HTC Desire S in the long-term test: Navigation and LauncherPro instead of HTC Sense {Review}


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One of the most important features of a mobile phone is the possibility to find the right path at any time. But the matter still has its flaws - also with the HTC Desire. Prehistoric monuments (see picture) can not be found in any case!

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HTC Locations

Not that Android 2.3 would not come with a lot of location-determination software and hardware: Google Maps, Google Latitude, HTC Locations, can be integrated into Google Navigation. Somehow I do not need so much selection.

It is nice, however, that the maps of HTC Locations are installed offline offline on the mobile phone. I can even store certain addresses as footprints and display buildings in 3-D view, although for me it is rather gimmick.

Incidentally, the maps are from Tele Atlas / TomTom, while Navigation comes from Route66. The search function works for me Indes, however, it is very bulky to reach only several clicks.

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Less beautiful, however, that I only pre-installed the maps of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. What I need in the near future, Latvia, Italy and Canada costs extra - Italy eg for 30 days 4,99 Euro.

Free alternatives

Then I would rather download the free MapDroyd, where the maps are available worldwide for free. Unfortunately, there is again no search function. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages.

The software is of course great to get around in the city. The location determination works with the online function somewhat more reliable than with GPS. The GPS is also the purest battery killer - so fast you can not find the way, how the battery is suddenly empty.

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The pitfalls of Google Maps

With the shortcoming that, for example, Google Maps, depending on the connection speed, is much too slow. If I have the 3D-like cards Until the place has found, I'm almost there. And to get an overview, as on a large map possible, the mobile phone is rather not.

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The hardest test, however, is walking. Because exactly there the software reaches its limits. She does not find the Teufelsberg near Berlin as well as the Stone Age grave diggers on the field at Rerik, which we explored at the weekend.

More detailed alternatives

That such prehistoric cities are not listed, I still understand that may expect something too much. That the Teufelsberg, on which after all a building is, is not found, however not.

Since I must probably on occasion various hiking maps and possibly other software of the Open Street.-Map project to mind. Too bad: The possibilities of mobile navigation do not seem to be quite mature yet.

Overloaded surface

Although the HTC Desire is indisputably a cool part: The user interface HTC Sense is a bit overloaded therefore and offers little modification possibilities.

There is only one solution: A new, better user interface is needed.

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Pre-installed applications

I thought it was great, the HTC Desire all necessary applications were already preinstalled. But what is too much is too much: I do not understand why I need three apps for Twitter alone.

Or Google Latitude as well as Facebook Places. This is as if the manufacturer simply simply indiscriminately everything was installed, which somehow has to do with social media. Uninstall? Wrong!

Things you do not need

I do not need, for example, a gigantic clock directly at the start and also the current weather I do not necessarily get indicated. The latter works in any case only if I have activated the location determination of the mobile phone during setup or later with the settings.

Since I do not necessarily have to use location-specific apps, or when, only when necessary, I have the time rather disabled, because the manufacturer does not necessarily get around the clock where I am staying.

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HTC Sense: The “compulsive” surface

Also HTC Sense offers the possibility to synchronize the settings on the phone with the HTC server to quickly restore them. Sounds practical, but I prefer to save my data on my PC and just install everything again in case of emergency.

Perhaps HTC-Sense is comparatively unappealing and too confusing to me because of such “friendly” requirements for the user, you could also call it constraints.

The alternative: LauncherPro

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Because I prefer to install LauncherPro: Here I can select up to Seven Homescreens and occupy. Even more practical is that you can put various shortcuts in dock strips and between these then as with the home screens. This maximizes the clarity of the small screens considerably.

Above all, however, are the widgets that convince me: As I said, I do not need a clock and weather widget directly on the Homescreen. And the friend feed widget, which shows me HTC-Sense the latest news from different social networks, brings me nothing if only Facebook and Twitter are included.

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I can do just as well. Launcher Pro, on the other hand, offers, for example, a practical calendar that I miss at HTC Sense.

More choice, more clarity

A matter of taste. The really great advantage of Launcher Pro: You can select the apps that appear in the program overview. This creates a necessary overview, due to the lack of uninstallability of the programs.

Overall, Launcher Pro offers me the setting possibilities, which I painfully missed at HTC Sense. And it runs smoothly and smoothly. Only occasionally is a program dependent. That's me from Android already used. Or is Launcher Pro's fault?


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