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iPhone 4 or HTC Desire HD or Neither?!

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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Ive done a lot of reading of reviews of both phones and Im really torn whether to plump for one or the other or else none at all!

I will say that these are the only 2 phones I would consider but the question would be if this is a bad time to purchase either? They have both been out for a while and with having to take a 12 or most likely 18 month contract should I wait for another couple of months? Is there anything decent on the horizon?

I currently have a Nokia N82 which has stood me well and is still a fantastic camera but I do want to get a smartphone soon. I have a 3rd gen iPod touch which I used a lot while around the house for browsing/facebook etc but I had a bit of an accident and yada yada the backlight doesnt work anymore :( so its pretty much useless right now and I miss it!

I am therefore very familiar with the iOS while I have never used an Android. Sorry for the essay, any advice??? Should I stick it out for another while to see what the iPhone 5 will have in store?
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1 Like #1
Plus Angry Birds is free.
#2
Desire HD - I got it shortly after release, wanted to get a smart phone and not dissapointed. Android marketplace is excellent. for the best deals be prepared to go over 2 yrs tho. like most on here i got the tmobile deal with e2save £25 per mnth - 600mins - 500 txts - unltd internet. im sure theres a similar offer on here at mo but offers 900mins.
banned#3
Desire hd Is a nice phone with an abysmal battery like very much like the original desire. iPhone 4 or you'll regret it

Only losers who can't afford an iPhone cry about features. Look at dcx's post history to see how little anyone respects his views. I'm not saying ignore him, listen to me, I'm just saying discount his view because it's 100% utter rubbish. Speak to 'guv' for a pro-htc review as he actually makes some sense

Edited By: vibeone on Jan 18, 2011 07:16
banned#4
steve jobs is probably going to be dead this time next year anyway

i'm a desire fan btw, nothing to do with the price, i could buy 20 iphone 4s tomorrow, i just don't like them

Edited By: DaveLister on Jan 18, 2011 07:19
#5
Why not wait for one of the new dual core mobiles to come out. They are due to start appearing in March if you can hang on until then.
1 Like #6
I cant comment on the desire cos never had one but I have an iphone and hate it , poor camera , no bluetooth and no custom sms tones or custom ringtones unless you buy them off itunes.
suspended#7
Samsung Galaxy :)
#8
I went and looked at the phones yesterday. I really wanted a desire but in the end went for a galaxy i9000 as it seemed nicer.
#9
dc7911
I cant comment on the desire cos never had one but I have an iphone and hate it , poor camera , no bluetooth and no custom sms tones or custom ringtones unless you buy them off itunes.


Lol maybe it's time to sell your 2g iPhone now
#10
As you've had a iPod Touch you know more or less how an iPhone will work.

I've still got a iphone 3GS and won't be changing it anytime soon.

The new iPhone will be out around June as is most likely to have a dual core processor - which is touted ti be 4x more powerful than the iPhone 4.

Also remember that a smart phone is all about apps and the iPhone is still way out in front. This may change in the years to come but fir now it's a clear winner for app choice.

When I had a play with the desire the build quality is not as good, but then again it is a cheaper phone.

If you can wait till June the iPhone 5 could be a real winner.
suspended#11
cherishu2
I went and looked at the phones yesterday. I really wanted a desire but in the end went for a galaxy i9000 as it seemed nicer.


Good choice 8)
banned#12
JediLard
As you've had a iPod Touch you know more or less how an iPhone will work.

I've still got a iphone 3GS and won't be changing it anytime soon.

The new iPhone will be out around June as is most likely to have a dual core processor - which is touted ti be 4x more powerful than the iPhone 4.

Also remember that a smart phone is all about apps and the iPhone is still way out in front. This may change in the years to come but fir now it's a clear winner for app choice.

When I had a play with the desire the build quality is not as good, but then again it is a cheaper phone.

If you can wait till June the iPhone 5 could be a real winner.

that's if steve makes it until June
#13
Maybe your right Porter , its a 3gs though , dont get me wrong app wise its great when they dont crash its just the points i made above i wish were better but is there a better phone out there ?
banned#14
jonny619447
Samsung Galaxy :)



cherishu2
I went and looked at the phones yesterday. I really wanted a desire but in the end went for a galaxy i9000 as it seemed nicer.


This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I normally get bored of phones after 2 weeks. (Happened with the iPhone too).... But I'm still as happy and impressed with the Galaxy S as the day I bought it 5 months ago. Though to be fair, any phone you dont need to use iTunes with is a must.
#15
My 3GS has Bluetooth. I also have custom ringtones using a free app from the app store.
#16
I've just upgraded to a HTC HD7 was a bit skeptical due to the windows marketplace etc, but I am liking it a lot! Prob is it's o2 exclusive lol!
#17
dc7911
I cant comment on the desire cos never had one but I have an iphone and hate it , poor camera , no bluetooth and no custom sms tones or custom ringtones unless you buy them off itunes.

Or unless you use freeware to take 30 second clips of any MP3 on your computer like the rest of us? There is also a free app on the app store to create ringtones.

Edited By: DragonChris on Jan 18, 2011 08:57
1 Like #18
I had the same dilemma as you a few months ago - iPhone / Desire or galaxy. However the decision was made for me based on the fact that like you I also had an iPod touch.
For my iPod touch I already a stereo for the house with iPod dock and also a belkin fm transmitter / charger for the car. Therefore it had to be the iPhone - and no regrets. It's a fantastic phone with apps for everything you can imagine. HD video is also excellent quality as is the camera - or certainly adequate for what I want.
For me the iPhone will always have the upperhand for as long as all things like stereos, speaker docks etc remain exclusively "made for iPhone". When was the last time you looked in any electrical store and saw HTC Desire compatible?
For me these things are a lot more desirable than being able to customise my message tone or ringtone which as already pointed out can be done anyway with an app or from iTunes.
#19
Not quite the same as being able to charge it, use a fully functioning remote control and see what's playing like you can on iPhone compatible stereos etc. A poor comeback badass. 
banned#20
slats30
Not quite the same as being able to charge it, use a fully functioning remote control and see what's playing like you can on iPhone compatible stereos etc. A poor comeback badass. 


Eye candy isn't important in HiFi...... And to be honest, who'd want to use MP3s as a source?
banned#21
slats30
Not quite the same as being able to charge it, use a fully functioning remote control and see what's playing like you can on iPhone compatible stereos etc. A poor comeback badass. 

guv
slats30
Not quite the same as being able to charge it, use a fully functioning remote control and see what's playing like you can on iPhone compatible stereos etc. A poor comeback badass. 


Eye candy isn't important in HiFi...... And to be honest, who'd want to use MP3s as a source?


I half-agree with both. I bet you have an iphone dock somewhere - not for everyday, all day listening, but for convenient (i assume you still have an ipod touch)

I think we all agree dcx is full of... you know what.
#22
If you wanted to wait a couple of months to see what happens buy an Orange San Francisco for sub £100 and unlock and upgrade to 2.2 ( a cheap introduction into the world of Android and see how you get on with an Android smartphone compared to Apple). If you find you prefer Apple IOS then just get the Iphone and sell the San Fran on - even in a couple of months you will probably get most or even all your money back if you keep the box and all accessories etc.
At least this will give you a few months to see what happens and let you experiment with the Andriod marketplace.
banned#23
vibeone

I half-agree with both. I bet you have an iphone dock somewhere - not for everyday, all day listening, but for convenient (i assume you still have an ipod touch)


Both the kids have ipods and me and the missus both have iPhones. There are 3 docks in the house and both cars have them too. It is useful in the car as the voice in my sat nav syncs to lower music audio. However iTunes remains a reason never to go near ipods/iphones. There is no escaping that issue. (I assume you have multiple PCs and devices...... )
#24
What's more convenient - plugging my iPhone into an fm transmitter in the car with 2000 songs to choose from plus my own playlists or having 100's of cd's in the car. Also with the belkin transmitter I can charge my phone, use as handsfree kit and change tracks etc without taking my eyes off the road. Therefore for me MP3's are fine as a source.
I'm not saying the other phones are not as good as the iPhone I'm merely pointing out that with the numerous iPhone compatible accessories available for me the iPhone suits me better.
banned#25
slats30
What's more convenient - plugging my iPhone into an fm transmitter in the car with 2000 songs to choose from plus my own playlists or having 100's of cd's in the car.


I wasn't talking about in a car. You mentioned you plugged it into your HiFi, but to be honest, if you want to argue down that route, my pc sits next to my TV and amp. Its connected direct to my server and can access TBs of music and video. My Samsung Galaxy can act as a server in its own right - or simply access my entire library. Try that on your iPhone!
#26
My dads bigger than your dad! 
banned#27
slats30
My dads bigger than your dad! 


Irony.
banned#28
guv
vibeone

I half-agree with both. I bet you have an iphone dock somewhere - not for everyday, all day listening, but for convenient (i assume you still have an ipod touch)


Both the kids have ipods and me and the missus both have iPhones. There are 3 docks in the house and both cars have them too. It is useful in the car as the voice in my sat nav syncs to lower music audio. However iTunes remains a reason never to go near ipods/iphones. There is no escaping that issue. (I assume you have multiple PCs and devices...... )


I do, but only use itunes on the one machine. Its the one thing I can't argue with you about - it is ****, and I just don't connect very often (spotify app is fine :P )
banned#29
vibeone
guv
vibeone

I half-agree with both. I bet you have an iphone dock somewhere - not for everyday, all day listening, but for convenient (i assume you still have an ipod touch)


Both the kids have ipods and me and the missus both have iPhones. There are 3 docks in the house and both cars have them too. It is useful in the car as the voice in my sat nav syncs to lower music audio. However iTunes remains a reason never to go near ipods/iphones. There is no escaping that issue. (I assume you have multiple PCs and devices...... )


I do, but only use itunes on the one machine. Its the one thing I can't argue with you about - it is ****, and I just don't connect very often (spotify app is fine :P )


And how many devices are you using on that one PC? I just drag and drop and any music cover art is immediately found. No worries about apps or music disappearing - particularly relevant if you have jailbroken the device. No such worries on Android.
banned#30
dcx_badass
Tick manually manage this device in iTunes and you can load music from as many different PC's as you like, hardly rocket science.


And it immediately syncs and removes all the content.
banned#31
dcx_badass
Tick manually manage this device in iTunes and you can load music from as many different PC's as you like, hardly rocket science.


You're actually more stupid than I originally thought. That takes some doing, so well done.
banned#32
guv
vibeone
guv
vibeone

I half-agree with both. I bet you have an iphone dock somewhere - not for everyday, all day listening, but for convenient (i assume you still have an ipod touch)


Both the kids have ipods and me and the missus both have iPhones. There are 3 docks in the house and both cars have them too. It is useful in the car as the voice in my sat nav syncs to lower music audio. However iTunes remains a reason never to go near ipods/iphones. There is no escaping that issue. (I assume you have multiple PCs and devices...... )


I do, but only use itunes on the one machine. Its the one thing I can't argue with you about - it is ****, and I just don't connect very often (spotify app is fine :P )


And how many devices are you using on that one PC? I just drag and drop and any music cover art is immediately found. No worries about apps or music disappearing - particularly relevant if you have jailbroken the device. No such worries on Android.


To be fair there are plenty of Android problems to replace it though. For example, sisters Desire (original one)... 2.2 update, but only a few apps will install to the sd card? Why?

PS: ignore dcx, everyone knows he talks rubbish. most just ignore him now, but I like to play when im bored.
#33
Thanks for the responses.....and please be nice to each other! :p

Anyway.....Im probably even more split now than ever haha A few more points to consider based on some of the responses....

I do have an iPod dock which is handy and leans me slightly back towards getting the iPhone.....although its not a very expensive one it does the job:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/logitech-pure-fi-express-plus-ipod/647224/#post8260584
In saying that I notice it still sells for £80+ on play! There is a socket on the back which I think is an AUX socket so I suppose I could still get use out of it if I went for a different purchase.

I connected my iPod Touch to my car radio via AUX, it wasnt ideal really. One of the things that really disappointed me was bluetooth on the iPods so that is a bit of a concern. My N82 on the other hand is brilliant for it. My car radio works as a reliable hands-free kit through bluetooth and connects automatically when the car turns on. I can also play music via bluetooth on the N82 and change songs with the actual radio buttons. I cant do this with the iPod and you have to manually reconnect every time you turn the car off and on. Its a bit useless really!

Another thing I have to keep in mind is reception. Although Ill be in Belfast most of the time where 3g coverage is good on most networks, when I go home (Omagh) there is no 3g coverage and 2g coverage on some of the networks is quite poor. o2 is probably the best but I would also consider vodafone and probably orange (though signal is bad in omagh it has the best 3g coverage on the whole in NI) That rules out 3, Virgin and T-Mobile (at least until they start sharing later this year). This was another reason which was leaning me towards the Iphone 4 as the Tesco Mobile network uses o2 coverage!

But seeing as I was leaning towards the Desire HD before these things Im just about 50/50 now!

There is quite a price difference in the 2 deals I was considering:

The iPhone 4 from Tesco mobile is a 12 month deal (which I prefer) but I would have to shell out £229 for the phone and then £35 p/m for a total £649 (750 mins/ 1gig net)

The Desire HD from Dialaphone on Orange is 18months, phone is free then £30 p/m with £90 back via redemption and £65 quidco/topcashback for a total £395 (300 mins/500mb net)

Thats obviously a good deal but im so-so on Orange so its a tricky choice! hmmmmmmmmmm....
#34
iPhone has a better screen, no doubt about it.
#35
also, Jailbroke iPhone 4 vs HTC HD is a whole different ball game!
2 Likes #36
If you want a phone just to p1ss around on apps then get an iphone.

If you want a phone with better core functionality, not totally bland to look at then get an android.

If you're a teenage girl then get a blackberry

If you have no mates but still want to look different then get a windows 7 phone.
1 Like #37
Two things that no-one's mentioned:

1) If you have an iPod Touch, and you get a Desire HD with at least Froyo on it, then you'll have the option to turn your Desire into a wireless hotspot. Bish bash bosh - connectivity on your iPod Touch. Best of both worlds. Of course you won't be able to text, call or use GPS based apps from your iPod Touch, but the Desire does all of those perfectly well - or better even, in the case of Google Navigation on Android.

2) Android Marketplace is ok, and it can only get better. But Steve Jobs was bang on the money when he said it was disjointed. The Marketplace has loads of app reviews saying apps didn't work with certain handsets. I've been lucky on my Desire - they all work - so largely I just laugh as those unfortunate sods...although I'm sure it'll be another story when it happens to me!

The HTC Desire will also have HTC Sense on it which really is a great front end too.

For £300 quid difference to me it's a no-brainer - HTC. I have the Desire (not HD) and a 4th gen iPod and between them I have everything I want in my pockets at all times (no sniggersome jokes please lol).
#38
i'll put my vote in for the desire HD.

why not check out http://www.mobot.net they have a review of the HD i believe?
#39
I think the real comparison based on current phones should be Galaxy S vs iPhone... I have friends with the Desire HD who have to charge it more than once a day!
#40
Mclovin
i'll put my vote in for the desire HD.

why not check out http://www.mobot.net they have a review of the HD i believe?


link doesnt work for me

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