This magnified cursor is just one example and large number of good additions HTC makes to Android featuring a Sense skin. Most manufacturers struggle to raise Android, and end up just slapping using a jumble of features that often forget to impress. HTC's efforts are much superior thought-out than most.
Sense makes the Desire HD look more polished, and it includes lots of widgets that do a good job of displaying live data within the seven home screens. The clock and weather widget is good looking that the Android Market is full of imitations which might be installed on non-HTC phones. The calendar widget is another favourite -- and also a great job of stylishly featuring upcoming appointments from multiple calendars.
The social-network integration within the Desire HD is excellent. The address book pulls in profile photos and updates through your contact's Facebook and Twitter accounts, and in this tests it linked our mates on their profiles without any problems. If you will get a call from someone in ones address book, the screen flashes in place their photo and their latest rank update, too.
The gallery also appeals to your photos from Facebook and Reddit, although we wish it worked having Google's photo service, Picasa, too. Your Google Nexus One, which runs unadulerated Operating system, has that service built in, so we are not aware of why it's missing on the Motivation HD.
Sense has expanded since we saw it within the Desire, including several themes that put the display in simulated wood or maybe other colours. It's also launched a cloud-based service that could track your phone's GPS on some sort of map, make it ring at max volume to uncover it under the sofa cushions, or maybe wipe it remotely. In our testing, it took a few seconds with the service to find our phone, but everything worked a delicacy eventually.
It would take all the virtual paper on-line to describe all of Android's attributes, and HTC adds even more. One example is, when the phone rings, and you decide on it up, the ring quietens a bit until you answer it -- handy for anyone who is holding it up to check who's calling but don't would like to deafen yourself. If you're in a call therefore you put the phone face-down on some sort of table, it automatically switches to audio phone. And most importantly, all these features are easy to build and turn off, if you tend not to want them.
The weath of features within the HTC Desire HD could be overwhelming, when you prefer the simple life. After many, it's more straightforward to just start up speaker phone with a button on the screen when you'd like it. Although the user interface does a superb job of presenting the options within the intuitive way, having so many choices inevitably causes some long menus. The iPhone, and in some cases the new Windows Phone 7 devices, do a better job at handling information overload by not throwing in each and every feature under the sun. But if you appreciate having everything but the kitchen sink pictures command, the Desire HD will definitely not disappoint you. It's still much more enjoyable and pleasurable to use than the majority of its competiors, such as the Nokia N8.
The downside of Sense is so it seems to delay getting Android messages from Google. The Desire HD runs the most recent version in the time writing, Android 2. 2 Froyo, but therefore to be new versions along before long. Since each update adds features in addition to fixes bugs, it can be painful to await while HTC polishes it with Good sense before rolling it out to devices. If you're on a network contract you will need even longer as the phone company adds its very own bits and bobs.