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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ajh94, May 21, 2011.

  1. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    Okay I have had my HTC Desire for about 8 months now, I do like it and it does do everything I need it to do but I cant help thinking its getting a little old and left behind due to all the new Dual-core phones such as the Samsung Galaxy SII and HTC Sensation. Even the other newer HTCs like the Incredible S make my Desire feel quite last year if you know what I mean.

    My contract is up at the end of January 2012, and the new 2012 phones won't be out till after Mobile World Congress 2012. So my question is, should I wait and upgrade when there are new phones out when I can upgrade (which would mean keeping my Desire for another 11 months on top of the 8 I have already had it, and it will get even older in that time), or should I get a new phone like a Sensation now, have that for the 11 months then take my upgrade in 2012 too?

    This may seem like a really silly question but I am liking all the new phones lol and it's making mine feel dated!
    So should I get a new phone now as well or can you guys persuade me that the Desire is still awesome and to save my money and upgrade in 2012?

    Thanks guys!! :D
     


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  2. Usta

    Usta Android Expert

    So, Desire does all you need, but you still want a new phone? :)
    There will be some that will update their phones to Sensation/SGS2, but I don't see much added value.

    I'm keeping mine, because it does all I need and the abundance of custom ROMs ensures continuous fun with it.
    In 6 months, Android ICS is going to be released probably together with Nexus 3. If the rumors are right, it will have a Tegra 3 on it, which will blow Sensation/SGS2 out of the water.
     
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  3. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    Ok thanks for that info :) I can see its provably best to keep it :)
     
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  4. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    also, I got my desire when the Desire HD was out but I decided to get the Desire because it's cheaper and a smaller size. But I can't help thinking I should of got the desire HD so it wouldn't feel as old as this one does - do you think I should of got the Desire HD instead of the Desire?
     
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  5. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

    I've been pondering this one myself.

    And I think the answer really depends on what you want from a phone.
    Because if you want the very latest thing just for the sake of it, then the Desire is old in that regard and you should probably upgrade.
    But unless you have bags of money which allows you to upgrade all the time, I'm not sure it's worth it. There isn't much choice of what to upgrade to in my opinion.

    For me, I'm annoyed about the Desire's poor internal memory, battery and it's inability to play Gameloft games due to the multitouch bug. Performance wise though, it's fine.
    And it still does everything I need, and I still love it.

    I'm not going to fork out
     
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  6. matttye

    matttye Android Expert

    I get phone envy also, but the Desire really does do everything I want.

    Do I want the HTC Sensation? Of course I do. If I get it, will I use it differently to my Desire? Not really.

    That's the way I see it. I could go out and spend
     
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  7. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

     
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  8. matttye

    matttye Android Expert

    Are the cameras that much better though? More megapixels sure, but I haven't seen any comparison shots between the Sensation and Desire. Might be a bit better in low light as there's a dual flash, but I'd be surprised if it's much better in good lighting conditions.

    I listened to spotify for free for a little bit then decided it was good enough to pay for! Can't really beat
     
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  9. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

     
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  12. Hadron

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    My only problem with the Nexus S is the unexpandable storage. If I was told I had to buy a device today, there's a good chance that's what I'd choose. Dual cores will be more important when there are more of them - I'll bet that most software doesn't take advantage of this yet (in which case, by the time it does there will be more, newer devices).

    The reason I didn't wait for the HD was primarily size, and having used one I feel quite sure I called that right, so I have no DHD envy at all. The Desire S feels really nice to me, but from the experience of my friend who owns one it seems to offer no advantage in battery, be a bit weak in WiFi reception, and of course has the locked bootloader.

    For me that last is the bottom line - if I am locked into using just what is provided for me, the device will "become old" a lot quicker than if I can mod it to my tastes or needs. So right now, my Desire isn't old ;)

    Edit: Not sure this really belongs in "support and troubleshooting" - I'd have thought the general Desire forum, where it started, was better.
     
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  13. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

    I agree entirely with this post, except about memory - I don't need more than 16GB.

    Really, my problem is that I just want a device pretty much identical to my Desire for the time being, just with better battery, having fixed the internal memory issue, along with a strong dev community. Trouble is, I would have to fork out
     
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  14. Usta

    Usta Android Expert

    @williamj1,
    The storage space is not a problem and there are ways to fix it.
    There are different solutions: some prefer custom MTDs, some data2sd, and I prefer optimizing memory based on app2sd+. I have about 125 apps with 257MB free, which makes it no problem to go on installing huge amount of apps.
     
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  15. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    Thanks for all your imput guys. I guess you are right, It doesn't feel old in the fact that I have a gingerbread Custom ROM and S-OFF, and apps2sd as well so yeah I guess im good with this :) ill probably upgrade next year :)
     
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  16. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    If its a contract upgrade though, they only let you upgrade when they are satisfied you have paid for the handset.

    So if they're letting you upgrade and you're not going to, you're paying for the handset again.

    If that is the case either upgrade or drop to a sim only tariff
     
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  17. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    Thanks for that info SUroot... I guess you are right, I would be paying for the handset again... I will upgrade as soon as I can most likely, but if I cant I will go SIM only till I do upgrade to something thats more worth it.
     
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  18. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    You could upgrade to the most expensive handset and sell it too. if you get enough money you can put it aside until what you want is available.
     
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  19. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    Yeah thats a good idea Dan. What about if in January 2012, rather than upgrade I'll cancel my contract, use SIM only and wait until like April when there is something available that I want and then start a new contract with that new phone... Would orange let me start up a new contract after cancelling my previous one 3 months previously?
     
  20. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I'm not sure on Orange.

    On O2 they have a 1 month rolling sim only contract so at the end of your contract you can drop to that then change the tariff to a new one.

    Maybe Orange do something like that?

    Maybe its worth having a word with Carphone Warehouse at upgrade time as they can offrer unbranded handsets on your existing contract as an upgrade.
     
  21. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    Ok i will do... What i mean is would I be able to cancel orange, use SIM only with like GiffGaff or o2 for a few months then start a new orange contract again
     
  22. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Well yes of course, but you will need to go through all the credit checks etc all over again.
     
  23. ajh94

    ajh94 Android Expert
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    Yeah that should be fine.. I'll just think through my options at the time and do what's best for me. Thanks for all your advice Dan :)
     

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