Summary: We were initially rudely dismissive of the HTC Desire S when it was revealed at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, with it appearing to offer little in the way of improvement over the superb HTC Desire. And that is indeed the case – only everything in here, camera aside, is a little bit slicker and a little bit better. As a result, The HTC Desire S is an undeniably fantastic phone. Using it is a joy, quite frankly.
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 [...
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. A bone to throw to upgraders to get them off your back while you’re busy making the next big thing. OK, let’s get this out of the way. We know already the Sensation is HTC’s next big thing.
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 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset, 768 MB RAM and 1.1 GB ROM, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, 720p video recording @ 30fps, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLN...
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.
Summary: HTC has produced a whole raft of great smartphones over the years with its more recent Android models picking up our recommended awards like they were free memory sticks at a tech trade show. Its latest offering is the HTC Desire S that doesn’t pack in a headline grabbing dual-core processor, fancy camera, or ginormous screen but is a beautifully made, classy smartphone that should be high on your wish list.
Pros: Fast operation, Slick UI, Excellent cloud integration, Stunning design, Strong stills camera
Cons: Wi-Fi antenna issue, Frequently slow notifications bar, Stuttery HD video recording, Not cheap for its specs, Still some Android UI issues
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 hard not to fall in love all over again.
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 all-rounder.
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. The sales will start in March at the price of $780. The main question is if HTC Desire S can offer longer operation time from one charge?
Excerpt: The "S" update of HTC 's popular do-it-all Desire offers an evolution rather than a revolution, with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, video calling and faster processing. It's a sleek-looking device, with a casing made from a single slab of aluminium, though this can make it feel rather cold in the hand.
Conclusion: It is a heady mix, and the Desire S is in many ways a super smartphone. To answer our own question posed at the head of this review, the Desire S doesn’t stand out as much as the original Desire did, doesn’t break new ground, and doesn’t, at this point, look like a contender for Smartphone of the Year 2011. It is good, but not great.