iPhone 4 vs. HTC Desire

Buy Now: iPhone 4

Buy Now: HTC Desire


When we first got our hands on the HTC Desire, patient we found it did an excellent job of living up to its name. Pitted against what is now one of the most hotly desired new handsets on the market, drugs the iPhone 4, how does the Desire still fare? Let’s find out.


From the start, the newest and thinnest addition to the iPhone family has out-slimmed the comparatively bulky HTC Desire with the iPhone 4’s dimensions of 115 x 59 x 9mm fitting into more pockets than the Desire’s 119 x 60 x 12mm size.

Weighing in at 137g, the iPhone 4 is slightly heavier than the 135g HTC Desire though.

Both handsets have relied on their screens to be a wow-factor, and we’ve loved using both the Desire and iPhone 4.

Size-wise the HTC Desire offers a bit more screen than the iPhone 4 with a 3.7 inch screen over Apple’s 3.5 inches. This may not sound like much, but can make watching video just that bit more comfy.

The iPhone 4 has a brilliant screen res of 960 x 640 against the Desire’s 480 x 800 resolution, which is still good, but not quite as good as the iPhone 4.

Under the bonnet, Apple has given its software a new name, and has included iOS4 in its new iPhone. Along with the new name is the new multitasking feature, allowing you to switch between open apps almost as fast as you can decide which one to use.

For those with an organised mind, iOS4 also allows you to organize apps into folders.

On the flip side, the HTC Desire runs Android 2.1, with an upgrade to Froyo 2.2 coming to a Desire near you soon.

We’ve been long-time Android fans, and the open source nature of the Desire’s software gives it a leg-up against Apple.

With the Froyo update, the Desire is expected to run over 400% quicker, and will also support Flash 10.1 which is a bone of contention with Apple.

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Delving into each handset’s connectivity, both phones look quite similar  on the surface with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS and MMS capabilities in both handsets.

The Desire has been constant in its call reliability from day one though, and this is again where Apple have stumbled somewhat.

The iPhone 4 drops its phone signal when your palm covers the lower left corner of the phone- like when you hold it with your left hand for example. This obviously isn’t good for a phone, with Apple simply telling users to hold their device differently to counter the problem.

Both the iPhone 4 and HTC Desire pack 5 megapixel cameras with LED flash and auto focus. Both take decent shots, but aren’t number one in the market for this feature.

To store your pictures, the iPhone 4 offers you 16GB or 32GB of internal storage compared to the HTC Desire which is just a tiny 512MB.  However to make up for the lack of internal storage, the HTC Desire comes with a microSD card slot, allowing you to store up 32GB of memory, definitely upping the ante on the number of songs and snaps you’re carrying around with you.

We Say:

The iPhone 4 is without a doubt an impressive piece of kit, and does have a bit more street cred than any HTC Device on the market today. Delving into each phone’s differences though, the Desire has a better OS in Android, and superior reliability, which is important in a phone. We’re giving this one to the HTC Desire, but in reality both phones will do you proud. But don’t take our work for it, take a look at other mobile phone reviews.

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4 Responses to “iPhone 4 vs. HTC Desire”

  1. davide says:

    i am a desire owner and it’s an awesome device.never had a call dropped!!

    waiting for 2.2 now

  2. Nik says:

    but not to forget, one can be got for free with a contract whereas the i4 will cost quite a chunk of money !

  3. Zane says:

    the call thing dropped has been solved just need to update to ios4 and mr jobs is saying sorry by giving every iphone4 user a free case. so its all good for the i phone 4!

  4. Mr says:

    I have the HTC desire. I choose it over the iPhone 4 because of two main reasons:
    1: The price, the desire is actually half the price of the iphone
    2: The UI. HTC sense allows you to add widgets to homescreens instead of just having app’s after apps. I simply scroll left for my hotmail, or right for BBC news.

    Yes the iPhone is a fantastic phone, amazing. But I can just see myself getting bored of it quickly. Just my opinion though. If you take away the prices of the two phones and make them exactly the same, which would you buy? Without a doubt I would stick with my desire. Apple has a name & a fancy price tag, so don’t be fooled.


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