNESoid awesome :D

    Accessory-wise, i guess is the popularity of the iPhone and the endless choice and reviews about.

    The music playback is not as good as iphone and believe it that the speaker is poor for both music and voice. Cameras have never been htc's strong point and a new os doesn't change things. Although it is better than 3gs.

    I love my Desire but considering how important froyo is and all the endless threads, the choice between that and n1 is not so clear cut for me. Plus it turns out not everyone is a Sense fan.
  13. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    as the speaker is on the reverse of the phone, the sound quality is much better if you sort of cup the phone to reflect the sound back off your hand whilst watching movies etc.

    I think the camera seems fine, but isnt a dedicated digital camera replacement, for a phone camera though it does the job.
  14. delinear

    delinear Member

    Well, remember the iPhone has been around for a long time now (in phone terms) and even through its different versions it has retained the same shape, while both the Desire and N1 are brand new so there's bound to be tons more accessories for the iPhone for the time being, but expect lots more to reach the market for the Android pair over the coming months.

    Agreed - I love SenseUI but even so I'm really hoping Froyo gets a Desire port ASAP, because I'd happily give up Sense if it was the only way of getting the benefits of Froyo.

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