HTC Desire HD Vs Apple iPhone 4

The competition in the high end smart-phone is heating up. HTC recently released its Desire HD and talks have it, that it’s an iPhone killer. I’ll take you through a step by step comparison to see if there’s any truth to it.



When it comes to looks, iPhone mostly wins hands down. And the iPhone 4 carries on that tradition. Its currently the slimmest phone in the market, claims Apple. It has a 3.5 inch 640×960 LCD screen that blows away the iPhone 3G when it comes to richness of the colors, brightness, clarity of text and pixelation. But HTC has outdone Apple with a massive 4.3 inch 480×800 LCD screen on the Desire HD. Its dimensions are much larger than the iPhone, but it’s a tradeoff of the huge screen.

Operating system:

Iphone 4: iOS4.1 (Revamped version of iPhone OS)

HTC Desire: Android 2.2

The app store is one of the best features of the iOS4. With over 250,000 apps on sale, one can find an app for anything that can be imagined. The Desire HD on the other hand runs on the open source Android.

At this point of time the Android store has 100,000+ apps. But the number of apps offered for the android is rapidly increasing and the app store will have a worthy competitor very soon.

But for now, in the apps category, the iPhone has the edge. Another thing worth mentioning is that, most of Android apps are open source (around 67%), and app installation is much easier than on the iPhone, on which it can be downright hectic.

User Interface:

The iPhone 4 has a simple and elegant user interface. It’s easy to navigate and everything is presented as simply as possible. And it manages to do that while retaining its smooth and crisp transitions for the animations. In addition now apps can be organized into folders and it also supports multi-tasking.

The Desire takes a different approach; you can have 7 different home-screens which make up a scene. And one can have 20 different scenes. Mind you, each of these home-screens can be customized with widgets, icons and apps to your hearts content.

It does a wonderful job of managing your social networks amongst other things. While Apple users may get restricted as to the amount of tweaking they can do, the range of customizations available for the Desire HD are countless.

Functional capabilities:

Both have 1Ghz processors which performance wise, are equal. Although the iPhone uses a customized A4 Chip. Apple have been known to under-clock the processor to save on battery power so the main difference between these devices is that the Desire HD offers 768MB of RAM compared to 512MB RAM in the iPhone. So it packs more punch than the iPhone.


The iPhone is available in 16GB and 32GB. And the Desire comes with 1.5GB built-in memory and a 8GB microSD card which is upgradable to 32GB.




The iPhone has a 5MP camera but the Desire HD once again outclasses it with a 8MP camera. In addition it has dual flash and a lot of options to play with the photos. Both phones are capable of shooting video at 720p.

Another plus for the Desire HD is its ability to play flash content and support for FM radio. In the sound department, the Desire HD once again takes the cake with the addition of Dolby Surround Sound which enables you to listen to crystal clear sound.


On paper, the iPhone should last longer than the Desire but chances are that with normal to heavy use you’ll have to recharge the phone everyday. That being said, the iPhone does have a longer lasting battery. But you can always swap the current battery for a high capacity one in the Desire HD. However one can’t do that with the iPhone non-removable battery.

Using these phones in Pakistan:

Both these phones support 3G technology as well, since one of the most prominent features of the iPhone is video-calling and 3G isn’t available in Pakistan, forget about it. The iPhone can be used for video calling in Pakistan. It requires Wifi and works over 3G as well as EDGE, the latter being available here. However you’d require iPhones at both ends to use the video calling feature.

Desire HD can be used with Google maps to use as a GPS navigator, and Google has most of Pakistan’s major cities almost fully covered. There is a reception problem reported with the iPhone 4, but it’s with 3G networks so you don’t really need to consider that when buying it.

By the time 3G will be introduced in Pakistan, which will be soon I hope, since in IT we are progressing by leaps and bounds, the error will have been fixed. Because Apple claim it’s a software based error and it will be addressed in the next firmware update.

Price &Conclusion:

  • The HTC Desire HD priced at around Rs. 65,000 PKR (Factory Unlocked), while HomeShopping.PK is selling it at Rs. 51,990
  • iPhone 4 is available at around Rs. 62,000 PKR (Software Unlocked), while HomeShopping.PK is selling iPhone 4G it at Rs. 63,990

The prices will of course vary from dealer to dealer and depends on where you live. One of the better online places to get these phones is

This site has been reviewed at propakistani before. And I know from personal experience that they provide competitive prices.

Lastly, I know that the Iphone holds a special place in the hearts of many people, with many opting for it because of its cool factor; there are good alternatives to it too, with the Desire HD leading the race.

If you want to know about all the Apple mobiles, here’s a list of the latest Apple Mobiles price in Pakistan and their specs.

  • hmmmm….. but you know there are status symbols such as when you are driving a Mercedez people will turn to see you (it will tell them that you are rich) but if you are driving a high priced car of Hyundai… you know what I mean…
    Apple Vs ___ any TC’s

    • Yeah you are right… that’s the thing with people here, well everywhere.
      But you know I made my friend buy a used HTC Desire instead an iPhone 3GS and now his whole family thinks their next phone should be an HTC. Those friendly Widgets and Build Quality did the trick.

  • Hey! you mentioned wrong about video calls. Video calls on iPhone officialy not work over 3G. its called FaceTime which works over WiFi only. Except you have to jailbreak the iPhone to work it over 3G.
    So, iPhone again has an edge of video call over wiFi also.

    • yeah but most of us have it jailbroken so its fine.And iPhone has an edge with video calls but not for us…atleast not now :(

  • i beg your pardon, but the picture of HTC DESIRE HD on the top of topic is not of HTC DESIRE HD. It is HTC DESIRE.

  • Dear all,

    I knew it’s an interesting session over iphone vs HTC , but let me tell you honestly i really enjoyed after using HTC,I knew the iphone is a status symbol but now the tradition is being changed and people try to use alternates and i beleive HTC will compete because he has the capacity through his latest technology.

  • i don’t believe this! why video calling is not for pakistanis??? i guess iPhone is only phone which has video calling feature that works in Pakistan.
    Its called FaceTime , its wifi dependet NOT network dependent feature.. limitation is it works between iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 (or with other jailbroken phones) and requires WiFi (can be used on 3g or edge on jailbroken devices.)and its Free, All you need is Apple ID, which is free to get also for pakistanis.
    and guess what FaceTime also works on iPod Touch 4.
    if i read this article, i clearly see, its a very biased comparison.

  • I have experianced 2 use both of the phone at different times.
    But i found 1 thing that htc desire browsing speed is faster than iphone in uk…..thts y i suggest htc desire hd…

  • i would suggest that you check the quality of the content that you guys post. It is very important for any reviewer to give his own opinion about the phones – “after personally using them”. I sadly dont think that is the case in this review..Some glaring mistakes in the review. Desire HD has better battery life. Common .. Just google it or read any review and you would know for sure that it has a 1230mAh battery which is one of the major weaknesses of the Desire HD.

    • I am telling it after personal use, the reviews do say it has a terrible battery life. But the thing is it doesn’t. Rather than burning through battery life by turning on all functions, which wouldn’t be a real life test, I used it like i use a phone in normal life. And i had no problems of the phone dying on me.

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