HTC Desire HD in the Test

Less is more often – but sometimes more is more in fact. GIGANTO display of rich 4.3 inch and a revamped sense user interface, the HTC desire HD arouses covetousness.

  1. HTC desire HD in the test
  2. Processing and equipment
  3. Operation, laboratory values, and conclusion
  4. Data sheet
  5. Rating

HTC desire HD

On the question of the optimal display size for a Smartphone opinions differ, each user defines the right compromise between handy format and if possible clear presentation ultimately for themselves. HTC certainly goes at its Android flagship HTC desire HD in the full and equips with a huge 4.3-inch screen, as well as the latest Android version 2.2 alias with improved sense interface’s Froyo.

The LCD touch screen is one of the largest on the market. Content will – work as well as at the much smaller 3.7-inch screen of ur desire – 480 x 800 pixels in detail and contrast resolution, however the colors slightly paler than on the OLED of the predecessor. Retina display resolution by Apple’s iPhone 4 with 960 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches the desire HD does not match however.

The display of the HTC desire HD responds to finger touch and multi touch gestures immediately, navigating in the menu, as well as surfing the Internet is thus really fun. The browser can manage up to four Web pages at the same time in the multi tab view and dynamically adjusts the scale size pictures and line breaks; also, the Internet in its entirety is obtained thanks to Flash 10.1. Who still prefer wants to see some Web sites despite 4.3-inch screen on his NetBook, which can use the Smartphone tethering function as a mobile Wi-FI hotspot.

Camera can not convince

With Google Maps Navigation the HTC desire HD has a up on the data transfer free navigation solution also ready, which is predestined for use on the giant display; a car holder HTC provides around 40 euros. Also pictures and videos come on the LCD screen perfectly to advantage, the multimedia consumer quickly moves into focus. Especially since the camera with 8 megapixel resolution, two light-emitting diodes as a Flash replacement, auto focus and plenty of options for the brightness and image adjustments is richly equipped and in any case better than at the first.

Nevertheless, the camera of the HTC desire HD can not completely convince: noise, showed fast in the test when shooting in low light conditions can also frequently to be desired the colour fastness. Videos are recorded in HD and can score major points with a good sound; the quality of the home movies fine overall.

That in spite of the HD claim of a multimedia cell phones lack an HDMI interface, surprised. After all, the Smartphone content thanks to DLNA support within the home network on a compatible TV can be viewed.

Even if the housing design is a matter of taste, small discrepancies noticed the desire HD that we are actually not used by HTC.

So the transition between display and housing frame not plan, runs what does not belong to the de rigueur at a high-end Smartphone. Also disturbs the excellent noticeably from the body mechanics of the camera, if you would like to place the device flat on the table.

In turn, the quality of the material used and the processing of the HTC desire HD is beyond any doubt. The back consists largely of aluminium, two luggage serve as cover for the pull-out side of the housing battery and the SIM and memory card slots. However, even small defects show because, for example, the lower cover not clean completes with the coat and slightly creaks.

All no big deal, because the very good performance of Android makes the HTC desire HD to a real gun. The change between the seven home screens succeeds fast and smooth, no jerking or twitching disrupts the work flow in the menu or in the setting options. Responsible for the 1 GHz is fast Qualcomm processor, 768 MB memory to the page are.

As usual, when HTC Android, the Taiwanese people even with the HTC desire HD have created their now revised user interface sense about Google’s operating system. New connection to the online service is out on the one your smartphone from a Web browser htcsense.com, which allows users to remotely control and also to locate.

This is especially interesting if the device is lost or is stolen and locked from the PC or even deleted be should – important for business phones with sensitive data. In addition, the service allows direct access to contacts, and news about the browser, what worked in our test with the HTC desire HDohne problems.

When scrolling through the main menu is also, that HTC already has installed a selection of apps.

In addition to various HTC widgets, including the Amazon MP3, sound Hound and reader applications can be found in the menu of the HTC desire HD. That’s nice, but this Pack easily can be removed.

An in any case useful innovation: The pull-out from the top screen status bar shows the most recently used applications; missed calls and messages are still listed. The HTC desire HD is the individualization artists with different surface designs and scenes settings.

In addition show mature and sensible intertwined the social-networking properties: contacts from different networks can link to entries from the address book of your Smartphone, so that all communication is bundled with this contact and cross-platform shown in a channel – it has so Facebook, Twitter, email, SMS and calls at a glance.

Finally, has the HTC desire HD to the test in our laboratory and turned a few rather unassuming rounds. So has the 1240 mAh large battery set as expected no records and comes out only in restrained use at best, a day without plug. The transmission and reception quality in the 3G-Betrieb are satisfactory, well above average in the GSM networks. The sound on the phone is good in both directions, the voice playback is clean and pretty loud.

At the end of the test is established: the editor will miss the HTC desire HD, the fast performance and that offer real added value features in everyday life. Who places value on a clear presentation of its content, and has no problem with a large phone, should look at necessarily even the desire HD.

Technical data and test results

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Android 2.2
Processor / clock speed (MHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon / K.a.. / 1000
internal memory (MB) 1100
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card 8 GB
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / / k.A.
HSDPA / HSUPA 14.4 / 5.76
Wi-FI standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) LCD / 4.3
Resolution (pixels) 480 x 800
Number of colors 16.7 m
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 3 / /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac optional /.
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites k.A. / / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 8
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard Google Maps Navigation.
Navi / route planner Full version /.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 123 x 68 x 13
Weight (grams) 168
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 8:37 am
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 8:57
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 3:50
type. Endurance (hours) 4:12
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) -0.09 / 0,826
TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) well 77
Endurance talk (35) 28
Persistence display mode (65) 49
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 114
System (15) 7
Scope of delivery (10) 5
Display (40) 26
Connectivity (15) 11
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 13
PIM (15) 9
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 9
Camera (15) 11
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) satisfactory 100
Ease of handling 27
User interface 57
Processing quality 16
MEASUREMENTS (90) good 72
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 27
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 19
Acoustic measurements send (15) 13
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 13
tested in issue: 01/11
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points satisfying 363

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) well 77
Endurance talk (35) 28
Persistence display mode (65) 49
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 114
System (15) 7
Scope of delivery (10) 5
Display (40) 26
Connectivity (15) 11
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 13
PIM (15) 9
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 9
Camera (15) 11
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) satisfactory 100
Ease of handling 27
User interface 57
Processing quality 16
MEASUREMENTS (90) good 72
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 27
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 19
Acoustic measurements send (15) 13
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 13
tested in issue: 01/11
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points satisfying 363