HTC Desire S review: HTC Sense 2.1, hardware and operation
24 April 2011
Excerpt: UK network Three has loaned us another new Android phone to review, after our triumphant yet also bewilderingly useless look at the Samsung Galaxy Ace (1, 2, 3 & 4 ) a month ago. This time we’ll be looking at and forming opinions regarding the HTC Desire S , the newer, smaller, button-less update of...
Excerpt: Back in February 2010, HTC graced the world with what was to become the standard as to how a high-end Android smartphone should be. The HTC Desire garnered numerous “gadget of the year” awards and set the benchmark for other manufacturers to follow.
Pros: Sleek hardware design, Improved performance and battery life, Good price point
Cons: Camera functions, while improved, still leaves a lot to be desired, Feels like the Desire S is just a stop-gap product for the next generation of dual-core handsets
Conclusion: When we first made its acquaintance, the HTC Desire S was on display at this year’s MWC in Barcelona along with the Incredible S and the Wildfire S. Each phone in this trio is no more perhaps than a transitional model, a facelift that doesn’t even warrant their own name.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 3.7" 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Uses the best screen from HTC so far (along with the Incredible S), Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense, 1 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno ...
Cons: No dedicated camera key and no lens cover, Below-par sunlight legibility, Wi-Fi signal degrades when you cover the top part of the back panel, microSD is below the battery cover
Conclusion: If you already have the HTC Desire I don’t think it’s worth the upgrade to the Desire S, the difference isn’t big enough and you may miss the physical buttons below the screen. If however you are coming from a completely different device then I’m sure that the Desire S wont disappoint.
Conclusion: Wrapping up, reviewing the HTC Desire S has been a pleasure. The phone is a testament to good evolution being better than bad revolution. With the physical tweaks, the unibody construction, the improved HTC Sense and Gingerbread being on board, the sheer smoothness of the user experience makes it...
Pros: Small and robust unibody construction, HTC Sense 2.1 offers tangible improvements, Bright responsive screen with good contrast / color levels
Cons: No camera button or HDMI connectivity, Camera takes muddy indoor / low light photos, Single-core processor may put some people off
Conclusion: Back when we reviewed the HTC Desire, almost twelve months to the day , the smartphone was at the cutting edge of Android devices. Tagging on the coat-tails of the Nexus One, it closely followed Google's example of a sizable screen, fast processor and up-to-date software, shaping up as a solid...
Summary: Original Desire will be replaced by the model S, which has new versions of Android and HTC Sense. Let's give a brief overview of changes in comparison with the original HTC Desire:
Finally, we can say that we have a surface upgrade of the original HTC Desire.
Conclusion: The HTC Desire S is a nice update to the popular Desire. It boasts great performance, usability and solid build quality. It is a great all round smartphone that is affordable on contract. µ
Pros: Performance and usability from Gingerbread and HTC Sense, front facing camera, build quality.
Cons: Nothing outstanding to recommend an upgrade from the original Desire., No rear camera upgrade.