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A decent phone with a few drawbacks worth mentioning
on March 26, 2012
First off, I love my new HTC Desire HD. It is by far my favorite phone and, man, what a huge upgrade it is from Nokia C6!
I'm not going to comment on all the tech specs as this phone is already half-outdated (released at the end of 2010 I believe) in today's tech standards. The touch screen is extremely responsive yet not overly sensitive. User interphase takes a moment to adjust to for a Nokia user, but it's fairly easy & friendly once you lay your hands on it. Picture quality is superb, though I am yet to try out how it works with the flash light (many phone cameras are doomed with taking poor quality pictures when using flash light). Processor speed is very good - most apps can be downloaded & fully installed within 30 secs (of course, also depends on your connection speed).
With all my praises for this phone, I do find a few things that bug me:
- battery life: so short. This is my first HTC but I heard it's a common HTC problem. But, 75% left after 3 hours of AIRPLANE mode w/ hardly any usage or 85% left after two hour with 3G on but no activities? This phone would never last an 8-hour day with moderate usage.
- sloppy design of the battery lid: feels cheap and very hard to take off & put back. Every time I do so I feel like I am going to break that little poor piece of plastic. This bugs me a lot.
- poorly designed lid for the SIM card & micro SD card slot: the phone looks perfectly smooth out of the box. BUT, once you insert a SIM card and put the lid/cover back, the SIM card creates a "bump", and the phone is no longer perfectly flat. Doesn't bother me that much, but HTC should be ashamed of this silly design. Are they expecting people to use this phone solely as a portable wifi device without a SIM card???
- Position & design of the camera: without a phone cover, the way the camera sticks out is doomed for scratches.
- Doesn't come with a factory screen protector sheet: ALL cellphones I've purchased brand new, whether the traditional ones (i.e. non-smart) or smart ones, even flip phones, came with a screen protector sheet that can be easily peeled off. I tend to keep those on for as long as I possibly can as I find them effective enough for protecting my screen. This phone is the first that came w/o one. I'm quite disappointed because they fail to provide such little things that cost them literally NOTHING all for the greed of making extras (or in favor of merchants lower in the food chain) from the side products.
Overall, pleasant to use but falls short on many little things. For all its pluses, I still gave it a four star, but it really is closer to a 3.5.