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HTC Desire
So, my HTC Desire arrived today.
First impressions are:
It's very shiny. It's fast, responsive, and there's a good selection of cool stuff to get hold of for it.
It is also easy to get hold of said stuff, and setup and configuration is easy.

As in, it will automatically log into facebook and twitter, and sync your friends list with your contacts list - and supply a best guess 'connect these accounts' type approach, for those who don't use their real names.

It's got a nice easy to manage UI, and it's responsive and snappy. The hapic feedback keyboard is ... well, taking a little getting used to, but I'm getting there - not least because the touch screen is very sensitive indeed.

Default apps are quite good, and getting more is very easy.
Configuring up Wi-Fi is similarly very straightforward - it will 'prefer' Wi-Fi for data, when available.

Apps wise, Google Skymap is cool.
Google maps is as good as always - adding in 'buzz' and 'latitude' functionality, for extra cyber-stalker potential.

But what's really blowing my socks off at the moment is:
Google Goggles - a visual search client. It successfully recognises a packet of lemsip, and the book I had on my disk, and supplied relevant information.

Shazam - a music identifier. Really did impress at grabbing a few seconds of the opening theme of 'True Blood' and correctly identifying it.(Jace Everett, Bad things, Club mix)

google skymap is also pretty spectactular - uses the compass and location reference to show you what should be in teh sky, and which constellation is where.

You can do similar with Wikitude or Layar, that will show you stuff near you, overlayed on the camera.

Worthy of mentions are 'tricorder' (that basically pretends to do star trek, but does actually turn on the sensors on the phone), GPS status, VLC Remote (I use VideoLan media player. A wifi driven remote is cool), shop savvy (barcode reader, and product identifier), OS Map, and 10001 cocktails are also pretty neat.

So far, I'm impressed. It's got a lot of functionality, and is quick and responsive. The fact that I seem to have squeezed a deal out of T-Mobile that's good enough that they're not carrying on doing it, also seems to be a plus point :)
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erjholton From: erjholton Date: April 14th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really really trying not to think about how sexy a smartphone the Desire is.
jorune From: jorune Date: April 14th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
You may want to consider the following:
Unit Converter or Convert Droid
Aldiko (ebook reader)
PDF viewer
RPG Dice or Droid Dice
RAC Traffic
Barcode Scanner / Snap Tell (another app similar to shop savvy)
Net Tester / Net Counter
AK Notepad
Movie Finder
Places Directory
App Manager
Astro (file manager)
Jewels (game)
Seesmic (twitter app)
Quick System Info
Lightning Bug (alarm clock with sound effects)
Air Control (game)
Appaware (tells what apps other people are installing and removing)
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 14th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The word I've been getting is that the reason there's no built in task manager app, is because Android's memory management is actually better than that - I have no idea if that's actually the case or not.
From: shortcipher Date: April 14th, 2010 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Obligatory plug: I've ported Simon Tatham's Puzzles. :-)
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: April 14th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd just be happy if Google Accounts would sign in on my Blackberry!
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