HTC Desire....mmmmmm

I have had mine for a week now, and it truly a lush thing. Who on here has one and what are some good apps? The best ones I have found are google sky which is truly amazing, Mortplayer for audiobooks, the metal detector, and ShootU which is a really nice physics game... The only downsides I can find are that the touchscreen is slightly less accurate than the iPhone, and that there seemed to be too many buttons for the first few days... apart from that I am in geek heaven.

geek_ladaspeed, Jun 7, 10:38 am

Had mine for a few weeks. I love it. Some good apps. . uninstaller, all the emulators, ASTRO file manager, Notes, Shazam, LED Light, eBuddy, Compass, Transdroid if you use torrentz, Robo Defense (awesome game), WaveSecure, and MyBackup.

geek_suicidemonkey, Jun 7, 11:12 am

Just got mybackup, that looks sweet. . do you have an app killer? I have the free version of advanced app killer, seems to work a treat.

geek_ladaspeed, Jun 7, 11:36 am

After doing a bit of reading i've stopped using app killers. Apparently they can do more harm than good. Android has a really good built-in task manager, and it should do the work for you.

geek_suicidemonkey, Jun 7, 11:46 am

Ok I will look into that... .

geek_ladaspeed, Jun 7, 11:49 am

Definitely Astro, yxflash - plays flvs, isilo for books and Gensoid.

geek_sarfas, Jun 7, 11:54 am

You shouldn't need an app killer, it was more on the original devices with very limited memory that they were required.

Hows your battery life?

geek_vtecintegra, Jun 7, 12:16 pm


Pretty good, certainly better than the iPhone 3GS I was running, I have been at 40-50% after a days worth of geeking out.

geek_ladaspeed, Jun 7, 12:28 pm

Also have stopped the appkiller for now, will see how that goes...

geek_ladaspeed, Jun 7, 12:36 pm

I'll join the Desire group after Telstra's 6 month exclusivity of the XT version of the Desire is over ;) then they may bring out a normal version that works on XT (i. e. without all the bloatware)...

Quick question that I can't find a definite answer for though...

Does it have voice to text? I. E. can you 'write' a text message by talking to it?

geek_rahto, Jun 7, 12:59 pm

Task killers are redundant as android's memory manager takes care of it just fine. What is worthwhile if your phone had 256MB or less ram is AutoKiller. It lets you set how aggressive the built in memory manager is rather than duplicating the functionality.

geek_osymandias, Jun 7, 1:03 pm

You have to install some extra software and custom keyboard to do it, but it's pretty simple and works well. And once we get 2. 2 for the Desire, it'll recognize different accents.

geek_suicidemonkey, Jun 7, 1:23 pm

Nothing, old iPhone battery, new Desire battery; mystery solved. I get almost comparable battery life on my nexus if I kill GPS/Wifi when not in use and don't really use widgets. (well I recommend switchpro) I don't have all the sense stuff running that you guys do either...

geek_osymandias, Jun 7, 1:37 pm

Also I don't use push on my email, that seriously drained the battery on the iphone.

geek_ladaspeed, Jun 7, 1:51 pm

Push Gmail doesn't seem to have any battery life penalty on Android which is nice.

Screen follwed by gps and wifi are the biggest drains for me, but i use mine as an ebook reader quite frequently

geek_vtecintegra, Jun 7, 2:42 pm

The Desire is great, on a full charge the screen only uses about 4% of the total battery :D But I have a friend with a Droid, and his screen uses about 35% of the total battery.

Amazing difference.

geek_suicidemonkey, Jun 7, 2:48 pm

Not really realistic unless you have it sleeping 90% of the time - even with amoled. I think your logging is funky. Look in spare parts if you've rooted it, should give you more details.

geek_osymandias, Jun 7, 3:01 pm

Spare parts says the same thing. I have a friend with a Desire and theirs says the same.

geek_suicidemonkey, Jun 7, 3:41 pm