I debated whether or not I should post my phone reviews here, and in the end I sensed enough interest in people who follow me on Twitter (or their family members!) to think that this may interest blog readers, too. I’ll explain why in a sec.
Last week, Telstra selected me to be one of their 25 ‘social reviewers’. We were given a new Telstra HTC Desire to play with, test, break and otherwise treat it as a customer might normally use the phone.
To be honest, when I entered the contest, I didn’t even know what was so great about his phone Telstra was giving away. But I had some idea that it was one of those newfangled handsets with big screens, and I wondered if it would be useable as an ebook reader. This was my focus when I filled in the entry survey.
When Telstra contacted me, they told me that my ebook focus stood out from the other applications, and it was part of the reason they wanted me to try the phone.
So yay for readers!
This is also why I decided that my thoughts on the Telstra HTC Desire belong in this blog.
The nefarious things I want to do with my new phone
I have three main goals as a social reviewer:
1. To test how comfortably I can read ebooks on the Telstra HTC Desire
2. To explore the different (if any!) ebook-related apps that run on Android (the phone’s operating system)
3. To talk about non-book-related characteristics of the phone that have an impact on my ability to use the handset and the apps
My last goal is really a catch-all, but it’s important because I think it’s fair to say that most readers wouldn’t buy a smartphone just to read ebooks. Some people might also be looking to compare it with, say, the iPhone.
Yes, okay, there was nothing nefarious about that at all. But maybe if I read an erotic romance ebook it can, at the very least, be notorious.
If none of these goals interest you, it’s probably best to skip these posts. They’ll be clearly marked with ‘Telstra HTC Desire’ in the title.
Where it’s all happening
Telstra is driving this campaign, and the central meeting place, as it were, for the social reviewers is at the Telstra Exchange blog.
You can check out the list of social reviewers participating in the campaign here.
You can also follow and join in our Twitter comments and conversations via #TelstraDesire.
You can find a list of all related Book Thingo posts here.
Telstra gave me a free HTC Desire and two weeks’ worth of free calls, messages and data. I also got a free trial of Mobile Foxtel for three months.
Telstra’s Social Reviewer Campaign runs from May 14 to May 29, 2010. Unless I specify otherwise, all my experiences with the phone during this time will be based on the pre-paid plans provided by Telstra. What I write here and on Twitter may also be used by Telstra in their campaign.
I’m not obliged to say positive things about using this phone. I want to be very explicit about this. Telstra stated clearly and repeatedly that they expect the social reviewers to express honest opinions about actual experiences.
At the end of Telstra’s Social Reviewer Campaign, I get to keep the phone, but the pre-paid calls and data expire. After three months, Mobile Foxtel automatically reverts to a monthly subscription.
After the Social Reviewer Campaign ends, I may end up posting further thoughts on the HTC Desire or its apps and functions, but they won’t be part of the Telstra campaign unless otherwise specified.
Do you have a smartphone? What do you like or dislike about it from a reader’s point of view? Do you have any burning questions or bookish things you’d like me to try on the Telstra HTC Desire? Let me know!