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« on: October 31, 2010, 05:25:34 PM »

Hey there,

so my question is pretty simple. Is the Desire still worth it?
I know it isn't even a year old, but I do follow the "mobile scene" a bit. So I read some stuff or watch some videos now and then and it seems like the technology is just racing forward.

I'm looking for a new phone and it sucks if I buy a new one but it's already considered old or low end.
Do you think the Desire still has a long lifetime? Is HTC coming with a new phone soon that makes the desire obsolete? Should I buy one? =P

All help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 05:51:50 PM »

HTC Desire HD  ---> The next step forward...
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 05:56:28 PM »

I know about the Desire HD. But the specs are almost the same as with the Desire.
And frankly, I like the looks of the Desire better. What I want to know is, is the Desire still viable or competeable with other mobiles in say the next year.
Will it become obsolete? Will it be considered old, slow, low-end etc.

Is it still advised to buy this phone this moment? Or is it nearing it's end.
« Last Edit: October 31, 2010, 06:08:14 PM by Klasher » Logged Still worth it?: http://www.htcdesireforum.com/index.php?topic=2045
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010, 07:45:49 PM »

Until HTC launches the next phone with a gigantic battery AND a bigger screen, I'll stick to my Desire. Too many reasons to stick to it.

And hardware wise, the Desire is truly top of the line. It won't go obsolete anytime soon.
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010, 07:46:05 PM »

Until HTC launches the next phone with a gigantic battery AND a bigger screen, I'll stick to my Desire. Too many reasons to stick to it.

And hardware wise, the Desire is truly top of the line. It won't go obsolete anytime soon.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010, 08:35:26 PM »

Technology is always advancing.... if you wait for what's coming next, you will never buy anything --- in fact, it won't be the Desire that might be considered old or low end in the next few months... it'll be you!  Grin  Grin

I have my Desire on a two year contract, and I'm just into my second month.. as long as I can make calls, send text messages, get me to unknown destinations, play the odd game, listen to my music, watch some Xvid videos, and browse Porn the internet... then that's fine with me in a couple year's time  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2010, 10:59:34 PM »

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5430343841227974645
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2010, 04:11:35 AM »

As said before, the HD is barely more powerful than the "old" Desire, so don't let the figures fool you.  The old Desire is still one of the most powerful phones.  in terms of "bang for your buck", it still reigns supreme.  And as far as the looks go ... well ... that's a personal thing, but I'm not too fond of the HD's styling (or the lack thereof)

Yes, the HD has a bigger screen.  However it's the same effective resolution as the regular Desire (800x480), so it's less sharp.

Yes, the HD has twice the internal storage, but quite frankly I couldn't care less.  I still have half of my Desire's storage left, and that's without moving any apps to the SD card.  So the extra storage will only be used if you load the phone with all kinds of junk you never actually use. 

If it were my money, I'd spend it on the old one. 
In fact I did just that last month.  I actually bought a 2nd Desire less than a week before the HD was launched just because the HD is so enormous.  If I want a multimedia device that's too big to hold in one hand, I'll buy a tablet.
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2010, 05:43:41 AM »

Well, since everyone is chipping in more...

I did a two-month long research on the phone before I bought it. Of course, not all of it is done on the Desire alone, but it was two months worth of poring over articles detailing about the iPhone, Android, Palm, WinMo, Blackberry, etc. After I narrowed it down to Android (too many reasons), I looked at the top-of-the-line Android phones and took my pick. Here's the breakdown:

Model: Pros.Cons
Samsung Galaxy S (and derivative models): Nice screen, big memory, better processor. Stuck on 2.1, wonky GPS, price, Samsung TouchWiz UI.

Sony Ericsson X10: Nice camera, big memory, not-too-shabby screen, TimeScape UX. Stuck on 1.6

HTC Desire: HTC Sense, Android 2.2, more RAM, HTC brand*. Slightly poorer screen, smaller NAND space.

*slightly controversial, but I'll explain it

Why did I choose the Desire in the end
1. Firmware. The fact that Sony is two versions behind and Samsung is one version behind is a big deal to me. FroYo might not have really cutting edge features vs Eclair, but the fact that the lag exists for the other manufacturers show how much they are willing to support their products. Don't forget that these phones are the so-called "Flagship" phones that's supposed to lead the way for others in their stable.
2. HTC Sense. Love it or hate it, it is the only thing other than AOSP that I'm willing to accept. While it is considered bloat, it is bloat that floats, as opposed to bloat that sinks. I still use Friendstream whenever I can (read Sense ROMs) but I see myself rooting and installing Cyanogen the moment I get my X10 or Galaxy S and never looking back.
3. Love. HTC releases the kernel for all ROMs publicly. So even if HTC, at any time, refuses to love the Desire anymore, XDA will still love it for what it is, and release the next ROM with Android 2.3. So, yes, the love that HTC shown for its phone and the love of every ROM developer in XDA keeps this phone floating as one of the best mod-able phone around.
4. Build. Have you held the competition in your hands? X10 and Galaxy felt like a plastic brick the HTC has excellent heft. The "feel" of the phone in my hands is important, as I have big and short fingers and a large palm. I have held, and played around with all three phones and it feels solid, like a well-engineered device, unlike the other two.
5. The limitations don't really matter. A slightly bigger screen is definitely drool-worthy, but it doesn't really translate to any practical advantage. Similar resolutions will in fact hamper the smoothness of the screen and icons. Bigger internal memory is completely moot in the face of cMTD and A2SD+. I don't need 8MP for photos, especially with such a weak lense and LED flash. The only slight worrying point was the processor, but the difference wasn't so noticeable.

So, you see, I had done my homework, and I still stand by my decision. The Desire is an excellent phone if you like its form factor.
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