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HTC Desire S Review

Launched just last month, the HTC Desire S is an attempt to refresh the original HTC Desire and hopefully bank on its popularity and accolades. Check our full review of the Desire S after the jump and see if it lives up to expectations.

Before moving forward, I suggest reading up on the HTC Desire review here first so you’d understand why this is an impressive handset during its time.

• Desire S • Htc Desire S Review

The Desire S came out about 10 months after the original Desire so expectations are a bit high, so much more that the Desire HD is also in the market and could compete with this one in terms of price point. The first Desire is still being sold at a much lower price though that model is already in its end-of-life (EOL) stages.

• Desire Vs Desire S • Htc Desire S Review

One would actually think that the Desire S is just a refresh of the Desire with a Super LCD instead of the original, more expensive and scarce AMOLED display. Oh and they dropped the optical trackpad altogether which makes the Desire S shorter compared to the Desire.

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At first glance, the Desire S specs resembles that of the original Desire. The changes are not that huge — a later version CPU running at the same 1GHz speed, a bit more RAM, more internal storage and a front-facing VGA camera. The Desire S also comes with Android 2.3 out of the box while the Desire has yet to get 2.3 until now.

• Htc Desire S Manila • Htc Desire S Review

HTC Desire S specs:
3.7 inches S-LCD touchscreen @ 480 x 800 pixels
1GHz Scorpion processor (Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon)
Adreno 205 GPU
768MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
1.1GB internal storage
up to 32GB on microSD
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
5MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
720p video recording
Front-facing VGA camera
Stereo FM Radio w/ RDS
GPS with aGPS support
1450 Li-Ion battery
Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread

The improved GPU and the upgrade to Gingerbread makes the Desire S more fluid and snappier. The inclusion of a front-facing camera now allows the handset to make 3G video calls.

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• Htc Desire S Manila • Htc Desire S Review

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The S-LCD screen on the Desire S holds its ground pretty well and is comparable to AMOLED. In fact, unless you scrutinize it very thoroughly against an AMOLED screen, you’d hardly notice the difference. But remember, the later versions of the original Desire also swicthed to S-LCD due to the low supply of AMOLED displays.

• Htc Desire S1 • Htc Desire S Review

The Desire S feels more solid due to its unibody design and materials used. The protrusion at the bottom is less prominent and the tapered edges give it a thinner look and lighter handling.

This should make the phone much more durable than previous designs so you may be able to save yourself some money and use your old cell phone accessories while skipping out on buying a new case.

Battery life is just the same as the other previous HTC handsets. Can do close to two days on normal use and around a day when considerably hooked up to 3G or WiFi (but that’s expected of any Android smarpthone).

Like most other HTC handsets, the built-in camera is decent — not very impressive — but usable, especially on well-lit conditions. It’s a department that HTC has not really mastered thru the years. HD video recording at 720p is actually good and follows the same quality with the old Desire.

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• Desire S Philippines • Htc Desire S Review

The biggest problem the HTC Desire S is facing right now is timing and price-point, with much more weight on the latter. With a suggested retail price of Php25,990, its closest competitors are the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc and the LG Optimus Black. The Optimus Black offers similar specs at much lower price while the Xperia Arc is a couple thousand bucks more expensive but offers a bigger screen. sleeker design and impressive camera (I did a round up of the three units here earlier).

With some price adjustments, the Desire S will still hold its ground considering HTC’s reputation on making solidly-built Android handsets.

Update: You can get the HTC Desire S at Top Electronics (topelectronics.multiply.com) for Php21,700 in cash.

Disclosure: Review unit provided by Top Electronics.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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Pepper Orange
Pepper Orange
10 years ago

Which is better the htc explorer, htc desire c, or the samsung galaxy y? in terms of performance, UI,camera, and awesomeness…
please reply soon:)))

TECHIHUNT
10 years ago

Desire S is a very well executed refinement on a formula HTC knows well, which deprives it both of any glaring faults and of any standout features. It’s not novel, it’s not surprising, it’s just very, very good.

bofrank
bofrank
10 years ago

I have this phone kaso parang nagtataka ako sa screen/display bakit medyo off white ang white background nito. Then my sis bought samsung galaxy w then i compared the two cp. although same sila ng resolution at pixel density IMO mas ok ang screen ng samsung. Mas ok pa nga dapat ang screen ng htc dahil SUPER LCD ito, galaxy w uses a regular LCD lang…. SIR ABE ANY COMMENT BAKIT GANITO YUNG SCREEN NG DESIRE S KO? add ko lang Samsung Galaxy W is a very good phone, ayaw ko lang talaga yung cheapish feel nito compared sa Desire S na IMO Premium feel. THANKS

bofrank
bofrank
Reply to  bofrank
10 years ago

sir salamat po sa reply. hindi ko pa na try na i-return sa vendor, nabili ko po ito sa online store. sir based sa screen specs ng dalawa, miski same sila ng resolution at pixel density, dapat ba mas superior talaga yung sa desire s dahil S-LCD ito? salamat sir!

bofrank
bofrank
Reply to  bofrank
10 years ago

^^mas superior sa screen performance, or may mga ibang factors din po? tnx

HCG diet plan
10 years ago

Thanks for this great information! I really appreciate this. I actually let my husband have a look and he posted a link to it on his blog :)

Marvs
Marvs
11 years ago

How does one make 3G calls on the Desire S as stated above? I can’t find the option for it. Thanks.

bart
bart
11 years ago

i like the desire s in kodiak grey. Why is there no kodiak grey color in phil’s stores right now?

Pep
Pep
11 years ago

i wish i could have one :/

Digger
Digger
11 years ago

http://www.mugen-power-batteries.com/htc/htc-desire-s-s510e.html

nexusboy
nexusboy
11 years ago

this is really nice! but i’m upgrading my HTC Nexus One to Samsung Nexus S which I can now get it in GLOBE! :)

greenacres
greenacres
Reply to  nexusboy
11 years ago

please inform me if you have weak signal problems with the samsung nexus s. ive had mine for 3 weeks and the gps / wifi antennas are very weak. have a workaround though.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Can someone help what fits best for my budget of around 30K? Iphone 4 or what android phone. Hindi ako regular user, hindi ko palang kc nttry IOS. kung mas ok ba siya sa android? if not, anung android phone maganda..ang dami kc choice..thanks

iReply
iReply
Reply to  Anonymous
11 years ago

If you have the money, I suggest you go for an iphone 4. iOS is still better than android. Only reason why android is a nice alternative is because its cheaper than apple products.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  iReply
11 years ago

Thanks for the reply, actually, iphone is my first choice but specs wise, the main advantage that I can see with the fruit is the retina display only. Other than that the iphone is in par or inferior with the latest android phones in the same price range. In terms of software, i cant decide if which is better when the # of appz available on their own appz store will be the only factor since I did’nt experience the iOS yet.

iReply
iReply
Reply to  Anonymous
11 years ago

Other than the upcoming Galaxy S2, I still would choose the iphone 4 over any smartphone in the 20k and above price range. Build quailty is unmatched and apps made for iOS are still better than their android counterparts.

It’s also easier to justify spending 30k on a premium product such as an iphone rather than spending it on gadget which has uber specs which you won’t probably need and whose price would depreciate in a few months.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  iReply
11 years ago

Thanks!

jaiconruedas
jaiconruedas
Reply to  iReply
11 years ago

There is no better OS. Apple is not an exception. It’s a matter of preference. I assumed, you preferred to kissthe ass of Steve Jobs’s ass. It’s smooth and always expensive. :)

jaiconruedas
jaiconruedas
Reply to  iReply
11 years ago

sorry for my grammar! haha

hendrick
hendrick
Reply to  Anonymous
11 years ago

dude, don’t compare the specs. just try both out.

trust me, usability trumps specs, all the time.

intersectRaven
11 years ago

I already know of the thread in XDA and the results are inconclusive. Some suggests it to be a software problem and that the phone is still connected to the WiFi even if the bars go to zero. Some says it completely disconnects.

It still is a great phone though although I would agree that if you have a Desire, it doesn’t warrant an upgrade to the S version.

Noir
Noir
11 years ago

I saw it being sold at 22k already.

I am still waiting for my Huawei Ideos……

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