updated 07:20 am EST, Tue February 16, 2010
HTC Desire is Nexus One for all carriers
HTC this morning made its presence felt at Mobile World Congress by launching multiple smartphones, including its new Android 2.1 flagship. Previously known as the Bravo, the Desire becomes HTC's version of the Nexus One without Google branding. It gets an upgraded HTC Sense with a unique home screen look known as "helicopter view:" somewhat like Apple's ExposÚ, a pinch gesture at a home screen shows all home screens at once to jump quickly to one of them.
The Desire also adds Flash Lite 4 in-browser for basic display of ads and other animated content (with 10.1 in the future), multi-touch within the browser and a press-and-hold abilitly to pick text and run a search. The e-mail app has filtering tabs to check only for new messages and to thread messages, and the calendar widget now shows an itinerary-style list view.
Most hardware is similar to the Nexus One, including the 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor, but it replaces the trackball with a more elegant optical trackpad and drops the Nexus One's trademark active noise cancellation, which helps the Google phone's call quality but raises its price. A 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi are all stock.
The Desire ships throughout Asia and Europe on many carriers in April, and will be an exclusive to Telstra in Australia. So far, the version on offer lacks North American 3G bands, though HTC has said it may produce carrier-specific versions for the continent.