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About me: I'm James, 18, from Grimsby (UK) and I'm currently at Sunderland University studying TV and Radio. You may find that some of my reviews are duplicated on www.jamespywell.com or adhesive.jamespywell.com. But, they are both my websites.

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My First 'Smartphone'

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14.10.2011

Advantages:
Threaded Messaging, Looks Great, Easy to Use

Disadvantages:
Battery Life

Recommendable Yes:

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Look & Feel

Durability & Robustness

Battery standby time

Value for money

Range of features

Battery talktimePoor

Camera Quality

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Iíd been contemplating buying a new mobile phone months before I even arrived at university because Iíd had my Samsung Tocco Lite for over a year when it was only originally going to be a temporary phone while I got a new one. 2 weeks after moving to university, I decided that it was time to go out on a search for a new phone. Originally, it was going to be a Blackberry that I was going to get but I saw the HTC Sensation and really liked it. Unfortuantely, O2 didnít have the Sensation so instead the saleswoman said that I should consider the HTC Desire-S which I did. Itís very similar to the Sensation and Iíd heard a lot of good things about the Desire and imagined the Desire-S would be slightly better.
Specs
  • Screen: 3.7 inch touch-screen
  • Weight: 130g (with Battery)
  • Platform: Android (with HTC Sense)
  • Camera: 5 mega-pixel with LED flash and auto-focus
  • Video: 720p HD recording
  • Storage: 1.1GB internal / MicroSD
The Money Side of Things
This was the first phone Iíd ever got on contract so I was a little nervous about taking out a contract for it. Iíve entered into a 24 month contract where for £27 a month I get unlimited texts, 300 minutes, 20 MMS, unlimited Wi-Fi and 500MB of data. Iím sure there are better deals elsewhere but I wanted to remain loyal to O2 as Iíve never had any problems with their network or anything. Currently the phone is advertised as being £349.99 on the O2 website on a PAYG deal.
How Does It Look?
Personally I think itís a very nice looking phone and doesnít have a complex design. The screen is a brilliant size and that was one of the main factors in my decision to buy it. Texting on the phone is made a little bit easier because of the screen being slightly bigger. The touchscreen is very sensitive and the touch-buttons on the bottom of the screen are also easy to press too. The back of the phone shows the camera lens, the speaker and the LED flash.
What Kind of Apps?
Iíve never had a phone where Iíve had the freedom of being able to download so many free apps. The Android Market is full of some really good apps, both free ones and paid ones. I am yet to pay for an app but there are plenty of apps that I wouldnít mind paying for. Twitter and Facebook were both already installed on the phone but they are also available on the Market for free if they werenít. Iíve downloaded a few different apps like Foursquare, Barcode Scanner and Angry Birds to name only a select few. Be sure to check out the Android Market before you buy if you want to see what kind of apps you could download. (www.market.android.com)
Is the Camera Good?
Iíve been very impressed by the camera. There is a camera on the back as well as a front-facing camera too giving you the option of easily taking a photo of yourself as well as being able to take pictures the conventional way. There are a few camera options which I have found to be incredibly useful such as the Vignette option and the Depth of Field options. The auto-focus is very useful and quite good too. You can tap the screen where you want the camera to focus and it will focus it for you. In terms of video, it produces a very high quality HD image which is very good for that of a mobile phone video. The power LED flash is very useful for lighting up a subject too and is bright enough to use as a flashlight at night time too. (Thereís an app for that too).
Whatís This About Battery Life?
You may or may not have heard about HTCís reputation for having quite poor battery lives. The Desire-S apparently has a better battery than some of itís predecessors but I have still found that the phone doesnít hold itís charge for more than a day. I donít use the phone for much besides texting and quickly checking my Facebook and Twitter accounts. However with it being such a powerful phone, I donít really mind that the battery life isnít so good. The Power Saver function on the phone is good which turns off some of the functions of the phone to extend the battery a little bit. You should certainly not let the battery put you off. Just make sure you have a power supply nearby just in case your phone does show the dreaded ĎConnect your Chargerí message.
Overall
This phone is amazing and is certainly a big challenger to the other top dogs of the smartphone market such as iPhone and Blackberry. It is light, very user friendly and generally a great phone to use. The battery does let it down slightly but itís nothing that a quick charge wonít solve.
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KarenUK 28.10.2011 13:23

My daughter wants a HTC phone.

ithoughtyoudneverask 14.10.2011 10:56

Another good review for this phone - it's obviously a winner!

LadyValkyrie 14.10.2011 01:43

Superb informative review.

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Manufacturer's product description

HTC Desire S has a large 3.7 inch screen but when you want to share your photos or videos to a bigger audience, HTC...

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MPN 99HMN022-00, HTC Desire S Silber, 99HMN007-00, 99918256, 99HMN010-00, 99HMN009-00, 99HMN008-00, 99HMN060-00
Product Type Android Phone
Form Factor Touch

Cellular

Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Mobile Broadband Generation 3G

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