HTC Aria vs. HTC Desire – Review

by Jerry D on July 30, 2010

With the HTC Desire enjoying an upgrade to Android 2.2 (and improvements including 720p video and iTunes integration), how does the lower-end Aria handset hope to compete? The gloves are off and it’s time for a big phone fight…

Connectivity:

As far as wireless technology goes, the HTC Aria comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. HTC’s older Desire handset also comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP as standard. There’s no splitting the pair in this round. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Obviously, neither of these phones is a brick. The Aria and the Desire measure 104.1 x 58.4 x 11.7mm and 119.0 x 60.0 x 11.9mm respectively. The Desire is a mere 0.2mm fatter than the Aria. But it’s also heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 135g. The Aria, meanwhile, weighs a feelgood 115g. (2-1)

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Camera:

The Aria is equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ and VGA video recording. The Desire also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with auto-focus, LED flash, face detection, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. The video recording will be upgraded to 720p with the Froyo 2.2 Android update. (2-2)

Screen/keyboard:

The Aria incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.2 inches in size and with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The 3.7-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen on the Desire is better, brighter and bigger. It also impresses with a higher screen resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. (2-3)

Performance:

On the inside, the Desire uses a Snapdragon (QSD8250) CPU, rated at 1GHz. The Aria’s engine is a lower-end 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor. (2-4)

Storage:

With 4GB of internal storage, the Desire has more space as standard. The Aria features 384MB in comparison. That said, the Aria also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 32GB. A microSD slot on the Desire further boosts the overall memory on HTC’s smarter phone to 32GB. (2-5)

Battery life:

Measuring battery life isn’t an exact science. But HTC boasts 6.0 hours of talktime for its Aria, versus 6.7 hours for the Desire. The standby times are 372 hours for the Aria and 360 hours for the Desire. It’s close. So we declare this round a tie. (2-5)

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The HTC Desire wins!

htc desire1 HTC Aria vs. HTC Desire   ReviewThe Desire emerges as the winner of this fight (2-5). Not only does it have the best all-round camera features, it eclipses the Aria with more memory and a bigger, higher-res display. The Android 2.2 update also gives the Desire a much-needed boost, yanking it back into contention with newer Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S.

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