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Previous Threads:
V1: https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1251412
V2: https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1438377
V3: https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1469656
V4: https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1508983
V5: https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1531638
V6: http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1569246

Official Site:
http://www.htc.com/www/product/desire/overview.html

Availablity Status in Malaysia:
Ori Set = Available Now through either Maxis contract or Retail. Retail unit available at all HTC dealers.
AP Set = Available Now (Check the Handphone Section of LYN Garage Sales)

Available Mobile Plans:
Maxis http://www.maxis.com.my/personal/android/A...id_Packages.asp

Available Updates:
Froyo 2.2 Update for SEA sets - released, refer to the page below:
http://www.htc.com/sea/support.aspx

What's new in Froyo 2.2?
Read more here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=741491

Specs:
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Videos:
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Owners List (PM me if you want to be added into this list and do let me know if yours is a different color):
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Useful Links for HTC Desire Users
HTC Desire Discussion @ xda-developers forum
HTC Desire Official User Guide
HTC Desire User Guide by nimbu
Tips & Tricks for the Desire
Flaws & annoyances with the HTC Desire (with workarounds!)

Reviews:
GSMArena
Gizmodo
TracyandMatt.co.uk
Slashgear
Techradar
Geekanoids
Engadget
Mobileburn
cnet.co.uk
pocketnow.com
APCMag
Full List of Reviews @ xda-developers forum
LYN User Review By yolk

Other Sources:
AndroidandMe
Engadget
Gizmodo

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Revisions:
7-Jan: Added calendar and secret codes information

FAQs:
General
Where can I get this awesome phone?
You can now get it at any HTC’s resellers or Maxis Centres.

What are the differences between HTC Desire and Google Nexus One?
http://mobilenews.omio.com/mobile-phone-fe...android-phones/

What colors are available in Malaysia?
It is available in two colors "Dark Brown" and "White".

How does the "White" colored Desire looks like?
http://www.htcphones.net/white-htc-desire-...r-htc-wildfire/

How do I set customized ringtones?
https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1213449

Can apps be installed into the SD card?
On Android 2.2 (Froyo) it uses native App2SD to install apps into SD card.

What does it mean with native App2SD? Are there any other kind of App2SD?
Explanation from benny888:
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How do I prolong my battery usage? Any tips?
http://blog.three.co.uk/2010/05/24/htc-des...t-battery-life/

How do I differentiate if my device comes with AMOLED or S-LCD screen?
On the box packaging, it will put behind the box under "Display" as:
"3.7-inch AMOLED touch sensitive screen" for AMOLED sets, and
"3.7-inch touch sensitive screen" for SLCD sets.

Any recommended games I should get for this phone?
Refer here: Recommended Android Games Thread

May I know more information about the secret codes from my phone?
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Contacts
What's the easiest way to sync contacts?
Use Google to manage your contacts and sync to your phone. Simply create a Gmail account will do.

How do I import contacts from Apple iPhone?
An in depth steps with screenshots:
http://www.willineedit.com/2009/11/how-to-...-android-phone/

How do I import contacts from Nokia phone?
1. Export your contact to your PC as CSV file.
2. Then login to your Google Gmail account.
3. Import your CSV file to google contacts.
4. Sync from your HTC Desire, your contacts will be all in your phone.

All contacts from Facebook are updated into my call contact list. How do I remove it?
Go to your Contacts > Menu > View > uncheck Facebook.

How not to show the contact from sim in the Contact Lists?
Go to 'people' or contacts, Press Menu button > "View", then uncheck 'Sim'

Calendar
How can I sync my calendar from Microsoft Outlook to my phone?
Refer here: http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin...en&answer=89955

SMS
Can I use a 3rd party SMS app?
Yes, you can. Find for "Handcent" SMS on Android Market. It's free and very customizable compare to the default sms app.

Handcent SMS Issue: When there is a new SMS comes in, you will receive 2 notifications at the top, yes? How to disable the original SMS application and use Handcent SMS from here onwards?
Go to the default sms app--> click on menu button --> Go to settings --> Uncheck the Received Notification

Keyboard
Can the keyboard be customized to my liking?
Yes it can.

Do you have any guides on how to customized it?
HTC IME Mod Keyboard with Voice Input for Desire

How do I replace the CN/Thai keyboard which is available on our local set?
Install the HTC_IME keyboard mod from the previous link.

Connectivity
Any idea on how to setup proxy to connect to the Internet?
No proxy support for HTC Desire at the moment.

No auto settings for the APN stuff on your set? Here are the list of APN settings for different telcos
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Any recommended apps to check my data usage?
Try to find for "3G watchdog" on Android Market.

Maxis Related Stuff
How does the Maxis plan works?
Step 1: Choose any rate plans: Value Plus 50, 80, 150, 250 or 500
Step 2: Choose any data plan (12 months contract period): 500MB (RM58), 1.5GB (RM78) or 3GB (RM88)
Step 3: Pay for the phone
Step 4: Pay monthly according to plans that you have chosen, e.g Value Plus 50 + Data Plan 500MB = RM50 + RM58 = RM108
For more info refer here: http://www.maxis.com.my/personal/android/A...id_Packages.asp

How long is the required contact from Maxis?
12 months

What is the warranty provided for this phone from Maxis?
24 months extended warranty

Any freebies provided by Maxis?
Free car charger for the first 200 subscribers.

So where can I get this phone through Maxis?
Find it at your nearest Maxis store for more info.

Android Market
Does the SIS HTC Desire comes with Android Market?
Yes

Can I get both free and paid apps from Android Market?
For now, you can only get free apps.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) SEA OTA Update
Am I able to update to Froyo at the moment?
Froyo update is now available through OTA for local/SEA sets.

When will HTC release it?
Released for all local/SEA sets on 30 Aug 2010.

How does the update process works?
It will the usual OTA (over-the-air) update done using either data connection or wifi.

How do I check for the update?
Go setting ---> About phone --> System software update.

What are the software info for the Froyo OTA SEA?
SEA OTA Software Info:
Build number = 2.13.707.1 CL233262 release-keys
Software number = 2.13.707.1
Baseband version = 32.44.00.32U_5.09.05.30
HBOOT = 0.93

Rooting
Why root?
It gives you full control over your system and able to alter system files. You can also install many custom ROMs available online. Here are 5 among many other reasons to root your device: http://lifehacker.com/5342237/five-great-r...r-android-phone

How do I root my device?
There are many guides out there.If i root my Desire, can i unrooted back to stock rom, where can i get exactly the stock rom as i have right now.
QUOTE(maliqu3)
Download the stock rom for HTC Desire from here to unroot your phone so that you can claim the warranty after that.
Is my warranty will void if i root? do i need to unroot if i need to send the HTC Service Center?
QUOTE(maliqu3)
Rooting your Desire won't void your warranty (you must have faith about the warranty though) since it's not NexusOne that will leave a trace (an unclasped lock) even if you have unrooted back.
How do I check my current radio version?
About phone ----> Software

How do I check my bootloader/HBOOT version?
To check the bootloader version, switch off the device. Turn it on whilst holding the ‘back’ key. You should be able to see the text ‘HBOOT’, and a version number besides it. This number is the bootloader version.

Can I root my phone if I have updated thru OTA (official update)?
The official update changes the HBOOT to 0.93 and you can root it using Unrevoked 3. Find more info here: http://www.unrevoked.com

Flashing ROMS
Okay, I have now rooted my phone? How do I flash custom ROMS?
Refer here: Guide: How To Flash Custom ROMS and Radio
OR Refer here: HOW TO: Install A Custom ROM On Your HTC Desire

Where can I get these custom ROMs?
QUOTE(benny888)
Just go over to forum-xda. HTC Desire section http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=628 - rom discussion here. Roms are free - but you are encourage to donate if you can, to the rom cook. If you don't want to donate , you can still download and there is no limit how many times you can download. If you want special preconfigure roms up to your own choices - try Modaco at http://android.modaco.com/category/430/htc...ire-modaco-com/ . you need to pay a small contribution once only - with this you can use his online kitchen to bake any rom for any phone that he'd developed; again no limitation
A complete list of ROMs (including radio) is available at XDA:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=809328

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post Dec 2 2010, 11:20 AM


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My desire now cant last for more than 12 hours.. any advice guys?
FYI, i'm still using NextSense 5.3 Froyo by Neophyte (I know it sound ancient ady.. lol)

Any advise what the best battery saving's Rom to flash for desire?

Or should I just change to a new battery? Any idea how much Desire battery cost these days?
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QUOTE(netken @ Dec 2 2010, 10:47 AM)
rclxms.gif  rclxms.gif
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yay! for once we are getting the all in one bundled package and not to mention the Xmas version faster than IP ...  brows.gif
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the xmas edition damn nice la...played last night until my battery flat... tongue.gif

QUOTE(edwinlcw @ Dec 2 2010, 11:08 AM)
Ya.. moderate browsing, sms, call and game..
I'm not sure if is better or not... but i did turn off the 3G on my iphone and use only EDGE.
I'm can't seem to find the option to turn of the 3G on Desire.. this might be one of the reason the battery drain faster on Desire....

I've found a thread on XDA on how to calibrate the batter... anyone tried it out?? It is works?
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=755903
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download MySettings...you can turn your connection 2G/3G instantly...

p/s : if you are driving a lambo,you cant expect the fuel consumption like a kancil... biggrin.gif

QUOTE(awiekupo @ Dec 2 2010, 11:09 AM)
My desire now cant last for more than 12 hours.. any advice guys?
FYI, i'm still using NextSense 5.3 Froyo by Neophyte (I know it sound ancient ady.. lol)

Or should I just change to a new battery? Any idea how much Desire battery cost these days?
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how old is your phone bro?trying changing rom 1st and flash to latest radio...see if it works...
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Damn, after S-OFF I lost 10MB of internal storage. And I still can't flash new recovery via terminal sad.gifsad.gifsad.gifsad.gif
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Mine just 5 or 6 mth old only.. forgot ady.. but bought from maxis launch at KLCC last time..

I read from previous thread that Undervolt rom is good for battery so I think I'll just try Androlib ROM WWE 2.29 UVOC tonite.

Any sifoo out there hope can advise me if there's anything that I need to beware before flashing since outdated ady with all these new development biggrin.gif. Otherwise I just flash it like d old days.. hehehe...
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woots! V7 edi.. i really miss my desire.. never got the chance to try MIUI rom on Desire previously.. sob2
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QUOTE(hazril @ Dec 2 2010, 11:22 AM)
the xmas edition damn nice la...played last night until my battery flat... tongue.gif
download MySettings...you can turn your connection 2G/3G instantly...


fuh ! v7 already .. yes! hidup angry bird !

lucky my batt is mugen extended ... flex.gif

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QUOTE(nick67 @ Dec 2 2010, 11:36 AM)
Damn, after S-OFF I lost 10MB of internal storage. And I still can't flash new recovery via terminal sad.gifsad.gifsad.gifsad.gif
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Got my AmonRa 2.0.1 already smile.gif

But my 10MB storage is still missing shocking.gif
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QUOTE(netken @ Dec 2 2010, 11:39 AM)
fuh ! v7 already .. yes! hidup angry bird !

lucky my batt is mugen extended ...  flex.gif
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that fat XXL batttery? nice!
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QUOTE(awiekupo @ Dec 2 2010, 11:37 AM)
Mine just 5 or 6 mth old only.. forgot ady.. but bought from maxis launch at KLCC last time..

I read from previous thread that Undervolt rom is good for battery so I think I'll just try Androlib ROM WWE 2.29 UVOC tonite.

Any sifoo out there hope can advise me if there's anything that I need to beware before flashing since outdated ady with all these new development biggrin.gif. Otherwise I just flash it like d old days.. hehehe...
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just flash everything bro...your phone still new...flash new rom,radio and kernel...you should be good to go... biggrin.gif
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xmas version need to pay rite? any ehem2 can pm me..
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QUOTE(awiekupo @ Dec 2 2010, 11:48 AM)
xmas version need to pay rite? any ehem2 can pm me..
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dun ask for trouble dude at lyn.. haha.. google is ur best friend.. check ur pm, i got something to ask le cool2.gif
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QUOTE(awiekupo @ Dec 2 2010, 11:48 AM)
xmas version need to pay rite? any ehem2 can pm me..
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so far no bro - its FOC i downloaded from mkt last nite ... and no ads so far .. so quick quick!
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hehe.. ok tx boss..

QUOTE(hazril @ Dec 2 2010, 11:46 AM)
just flash everything bro...your phone still new...flash new rom,radio and kernel...you should be good to go... biggrin.gif
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QUOTE(pluginbaby @ Dec 2 2010, 11:45 AM)
that fat XXL batttery? nice!
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yup - the 3200 or was it 3400 batt .. ever since then - batt is no problem for me ..

size is okay for me too since i have large thick hands .. sweat.gif
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QUOTE(pluginbaby @ Dec 2 2010, 11:38 AM)
woots! V7 edi.. i really miss my desire.. never got the chance to try MIUI rom on Desire previously.. sob2
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got ur desire hd? im thinking to jump to desire hd also when there are official sis set coming. the only downside for now is there are not much custom rom for desire hd, i want miui.hhuhuhu anyone want to buy my desire amoled set? tongue.gif
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QUOTE(awiekupo @ Dec 2 2010, 11:48 AM)
xmas version need to pay rite? any ehem2 can pm me..
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free from market bro...no need to get the Jack Sparrow version....
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QUOTE(calmshot @ Dec 2 2010, 11:54 AM)
got ur desire hd? im thinking to jump to desire hd also when there are official sis set coming. the only downside for now is there are not much custom rom for desire hd, i want miui.hhuhuhu anyone want to buy my desire amoled set? tongue.gif
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not yet, waiting for SIS in maybe few weeks.. u dont have to jumpship from Desire.. maybe not so worthit since HTC Desire is already awesome.. but if u came from some other phone line *insert ehem2 phone here* .. maybe its worth upgrading.. huhu.. DHD is only worth the upgrade if u want bigger screen, thats all icon_rolleyes.gif .. HTC Desire already rocked solid


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free from market bro...no need to get the Jack Sparrow version....
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dude.. seriously i love your "jack sparrow version" term thumbup.gif thumbup.gif

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QUOTE(netken @ Dec 2 2010, 11:39 AM)
fuh ! v7 already .. yes! hidup angry bird !

lucky my batt is mugen extended ...  flex.gif
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QUOTE(netken @ Dec 2 2010, 11:52 AM)
yup - the 3200 or was it 3400 batt .. ever since then - batt is no problem for me ..

size is okay for me too since i have large thick hands ..  sweat.gif
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As I heard, this battery can't be calibrated right? Meaning the % in your phone doesn't reflect the real % left.
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