Looking back through posts, I realised that I mentioned the HTC Desire HD I had on loan from three a couple of times, but I didn’t do a specific review post, unlike the mifi, the Nokia N97 mini and the Nokia E72. Tut. So I’ll rectify that now.
When the HTC arrived, I thought it was very beautiful (strokable was the word I kept coming back to), but didn’t imagine it would suit me at all. It’s too big for shoving in a jeans pocket, it doesn’t have a keyboard, and I thought that really it’s aimed at ppl who like taking pictures rather than having a phone as such.
It didn’t take me long to figure out how wrong I was.
It’s an Android phone, so there’s a whole load of apps out there – once I’d got seesmic, wordpress, and Angry Birds installed, the phone became my constant companion. Set up on three it just effortlessly picked up internet wherever we were (apart from at the hall we use for our home ed group, but I think that must have lead lined walls, as no phone network works well there – I’ve tried three, T-mobile and orange!) and I could get my twitter fix whenever I wanted. I actually found that in some ways this meant I spent less time online – I could check in for a couple of minutes here and there throughout the day, and so didn’t get stuck at the netbook as I tend to do otherwise.
As for the camera aspect, that meant that I took, and blogged, far more pictures. All my SilentSunday posts up to last week were taken and posted from it – which was so easy to do (once I worked out how to cut and paste, anyway 😉 ). The screen is incredibly responsive (did I mention the strokable aspect?), and browsing, blogging, tweeting is all far more possible than I would have imagined – the on screen keyboard is actually very usable with the phone rotated to landscape layout and the predictive text turned on. So my experience with this phone tells me that while I’d thought a qwerty keyboard was a must have for a phone that would allow me to keep up the blogging and social media stuff, actually, some of the top range phones without keyboards are just as good.
So, trialling the HTC Desire HD has definitely broadened my horizons as far as phones I would look at – and I’m going to go on looking for the perfect phone for me 🙂