The Desire handset measures 119x60x11.9mm and weighs in at 135 grams. Whilst it may not be the lightest handset out there, it certainly leaves no doubt about the build quality of the handset, and will indeed appeal to many users. A large 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen is capable of displaying up to 16 million colours at 480x800 pixels. This ensures users will experience on screen content at its best with unsurpassed colour and depth. An accelerometer is built in which senses when the phone has been tilted and automatically rotates the image on screen accordingly so it can be viewed in both portrait and landscape forms. An optical track pad offers an alternative way to browse menus.
Users are alerted to incoming calls by vibration and ringing with the option to customize ringtones by assigning MP3 and WAV music files for the purpose. A useful speakerphone is built in allowing hands free communication. A 3.5mm audio jack can accommodate hands free kits as well as headphones for listening to music.
Internal memory is 576MB RAM and 512MB ROM as standard. However, because of the microSD slot a memory card of up to 32GB can be installed providing a generous amount of storage for media files and other data.
An array of connectivity options is included ensuring continued connection to networks on the move. Initial means of connection is via class 10 versions of both GPRS and EDGE. Where 3G coverage is available, HSDPA is possible at speeds of up to 7.2Mbps, and HSUPA at up to 2Mbps. If there is a wireless internet router in the same vicinity as the phone, then Wi-Fi connectivity can be utilized for even faster access to the internet. Additionally, Bluetooth version 2.1 is installed as standard offering an option to share files and data with compatible devices in the same locality. GPS is included with A-GPS support.