HTC Desire HD Review

(Mobile phone)
HTC Desire HD

Excellent (A) 14 reviews 01/2011
172 opinions (Above average)
Product specification:
  • Operating System: Android, Android …
  • Megapixel: 8 MP
  • Display Size: 4.3"
  • Type: Smartphone
  • Data Transfer: HSDPA, WiFi, 3G …
  • Weight: 164 g … more information


Smartphone Daily
1/2011
Single test
8 out of 10 points

Value for money: 8 out of 10 points

HTC's Desire HD is a fantastic device in all respects, although Smartphone Daily pointed out that its battery life was particularly poor. There's little more to complain about it however, as its large screen makes browsing and watching video a pleasure, the speedy CPU keeps everything running smoothly and the new HTCSense services are quite useful overall.

 
Micro Mart
Magazine 1135 (2-8 December 2010)
Single test
9 out of 10 stars

Value for money: 7 out of 10 points, "Editor's Choice"

"... Battery life in general is pretty poor, with daily charging a necessity, but that's a trade-off I've accepted for having such a large screen and dynamic performance. ... The HTC Desire HD isn't for everyone, but I loved the review model to bits and may offer Vodafone an arm wresting contest in an attempt to hold onto it even for a few hours more."

 
PC Pro
12/2010
Single test
"good" (4 out of 6 stars)

Value for money: "average" (3 out of 6 stars)

PC Pro are really impressed with the large, capacitive screen on the HTC Desire HD smartphone, they think it's one of the best you will find. They also mention that the operating system is fantastically speedy, using Android 2.2, and again, they don't think there is a faster smartphone available. Alas, the battery is shockingly poor and so they don't recommend this phone.

 
Mobile Choice
11/2010
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

Mobile Choice thought the Desire HD is an amazing phone that ticks all the right boxes and then some. Its multimedia capabilities are impressive, browsing the Internet is a fantastic experience, HTC's Sense UI and social networking integration are better than ever, the keyboard is a pleasure to use and everything is as snappy as expected. In short, a truly wonderous device.

 
V3.co.uk
11/2010
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

There are few flaws to be found in the Desire HD, the best smartphone at the moment according to V3. Its battery life is short and its back cover looks delicate, but otherwise this is an awe-inspiring device thanks to its amazing display and on-screen keyboard, fantastic browsing experience, pre-installed QuickOffice suite, improved navigation, e-books support and multimedia-powerhouse capabilities, all of which make it THE smartphone to beat.

 
Stuff TV
11/2010
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

"Hot Buy"

"Pros: Customisable HTC Sense UI. Build quality. Web browsing experience. Support for Flash 10.1.
Cons: XL size. Screen deserves to be higher resolution. No dedicated camera shutter button or lens cover."

 
iGIZMO
Magazine 48 (October 2010)
Place 1 out of 7
5 out of 5 stars

"The Brainiac"

"HTC's flagship Android device adds its own Sense UI interface, and it's one clever cookie. You get different desktops, a pre-installed Kobo eBook reader to expand your literary horizons on the way to work and if you lose your handset, Sense will locate it for you. It'll even ring louder when it knows it's in a bag. ..."

 
Electric Pig
10/2010
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

"100% Electricpig Recommended"

Electric Pig considered the HTC Desire HD to be absolutely gorgeous and although it is a big block with a short battery life and a UI prone to crashing, it is still highly seductive. Possibly not capable of winning over iPhone converts, but anyone who likes Android will love it, and compared to the very new Windows Phone 7, it is feature rich and far better polished.

 
ZDNet
10/2010
Single test
"excellent" (8.3 out of 10 Points)

The Desire HD has a nice big 4.3in screen, although this may prove too big for single-handed use. It also has an 8-megapixel camera, 8GB microSD card and some additional online services such as remote ring, lock and erase. The Sense experience has also had some tweaks with new features added. ZDNet reckon most users will only get a days use out of the battery and they didn't like the positioning of the headphone jack.

 
Pocket-lint.co.uk
10/2010
Single test
9 out of 10 points

"Hot Product"

There may be some issues with the HTCSense.com services and a wish for better video support, but Pocket-lint were overall impressed with the HTC Desire HD and its multitude of features. Some people might consider it to be too big for the hand or might wish the phone was smaller with a tighter display, some might wish for a more innate Android experience. Others will be able to explore the phone and always find something new to enjoy. All users will probably want a better battery life though.

 
Know Your Mobile
10/2010
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

The Desire HD is a definite improvement over its predecessor in all aspects: it's faster, smoother, its screen is larger in size and resolution, the camera has been improved and Android 2.2 is on board, with all the advantages this implies. Know Your Mobile were also pleasantly surprised by its battery life, which, as in most smartphones, is still a bit lacking but is much better than before.

 
TrustedReviews
10/2010
Single test
9 out of 10 points

Value for money: 9 out of 10 points, "Recommended"

Trusted Reviews deemed the Desire HD to have a needlessly large screen which, although excellent, still isn't the best available. Other slight changes could be made, it is not as smooth as the iPhone and the battery life could have been better too. The overall package though makes it the number one phone that Trusted Reviews have tested. Having functions such as Flash in the web browser elevates it above the iPhone 4 and it leads other Android phones with superior design and build quality.

 
PC Advisor
9/2010
Single test
Without final score

PC Advisor saw little difference between the new HTC Desire HD and the Samsung Galaxy S, and so expect it to be very popular. It has a larger touchscreen (4.3in) than the previous HTC Desire and is therefore a little larger, with a good-looking aluminium fascia. It contains the latest 2.2 'Froyo' version of Android, voice-guided satnav with built in compass and Bluetooth.

 
Pocket-lint.co.uk
9/2010
Single test
Without final score

Pocket Lint's brief hands-on with the Desire HD gave them the impression of an excellently built smartphone, with an superb display that nonetheless still can't hold a candle to the iPhone 4, a useful ebook reader app, great video format support, GPS and of course, Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 compatibility. A full review is due, but their first impressions were overwhelmingly positive.

 
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