HTC Desire is now available in the Philippines. The official suggested retail price is Php 34,900 but if you're particularly good at gadget bargain hunting, you can get it for as low as Php 26 or 27k at some licensed retail outlets (if they haven't run out of stock, that is).

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According to HTC, Desire is the best way to visually experience news, photos, favorite places, friend updates and everything else that is relevant to a user's life on a smartphone. Equipped with one of the most advanced displays available on a handset today - a 3.7-inch Ultra bright AMOLED display - and powered by 1 GHz Snapdragon chip, Flash-capable HTC Desire makes viewing content, online or otherwise, a wonderful experience.

Perfectly complimenting HTC Desire's Android 2.1 Eclair operating system is its HTC Sense UI. Sense is a user experience focused on putting people at the center by making smartphones work in a simpler and more natural way. This experience revolves around three core tenets - Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected - which form the key to the new HTC Sense experience.

View Photos, Watch Videos, Enjoy Movies

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Like what I said earlier, HTC Desire has a wide and vivid screen, which makes this phone a great device for viewing photos and watching homemade videos shot with the phone's 5 MegaPixel on-board camera with Flash that also happens to shoot WVGA (800x480 pixels) @ 15fps videos. Of course, with it, you can also watch the latest blockbuster flicks that you've loaded on your memory card.

Get Turn-by-Turn Navigation

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All images in this post courtesy of HTC Asia Pacific

Get voice-powered, turn-by-turn directions on your HTC Desire using Google Maps with street view. Also, using Google Latitude, find out if any of your friends are located near you.

Take Your Music Anywhere You Go

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Whatever genre of music turns you on or makes you get up and shake your booty -- take it with you anywhere you go. HTC Desire lets you create playlists on the go and set your favorite tracks as ringtones. Want to discover new songs? Visit Android Market and get free music apps that let you download the hottest hits on the charts.

Stay Connected with Friends

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Just because you're going out of your house doesn't mean that you have to cut connection with friends online. Using Facebook and Twitter Apps for Android on your HTC Desire, let your friends know what you're up to even when you're away from home. Update your blog and Facebook status wherever you are and discover the freshest ways to stay in touch using new apps from Android Market.

Email on the Go! Documents to Go!

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HTC Desire's 1 GHz CPU is made is made for multitasking. Access your contacts list, calendar and email with Microsoft Exchange and view and edit Microsoft Office documents on the go.

Relax! Play Games!

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Flaunting a high-resolution screen and screaming fast processor, HTC Desire is an ideal smartphone for gaming. Go ahead and immerse yourself in a full 3D game experience. Play against your friends over the air or play on your own to unwind after a day's work.

Off hand, I think that - while it's not as handsome as HTC Legend - HTC Desire is an amazing handset, which is clearly worthy of likewise being called a flagship release.

Hopefully, HTC sends TP a unit to play with soon. I can't wait to give my full review of this multimedia powerhouse.