274 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Improvement On An Already Great Phone!
I was looking to upgrade from my trusty Desire (a tough act to follow), but was concerned that this Desire S didn't appear to be all that different on paper. Now that I have decided to go with it I can tell you it is definitely a big improvement. I'm glad I didn't waste any more money on dual-core efforts. In my opinion you simply don't need them yet. I do not use my...
Published on 10 May 2011 by Will
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bright but short life of HTC Desire S
I have mixed feelings about HTC Desire S. I bought one on Amazon for my daughter and she really loved it. Unfortunately, it only lasted for about four months. One day it just got stuck at the boot stage. I tried all possible options I could find on Internet forums but couldn't fix it. Apparently the problem is very common: I found quite a few people who had the same...
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274 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Improvement On An Already Great Phone!,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I was looking to upgrade from my trusty Desire (a tough act to follow), but was concerned that this Desire S didn't appear to be all that different on paper. Now that I have decided to go with it I can tell you it is definitely a big improvement. I'm glad I didn't waste any more money on dual-core efforts. In my opinion you simply don't need them yet. I do not use my phone for serious 3D gaming. Even so this has the same chipset as the SE Experia Play, which is a phone geared up especially for gaming so it should cope just fine if that's your bag. I also find the 4.3 inch screens a bit too large for my liking. The 3.7 inch ones are just right. After some extensive use here are my in-depth findings, both positive and negative. Mostly positive though!
This phone certainly doesn't struggle for the lack of a second processing core. It flies! The old Desire was fast, but this is on another level. The Sense 2.1 UI and 2.3.3 Gingerbread OS are a big improvement. There is ZERO lag between screens, when scrolling through long lists, and most notably when loading apps & running processes lists in the management sections in settings. This used to bring my old Desire to a crunching halt for a couple of minutes whilst it built the list up. The Desire S takes 2 seconds. This is down to a 30% more efficient 1GHz CPU, Sense 2.1 refinements, or Gingerbread 2.3.3 improvements. It doesn't look like much on paper, but along with more RAM it really does make quite a noticeable difference.
There have been some nice additions to Sense 2.1 which I am liking, for example the ability to apply different skins/themes without having to root the phone. It's now very easy to change the look and feel of your phone which I am loving. Battery life is another area where they have made big (and much needed) improvements. Even after the first few charges, the phone is taking 3 hours just to drop to 99%, and I'm typically getting 36 hours plus out of it with heavy use. I was lucky to get 24 hours out of my old Desire, and after 3 hours use it would have dropped to about 80%. Plus batteries generally improve over the first couple of weeks use (and I'll be playing with it less) so I expect it'll get even better. You also now get a nice graphical representation of battery use to help identify any severe drainage causes. Hoping for 48 hours uptime soon!
As I touched on earlier, it should deal well with any game you can throw at it. It plays Angry Birds Rio without any drop in frame-rate and it looks fantastic. All-in-all for the software side of things, I am very pleased with the steps taken since the old Desire by HTC. The fantastic free Google maps navigation is as good as ever. It did take a few minutes to get a GPS fix the first time I used it, but that is completely normal however, and it now gets a GPS lock in only a few seconds.
Be warned with the optional 3rd party navigation on offer though: HTC Locations. This requires that you download maps onto your SD card, then pay for a licence to activate the voice-guided navigation side of things. I can see the advantage of this over using Google maps; you don't need a data connection to download maps. Just a GPS lock is required much like a traditional sat-nav. However, I found that even after purchasing the full licence, it would refuse to work and just kept "force-closing" (android for a crash). The people who developed this software and who you buy the licence off (Route 66) didn't seem to give a monkeys. After the patronising advice of "try turning it off and on" and "try a factory reset" didn't work, they then shrugged and refused to refund me. This is NOT A FAULT OF THE PHONE THOUGH so I'm not taking off any marks for this. I just think you should be aware before spending £22 on the full licence like I did. Besides, Google maps navigation has recently been updated to download and cache all the necessary map data right at the start of your journey, so it will not leave you stranded should you loose your data signal part way through your trip anyway. If you still think you may start your journey where there is already no data signal (the only weakness of google maps) then please try the £3.50 (30 days) licence to check it works first! Just don't expect decent customer support from Route 66 if it fails! One good thing that did come of this Route 66 debacle was what happened after I did a factory reset. Normally, without 3rd party backup apps installed, all your apps are wiped out and you have to go back through and start putting them all on manually. Not any more. HTC were aware of how I had my phone set up prior to my factory reset as I'd signed up to HTC Sense, and upon logging back into my account after the wipe, all the apps started automatically re-installing. Even my wallpaper, ringtone choices and volume settings were remembered. I was slightly concerned that HTC also seemed to have "backed up" my wireless router's network key however, as that also worked straight away and jumped straight on my WiFi network without having to be told the magic word.
The camera although still 5MP is yet another improvement. The most noticeable one being that it doesn't take the picture 3 seconds after pressing the shutter button any more! Pictures are taken much faster so you are less likely to miss the moment. The colours are more accurately represented, and generally less correction is required afterwards over the old Desire. Pictures in low light or fast-moving subjects still result in under-exposure or blurred shots respectively though. I was hoping for a `sport' mode with high shutter speed but it seems I'm the only one! The LED flash effective range is again only roughly 12 feet and still does make people look like they're being interrogated by torchlight. If you want a proper camera though, buy a dedicated camera. The camera on this phone serves it's purpose: to take amusing pictures of your mates when they have fallen over after too many sherbets, and uploading them straight to Facebook or wherever before they've had chance to get up and make you delete them.
Now for the only slightly concerning issue; the WiFi signal drop issue. You may have heard of this one. Due to the aluminium uni-body construction, HTC have located the WiFi aerial behind the small rubber cover at the top of the phone near the camera lens. Relax. It's no where near as severe as the comical i-Phone "death grip" issue, but be warned that if you cover your hand over this area it will cause the WiFi signal to drop about 30%. Not such a problem at home when you are typically close to your router. But when on only a very weak signal to begin with, you certainly should be aware of this potential issue. This will only likely occur when holding the phone in landscape orientation, so try to be mindful not to completely cup your hand over this area. Holding it by the corners (like I do anyway) and there are no problems. The WiFi signal does NOT drop when placed down on a flat surface though. Interference seems to be limited to your hand. I'm pleased to report that the 3G side of things suffers no ill effects no matter where you hold it so we can still laugh at iPhone 4 owners. If anything my Desire S is getting a stronger 3G signal in my office than the old Desire did.
Call quality is very good and I've had no dropped or missed calls. The bluetooth synced with my speaker pod straight away and has a comparable range to the old Desire. The built-in loud speaker has had some improvements to sound quality, but still don't expect high fidelity. It's only really meant to help you carry on playing Xbox when your wife rings you. They always seems to know when you're having a good round don't they? For that purpose calls come across loud and clear.
The build quality feels impressive. It's aluminium uni-body construction feels vastly more robust that the old Desire. It's a pleasure to hold with a comforting weight to it, and you feel sacrilegious putting a case on it. It looks much smarter too in it's matt black paint job. Gone is the dodgy coppery-brown paint from the old Desire. I'm paranoid though so it's in a case when out and about, but can't help but remove it when back at home. I can understand why the few people who bought the HTC Legend really liked it now.
The screen is made of Gorilla Glass this time around so is much more scratch-resistant than the old Desire. Again it's up to you to make the call on fitting a screen protector. Search for Gorilla Glass on any popular video streaming website to find clips of people TRYING to scratch this screen! It's impressive what it will stand up to.
I have found that I struggle getting the battery cover off and on. It is quite firmly in place when it's just come out the box, and you worry that you may break it using excessive force. Once it's off and your SIM card is in, you'll find it's also a bit tricky to reattach. Follow the instructions though and you'll be fine. You shouldn't have to do this often either.
There is a very small gap between the bottom edge of the glass screen and the aluminium casing which lets a tiny sliver of the backlight show through when in a darkened room. But you have to angle the phone just right to see it, normal viewing angles don't show it, and it's easily forgivable considering the rest of the phone's build quality.
I thought I would miss the optical track pad and hardware buttons from the old Desire more than I actually am. The software buttons perform well, and moving the cursor around text using the touch-screen is handled well with only the occasional miss-selection. Occasionally the haptic feedback (vibration) to confirm a press of these software buttons has stopped for a few seconds. I haven't figured out what causes this, but it starts working again soon enough. A small bug in the ROM perhaps. The `Back' button on my old Desire was starting to wear out and become unresponsive when I upgraded too, so I suppose that concern is gone with this phone.
A minor problem for me is the location of the micro-USB charger socket on the left-hand side of the phone. I appreciate that it was probably the only place left to put it after taking the battery cover and aerial locations into consideration, but it does mean my car holder and office dock are now useless! I need to find one that does not clamp the phone by the sides or I can't plug it in. It also means that any office docks will hold the phone in landscape orientation. Fine for watching videos or TV (something I don't do very often) but for general use moving around the phone's UI whilst it's docked is not ideal as Sense 2.1 still doesn't rotate it's home-screens to landscape mode. Maybe it'll will be remedied in the up-coming Sense 3.0 update. In the mean time if you MUST have your home screen rotate, Launcher Pro, an alternative launcher from the marketplace offers this feature.
The old Desire has an AMOLED screen. This one has a SLCD. The colours on this SLCD screen are more realistic in my option. When held next to my old Desire, although the AMOLED screen seems to have (very) slightly smoother edges, the colours were over-saturated and the screen has a very slight yellowish tint to everything. I had not noticed this until holding next to the Desire S. I tested this by taking the same picture with each phone of my back garden in strong light on a sunny day. I set the camera settings identically. Held up next to each other, the picture on the Desire S looked very close to the actual scene, where the old Desire would have required some correction in colour saturation and exposure to match this. I can confirm that both screens are still pony in strong sunlight though! :(
I am not going to knock any points off for the aforementioned WiFi drop issue. If you want a smart, solid, aluminium uni-body construction, these are the inevitable side-effects. And they are manageable. The Samsung Galaxy S II has none of these issues, but it's made of creaky, cheap, badly fitting plastic and feels like it would break if you frowned at it. Drop the Desire S and you are only likely to damage your floor!
To sum up then I would rate this Desire S as a resounding success as it has managed to improve in both form and function from it's predecessor. OK it's not quite the headline-grabbing flag-ship smart-phone the old Desire was this time last year, but I don't think it's trying to be, and I think that is only down to the lack of a dual-core processor. These I believe to be so bleeding-edge right now I doubt anyone could come up with a reasonable argument for their use. If anything the advent of these dual-core monsters will help drive down the price of these still very impressive single-core smart-phones for us users who have no real need to calculate Pi to a billion decimal places in under 2 seconds whilst streaming HD video to their 3D-TV and posting nonsense on Twitter. I would rather more R&D went into battery technology instead of throwing more and more processing power our way. It seems to be languishing behind the leaps and bounds the phone and processor industries are making.
One other review here described it quite succinctly as "Evolution, not Revolution." Couldn't agree more.
74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)This arrived today so have not had much time to play with it yet, but first impressions are: gorgeous looking phone, heavy and cold metalic feel, really solid look about it. Elegant. The battery 'door' was a little fiddly initially as it is unusal, but was fine once I got used to it, and now I really like its simplicity, and as I am about to order a battery for it and I expect you will want to as well, I thought I would give this information to aid you in that purchase: the info on the battery is:
Part number 35H00152-00M
Just to add, since writing this reveiw I note the battery is described elsewhere as battery BA S530
Some comments about the use of it:
I have had the phone for a couple of days now and it has lived up to my (demanding) expectations, the boot up time is about 4 seconds, the internet browsing fast, and the wifi hotspot seeker really handy for when out and about and when you have exceeded your download allowance for the month (I downloaded the 490MB Spain map as it is easier to have the map downloaded before you travel for faster navigation).
Navigation; There are two types of navigation, one is free (google) the other is pay for but you get a 30 day free trial, after that it is £30 for perpetual use or £25 per annum.
Google star maps was also quickly downloaded - I have been looking forward to using this as I like astronomy but am an amateur; it is really useful to highlight what the star / constellation is that you are looking at and very responsive.
Phone call quality, extremely crisp sound and clear, easy to find contacts and dial (the phone part works!)
Email, I had an HTC phone before (the touch diamond) and before that a samsung; neither of them were as quick to set up. With the Desire S, you just add your email address/ es, password and job done, works fast and seamlessly, and you can alter the check interval to suit you (the default was 1 hour for 'peak' time which is itself also setable). The phone has a sleep mode which means you can set it to not check email when your sleeping if you prefer.
Battery life; yes it does get used quite fast, about a day. But as the battery is new and most batteries have a run in time where they get better after a few charges, plus I doubt I will be using it as frequently when I have learnt / downloaded all the main things, I expect this to get better in the next week or so. I recommend you buy a car charger for it, though, especially if you intend using it for navigation or you may get caught out.
Internet; very fast browsing, the fastest I have seen; for example, it took 3 seconds to search for 'wifi hotspot' in google when using a wifi portable hotspot and 7 to load wikipedia result link.
Texts, because the screen is large it is really easy to type; and no implement is supplied nor needed for this; the keyboard is large enough for you not to make errors and if you do, the predictive suggester is great. the keys make the phone vibrate lightly also which helps to confirm you selected something.
Touchscreen; I have to mention this as it is amazingly responsive, I have used other phones screens before including iphone and this screen is the best I have used. When you scroll down to select something or read down a page, there is no chance of accidently picking something in error, the system is so robust you only select something if and when you stop scrolling, this was always a major bugbear on older touchscreens and made the whole process rather tedious. If you were worried about getting a touchscreen phone, worry no more!
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evolution, Not Revolution,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I've had the Desire S for about a week, now, and have had chance to use it properly, so I thought I would pass on some impressions and comments. For context, my previous phone was a Hero, which I've been happy with, but that's 2 years old now and things have moved on.
Firstly, build quality is top-notch. This Desire S is solidly built and feels right in your hand. The aluminium unibody construction is rigid and doesn't have the plasticky feel of some of the devices I've seen. I was a bit concerned that the aluminium would pick up scratches from surfaces as it's an anodised finish, so I bought the Case Mate Barely There Case for HTC Desire S - Black which I've reviewed elsewhere. It'll be interesting to see how other devices fair over time. The mini-chin works well, giving it style points so it doesn't look like another black glass brick, and making it easier to hold onto in some circumstances, and is far less pronounced than the Hero's jutting jaw.
The size is also good. I've seen comments that the screen is too small, but it's as big as I need and the extra room over the Hero is appreciated for typing on the virtual keyboard. I also looked at the iPhone 4 and Incredible S and though both worked well as tablets, they seemed oversized for a phone.
The screen is also brighter than standard LCD, though not bright enough to use in sunlight - I think we'll have to wait for e-ink to overcome that type of direct brightness. It's also a highly reflective screen, something that's a downside in the car with the phone mounted in the cradle. It reflects a lot of light back from outside and can be difficult to read in these conditions. Shiny screens are pretty standard these days, though, as they result in improved brightness.
The buttons on HTC devices seem to move around a lot between devices (just an impression) but on the Desire S they seem well sited and easy to access with one hand. The buttons on the Desire were physical, but the capacitive buttons on the Desire S function really well, with no problems registering keypresses. The only problem has been that the backlight turns off unexectedly sometimes and you have to remember which button is which. They do not rotate when the device is held in landscape as the Incredible S does, but that was only ever a gimmick in my view with no real useful purpose.
With Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and HTC Sense 2.1, this device is at the leading edge of Android phones today, though that's not immediately obvious from looking at it. What quickly becomes apparent in use, though, is in home many places the OS and and interface have ben tweaked to improve useability, make it more intuitive. Menus are more contextual, options more relevant, things are where you expect them to be.
In many ways this reminds me of what Apple did between Leopard and Snow Leopard - not much seemed to change but everything got better, faster, easier. With new devices sporting multi-core processors and 1080 video recording, you might be inclined to think that the Desire S will be left behind. Performance, though, has never been about raw power. What matters is a good balance of processing power, available memory, graphical capability and battery life.
In use, the Desire S feels quick and responsive. Intensive applications like Navigation respond well and the lag on map updates which is noticable on the Hero is not there on the Desire S. Videos play well and YouTube is quick as long as you use WiFi - the downloads over 3G can be slow.
Upping the performance at the expense of battery life is easy, but getting a full day's work and performaing well is what matters. This is where I'm pleased to report that battery life has got much better when compared with the Hero. I've had a couple of days with fairly intensive use and it's only been down to about one-third of power at the end of the day.
There are still things I haven't explored yet - I'm looking forward to recording some video and making use of the camera, and I haven't downloaded any games yet, but my overall impression is of a well-sorted, full featured device that has moved on through evolution rather than revolution. It's a joy to use and It's been fun to discover the new things it can do along with the things it does better.
The thing I've not mentioned is the price, which varies according to carrier and locality, but there are some very good deals on this phone right now, and although there are a lot of new devices coming down the pipe, but they're going to have to be something special to top this.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bright but short life of HTC Desire S,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I have mixed feelings about HTC Desire S. I bought one on Amazon for my daughter and she really loved it. Unfortunately, it only lasted for about four months. One day it just got stuck at the boot stage. I tried all possible options I could find on Internet forums but couldn't fix it. Apparently the problem is very common: I found quite a few people who had the same experience.
Conclusion: it is a great phone when it works but unfortunately it died on me too soon and hence the grade: one star.
Cudos to Amazon who gave me a full refund which I spent on buying HTC Sensation (again from Amazon). Fingers crossed it will last longer than the previous one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Smartphone,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I purchased this as a replacement for my year old HTC Desire which although it was a nice phone was proving tiresome because it was bleating about a shortage of memory whenever I tried to install new apps & latterly even when it received upgrades of apps.
Apart from the memory limitations I was generally pleased with the HTC Desire & the HTC Sense user interface so I opted for the Desire S. I rejected all the dual processor Android phones as they looked marginal on battery life & might have overheating problems.
As is often the case with a second generation model the upgrade can prove to be excellent performers & in my opinion this is the case with the Desire S. The phone feels noticeably smaller & sits very comfortably in the hand although it has the same size screen as the Desire & after two weeks experience the battery life appears significantly improved. With my style, of usage which is not very intensive that means one could just about get a second day of use without recharging.
The Desire S comes with Android 2.3 pre-installed & this is a noticeable improvement on 2.2 - HTC appear to be struggling currently to shoehorn Android 2.3 onto the Desire whereas the Desire S looks like it has the capacity to accept Android updates for the next couple of years which is probably as long as is require of a current smartphone.
I have now installed all the apps which I had installed on the Desire plus some extra one & still have circa 900MB of phone memory free which should allows bags of space for upgrades & additional apps. Furthermore all the apps are on still the phone memory whereas with the Desire I had to transfer all apps which allow it to the CF card.
Overall I'm very pleased indeed with the Desire S.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desired,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)Things that got me:
3.7 inch screen - just right for a mobile. 4inch and above is mini tablets!
1GHz processor - plenty of ooomph to run all the games I've come across like Asphalt HD and Guerilla Bob.
Battery - gives upto 2 days with light use and a full day easily when normal.
HTC Sense - Probably the best UI there is.
Metal Body - Solidly built. Feels like it would survive a WMD strike.
It's soo good I bought two of these - one for the me and my wife.
Amazon's sim free price is cheaper than o2's PAYG price.
I bought my first one from o2 and the 2nd from Amazon.
Wish I had bought both from Amazon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect phone in the market,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)Hi
I bought this phone three weeks ago and i am so glad after buying this phone..No problem at all, everything running smooth and fine. So many good features in this phone. Battery life is not bad, mine last 24 hours easily and i uses alot on calling and internet..
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Linux Machine, but very impressive.,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)So I finally decided to check out the Andriod scene and let my iPhone 3G get some well earned rest. I've had the Desire S for just under a week now, giving me a good chance to see most of what it has to offer with respect to everyday life.
Regarding the hardware, this phone is second to none. With a fantastic slick, comfortable, lightweight and sturdy feel, the hardware is everything that HTC have made it out to be. The screen is very vivid and has good resolution with respect to the touch sensitivity and accuracy. Great cameras and a nice bright LED which doubles as a torch. Downward facing speaker, which given so sounds rather good. I am missing two features however, a physical mute/silent switch (as on the iPhone), and a camera button on the side. Now there is one issue that is bugging me however. This is the Wi-F. The signal drops in and out all day long and is rather annoying as I was hoping to have a good strong connection to minimise data costs (I sync alot of data with various data clouds). I'm not sure where the Wi-Fi antenna is, and there is a silicone case around it (find it on amazon, it's a good deal), but upon removal, the signal remains sporadic.
I have to say that I was quite shocked at the length of the battery life. It seemed surprisingly short given I have to charge it every night. Though to be fair when you get a new phone, one can't help but play with it...
Software wise this, the UI (HTC Sense) is fantastic. The fact that there are multiple home screens (though this can't be changed) and the possibility of small mini widgets (such as a calendar, people, music, photos, email, weather, ect) as well as application shortcuts was a serious selling point for the HTC android phones. The UI is very versatile indeed, unlike Apples icon only display (a design which has remained static since day 1), making it quiet a breeze to get at loads of different things on the phone. Given that there are some more buttons on this than the iPhone I'm still getting used to the idea that some menu options are to be accessed via a button that is not on the screen (since the iPhone has only the Home button, all options are displayed on the screen, providing a very intuitive "point and shoot" interface).
There is perhaps one mildly disturbing thing. You can sync Gmail, an Exchange Server and various other applications, but the scary one has to be Facebook. When you sync a Facebook account (and have other email accounts synced), HTC Sense goes on a rampage of linking all kinds of data together. Now I have all my Gmail contacts on my phone, and nearly all of these are linked to the respective Facebook account. As a result of this, all those contacts have their Facebook profile, status update by their name, as well as having the option of interacting with them via Facebook in the People list. I'm not sure if this is a good thing. What if Facebook can get their hands on data related to these links? All of a sudden Facebook is in your face everywhere...
Another selling feature of the HTC "experience" is Locations (at this point, go and checkout the HTC website). This sounded really cool for when your in a new place and need maps. The phone has a GPS and compass allowing Google to provide you with Maps (and the whole mobile experience of that), but you need to download the mapa data on the go. Locations allows you to download whole maps in one go (500MB or so) so that they can be used when there is no internet connection available. There is also a whole back end that allows you to manage places and what not, as well as view (and get directions to) the addresses in your People list (people is contacts). This is all a well done integration. However, it's not so appealing on the Sat Nav front. Locations has the paid version (which as far as I'm away is a database of voice commands) as you can stick on the Locations directions and drive along and have the map adapt and visually show you where you are and where you need to go (with text instructions) which is free. I have found that it's not soo good at determining your heading too well (I was driving along, and apparently pointing toward the curb on screen). It's a very good thing that Locations is somewhat integrated with Google Navigation (there free SatNav service). You can choose to view all the directions and maps in Google Navigation, though you will have to get the Maps on the fly. This is where I have a bigger grump than the hardware ones. I have the Locations maps downloaded on my phone, but apparently google doesn't use this resource for their application - they seriously missed out there. The two would be a very strong combination indeed!
On that front, I also bought a car holder (for about £5 on amazon). Very good device, comes with a charger which works on the phone (my brother had to buy an official car charger for his HTC Desire since the first one he bought didn't work). Good thing to buy.
Now, why do I say that this is a very Linux machine? Well, in true Linux style, you can play around with alot of things on the computer (as that is what it is fundamentally). iPhone runs a cut down version of OSC (UNIX) and HTC runs Android (Linux) which share a common UNIX base, the two operating systems have a very different feel. iOS always seems very closed to me, while the Android solution is very open indeed. I guess that it stems from Linux being an Open Source initiative and that echos through the whole android experience.
So yeah, some perhaps "different" comments, but they are things that I wanted to know before I bought the phone but couldn't. Hope that helps some of you.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)A fantastic gem of a product from HTC: The desire S is a beautifully built piece of technology packed full of clever functionality.
what i love most are all the clever features they call "HTC Sence", which no other phone (iphone or otherwise) can even come close to matching. they just make your life easier and this device a joy to use. in addition, the android market is growing rapidly, so i suspect finding the app you are looking for will not take long as more developers finally realize that this is the most capable device out there.
for all the great things, the battery lets this otherwise excellent phone down. it will very comfortably last you the whole day, but you still need to charge it every day, which is annoying.
overall, this gets two thumbs up very high in the air, but misses out on the fifth star only by a little bit due to the battery life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great smartphone that won't break the bank,
This review is from: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I received this as a Christmas present in 2011. I am writing this review in May 2013.
For me, this is a really great Android device that won't cost the equivalent of a mid-high range laptop. The screen is pretty clear and when the brightness is turned up to it's highest it is really crisp!
The size is perfect! The screen is large enough to allow you to read web pages, emails, documents etc very easily but small enough to fit snugly in your pocket, even with a faux-leather protective case (I got mine on ebay for £2).
Perhaps now, it is no longer the cutting edge bit of technology it once was, as it uses the Gingerbread version of Android, which means that there are a few apps that won't work on it (Google Chrome being the main one - but Dolphin Lite is better in my opinion anyway).
Getting from app to app, and using the apps is pretty fast and suffices all my needs. The only problem I have with speed is the time it takes to turn the phone on - which for me is not very often, but potentially could be because of one annoying feature:
In order to change the SIM card or Micro SD card, the battery has to be removed. This isn't usually a problem as I don't change the Micro SD card very often and most people will have no need to change the SIM (I currently live on the Isle of Man, so I do have to change to a UK SIM every time I travel to the UK - but I usually do it in that weird limbo time when you're waiting for your baggage at the airport)
The main camera on the phone (5 MP) is pretty good and I was really impressed with the quality of video. There are lots of phones with better cameras nowadays, but for a quick point and shoot, this is more than good enough.
The wifi works perfectly and the 3G is pretty decent (in the UK anyway, my mobile network provider on the Isle of Man is woeful - no fault of HTC!)
With HTC, you know you are buying a good quality phone, and after 18 months of heavy usage, mine is still as good as when I got it.
The internal storage space is somewhat woeful, and recently I had to cull some apps that I didn't use, but I also have an 8GB micro SD card which makes this irrelevant (If you do want to use a lot of apps and need more storage, 32GB Micro SD cards are currently available for £16)
The RAM on the phone is 768MB which is isn't fantastic nowadays, but Androids RAM management is brilliant, so it is very rare that the phone slows down because of memory issues - unless you have lots of automated data heavy apps.
Like all smartphones, the battery life isn't fantastic, especially if you are connecting to wifi but there are apps that you can get that let you control exactly what the phone does in relation to battery retention - I highly recommend forking out a fiver for Juice Defender Pro, which means my battery lasts a full 2 days with normal usage.
Overall, I would recommend this phone to anybody who wants a good smartphone without forking out £400-£600 which is the current price of the new high end phones.
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