10 best HTC Desire accessories
So Jobs is giving out free bumpers for the iPhone, but why should Apple users have all the fun? There’s a certain other highly popular smartphone on the market that has a plethora of toys and add ons all of its own. So whether you’re after a case, a dock or just a new way to use it in the car, here are the 10 best HTC Desire accessories on the market.
Screen protector (£12.97)
Yep, it's an obvious one but if you don't look after your nice, pretty 3.7-inch AMOLED, then your phone's not going to be good for much. Scratches will ruin the interface with your handset over time and they also don't look too clever when they're getting in the way of the latest episode of Sharktopus on your journey to work.
There's all sorts of different ones out there, but the pick of the crop is probably the Martin Fields screen protector. It's not cheap as far as these things go but it's super thin and doesn't get in the way of your Android experience. It's reusable and washable, so if you don't lose it, another couple of quid for the higher quality is well worth it.
Full phone case ($20)
There's a few ways you can go here depending upon what your priority is. If you want it smart, then go for the for the £31 Noreve leather case which holds your handset in place while you flip it open and closed rather than having to slide your Desire in and out - so to speak. It also smells all nice and leathery. For fanboy chic though it has to be the bespoke felt case option from EgoorEngland on Etsy.
Mobile phone insurance (free?)
Sexy, this isn't but it is the third way of looking after your superphone and it means you can carry it around naked as the day it came off the production line. The best news is that, if you have a bank account, there's an excellent chance that gadget and mobile phone insurance is already thrown in without you knowing. It will require you to register your items though, so the best thing to do is call your people up and find out if you're covered.
If not, try your home contents insurance. It's also highly likely you might be covered here as well. If both of those draw a blank, then CUSC foneGuard is a good option and comes in at around £5/month.
Bigger battery (£28)
Smartphones don't have the best power profiles in the world but that doesn't mean that you have to stay at the whim of the manufacturer. The HTC Desire comes with 1400mAh Li-ion battery at 3.7V which is billed to last 400 minutes of talk time and 340 hours standby. One option is to go for the tried and tested Seidio Innocel, which is specced at 1600mAh, and will get a little more, or you can take a punt on a Hong Kong import off eBay such as a 2500mAh model that comes with a new back cover so that it'll actually fit inside. Do let us know how much extra life you get out of one should you decide to take the plunge.
It'll be a while until music boxes come with an Android dock as well as an iPhone one. Until then, you've got two real choices for docking your HTC Desire. The one pictured above will charge and sync your phone via powered USB, as well as a spare battery, although that will require a second cable. That comes in at £19.99. Possibly the more premium option is to buy the dock built specially for the Nexus One. It's rather expensive at £50 and it won't sync with your computer but it will automatically activate your clock app and it comes with a 3.5mm to RCA cable to plug into your main music machine.
HTC Desire Car Upgrade Kit CU S420 (£66)
There's plenty of options out there but it's always nice to go with the manufacturer where you can. Fortunately, HTC has produced a rather special car kit for the drivers among you at a reassuringly expensive price. It comes with the regulation windscreen sucker, a bendy goose-neck arm so you can have it in any position, a micro USB to 12v in-car charger and the added bonus that the minute you attach your handset, it brings up the NaviPanel on your Desire.
32GB MicroSD (£85)
With Froyo bringing the ability to house your apps on expandable storage, you're going to need some extra space to squeeze on your music and films as well. Right now, the biggest you can buy is a 32GB microSD card, so treat yourself and go all the way.
Phonak Audeo PFE 022 + Mic headphones (£100)
You can stick with the in-the-box headphones if you must, but do so in the knowledge that you're crippling the audio pleasure you might otherwise be getting on your HTC Desire. Plus, in a set like the trusty Phonak Audeo PFE 022 + Mic headphones - quite a mouthful - not only will a world of rich bass you never knew existed suddenly open up, but you'll also be able to use them as a hands free kit as well. You can read our full review for more details.
Not wildly sexy, this one, but practicality has its own smug pleasure when the pay off comes. MicroSD cards are all very well and good but most computers don't have microSD slots. By the same token, you may as well give yourself some cabling options by picking up a dirt cheap micro USB to USB adapter too.
Android badge ($1)
If you're a little light on cash right now, then this is the one to go for. Everyone can afford a dollar, so head over to see shortsleevealliance on Etsy who'll make you an Android badge that'll look good on even the smartest of suit. Best of all, you'll be sticking it to all the iPhoners out there as you represent the Google crew.
If you have any grade A, cracking, top notch HTC Desire accessory ideas, then do let us know in the comments and, if you'd just like to know a little more about the Desire itself, take a look at our full review.