HTC Desire – Video Introduction

Now that US Cellular has released the HTC Desire I figured this would be a good time to post up the intro video from HTC. This is only part 1 so here are the other videos in the series.

Part 2 – Make It Mine
Part 3 – Stay Close
Part 4 – Discover The Unexpected

The videos are top notch, which isn’t a surprise to anyone that owns an HTC product. Since the release, US Cellular has gotten a huge boost in sales, and quite a bit of good press. It looks like the migration into smartphones has gone well so far, and I think the trend will continue.

The HTC Desire is only one of five Android enabled phones US Cellular will introduce this year, but it may end up being the most popular. When they first announced the phone, I figured the Samsung Galaxy phone would most likely overshadow the Desire, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Reviews have been outstanding, and many US Cellular customers are rushing into stores wondering if they are eligible for the new iPhone competitor.

Yes, you read it right. Many consumers are actually calling this HTC phone a serious contender to the iPhone, and even though that seems to be a long shot judging by the lesser features, the ease of use and ergonomics seem to be keeping the race respectable. Don’t expect the Desire to overtake the iPhone in sales anytime soon, but the fact that it’s even in the discussion is a huge compliment.

As always, we will keep you up to date on Desire updates and upgrades that come along.

HTC Touch Pro 2

The HTC Touch Pro 2 has been available for a while now so I figured we should look at how people are liking the phone so far and how it’s holding up. Windows Mobile phones have been few and far between but the HTC Touch Pro 2 is one that people are still talking about and the demand has been steady.

HTC Touch Pro 2

This phone features a large touch screen that folds up nicely to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard.  It has all of the essentials including wi-fi, GPS, and bluetooth, while also adding things you don’t see on many phones including conference call management as you can see displayed in the picture above. Before I give away too much, let’s get to the actual review.

The Good – This phone has a lot going for it so this may take a while.  Call quality is great on this phone which makes it great for business users along with all of the professional features.  The keyboard is reviewed well by users which seems rare these days.  The phone is bright, clear, and responsive so again, you can’t knock this phone on it’s aesthetics. A lot of people mention that they like this OS better than the others on the market but I think that’s pretty dependent on the individual user.  The apps on this phone get a lot of acclaim as well as the ease of downloading new applications.  Other positive features include a stylus for easy navigation, and international phone call support.  Now let’s move on to the negative issues.

The Bad – Unfortunately with this phone, the bad section will be equally lengthy.  I think the first thing people mention about this phone is the fact that it’s SLOW.  It has a small amount of on-board memory which may account for some of the issues but a lot of people report a large amount of freezes as well.  Most people agree that this is a great phone…when it works.  The failures, glitches, and lack of support from HTC have frustrated almost every user that has had this phone for more than a couple months.  As I mentioned earlier this phone is also very heavy, which personally doesn’t bother me but a lot of people do complain about it.

Overall – The phone has a lot of promise for the future, but it’s not ready for primetime yet.  Microsoft needs to go back and fix it’s software first of all and there are also a couple hardware issues that could be touched up as well.  I have a feeling this phone will make a comeback with its next incarnation, but I wouldn’t recommend picking up this phone at this point.  With the Blackberry Bold 9650, the Samsung Galaxy phones, and HTC Desire, there’s just too many good phones out there right now to make this a top competitor in the smartphone market.

US Cellular Adds HTC Desire

U.S. Cellular has finally announced when it plans to bring it’s second Android phone into stores. The HTC Desire will be available to customers online and in stores August 27th. This is great news for customers who have been asking for more smartphone service from U.S. Cellular and it won’t stop here. They plan to release 5 Android style phones this year and the Desire is only the second which means Christmas will probably be an exciting and busy time for the U.S. Cellular stores.

HTC Desire

Edward Perez, vice president of sales for U.S. Cellular said today that, “For us, it’s not just about delivering this array of cutting-edge phones that our customers want and deserve. We also have their backs with industry first, customer focused programs, like Overage Protection and Battery Swap. We love making our customers lives easier.”

The stats on the HTC Desire are impressive to say the least. It’s extremely thin and the touchscreen that clocks in just under 4 inches is one of the brightest and clearest screens on the market. The camera will also feature a 5-megapixel camera (with flash) and have GPS integrated with Google. You will also be able to connect to the internet via wi-fi if you are in range of a wireless router. Another exciting addition is that you will be able to add on a tethered data plan which means you can hook the phone up to your laptop and use the phone as a modem.

U.S. Cellular has long been thought to be “behind-the-times” when it comes to technology, but this addition puts them right at the front of the pack with the ever-changing cellular market. I can’t wait to see what they have lined up next.

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