HTC Desire

HTC Desire

The screen itself is a pleasure to use. Responsive and simple with fantastic, warm colour display.

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Our Rating: 96%

Best Value for Money Plan

Price Plan The One Plan
86.7%
Texts 5000
Minutes 2000 anytime/any network
Internet 1GB
Handset Cost FREE
Monthly Cost £28
Contract 24 months

The One Plan

Currently, Three's most extensive price plan. The only One you are likely to need, this '3' price plan gives you 2,000 (yes 2,000!) anytime, any network minutes, 5,000 Texts, 1GB internet usage and 5,000 minutes of calls to other 3 mobiles each month.

Value for Money
The One Plan
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 2000anytimeany network 1GB FREE £28a month
 
Value for Money
The One Plan
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 2000anytimeany network 1GB FREE £28a month
 

Ultimate Internet

The ideal Three priceplan if you want to use the internet on your smartphone as much as you like, without worrying about how many megabytes youíre using. With no data limits and built-in usage alerts for calls and texts, you can relax and enjoy using your phone.

Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 100
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 100
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 300
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £18a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 300
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £18a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 500
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £23a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 500
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £23a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £25a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £25a month
 

Essential Internet

If you're not a heavy data user, the Essential Internet tariffs from Three are for you. With a fixed data allowance, Three guarantee you canít accidentally spend more than you planned. When you reach your data limit, Three will send you a text alert. If you want more data, you can add 250MB data for £2 or all-you-can-eat data for £5 - both last for 30 days. Or just wait till your allowance refreshes next month Ė Three will block data usage until then so you canít accidentally run up any extra data charges.

Value for Money
Essential Internet 100
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network 250MB FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 100
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network 250MB FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 300
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network 250MB FREE £15a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 300
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network 250MB FREE £15a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 500
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network 250MB FREE £20a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 500
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network 250MB FREE £20a month
 

Pay As You Go

Pay As You Go
 
HTC Desire C Black No Contract
Details Cost  
HTC Desire C Black | ThreePay £149.99
 
Pay As You Go
 
HTC Desire C White No Contract
Details Cost  
HTC Desire C White | ThreePay £149.99
 

Our HTC Desire Review

Think of the hugely impressive HTC Legend, then double it. Thatís about what you get with HTCís new Desire. With its Android 2.1 operating system, AMOLED touchscreen, itís a massive improvement all round Ė faster, bigger and more powerful underneath the impressive casing.

The 3.7 inch screen takes up almost the entire front of the handset, with just four useful navigation buttons set at the bottom. At the centre of these is the optical trackpad which accurately measures finger movement for precise navigation.

This is a pleasingly thin phone, but not so thin that it feels like it might break in half at any moment. It measures 119mm x 60mm x 11.9mm and weighs 133 grams, surprisingly light for everything thatís going on inside. The size and shape make the handset easy to operate with one hand.

The screen itself is a pleasure to use. Responsive and simple with fantastic, warm colour display.

Data transfer is enabled by the unfussy micro USB port that doubles as a charger input. The headphones supplied are adequate and also double as a hands-free kit.

Using the phone is a simple delight, too. It comes with seven customizeable homescreens; probably more than you need, but nice to know you have the options. Any of them can be loaded with various widgets and the weather in your area is displayed via a bright screen for sunny, a slightly blurred screen for fog and even a cute windscreen wiper when itís raining. The Desireís sense of humour appears in the most unlikely places.

For social networkers, thereís the useful Friendstream app, which gathers together info from Twitter and Facebook and other sites.

Searching through the phone is simple. A double-click on the search button brings up a quick search function, similar to Spotlight on a Mac. Itís a great way to find pictures, music, text files or any other file format.

The Desire has lots of other useful functionality inside. Leap View is another timesaver. Just pinching the screen using multi-touch and all seven home screens are displayed at once. This is another similarity to Macs Ė the Desire does what you tell it to and wonít argue back as some Windows operating systems are prone to.

What We Liked

Its ease of use is a sheer delight. Thereís obviously a lot of time and thought invested to make the desire that owners will want to use, because itís just a fun environment to work or play in. While the rolling weather and other widgets and gadgets are cool, you can always turn them off if you want to get on with some serious work.

What We Disliked

Photo quality was perhaps not as good as some comparable phones, but good enough for snapshots. Video also suffered from reduced frame rate in lower lighting conditions.

Our Final Verdict:

Overall, the Desire delivers more than it should. With deals (at the time of press) from around £25 per month youíll get a lot for your money.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 119 x 60 x 11.9 (mm)
Talk Time 400 mins
Standby Time 360 hours
Weight 135 g
Quad Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 512MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 32GB)

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

HTC Desire Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 119 x 60 x 11.9 (mm)
Talk Time 400 mins
Standby Time 360 hours
Weight 135 g
Quad Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 512MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 32GB)

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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