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HTC Desire HD

HTC Desire HD

Big-screen Android smartphone

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Well built

HTC has a done a good job with the Desire HD's external styling and managed to keep the screen bezel to a minimum. The rounded, unibody construction gives the HD a honed-from-solid feel. The chrome speaker grille on the front is a nice highlight that attracted many a positive comment and the slightly rough back and sides help to keep the smartphone securely in hand.

HTC Desire HD

Stylishly designed

The only blemish is the gap between the Sim/Micro SD slots cover and the rest of the rear shell. The two could abut more closely. Wired connections are taken care of with a 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port both at the bottom of the handset.

For a high-end phone the absence of a hardware camera shutter key is a little surprising. In fact, hardware keys are entirely absent apart from the volume controls on the left-hand side and the recessed power button on top. Like HTC's Windows Phone 7 handsets, all the front-facing buttons are capacitive touchscreen, and there is no trackpad or ball.

Being newer than the Evo 4G, the HD runs the more up-to-date version Android, though of course 2.2 Froyo has itself now been replaced by 2.3 Gingerbread. Such are the joys of keeping up with the OS Joneses.

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