The HTC Desire S on 3

HTC Desire S
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;DETLIKE; HTC Desire S - why we like it
  • Improved version of the hugely popular original Desire
  • Even better looking, without the need for any hardware buttons
  • Running Android 2.3 and an improved HTC Sense user interface
  • Unified inbox to make emailing easier

The 3 HTC Desire S builds upon the incredible success and popularity of the original Desire, improving upon its award-winning features to create a truly remarkable mobile phone.

One component of the Desire's greatness was its build quality; it exuded professionalism and durability. Likewise, the Desire S feels strong and secure: a mobile that will not let you down! It's got a new and improved aluminium casing giving it a better build quality and more professional feel than the original, and measures in slightly slimmer too! The slick appearance is really impressive; HTC have had the confidence to strip away all the buttons on the front, leaving you with an smooth surface, perfect for enjoying the vibrant 3.7" display!

HTC have given the Desire S more power when it comes to cameras, too. Capture your perfect images in an impressive 5MP, and now you can record videos in HD! Even better, the Desire S now sports a front-facing camera, great for catching yourself in a photo or for when that particular call would be better with video.

As if that weren't enough, the Desire S also carries a spruced-up version of HTC Sense. This is HTC's user interface, overlaid over the improved version of Android. All in all, expect a faster and smoother experience than the Desire, and improved battery life too. Considering the Desire experienced no problems in these areas, you can be sure that what you'll experience on the Desire S will dazzle!

Without a doubt, if you want a top-of-the-range, professional and sturdy smartphone, the Three HTC Desire S is one of the best of the bunch. HTC has a well-earned reputation for manufacturing exceptional products, and the Desire S doesn't disappoint.

Size and Weight
Dimensions 115 x 59.8 x 11.6 mm
Weight 130g
Colour depth 16M
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Screen size 3.7"
Screen type S-LCD
Touchscreen Yes Capacitive
Autofocus Yes
Flash Yes LED
Geo-tagging Yes
Pixel count 5.0 megapixels
Resolution 2592 x 1944 pixels
Secondary Camera Yes Forward Facing, VGA
Video Yes 720p @ 30 fps
Video calling Yes
Zoom Yes
Memory and Software
Internal memory 1.1 GB
Maximum capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot Yes
Operating system Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Processor 1 GHz Scorpion
Battery Life
Max. stand-by 455 hours
Max. talk time 7 hours 10 minutes
Music and Video
FM radio Yes Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Headphone socket Yes 3.5mm headphone jack
MP3 ringtones Yes WAV
Speakerphone Yes
DivX Yes plus Xvid
H.263 Yes
H.264 Yes
M4A No
MP3 Yes
MP4 Yes
3G Yes HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Bluetooth Yes 2.1 with A2DP, EDR
EDGE Yes Up to 560 kbps
Email Yes
GPRS Yes Up to 114 kbps
GPS Yes with A-GPS
Instant messaging Yes Google Talk
Push email Yes
SMS Yes Threaded View
Web browser Yes HTML
Wi-Fi Yes 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Works in Europe Yes
Works in the Americas Yes
Works worldwide Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Digital compass Yes
Document viewer Yes
Facebook Yes
Haptic feedback Yes
Java Yes
Mapping software Yes Google Maps
Multi-touch input Yes
Organiser Yes
Predictive text Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Twitter Yes
Voice command Yes
Voice dial Yes
Voice memo Yes
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raihan - london
5 stars
January 2012
how is the battery life like on the htc desire s ??? Has it improved compared to the original desire or is it much worser ??? People let me know please asap….
Oliver Gaskell - Cornwall
5 stars
October 2011
This is my first smart phone and I am blown away with the array and superb features it has. Going from a £10 Nokia with a colour screen and a torch as super features on that phone makes this HTC Desire S seems like it has come from a long way in the future! The whole look and feel of the HTC - I can only describe as outstanding, it fits nicely in the hand, has a good weight and quality build to the metallic feel of the main body of the phone. The camera and video camera might only have 5 megapixels but I could not want nor need more. The clarity and quality of the pictures is excellent and as the phone comes with an 8GB merory SD card there is so much space on its memory you can take hours of video and thousands of pictures. It is extreamly user friendly, the touch screen operates almost everything and it only took about half an hour to really find my way around the phone and feel confident using it(bearing in mind I have never had a phone like this before!) So now I do not need to buy myself a GPS for the car - the phone has it, I don't need to buy a seperate camera or video camera as the phone has it, it is so good that apart from my 1GB contract allowance on internet usage it could almost replace my laptop! It certainly has more features that are usefull in a phone as opposed to a PC or laptop. You can personalise almost everything so you can really make it your own, 7 different front screens, where you can put all your favorite apps, it even gives you up to date weather forecasts on the front screen and anywhere else you programme it too. I can't fault this phone, I could go on for ages explaining all the features but trust me this Desire S is perfect. I tried other makes of smart phone in shops before buying and was not as impressed with other brands as with this one. One thing I will say is the QWERTY touch screen keyboard with predictive text is so much better than say that of the Blackberrys, even my Dad who has a Blackberry has said it is more user friendly! If you are thinking about this phone, stop thinking and go for it, you will NOT be dissapointed. I love it, and have bought a super little leather pouch for it from HTC with the ribbon pull strip to remove the phone quickly when needing to answer a call and it comes out in a second. Invest in one of these pouches as well as I have dropped the phone in the pouch and no damage at all, its a tough leather protector that is worth its weight in gold for saving your phone, even from getting those nasty little scratches on the screen that you can't understand where they have come from have not appeared and still none of those on my phone after a couple of months of use. This phone is built to last and its as good as it looks! GET ONE!
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Size and Weight
Dimensions 115 x 59.8 x 11.6 mm Unknown
Weight 130g Unknown
Colour depth 16M Unknown
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels Unknown
Screen size 3.7" Unknown
Screen type S-LCD Unknown
Touchscreen Yes Capacitive No
Autofocus Yes No
Face detection No No
Flash Yes LED No
Geo-tagging Yes No
Pixel count 5.0 megapixels Unknown
Resolution 2592 x 1944 pixels Unknown
Secondary Camera Yes Forward Facing, VGA No
Video Yes 720p @ 30 fps No
Video calling Yes No
Zoom Yes No
Memory and Software
Graphics Unknown Unknown
Internal memory 1.1 GB Unknown
Maximum capacity 32 GB Unknown
Memory card slot Yes No
Operating system Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Unknown
Processor 1 GHz Scorpion Unknown
Battery Life
Max. music play Unknown Unknown
Max. stand-by 455 hours Unknown
Max. talk time 7 hours 10 minutes Unknown
Max. video talk time Unknown Unknown
Music and Video
FM radio Yes Stereo FM Radio with RDS No
Headphone socket Yes 3.5mm headphone jack No
MP3 ringtones Yes WAV No
Speakerphone Yes No
3GP No No
AAC Yes No
DivX Yes plus Xvid No
H.263 Yes No
H.264 Yes No
M4A No No
MP3 Yes No
MP4 Yes No
RA No No
RV No No
WAV Yes No
WMA Yes No
WMV Yes No
Other file formats - -
3G Yes HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps No
4G No No
Bluetooth Yes 2.1 with A2DP, EDR No
EDGE Yes Up to 560 kbps No
Email Yes No
GPRS Yes Up to 114 kbps No
GPS Yes with A-GPS No
Infrared No No
Instant messaging Yes Google Talk No
MMS Yes No
Push email Yes No
RSS Yes No
SMS Yes Threaded View No
TV-out No No
UMA Yes No
USB Yes No
Web browser Yes HTML No
Wi-Fi Yes 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA No
Wi-Fi Security No No
Works in Europe Yes No
Works in the Americas Yes No
Works worldwide Yes No
Micro SIM only No No
Accelerometer Yes No
Ambient light sensor No No
Digital compass Yes No
Document viewer Yes No
Facebook Yes No
Flash player No No
FM transmitter No No
Gesture control No No
Handwriting recognition No No
Haptic feedback Yes No
Java Yes No
Mapping software Yes Google Maps No
Multi-touch input Yes No
Near Field Communications No No
Noise cancellation No No
Optical trackpad No No
Organiser Yes No
Predictive text Yes No
Proximity sensor Yes No
QWERTY keyboard No No
Skype No No
Tethering No No
Twitter Yes No
Voice command Yes No
Voice dial Yes No
Voice memo Yes No
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