HTC Desire HD vs. iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown
- — 17 September, 2010 14:50
Check out our HTC Desire HD review.
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Read our definitive iPhone 4 review.
Read our original HTC Desire review.
HTC has come from relative obscurity to be one of the major smartphone players on the market. Though the Taiwanese company still isn't a household name, an impressive array of smartphones, particularly those running Google's Android platform like the Desire HD, has increased its fortunes.
So, how does the HTC Desire HD stack up against the Apple's iPhone 4?
|Feature||Apple iPhone 4||HTC Desire HD||Verdict?|
|Operating system (OS)||Apple iOS4||Google Android 2.2 "Froyo"||Draw|
|Display technology||Capacitive retina IPS||Capacitive SLCD (WVGA)||Unknown|
|Display size||3.5in||4.3in||HTC Desire HD|
|Display resolution||640x960 pixels||480x800 pixels||iPhone 4|
|Camera||5 megapixels, single LED flash, autofocus, geotagging||8 megapixels, dual LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, face detection||HTC Desire HD|
|FM radio||No||Yes||HTC Desire HD|
|Internal memory||16GB or 32GB||1.5GB||iPhone 4|
|Expandable memory||None||microSD card slot||HTC Desire HD|
|Dimensions||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm||123 x 68 x 11.8mm||iPhone 4|
|Application store||Apple App Store||Google Android Market||iPhone 4|
|Processor||Apple A4||Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon (1GHz)||Unknown|
|3G networks||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 900/2100||iPhone 4|
|Bluetooth||2.1 with A2DP||2.1 with A2DP||Draw|
|Quoted talk time||Up to 7hrs||Up to 5hrs 20min||iPhone 4|
|Quoted standby time||Up to 300 hours||Up to 490 hours||HTC Desire HD|
|Adobe Flash support||No||Yes||HTC Desire HD|
The HTC Desire HD is equipped with HTC's updated Sense user interface and offers greater customisation options than the iPhone — whether it's changing themes, backgrounds or the interface's entire look and feel, Google Android is definitely far more flexible and open than the iPhone platform.
The Desire HD includes the latest version of HTC Sense.
The iPhone 4's display uses IPS technology (also used by the iPad), and thanks to its 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a "retina" display, with the human eye unable to distinguish individual pixels on the screen. The HTC Desire HD boasts an impressive (and much larger) SLCD display with a resolution of 480x800; its colours are reportedly not as bright or vivid as the AMOLED display used by the original HTC Desire and the Super AMOLED screen of the Samsung Galaxy S, but the sheer size of this display should make it ideal for Web browsing and eBook reading.
The HTC Desire HD is larger than the iPhone 4, mainly due to the 4.3in display. The Desire HD is crafted from a single block of aluminium in a similar manner to the HTC Legend — a smartphone that we consider to be one of the best looking ever produced. The iPhone 4's stainless steel band (which also doubles as the phone's antenna) is a classy design touch, and, at just 9.3mm thick, it is one of the world's thinnest smartphones. Both these smartphones are currently only available in one colour — the HTC Desire HD a dark brown and the iPhone 4 a gloss black. Apple will begin shipping a white version of the iPhone 4 later this year.
Both the HTC Desire HD and the iPhone 4 can record 720p HD video. The Desire HD gets a boost from its camera — 8 megapixels and a dual LED flash compared to the iPhone 4's 5 megapixels and single LED flash — though we are keen to test both cameras alongside each other when we get our hands on a review unit. We consider the iPhone 4 to be one of the best camera phones on the market, so the Desire HD definitely has a big job on its hands when it comes to imaging.
The HTC Desire HD is carved from a single block of aluminium.
iPod integration is one of the iPhone 4's outstanding features, but the flexibility of the Android operating system means there are a number of third-party media player applications that will work on the Desire HD. The flexibility of drag-and-drop file transfers is also a real plus for the HTC Desire HD when compared to Apple's reliance on iTunes. The Desire HD has just 1.5GB of internal memory, compared to the iPhone 4's 16GB and 32GB options, but the addition of a microSD card slot for extra storage gives it much more flexibility.
In addition to these hardware features, the HTC Desire HD benefits from the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Android which adds full Flash support, and built-in wireless tethering.
The Desire HD is one of the first HTC smartphones to benefit from the company's new Sense software. Enhancements include a shorter boot up time (10 seconds), faster rendering of maps (along with a digital compass built into the map), and DLNA support for connection to compatible televisions. HTC has also launched HTCSense.com, a set of desktop-based services largely centred on backup and security. You can locate your phone on a map if it is stolen, remote lock or wipe the handset, and archive contacts, text messages and call history. Unlike Apple's MobileMe service, which requires a yearly subscription, HTCSense.com is completely free.
HTC's new Sense software includes cached map data for faster rendering of maps
The HTC Desire HD is expected to launch before the end of the year and will be sold in Australia exclusively through Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) — owner of the Vodafone and 3 networks. Pricing is yet to be announced. The iPhone 4 is currently available through all four Australian carriers — Telstra, Optus, VHA (Vodafone and 3) and Virgin Mobile.
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