The HTC Desire Experience

I’m not saying iOS doesn’t have it’s downfalls, it does, and I’ll happily admit that there are things I’m not happy about – but to say that Android doesn’t as well is just blind, IMHO.

My only “problems” are preferences – maybe I don’t like that the user interfaces are inconsistent across applications.

Maybe I don’t like the fact that certain applications (eg, Skype) are limited to a certain carrier in the US. Yep. You cannot download Skype unless you’re on Verizon, and this recently happened with the NFL app as well.

Maybe I don’t like the fact that even though the Android Market is available in 46 countries around the world, only 13 of those countries can actually purchase apps, and only 9 countries can actually sell applications.

Maybe I don’t like the fact that a particular Android handset doesn’t let me use my camera provided my battery is above a certain percentage.

Maybe I don’t like the fact that on our version of the Desire that you can’t get turn-by-turn navigation by default (but on the Nexus one you can).

Maybe I don’t like the fact that HTC decided to remove the voice-to-text capabilities included as standard on Android. Oh, and they added voice search as a way of making up for that GPS bug a while back? You mean, they added a feature that was supposed to be in there as standard anyway?

Sure, workarounds exist for these things. Sure, you can mod away to your heart’s content, putting those things back in that HTC removed in the first place? The hell it’s open, manufacturers choose to do as they please. Oh, and how are those useless Telstra bookrmarks doing for you? How they double up on included Google applications? And Froyo? Which has already been released in Euro markets, but not for Telstra handsets because they have to mod their crapware back onto it?

Oh great, so you can see the source code of Android. Last time I checked though, HTC Sense wasn’t open source. Why the hell does this matter anyway? Open source doesn’t mean they’re not trying to make a buck, open source doesn’t mean they’re not evil. And that matters why? I’m damn sure you use at least one program that you can’t see the source code of.

Which other Android device, pray tell? The Nexus One isn’t bad, but that too is with it’s shortfalls. The Galaxy S doesn’t let me use the camera if my battery percentage is below 15%.

Had Apple released the Desire, I would have bought it in a heartbeat. Why? Because Apple’s user interface is consistent, and their user experience unparalleled. You yourself witnessed an issue with Android where it would not associate itself with a wireless network.

Sure, you can wipe that stuff fairly easily – by voiding your warranty. Uhuh.

Sure, don’t get it via Telstra – and thus, not have it work on UMTS 850 – you’ll get Froyo, but you won’t have reception outside of the major CBDs! Enjoy!

They’re inconsistent. Maybe you don’t notice it, but applications don’t work the same. Sometimes the back button will prompt you to exit the app, sometimes the back button will just put you back to a previous screen.

Not, not every single app looks like a 3 year old designed it, but a lot do. Compare the quality of apps on the iPhone to ones on Android and you’ll know what I mean. Case in point: Epic Castle.

Oh – and please, tell me you enjoy the pinkish tint on your screen. Visit on your Android handset, and then visit on your desktop. Compare and contrast, as was the high school essay question of the time.