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So I've had the Desire for two and a half days now, and I thought I'd give my first thoughts.

Things I Love:
  • Friend Stream: Facebook and twitter and flickr all in one widget on my home screen

  • Multiple home screens, fully customisable.

  • The size and clarity of the display.

  • Live wallpapers, especially the one I have called Globe Rotation, which comes up on the menu as GlobeRot and you can select from a vast number of planets. My home screen is currently a rotating Borg Sphere on a star field...

  • The predictive text system for words it already knows is amazing.

  • Seamless and easy integration with gmail, google calendar, etc.

  • Google Sky. BeyondPod podcast app. Amazon Kindle app. And, indeed, the number and availability of apps in general.

  • Merging contacts, so that each person has one entry instead of four or five.

  • The back button.

  • The ease of navigating the settings etc. And menus in general are more intuitive and less confusing than on the nokia - things are where you expect them to be, and you don't have to hunt as much (I had two settings folders on the nokia).

  • Firefox on my phone!
Things I Miss From My Nokia:
  • Battery Life - and I never thought I'd say that, because the 5800 Xpress music hasn't got the best battery life in the world.

  • Decent Speakers - the HTC has one, very tinny, speaker. I had got used to listening to podcasts with Mat in bed, and music in the bath, and now neither of us can bear the sound quality. I have fantastic headphones, but sometimes you don't want headphones. Will have to get a little set of portable speakers, I think, or some sort of dock.

  • Difficulty in programming customisable ringtones, alarm sounds and notification tones. I particularly dislike that the notification tone for new text message, new email, and new tweet is the same damn tone. And I haven't yet found how to make the ringtone an MP3; I miss having daleks scream EXTERMINATE!!! when I get a text, and my Dad having Daddy Cool for his ringtone.

  • Various symbols on the alphanumeric keypad - I can't hashtag stuff on twitter, for example, and brackets and asterisks are also conspicuous by their absence. Ok, so they are there, but they aren't in any way obvious.

  • The precision of having a pokey stick for the touch screen. Because it's capacitive rather than resistive, I have to use my finger, and can't even use a nail, which is imprecise and irritating.

  • The camera isn't anywhere near as good for indoor photography (haven't tried it outdoors yet), despite having a better megapixel rating. And actually the camera on the 5800 isn't as good as the one on the 7373 I had before, which is now Holly's.

  • The predictive text for adding words is better on the nokia. It's irritating that you have to type a word in three times (once for it to not be recognised, once to program it in, and then AGAIN after you've programmed it in).

  • Knowing whether or not you've exited something, and ease of exiting apps in general. Sometimes pressing the back button exits, sometimes it just makes stuff run in the background.

  • My Doctor Who sticker :(
Obviously some of the niggles I have are just I haven't got used to my new phone yet, but some of them are really rather irritating, especially given the rave reviews the Desire is getting all over the place. I was really expecting EVERYTHING to be better. Still, I think it IS a step up, overall. The speaker really is going to be a problem, though. And I haven't checked the voice recorder yet, but I may have to keep the nokia just for recording podcasts and using as an MP3 player.

Oh yes, naming. I'm going to call her Fenchurch. No points for knowing why ;)

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Date: Sunday, December 26th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
You found it in the left luggage at Fenchurch street station?

I found that my enjoyment of the phone increased when I replaced the Twitter app (Plume), Facebook app (the official Facebook one), the SMS app (Handcent) and the keyboard (Swype).

Date: Sunday, December 26th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Aaah, the widget?

You can leave that running. No reason you can't have multiple apps all reading the same data.
Edited Date: Sunday, December 26th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)

Date: Sunday, December 26th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Well, if you're happy with all of those, then that's fine.

But Swype is a vastly better keyboard all round - so worth replacing the built in one with that (if you can get onto the beta).

Does Friend Feed include SMS?

Date: Monday, December 27th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
That would explain why Google wasn't being my friend.

If you want more control over your texts then I recommend Handcent - it's much nicer, and allows fine control over the notifications you get per contact.

Date: Sunday, December 26th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tajasel
Various symbols...
12# and then 1/2 brings up a second menu with asterisk and hash, etc. in. Took me a while to find, too :)

The predictive text for adding words...
Type in a word it doesn't know accurately, then touch it in the menu, e.g. when I type "jubbly" it has: jubbly July subtly justly
Touching the word you typed in adds it to the user dictionary.

Knowing whether or not you've exited something, and ease of exiting apps in general.
Get the Watchdog app. You don't necessarily need to exit things for them not to use (much) battery power; Watchdog keeps an eye on how much CPU apps are using then pops up a notification to ask if you want to kill any apps that are hogging resources.

Date: Monday, December 27th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] etoile
Various symbols...
12# and then 1/2 brings up a second menu with asterisk and hash, etc. in. Took me a while to find, too :)

Took me a month on my Wildfire! :)

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