Checking out the HTC Desire HD

The HTC Desire HD is an Android smart phone produced by the HTC Corporation. Released in the latter part of 2011 in Europe, it is one of the coolest tech phones to exist in the market today.

What makes this phone special? It has lots of useful features and widgets such as a camera, video, camera, music player, e-reader, and could even serve as a mini computer.

Outstanding qualities of the HTC Desire HD

When it comes to technical specifications, the HTC Desire HD is impressive boasting of 768 MB RAM and 1.5 GB internal flash memory.

Its 8 megapixel camera produces sharp and clear pictures while the 720p captures video images in HD. No need to carry a digital camera, a video capturing device along with your phone. You can take pictures and shoot clips without sacrificing image and sound quality.

From phone to your television sets and your computer, the HTC phone allows you to upload your captured moments directly through its Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).

It even has a built-in library of classical books for you to read.

Enhance your browsing experience with pages that load properly since the HTC has a built-in Adobe Flash Player that displays pages like they would on your computer screens. And on top of this, stay in the loop through subscription updates right on your phone's browser. Its News app is compatible with Google Reader.

A social media freak? Your HTC is right up on its alley with Friends Stream that synchronises your Tweets and Facebook posts into one stream. You can also merge you contacts from all emails such as Outlook, Google and Hotmail accounts.

Equipped with a 4.3 inches touch screen, the display has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels that offers breathtaking images making surfing and watching videos a pleasure.

Other highlights include free voice guided SatNav, Google Maps, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. Plus, the Android market has plenty of free apps to choose from. Discard widgets that you don't need and add new ones that you find useful.

It retails for £349.99 without the SIM card on Amazon UK (amazon.co.uk) while mobile phone shops offer it for free when you get a subscription plan costing £26 per month (carphonewarehouse.com). You do need to install the Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) update immediately when you buy one.

What are the tech critics saying?

Overall, the HTC Desire HD received positive reviews from CNET UK, TechRadar, Gizmodo, SlashNet and Engadget.

One criticism is its short battery life although it has a talk time of 520 minutes for GPS. But, if you're a heavy user of multimedia and surf a lot, this is quickly reduced to 320 minutes on WCDMA, meaning that you have to recharge your unit everyday. Its Amoled screen is also difficult to see in the sunlight.

Despite these shortcomings, you get an amazing smart phone that has all the extras that you need for a seamless calling, surfing, photo taking, and video watching experience.

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