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10 Things I Hate About You

Posted by on 15 June 2010

I’m talking about you, HTC Desire. Yes, you, with that dazzling AMOLED screen of yours disguised as a fingerprint magnet. Ever since you came into my life, you’ve completely taken over my thoughts, my dreams, my waking hours, my spare time. Heck! You even got me stroking you in the middle of meetings.

HTC Desire & its dazzling AMOLED screenOh how I hate you, Desire. I hate how you’ve possessed me, despite knowing that you’ll only be in my life for two short weeks. Yes, HATE. It’s a strong word, I know, but there’s just no other way to explain how I feel about these ten idiosyncracies of yours:-

1. Out Of Sync. You. CANNOT. Sync. To. My. MacBook. Pro. Unbelievable! I mean, come on! You’re no Windoze device. You’re an Android! How could you possibly give Mac users this ultimate snobbery?! Good grief! Good thing fellow geeks out there have worked out some kind of workaround for people like me: they advised that I export my Address Book contacts into my GMail account, then sync it with your People program. (Why’d you have to call it ‘People’ anyway? What’s wrong with ‘Contacts’? :P) That saved me hundreds of hours of inputting my contacts again into your memory. Now if only I can get iCal to export properly (I still keep getting that annoying ‘Failed to import events: Unable to process your iCal/CSV file..’ message)… But the point of the matter is — this is not syncing per se; it’s just a geeky workaround. Can somebody at HTC do something about this very important issue pronto? Because of this little glitch, I totally forgot about an important meeting last week just because I had it in my laptop but not in that beautiful memory of yours.

[Update: 15-June-2010 15:19 hrs: There's a software called Missing Sync for syncing an Android with a Mac. If I get to keep the HTC Desire after this 2-week assignment, I'll buy it! In the meantime, I'm downloading a trial version here.]

2. Low Battery Life. What was I thinking? With your dazzling screen, your amusing animations, and all the clever things that you can do, of course something’s got to give at some point. And that’s your battery. *Sigh* It doesn’t even last a day. Good thing I can charge you via USB. And miracle of miracles, I can use the Nokia N97 Mini’s charger on you! It’s about time these darn mobile phone manufacturers decide on a common charger. But that’s another story altogether.

3. Music To My Ears…NOT! The sound from your built-in speakers is so tinny, it gives me an earache in less time than it takes for someone to pronounce supercallifragilisticexpealidocious. And those earphones that came with you in that beautiful white box of yours? They’re a joke. The sound quality is awful and they don’t work properly as the antenna for your FM Radio program to work as it should.

4. No Video Calls. Desire, Desire, oh my dear Desire…with those looks of yours, why didn’t your creators equip you with a secondary camera so that I can make video calls with you? I mean, video calls aren’t exactly cutting edge technology — Nokia’s been producing mobile phones that are suitably equipped for video calls for the past couple of years now. I travel a lot and I go home quite late on evenings so those short video calls to my children mean a lot to me — they help me keep my precarious career/motherhood balance. And I can’t make any such calls with you! Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! (Or as Upin and Ipin would say, ‘Ish! Ish! Ish!’)

5. Limited Apps. In this digital day and age, it’s the tiniest details that matter, Desire honey. When I browse your market, I see an impressive enough amount of apps (including awesome free stuff like games for my twins) but the selection’s not quite as extensive as those of Apple’s App Store. It’s all about choices, my dear. People. Want. Choices. You also get to make a lot of money that way, i.e. by making people feel they have a false sense of control over what goes into their smartphones.

6. SD = So Difficult. Sure, you’re sleek and slim. But why do you have to hide your microSD card inside the back cover AND require me to remove the battery first before I can access it? Please take some pointers from my oldie but goldie Nokia N82, whose microSD card can be removed easily from a tiny slot on its side. *Shaking head*

7. Music, Schmusic. Your built-in Music program needs a lot of work. I especially hate the way you sort my songs. Helllllo?? HTC people, are you reading this? :P

8. Screen Scream. I did mention how much of a fingerprint magnet your smooth screen is, right? Yes, right up there — the second sentence of this heartfelt missive of mine. Your screen is beautiful, true, but only indoors. It’s completely unusable once I’m outdoors.

Okay, okay…so I can only come up with 8 things that I hate about you. But I’m keeping the title anyway just because “Ten Things I Hate About You” sounds way catchier than “Eight Things I Hate About You”. (It doesn’t hurt that I loved that 1999 movie. Heh!)

So there. I feel cleansed. Purged. Relieved to have done this confession of sorts about how much I hate you. But I do love you, you know. And in fairness to you, I will also be telling you very soon all about the things that I love about you. And why my life has changed because of you. And how I can’t imagine living without you when I have to return you to Maxis on the 20th of June. *Sniffle*

Now please excuse me while I go look for a tissue to wipe away my tears and blow my nose. All this talk about parting ways with you in less than a week is just making me so sad… Waaaaahhhhh!!!! :((

13 Responses to 10 Things I Hate About You

  1. yoga

    Have you tried the Calaboration tool by Google for the Mac ? It should allow you to sync iCal and Google Calendar :) http://www.googletutor.com/how-to-sync-ical-with-google-cal and I soooooo gotta agree with number 8 … the Desire a CSI agent in the making :D

  2. yoga

    Also if you’re using snow leopard there’s a built in sync in the address book application

    http://googlemac.blogspot.com/2008/05/mac-os-x-1053-sync-google-contacts.html

    Hope that helps :)

  3. Mimi

    Yoga: Thanks for the tip. I checked out Calaboration but Google says this is the preferred method now: http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=99358#ical. I still can’t get it to work though :/

  4. AdamC

    Nice…where did you copy this from?

    No Android smartphone in the market today has video calls. Anyways who makes video calls anymore?

    Have you heard of Google Sync? No one uses cables anymore, that’s so 2000.

    God, this is lame!

  5. JayZ Wong

    try to see at XDA forum to get more apps and solution…
    Do not just rely on Android market…
    @AdanC, HTC Evo 4G does has video calls, but its only available in US due to CDMA and contract…

  6. Mimi

    AdamC: Some people actually write original stuff for their blogs. I’m one of them, thank you :P

    *Shrug* I make video calls. To each his own.

    Yes, I did mention it can be synced via Google. Plus I’m now using ‘Missing Sync’ by MarkSpace.com. It syncs via WiFi. High tech enuf for you? :)

    JayZ: I’m pretty happy with ‘Missing Sync’ already. Thanks for the suggestion. Oh, and I’m sincerely hoping the HTC Evo will reach Malaysia soon.

  7. Marvin Lee

    Battery life can be lengthened if you can ensure the apps downloaded are not running in the background every so often.
    You can also download the app called Advanced Task Killer Free which does a great job for u to kill running apps and most of all reduce draining of the battery.
    This is a nice post!

  8. Mimi

    Marvin: Advanced Task Killer Free sounds great. Thanks for the tip! For now, I’ve disabled live wallpapers, removed widgets from my home screen, turned off wifi (unless necessary), chose minimal animations.

  9. hernan

    nice that a non-technical gadget lover reviewed this smart phone. got one myself a couple of weeks back. if i were to write 10 things i don’t like about this phone, my list would probably be a lot different. i don’t get bothered with the battery life. consider this: this phone has a 1GHz processor, and 576MB RAM. that is almost a netbook’s hardware. my phone’s battery lasts upto 14 (extensive use, 70% wifi 30% 3G – 3G consumes more power). there is probably no netbook that will last 14 hours.

    this is indeed not perfect, but IMHO is the best smart phone available this side of the world.

    you should wait for HTC to release Android 2.2 (Froyo) for HTC Desire. some of HTC Desire owners got impatient and used the ROM ported from Google Nexus One. they said the benchmark score jumped from around 500 to around 1400. that’s around 3x improvement!

  10. Mimi

    Hi Hernan. Now that you put it that way, it does make a lot of sense — no laptop/netbook can last for a whole day. [Advanced Task Killer Free app helps me extend the battery life.]

    And yes, I agree with you that it’s the best smartphone available in this part of the world. I can’t wait to see the HTC Evo when they launch it in Asia!

    As for the non-technical approach, let’s be honest: in the end, it all boils down to usability and how practical it is for one’s daily life :)

    Thanks for commenting!

  11. a-moms-diary

    You are sooo funny! :-)

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