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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 Desire S allows you to wirelessly ...

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Review of "HTC Desire S"

published 13/10/2011 | JamesPywell
Member since : 08/04/2011
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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.
Excellent
Pro Threaded Messaging, Looks Great, Easy to Use
Cons Battery Life
very helpful
Look & Feel
Durability & Robustness
Battery standby time
Battery talktime
Value for money

"My First 'Smartphone'"


I’d been contemplating buying a new mobile phone months before I even arrived at university because I’d 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 didn’t have the Sensation so instead the saleswoman said that I should consider the HTC Desire-S which I did. It’s very similar to the Sensation and I’d 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 I’d ever got on contract so I was a little nervous about taking out a contract for it. I’ve 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. I’m sure there are better deals elsewhere but I wanted to remain loyal to O2 as I’ve 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 it’s a very nice looking phone and doesn’t 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?
I’ve never had a phone where I’ve 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 wouldn’t 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 weren’t. I’ve 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?
I’ve 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. (There’s an app for that too).
What’s This About Battery Life?
You may or may not have heard about HTC’s reputation for having quite poor battery lives. The Desire-S apparently has a better battery than some of it’s predecessors but I have still found that the phone doesn’t hold it’s charge for more than a day. I don’t use the phone for much besides texting and quickly checking my Facebook and Twitter accounts. However with it being such a powerful phone, I don’t really mind that the battery life isn’t 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 ‘Connect your Charger’ 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 it’s nothing that a quick charge won’t solve.

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Comments on this review

  • KarenUK published 28/10/2011
    My daughter wants a HTC phone.
  • ithoughtyoudneverask published 14/10/2011
    Another good review for this phone - it's obviously a winner!
  • LadyValkyrie published 14/10/2011
    Superb informative review.
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Product Information : HTC Desire S

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 Desire S allows you to wirelessly stream them straight to your TV via a DLNA connection.

Product Details

Long Name: Desire S

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Classic

Cellular / Technology: GPRS; EDGE; UMTS; HSDPA

Cellular / Band: Quad Band

Cellular / Integrated Components: 5 MP digital camera; FM radio; MP3 player; GPS receiver

Display Type: S-LCD

Weight: 130, 130 g

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

OS Provided / Type: Android OS 2.3

Display / Diagonal Size: 3,7

Communications / Wireless Interface: Wifi; Bluetooth

RAM / Installed Size: 768

Manufacturer: HTC

Cellular / Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Cellular / Operating System: Android

EAN: 5052415537041

Mobile Services: Video Call, YouTube

Service Provider: Not specified

SAR Value: 0.36 W/kg, 0.57 W/kg

Standby Time: Up to 455 hours

Talk Time: Up to 590 minutes

Supported Memory Card: microSDHC, microSDHC - up to 32 GB

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI, M4A , AVI, XviD, MPEG-4, 3GP, WMV9

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Instant Messaging Services: Yes

User Interface: HTC Sense

Operating System: Google Android, Google Android 2.3

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)

Display: LCD display - colour - 3.7" - Super LCD, Colour - 3.7"

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Colour: Black, Silver, Muted black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 60 mm x 12 mm x 115 mm

Phone Design: Candy bar

Form Factor: Touch

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Product Type: Android Phone

Product Description: HTC Desire S - black - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Desire S - silver - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Desire S - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Desire S - muted black - 3G GSM - Android Phone

General

SAR Value: 0.36 W/kg, 0.57 W/kg

Body Material: Aluminium

Body Colour: Black, Silver, Muted black

Weight: 130 g

Height: 115 mm

Depth: 12 mm

Width: 60 mm

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Phone Design: Candy bar

Form Factor: Touch

Product Type: Android Phone

MPN: 99HMN022-00, HTC Desire S Silber, 99HMN007-00, 99918256, 99HMN010-00, 99HMN009-00, 99HMN008-00, 99HMN060-00

Cellular

Input Device(s): Multi-touch, Multi-touch , capacitive

User Interface: HTC Sense

Operating System: Google Android, Google Android 2.3

Service Provider: Not specified

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Messaging & Internet

Mobile Services: Video Call, YouTube

Messaging & Data Features: RSS feeds

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

Instant Messaging Services: Yes

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Supported Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP4, SMTP

Communications

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Bluetooth Profiles: File Transfer Profile (FTP), Object Push Profile (OPP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP)

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA

Phone Features

Additional Features: DLNA Certified, Picture editor, DLNA Certified, video editor

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, conference call, vibrating alert

Ring Tone Formats: MP3

Organiser

Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock

Media Player

Supported Digital Video Standards: AVI, XviD, MPEG-4, 3GP, WMV9

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI, M4A

Processor

Clock Speed: 1 GHz

Type: QUALCOMM MSM8255

Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC, microSDHC - up to 32 GB

User Memory: 1.1 GB

RAM: 768 MB

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Features: Video recording

Digital Video Formats: 3gp

Video Recorder Resolutions: 1280 x 720 (720p)

Camera Light Source: LED light

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Navigation System

Navigation: GPS receiver

Navigation Software & Services: Navigon Germany maps

Display

Display Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels

Diagonal Size: 3.7"

Technology: Super LCD

Type: LCD display - colour, Colour

Features: Wallpaper, screen saver

Display Languages: Danish, Czech, English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek

Multi-language Menu: Yes

Colour Depth: 65,536 colours

Connections

Connector Type: Headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ Micro-USB

Battery

Run Time Details: Talk ( GSM ) - up to 590 min ¦ Talk ( WCDMA ) - up to 435 min ¦ Standby ( GSM ) - up to 430 hrs ¦ Standby ( WCDMA ) - up to 455 hrs

Capacity: 1450 mAh

Technology: Lithium Ion

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Power adapter, Stereo headset, USB cable, power adapter

Also Included: microSDHC - 8 GB

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