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HTC A8181 Desire Unlocked Quad-Band GSM Phone with Android OS, HTC Sense UI, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi and gps navigation--International Version with Warranty (Brown)
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HTC A8181 Desire Unlocked Quad-Band GSM Phone with Android OS, HTC Sense UI, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi and gps navigation--International Version with Warranty (Brown)

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Technical Details
OSgoogle android
Item Weight4.8 ounces
Product Dimensions2.4 x 0.5 x 4.7 inches
Item model numberA8181 Brown
Device interface - primaryTouch Screen
Weight4.80 Ounces
Phone Talk Time6.6 hours
Phone Standy Time (with data)340 hours
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Best Sellers Rank #381,854 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.9 ounces
Date First AvailableApril 19, 2010

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Customer Rating 3 out of 5 stars (56) 3 out of 5 stars (167) 4 out of 5 stars (133) 4 out of 5 stars (102)
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Display Size 3.7 inches 4.7 inches 5 inches 5.3 inches
Operating System google android Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.4 (KitKat) Android 4.2
Camera Description Information not provided Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP, 720p Primary: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality, Geo-tagging, HDR, face and smile detection, Video 1080p@30fps, check quality|Secondary: 5 MP, 720p Primary Camera: 13.0MP (with LED flash)|Secondary Camera: 5.0MP
Battery Life 6.6 Hours Information not provided Information not provided 8 Hours
Item Weight 0.3 pounds 0.25 pounds 0.26 pounds Information not provided
Product Site Launch Date Mon Apr 19 12:32:05 UTC 2010 Tue Jul 15 07:00:01 UTC 2014 Mon Jul 08 02:11:23 UTC 2013 Tue Jul 01 06:16:28 UTC 2014
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 2.36 inches, 0.46 inches, 4.68 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 6.6 hours
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 340 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

HTC Desire delivers intense brilliance, sharp contrast, and true colors on the expansive 3.7-inch AMOLED display. The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor makes the phone incredibly responsive as you multitask from app to app without skipping a beat, while the instinctive HTC Sense experience lets you wield the power of the HTC Desire with the greatest of ease. With the HTC Desire, it?s all about your information, your entertainment, your multimedia, your way. A multitude of HTC Sense widgets makes it easy to transform your Home screen with rich content that personalizes your phone experience. If you?re a sports junkie or simply love to keep up to date with the latest news, the HTC Desire keeps you in the know with the News application. News makes it easier than ever to collect all your favorite articles from across the web. Choose from a selection of channels that cover top blogs, news sites or sports pages, or get news updates based on the keywords you select. The HTC Desire excels at helping you stay in touch with the different circles of friends or colleagues in your life. The new People widget lets you bring any group you create on your phone right to the surface for easy access to calling, messaging, emailing or simply checking up on social networking updates. The HTC Desire simplifies the way that you tend to all of your social networks. With Friend Stream, your interaction with friends across multiple social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr are brought into a single easy to follow stream of updates, photo posts, and shared links. Friend Stream also lets you shout out your thoughts or feelings to all your online friends with a single comment that gets broadcast to both Facebook and Twitter. The package components found in the box are: -Handset (Phone) -Battery -Battery door -Battery Charger (AC Adaptor) -USB Sync Cable -User guide -Stereo Headset -micro SD memory Card

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Phone with a Minor Annoyance August 1, 2010
I have had my unlocked HTC Desire for a little over two weeks. At first, I was thrilled with it because it has such a nice display and Android 2.1 runs so smoothly. In the last couple of days, though, it has developed an annoying issue and I think all potential buyers should be warned. Occasionally when placing a call, the screen will go blank and there is no way to end the call or get the display back. HTC delivered at least my Desire with this flaw - and there are some hits on Google about this. All you have to do is Google "HTC Desire screen goes blank" to see what I mean. Apparently, the proximity sensor used by HTC does not work correctly all of the time. What it should do is turn off the screen and disable the buttons when you place the phone to your ear. The faulty sensor does not turn the screen back on and enable the buttons when you pull the phone away from your ear. I am hoping the Android 2.2 update will fix this problem, otherwise I am going to return my phone before the 30-day return period expires.

** Edited to add **

Two things have eliminated this problem today - and I do not know which helped the most. First, Android 2.2 was offered on the Desire today and I updated it. Second, one internet post indicated that a clear scratch protector may be causing the problem. I removed the scratch protector from the screen and the problem has gone away. I am not comfortable using it with no scratch protector - but I am much happier with the phone.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ATT data Issues October 5, 2010
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I ordered this phone to replace my iPhone 4 on the ATT network and use while traveling with overseas SIM cards. Additionally, I am trying to migrate away from Mobile Me and this looked like a great option. I really like the phone and the HTC Sense interface is quite nice. However, this phone does not operate on the correct frequency for the ATT's 3G data network, so all data is transfered via the EDGE network which has slow data speeds. Unfortunately, I returned the phone.

If you want 3G speeds on ATT, make sure the phone operates on 850/1900 3G frequencies for data. Even tough this phone operates on 850/900/1800/1900 GSM frequencies the data frequencies are 900/2100 which ATT does not support.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing smartphone! September 14, 2010
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I've been using the HTC Desire for about a month now, and I'm very, very satisfied with it. Purchased in the US to be used in Brasil, it is working wonders with a local service provider SIM.

First off, the phone's design is not as groundbreaking as the iPhone - to me the iPhone 4 is the best looking phone so far - but it's not without its qualities. It has a clean and discreet design, and I like it that way.

The Android OS with the Sense UI runs very smoothly with the 1 GHz processor built on this phone. The applications run slick, and no problems in multitasking. The screen is very sharp and very bright, the touch control is fast and accurate, pleasant browsing experience and lots of apps to boost your phone from the Android market.

Call quality hasnt been an issue yet, no dropped calls so far. Signal reception is good, and call sound is... well, ok for a phone. The music player is very good, although it lacks an equalizer (I dont really miss it though, because music playback quality is good enough without EQ when using a better pair of headphones than the standard - I'm using the Klipsch Image S4).

I highly recommend this phone to anyone who wants to steer clear of the control freaks at Apple, without any sacrifices (look for the reviews around the web, some sites rate the HTC Desire higher than the iPhone 4, and that means something).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The big freezer January 5, 2011
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I got the international unlocked GSM model with waranty to use it all over the world!

Now I set down in Brazil with a phone that freezes after 5 mins. of use. Have don all the suggestions HTS-support give about the freezing problems, but still keeps freezing!

Tried to talk to HTC-support US they told me to contact HTC-Support in Brazil and Brazil told me to contact FRANCE!!!!...the biggest joke in the world!!!!!

If you google the Desire you will find that there is a lot of people with the same problem and it looks like HTC don't have a solution to the problem!!!

Therefor my recommendation for now: DON'T BUY THE HTC DESIRE PHONE at this moment 01.05.2011!!!!!

My HTC repair ticket number from the US 10USCW52ENA001558 (if anybody from HTC read this!!!)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only real drawback is no 3G for AT&T October 24, 2010
I you're looking for a review I'm guessing you want the direct points with no fluff in betwee, so here goes:

Feels like it has great built quality and can take a few bumps
Screen is bright and looks as good as any phone I've ever seen
It is very fast, even with all 7 screens filled, it never acts like it cannot keep up
It can play Flash via the stock browser which is awesome
Call quality is clear
Speaker on the back is pretty loud for playing music, to be a phone that is
Buttons are push and not just optical
Built in GPS is awesome and always up to date and has no extra monthly fees
FM tuner using the included headphones
HTC Sense is the best UI in the business, and this phone shows it well

Battery life, I get about a day with wifi and sync turned on, make sure you have a car charger ready just in case
Camera is ok in good lighting but indoors its not the best
No 3G with AT&T as far as I know, just 2G which still works but is kinda slow but will work for things like email, Facebook, etc

Bottom line, if the battery lasted longer and AT&T would offer support (or the other way around) this phone would not have one bad mark against it

It does cost a lot, but having the freedom of not having a contract to be sucked into makes it worth it in my opinion.
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