HTC Desire S

HTC Desire S

Loaded with features, the Desire S is a great phone thatís easy to set-up and operate.

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Our Rating: 88%

Our HTC Desire S Review

Desiring the HTC Desire S

The HTC Desire S Android smartphone scores high in most categories including design, multimedia, usability and price. It has a 3.7 inch screen set in an aluminum unibody meaning the metal piece works as both frame and case. Itís lighter than the original Desire weighing in at 125 grams. Itís slightly but not noticeably narrower and shorter; however, you may appreciate the fact itís thinner than its predecessor. Loaded with features, the Desire S is a great phone thatís easy to set-up and operate.

Featuring the Hardware

The aluminum unibody has rear compartments with plastic covers that conceal a number of features. Under the covers youíll find a 5 megapixel camera, loudspeaker, LED flash, battery, and MicroSD and SIM card slots. Included in one of the plastic covers is the antenna.

The HTC Desire S has a curved back making it easy to hold in the hand. The casing holds 768MB RAM which is actually more than what some of its competitors offer. Inside youíll also find the Snapdragon MSM8255 system-on-chip that works well with the HTC Sense UI. In addition, thereís a loudspeaker that gets good reviews for quality though its top volume leaves something to be desired.

Battery Life Improved!

The battery life in most smartphones usually leaves something to be desired. However, smartphone makers are working on the problem from different angles as reflected in the HTC Desire S. The Snapdragon hardware is an efficient energy user. The HTC Desire S has a 1450Ah battery which easily lasts all day. You will have to recharge every day or two depending on the amount of usage the phone gets.

Multimedia

The HTC Desire S has a high quality 5 megapixel camera unit on the back with an LED flash. There is also a front-facing camera that doesnít take nearly as good pictures. Other multimedia options include video that is recorded in .3gp format and the ability to play music via front and back speakers. As a matter of fact, you can use Connected Media and play phone music on a separate music system without much or any setup.

Performance Ready to Go!

The HTC Desire S comes with Android and Sense UI as mentioned. It also has Gingerbread. You can get the latest Facebook update; Twitter friends; connect on Google; use the Quick Settings feature for instant access to GPS, mobile network, Wi-Fi Bluetooth and more; and enjoy the preloaded ebook reader called Kobo.

What We Liked

The display is now closer to the glass than it was in the predecessor Desire phone. The images are crisp and have vibrant colors. The display is covered by the indestructible Gorilla glass. We like the fact the phone has excellent messaging integration and that you can get to specific people text conversations and email using the People app or use the general dedicated apps.

What We Disliked

Like many smartphones, the display may be difficult to read in bright sunlight. Also, the camera takes good pictures for web posting or personal viewing, but pictures are not sharp when printed in full size. In addition, the video image quality could be higher, but itís quite good.

Our Final Verdict

The HTC Desire S has 7 customizable panels that let you set the phone up to suit your lifestyle. Itís a rugged smart looking phone giving excellent all around performance. You can set up your social media accounts too and get quick connectivity. Itís easy to setup and use, has a great design and will serve its owner quite well. Itís not the most powerful phone on the market, but its out-of-the-box performance has a lot of appeal to those who donít want to spend days setting up complicated phones. This unit is revved up and ready to get to work.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 115 x 59.8 x 11.63 (mm)
Talk Time 590 mins
Standby Time 455 hours
Weight 130 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 1.1GB
Memory Card Type microSD

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

EDGE Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

HTC Desire S Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 115 x 59.8 x 11.63 (mm)
Talk Time 590 mins
Standby Time 455 hours
Weight 130 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 1.1GB
Memory Card Type microSD

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth Yes
EDGE Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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