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June 21, 2010

HTC Desire – In Depth Review Pt 2


Have decided to break the review into a few parts so that it’s easier for readers to digest šŸ˜€ Part 2 of the review we’ll be looking at the multimedia capabilities of the HTC Desire as well as it’s web browsing capabilities. Here’s Part 1 of the review if you’ve missed it.

Photos application

Upon launching the photos application, you’ll be presented with a list of albums with thumbnails. The photos application automatically locates and videos irrelevant of which folder it was stored in. Next to the folder name there’s a number that indicates the amount of images in each folder and each folder is displayed with the thumbnail of the latest image. At the bottom of the application there are 3 virtual buttons, one for the folder listing, another for Facebook albums and the last Flickr.

The HTC Desire support multi-touch and this can be done while browsing the images, the same action for zooming in and out as the iPhone is used. Double clicking on the image zooms it back to 100%.

Photos application

Photos application

Menu options

Menu options


Oddly enough there isn’t a dedicated application to view video files but the good thing is its integrated into the Photos application. The player is capable of playing 3GP and MP4 videos, so if you want to play DivX or XviD videos you’ll need to download another video player from the market. However HTC has promised an update to resolve this issue, no released dates yet though.

Video listing

Video listing

Video controls

Video controls


Music application

The music library default view is the Artists section but there’s six more icons at the bottoms to allow you to switch between Albums, All Songs, Playlists, Genres,Composers and Purchased. The music app provides basic controls such as shuffle play and repeat. It can even be used to set a ringtone.

Artists listing

Artists listing

Albums listing

Albums listing

Music player

Music player

Control options

Control options

FM Radio

The HTC Desire comes with FM Radio as well. Nothing much to figure out with the app, very simple to use. Let it scan for theĀ availableĀ stations and you’re set to listen to your favourite station. The app also allows listening through the loudspeaker.

FM Radio

FM Radio

Radio options

Radio options

Taking pictures

The HTC Desire comes with a 5 megapixel camera with a maximum image resolution of 2592×1936 pixels and a LED flash. This is a welcome upgrade since their previous flagship smartphone, HTC Hero didn’t have built-in flash. The camera application has been given a variety of customisable settings like ISO speed, aspect ratio, brightness, contrast and not forgetting effects to spice up those pictures.
Geo-tagging also automatically records the location where the picture is taken via GPS, which can be enabled at the Options.

The shortcuts on the screen allow you to easily set the flash and zoom right in the viewfinder and if you want more options, the retractable menu is on the left side which can be dragged out by sweeping your finger or by pressing the menu key. The Desire camera comes with touch focus ability. To focus just tap on the screen. To take a picture you can either use the trackpad or you can tap and hold the screen to lock the focus and a shot will be taken as you lift your finger. The camera on the HTC Desire produces good result for a phone camera and can rival many entry level point and shoot digicam.

Camera view

Camera view

Brightness setting

Brightness setting

Image properties setting

Image properties setting

Available effects

Available effects

More settings

More settings

Even more settings

Even more settings

Here are some samples for you to check out

Taken indoors

Taken indoors without flash

Taken indoors without flash

Taken indoors without flash

With flash

With flash

Outdoors during the day

Outdoor on a cloudy day

During sunset

During sunset

Outdoors on a sunny day

Outdoor on a sunny day

Taking videos

THE HTC Desire captures WVGA (800Ɨ480)Ā videos at 15fps, unfortunately the Desire doesn’t do 720p high definition video recording YET. There’s news that HTC will update the video recording application to include that feature in the future.

The interface of the camcorder is very similar to that of the camera and gives tons of customisable options such as exposure, contrast, saturation and even color effects.

Camcorder view

Camcorder view

Video properties

Video properties

Camcorder options

Camcorder options

Video resolution - no HD recording

Video resolution - no HD recording

Connectivity

Connecting the HTC Desire to the pc couldn’t be easier. Just install theĀ necessaryĀ software ie HTC Sync and you’re set to go. I love how they have made it so much easier to change the connection type on the fly without having to remove the USB cable as previous devices. You can change from charge only, HTC Sync,Disk Drive and Internet sharing. The HTC Desire also acts as a USB disk drive, selecting this mode prompts Windows to treat it just like aĀ removableĀ drive. To tether on the Desire involves selecting the internet sharing and voila you’re surfing the web on your PC via your Desire’s 3G connection. Make sure the Internet sharing option is enabled in your Wireless & Networks settings first though.

Setting connection type

Setting connection type

Internet sharing option

Internet sharing option

Internet browsing

This is where the higher resolution of the HTC Desire really shines when compared to it’s sibling the HTC Legend. Now the Desire allows pinch zoom making it easier to read text or view images on websites. The address bar is at the top of the browser and automatically hides when the page finishes loading. Pressing the menu button allows you to recall the hidden location bar. Pinch-zooming is not the only neat feature of Desire’s browser as it also supports double tap zooming and text reflow. Just double tap on the paragraph you’re interested in and it will zoom in and rearrange the text so it is in a readable format, without having the need to scroll.

Another lovely feature is the ability to select certain text off the website and you’ll be presented with a menu that allows you to copy,find definition via wikipedia or even share it with someone. The browser supports FLASH !! Yes the controversial flash is supported by the Desire and playing simpler flash games is a dream thanks to the fast processor. Flash video can be a hit and miss thoughĀ YouTubeĀ video works fine since it launches the preinstalledĀ YouTubeĀ application.

Full page view

Full page view

Double tap zoom and reflow in action

Double tap zoom and reflow in action

Text selection

Text selection

Copy,definition,share

Copy,definition,share

Share via

Share via

Browser options

Browser options

Now tell me you’re still not impressed with theĀ capabilitiesĀ of the HTC Desire ? Well if you still want to know more about the HTC Desire, I’ll be covering the PIM features, which is the main reason anyone would ever want a smartphone in the first place !! Be prepared to be amazed if you aren’t already šŸ™‚

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2 Comments »

  1. […] missed the other reviews here it is : Part 1 – Sense UI and basic telephone functions and Part 2 – Multimedia capabilities and web browsing […]

    Pingback by HTC Desire ā€“ In Depth Review Pt 3 « just.yoga — June 26, 2010 @ 9:15 am | Reply

  2. […] missed the other reviews here it is : Part 1 – Sense UI and basic telephone functions and Part 2 – Multimedia and web browsing […]

    Pingback by HTC Desire ā€“ In Depth Review Pt 3 « just.yoga — June 29, 2010 @ 11:38 am | Reply


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