PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Desire HD vs iPhone 3GS


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Benchmarks Real world tests of Desire HD vs iPhone 3GS

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BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes vs No Somewhat common; Share your cellphone's data plan with other devices
Bigger screen 4.3" vs 3.5" Around 25% bigger screen
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 3 MP Around 2.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Faster processor 1 GHz vs 0.6 GHz More than 65% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Sharper screen 216 ppi vs 164 ppi More than 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Longer standby time 25,200 min vs 18,000 min 40% longer standby time
Better theoretical download speed 14.4 Mb/s vs 7.2 Mb/s 2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
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Much faster web browser 2,517 vs 1,014 Around 2.5x better BrowserMark score
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 1.5 GB More than 21.2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Lighter 135 g vs 164 g Around 20% lighter

Reviews Word on the street

Desire HD  vs iPhone 3GS 

There's a GPS on board to take full advantage of all HTC Sense has to offer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and quad-band GSM, as well as dual band 3G.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Desire HD  vs
iPhone 3GS 
Type Super IPS LCD2 Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.3" 3.5"
Resolution 800 x 480 480 x 320
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 216 ppi 164 ppi


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


Operating system Android 2.3.5 iOS 6.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes No
Supports NFC No No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 Bluetooth v2.1

form factor

Desire HD  vs
iPhone 3GS 
Weight 164 g 135 g
Thickness 11.8 mm 12.3 mm
Size 68 x 123 x 11.8 mm 62.1 x 115.5 x 12.3 mm


Clock speed 1 GHz 0.6 GHz
Number of cores Single core Single core
RAM 0.75 GB 0.25 GB
Internal storage 1.5 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 3 MP
Resolution 8 MP 3 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ Unknown 640 x 480 @ 30 fps


Generation 3.5G 3.5G
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Standby time 25,200 min 18,000 min
Capacity 1,230 mA·h 1,219 mA·h
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