Desire is old now... People are already moving on to other devices... Mobile market is so volatile now that a phone becomes outdated every 6 months.
Without doubt the official HTC ROM is a battery hog. Don't expect your phone to last till night on a single charge even with very moderate usage. But Gingerbread ROMs are giving excellent battery life. I have been using them for weeks now and I have stopped carrying charger to office. Its worth trying if the phones are rooted.
Are you using a gingerbread ROm on the HTC Desire? If so can you suggest which one is the best? I have rooted my phone, but using the Stock ROM.
There are no Google Apps bundled with CM ROMs, because Google asked Cyanogen to remove copyrighted apps, after flashing rom don't forget to flash Google Addon package if you want it.
There are two great ROMs:
a) Oxygen ROM: Stock Gingerbread ROM and blistering fast but no camcorder support till Google does an OTA for Nexus One. Camera works fine.
Download link: http://download.oxygen.im/roms/update-oxygen-2.0-RC7-signed.zip
b) CyanogenMod (CM) ROM: I am using this one. Everything works including camcorder. Comes with numerous enhancements.
Download Link: http://mirror.teamdouche.net/get/bravo/cm_bravo_full-13.zip
Hence to get Google apps such as Gmail, Chat, Maps etc use below mentioned link:
For Google apps: http://goo-inside.me/google-apps/gapps-gb-20110120-signed.zip
Flash and have fun. Don't forget to backup the existing HTC ROM before you start all this flashing thing.
Thanks for all that info. The only thing that has kept me from flashing a custom ROM is the fact that I will lose a lot of settings and data. I mean there is Titanium Backup, but it doesnt work well across different ROMs mainly because of different SQL build tables...
whats the average battery life one gets on a desire (with moderate use that is..) And how much improvement can i expect if i flash a custom ROM ?
Too good to be true....Check here
HTC Desire A8181 | HTC Mobile Phones | Saholic.com
for starters, saholic is the e-ecommerce venture by Spice mobiles. I would say, this is a deal of the year, for sure. Waiting for the same to get reflected into flipkart/ letsbuy and I would jump for sure.