Sending and receiving messages in the multitude of ways that it is now possible to do is made really easy on the Desire HD. We already touched on the ease of text editing but just as good is the onscreen keyboard. The layout is excellent and for the multi-lingual among you, the one button access to multiple languages will be a real boon. We do find that having the secondary functions of each key displayed at the same time as the primary function makes it a little more difficult to see what you’re doing when typing at speed, and the way alternative words are constantly displayed above what you’re typing is also a little distracting, but you do get used to them.
As you’d expect in this day and age, SMS messages are arranged in conversations so you don’t constantly have to go back and forth between old messages to keep track of what’s been said.
Mail options are also extensive, though we do miss the elegant way Windows Phone 7 displays urgent and flagged emails with just a swipe of the finger.
Keeping tab of what your friends have been up to is also well catered for. Facebook and Twitter accounts can be linked to your contacts so they display profile pictures, though messages from the services aren’t integrated into the profile like SMS and Email are. Again, this is one area where Windows Phone 7 is one step ahead.
Apps for Facebook and Twitter also come preinstalled and if you prefer an alternative you can always download one from the wealth of options available in the market place.
The web browser is among the best available on a mobile device at the moment with support for tabbed browsing, pinch to zoom and Adobe Flash. Playing back high bitrate videos does result in slightly jerky motion but otherwise it’s a really speedy experience. With Wi-Fi and 3G onboard you’re also left wanting for nothing when it comes to download speeds. Also, Android’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature means you can use your phone’s data connection to surf the web on other Wi-Fi enabled devices.