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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Phone But It's Just Not For Me!, 9 April 2011
This review is from: HTC Desire HD Sim Free Mobile Phone - Mocha (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I had this phone for two and a half weeks and I loved it at first. However, I came to realise it's just not for me. I missed Blackberry too much. Firstly, what I liked about this phone is the big fancy screen, the number of android apps available and the navigation using Google Maps. Map services seem to work very quickly on this device, as does the internet. Pages load up speedily even when on 3G (not WIFI) and even if you're not viewing the mobile version of a particular website. Games like Angry Birds were joyful, not the mention the tons of other useful apps - most of which were free. Some I paid for but were peanuts really and seemed worth it. This is a big device to be prepared for that. You will feel it in your trouser pocket, no doubt about that.

But what I didn't like about this phone was the battery life, and for me this is important. Whilst you're blazing through all those fancy apps and games, the 1230 mAh battery drains ever so quickly. As someone who can be out of the house for 8-10 hours a day, this is not good. If I took my phone off charge at 9am then it would be in the red zone - 10% power left - at 6pm at night, if lucky. That screen takes up about 70% of the overall life on a charge and I was told this by a HTC representative. Even buying a 1600 mAh extended battery didn't seem to improve longevity.

Another thing that bugs me is that the Gmail application, for Gmail accounts, which will push emails straight to your device in much the same way a Blackberry will. However, any other email accounts need to be added to a separate application. Trawling through two different email programs to check two accounts was annoying. Aside from which the Gmail App is quite poor looking and confusing. I didn't like the look of it at all.

Last point, and this is a personal one. Texting on the phone is pretty much as good as on the iPhone or any other top-rated touchscreen handset. The spelling correction function made life a lot easier. But for me I missed having a nice qwerty keyboard. It gives you that much more confidence and speed whilst hammering out long emails, text messages and social network apps.

So I'm back to Blackberry. It was a fun week with the Desire HD, and this device might be perfect for you. It's just not for me.
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