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+ This mobile phone scores high on features. - It scores very poorly on battery life.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 1716 reviews.
HTC Desire HD: Smartphone with 8MP camera, Touchscreen and 480 x 800 display. See full product description

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Ralph, Glasgow Basic text and chat

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
It does almost everything I need a phone, camera, organiser to do! I bought a silicone glove for it as the aluminium body is a tad slippery. Screen is great although the touch can be a bit sensitive. HD video is excellent and by far the best I've seen on a mobile. The Android Apps are really very good, still exploring them as I've only had the phone a few days. As a result of the phone being new, the battery is frequently on charge due to playing with the features. I did install an app killer as I found loads of apps running in the background when I thought they were closed. Definately one for the Technophile.
Bad points:
I can't believe they put this on the market at this level without voice activated dialling!
You can't make the phone discoverable for more than 2 minutes and as such I've been having problems with it working on the car bluetooth. The phone goes to sleep and makes the bluetooth unit in the car constantly restart and reconnect.
Battery life looks to be no better than I'd expect from a piece of kit doing what this does. They would be better fitting it with a larger battery.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2011

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Score 5.0/10
Good points:
The screen is HUGE!!! An absolute monster
Bad points:
The battery, it barely lasts 9 hours, even if i'm barely using it, very, very disapointing!!!!!!
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 1.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Dec 2010

mark, cv12 9bs Music and entertainment lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Think of this as a way to constantly update your profile and it will disappoint. As a phone it is superb. As a mini-tablet it is excellent, but if you want a laptop with a never ending battery, then dream on. This device is seriously easy to use. Intuitive is a bridge too far for some, but if you can operate a pc, then you'll have no trouble with this. Battery life can be a pain, but within a couple of days you'll have decided what you need and disabled the rest, so no problems. I've just bought it, so I obviously love it.
Bad points:
Want something as light as a feather, lasts two or three days on a charge and makes you look interesting? Forget this phone! It'll last a day (max) with automatic updates turned off, and not always update wi-fi hotspots unless you restart the device. Other than that, buy it!!!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Jan 2011

Mark, Bucks Business or web user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Great for using the internet
It's not an iphone!
Well made bar the battery/sim covers
Fantastic camera/video
Bad points:
Sim card cover split on first day
Battery cover v difficult to remove
If all goes wrong use the red button....oh...there isn't one
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Dec 2010

steve, surrey camera mad phone user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
great phone..great camera.. easy to use and set up.. very fast applications..overall very very good piece of kit!!
Bad points:
battery could be a bit more powerful,but if you dont play with apps all day it's fine
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Apr 2011

Ian, Faversham Business or web user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Just upgraded from a Blackberry Bold 9700 on Orange (which I had changed FIVE times during 18months due to various faults) so thought I would have a change and after discounting the Samsung Galaxy as too plasticky with no flash and the Nokia N8 as OS system outdated read all the reviews and went for the big boy of phones, the HTC Desire HD. WOW what a phone, awesome! incredibly fast, packed full of useful features and gadgets, Camera - Great, Email-Good (not as fast as Blackberry), SMS - Greatish, other features brilliant. Dont see the point of putting on Facebook and Facebook Sense ditto Twitter, just makes it unnecessarily complicated to use. Screen is brilliant very responsive and very fast. Like the location widget where you hit "Coffee" button and it shows you where to get a coffee! great for a coffee addict like me. I use this for business and I like the fact emails are so much easier to read on the HTC than the Blackberry and you can change the text size if your eye sight is not that brilliant. Overall very satisfied, even with the battery life! those that complain about it probably have not set it up properly, I have no problem with it at all
Bad points:
Instructions in box are rubbish and assume you know how to set it up, go on to the HTC site and download the 270 page (yes, 270 page) manual (which is also pre loaded on phone). And read it through, better still watch the videos. Now for Bad points- Why oh why cant you change the text size in SMS messaging but you can e mail, the SMS text is far, far to small on a machine this size and really lets this down. Notifications - Are ok but I cant see any way to add your own notifications to SMS but you can to ring tones/email. I wanted to transfer some personal ones from my Blackberry onto the SD card but cant see how you do it. The HTC site shows you how to transfer music, photos etc but there is nothing about notifications. My battery life seems pretty good, I dont know what all the fuss is about, check your settings!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Dec 2010

Stephen, Leeds Business or web user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent screen, fast internet ovwer both wifi and g3, relatively straight forward to use, stylish, addtion of a 8gb micro SD a bonus and I can expand if needed. Transferring contacts very easy via wizard and music was just drag and drop from my laptop. Overall a great package and a great alternative to an iphone.
Bad points:
Battery life not brillant as everyone has pointed out but I have a dock at home, can link it to my laptop to charge and use car adapter. Major problem though if I didn't have these options. My major bug is that Android appears not to support adding proxy information so I am unable to use the wifi at the office, this was a total surprise to me! Fingers crossed it's added in 2.3! Not the best situation if you want to keep your 3g data use low.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Mar 2011

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Product Features

Operating system Android
Screen size (Inches) 4.3
Screen Resolution (pixels) 480 x 800
Type of phone Smartphone
Shape of phone bar
3G Yes
Touchscreen or keypad Touchscreen
Connections Bluetooth
Connections WiFi
Connections USB
Extra functions Flash
Extra functions Camera
Extra functions Instant messaging
Extra functions Satellite navigation
Extra functions Email
Band Quad
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 480
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 800
Camera resolution (MegaPixels) 8
Talk time (Hours) 9
Stand-by time (Days) 20.4
Depth in cm 1.18
Height in cm 12.3
Width in cm 6.8
Memory card slot Yes
Autofocus Yes
Weight (g) 164
FM tuner Yes
MP3 playback capable Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Yes
Java Yes
Release date 2010-10-29

Also known as: Tesco, Desire HD

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A screen and sound system that will blow you away
Yesterday’s tiny screens and squeaky sound couldn’t do justice to all the great stuff you can experience on today’s HTC Desire HD. That’s why we’ve fitted the HTC Desire HD with a huge cinematic 4.3-inch display, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound. Websites, videos, music, games and apps really rock on your HTC Desire HD.

Maps that never keep you waiting
Tired of waiting – and paying – as maps slowly download? Get there faster. The HTC Desire HD delivers maps with zero wait, zero dead spots and zero data roaming fees. Have trouble knowing which way to turn when using a map? Relax. Maps on the HTC Desire HD always point you in the right direction. Need an ATM, a gas station or a quick bite to eat? With HTC Desire HD all the top spots appear right on your home screen.

A phone you can’t lose (well, not easily anyways)
You’re likely to become very attached to your HTC Desire HD. That’s why we had the idea to bring the HTC Sense experience online. Can’t find your phone? Use to show you that it’s under your sleeping cat. Worried you’ll miss something because you left it at home today? Use to send and receive texts and to forward your calls to another number. Frantic about personal data on your phone that’s been lost or stolen? Log into to quickly lock and wipe it remotely.

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