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I was recently given the opportunity to upgrade my out-of-date Samsung Tocco Lite mobile phone to a more modern smartphone thanks to nearing the end of my two-year contract. There were so many options available and at first I was tempted to upgrade to the new iPhone 4S although this would have meant higher monthly payments. Instead of jumping straight on the bandwagon and causing unnecessary expense I decided on exploring the market a bit further first and I became tempted to settle for either the Sony Xperia Ray or the HTC Desire HD. However, upon actually attempting to upgrade it became clear that the only option available to me being offered by my service provider was the new HTC Desire S which I actually had not found whilst browsing through the smartphones in their catalogue. I checked the technical specifications and was impressed and in fact, it became apparent that many people rate the new Desire S higher than the iPhone. It seemed perfect so I ordered one.
The most impressive aspect of the HTC Desire S (which sounds like Desiress if you say it fast!) is the fact that each of the devices is made from a single piece of aluminium which gives the phone a very solid high quality feel, it's certainly not flimsy and doesn't break easily so you're not going to be left with any major scratches or cracks in the casing. It does cause the phone to feel a bit cold when you first pick it up but it soon warms up from body heat. The Desire S is not light but it's not that heavy either weighing in at 130grams. However, it's very slim and sleek and it's certainly not overly large either like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 which seems to be a huge brick in comparison. The Desire S has a 3.7-inch screen which, in my opinion, is the perfect size for a phone with it's capabilities. The device also boasts a 5MP (mega pixel) camera on the front and a VGA camera on the back which can be used as a mirror or for video calling. There is a headphone socket on top next to the power button, volume buttons on the side and a socket for the charger. In appearance the HTC Desire S is slim, sleek and clean looking comparable to a small Android Tablet PC.
One feature of the Desire S that often seems to be included in technical specifications in the outstanding audio quality of the device which is perfect for playing and recording music (or speech). However, I will say that both the media volume and the ring tone volume of the device are not particularly loud. On a few occassions the alarm, set at full volume, has failed to wake me up in the morning. As claimed though, the device does have great sound quality especially for music played via the headset which comes with the phone. It also comes, as standard, with an 8GB Micro SD memory card for storage plus an internal 1.1GB. The device is also capable of recording HD video and the screen resolution is 480x800. The capacitive touch-screen is highly responsive and the phone functions faster than other smartphones I've used that have similar technical specifications. This is due to the whopping 1GHz processor and the 765MB of RAM (virtual memory) that the device has hidden inside it.
There are some great Android apps pre-installed on the phone too including Teeter, a ball game that uses the accelerometer meaning that you have to tilt and turn the actual phone in order to play the game. Facebook and Youtube are also pre-installed and offer full functionality unlike the Facebook app that the XBox and older non-Android smartphones use. The Desire S also has Bluetooth and Wi-fi capabilities and the speed of the Wi-fi capable by the phone is actually faster than my wireless router at home. The phone can also connect to the internet without the use of Wi-fi though the fees are usually quite heavy for internet data charges on both Pay-As-You-Go and contract phones. The Desire S runs the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system which offers future-ready enhancements so you can be sure it's quite an advanced mobile device.
The HTC Desire S is basically an advanced piece of electronic machinery that surpasses the quality and technical capability of many other devices in it's field. It does everything that you could ever want it to do and more, it's basically a small tablet PC with the usual mobile phone features built into it. However, it does have a few significant disadvantages such as the signal strength never seems to be full and actually weakens a bit when the Wi-fi connection is activated and battery life runs out fast if you use it to browse the internet and play apps/games. Battery runs out within a day or two if you regularly use the Youtube app or watch/record videos. This does actually seem to be common with smartphones though so I suppose it's to be expected. Overall the HTC Desire S is a superb high quality solid smartphone that does everything and anything it should and I am more than pleased with mine.