HTC Desire HD vs. HTC Desire – Review

by Jerry D on September 20, 2010

What exactly does the ‘HD’ add to the existing HTC Desire? The new model is undoubtedly better, but where have the tweaks been made and just how much of an improvement is it? It’s new Desire vs old Desire in today’s tech-tussle…

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The guts of the Evo-esque Desire HD come packed with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP connectivity. The older Desire model has 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

According to the specs, the new Desire HD has dimensions of 123.0 x 68.0 x 11.8mm; the sturdy Desire is 119.0 x 60.0 x 11.9mm. The Desire HD is the bulkier handset of the two – hardly surprising considering the improvement in screen size. Put the two phones on the scales and the HTC Desire HD is also much more of a fat-ass. It weighs 164g, while the Desire is 135g. (1-1)



HTC has built a new 8.0 Megapixel lens into the Desire HD together with features such as autofocus, a dual LED flash, face detection capability, geotagging and 720p HD video recording. Even with auto-focus, its own LED flash, face detection, smile detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording, the Desire’s 5.0 MP camera now underwhelms. (2-1)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels (HTC Desire)
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels (HTC Desire HD)
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary


HTC has built the Desire HD with a huge 4.3-inch touch-sensitive display. This LCD screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. With its 4.3-inch dimensions, this translates to an overall pixel count of 384,000, giving the Desire HD has a pixels per inch (PPI) rating of 216.977.

View the best mobile displays in The ‘pixel density’ league table

In contrast, the 3.7-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display on HTC’s phone is smaller. The screen resolution matches that of the Desire HD. But its pixel density is higher. With the same 384,000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 252.162 pixels per inch. (2-2)



As for the processors and user interfaces, the Desire uses a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor. The Desire HD has a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255 chip, also rated at 1GHz. Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense comes as standard on the Desire HD, while the Desire launched with Android 2.1 (Eclair) and, in some places, is still waiting for an OS upgrade. (3-2)

Downloadable apps


The old Desire incorporates 576MB (plus a 4GB memory card) versus the standard 1.5GB capacity of the new HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 33.5GB. The Desire’s overall capacity can be increased to 32GB via its microSD memory card slot. (3-2)

Battery life:

Fully powered-up, HTC says that its Desire HD can deliver 9.0 hours of talktime, while the Desire is rated at 6.7 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 420 hours and 360 hours respectively. A last-place finish for the Desire in this round, overtaken by more efficient technology. (4-2)



The Desire HD also includes GPS/A-GPS, g-sensor, a digital compass, a built-in FM radio, Dolby Mobile support, and DLNA wireless content sharing. It also features integration, which enables owners to manage their phone remotely from a computer. The Desire, meanwhile, features a screen accelerometer, built-in digital compass, GPS/A-GPS and an FM radio (5-2)

The HTC Desire HD wins!

htc desire hd HTC Desire HD vs. HTC Desire   ReviewAs expected, the Desire HD emerges as the winner of this fight (5-2). It’s an exciting upgrade, building on the success of the original Desire and packing better technology inside. Note the 4.3-inch display and the 8.0 Megapixel camera. In Android 2.2, it also has the most versatile OS. On some carriers, HTC Desire owners are still waiting for an OS upgrade from 2.1, with progress hampered by the HTC Sense UI. Another plus point for the new HTC Desire HD…

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