Can HTC"s first android 2.3 smartphone live up to lớn its blockbusting heritage?

ByMatthew Boltonpublished 29 March 11



Wi-Fi antenna issue


Frequently slow notifications bar


Stuttery HD video recording


Not cheap for its specs


Still some android UI issues

All things must come to an end (or at least be supplanted by something new). The điện thoại htc Desire S has arrived to take over from its predecessor in the game android race.

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In many ways, it"s quite similar. We"ll still be looking at a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 screen, game android overlaid with HTC"s Sense UI & a 1GHz processor. However, htc hasn"t totally rested on its laurels.

You can check out"s đoạn phim review of the điện thoại htc Desire S

The RAM is increased for the upgraded app android 2.3, there"s now 1GB of built-in memory và it"s made with a premium aluminium unibody shell.

The only real disappointment from a spec point of view is that 1GHz processor – it"s single-core, while its competitors slowly move lớn dual-core for the higher-end phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2.

While it lacks the processing grunt of the LG Optimus 2X, we commented in our đánh giá of that phone that the apk experience wasn"t actually made any faster or smoother than the original Desire by the addition of Nvidia"s dual-core Tegra 2, so it"ll be interesting to lớn see if it can be as slick as ever on one core.

The Desire S also brings improvements in video recording, with 720p HD capture now supported, though the sensor stays at five megapixels.

The wireless technology has also had a welcome boost, with 14.4Mbps HSDPA 3G broadband & Wi-Fi 802.11n support both added.

The battery is also slightly larger (up lớn 1450mAh, which is still smaller than a lot of the competition), though điện thoại htc is claiming as much as a 20 per cent increase in standby & talk time.

It"s available SIM-free for a little over £400, but looks set to be free on contract from around £35.

We"re told the retail version will ship with a microSD card, but the size will vary between retailers – 4GB looks set to lớn be the average.

The điện thoại htc Desire S is classy. The original Desire was incredibly well built, but smartphone htc is taking things khổng lồ another màn chơi recently. The Desire S features a unibody aluminium shell that brings apple to mind, but bizarrely not the iPhone.

The iPhone 4"s glass & steel design is flashy and eye-catching, but something lượt thích the macbook Pro"s unibody build is more discreet, though no less impressive. It"s the latter that the Desire S brings to mind, being made with a similar construction process that"s resulted in the same kind of gentle angles along the edge.

There"s a little bit of cheating going on, because the area around the camera and the slide-off panel on the bottom are both plastic, but that doesn"t even come close to marring the overall quality. It"s simply a stunningly made handset as far as basic build quality goes.

More than anything, it"s comfortable to hold, và feels solid. There a small amount of give on the back, and you can hear it tapping the battery if you press your finger against it, but there"s no give in the device otherwise – it lives up khổng lồ its billing as a solid lump of metal.

Looking at the front, the most obvious change is the loss of physical buttons & optical trackpad. While real buttons can be a nice thing khổng lồ have, the optical trackpad won"t be missed. More precise text editing is now built into the OS, making it redundant, and losing it has meant điện thoại htc could shave a little off the device"s height.

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It"s now 60 x 115 x 11.6mm, và weighs in at a middle-of-the-road 130g. While 11.6mm isn"t hugely thick, it"s certainly lagging behind in the skinny war going on between Apple, Samsung và Sony Ericsson. Maybe HTC"s got it right, though – let them worry about fitting the battery in, và just make perfectly good normal phones.

The Desire S doesn"t feel thick – it"s a nice size in the hand, and the curved sides make it quite comfortable to lớn hold.

The screen retains its 3.7-inch form size and 480 x 800 resolution with Super LCD technology. The display is noticeably closer lớn the glass than the original Desire. It doesn"t quite match the iPhone 4"s printed-on-the-glass effect, but compared khổng lồ the original it"s certainly an improvement.

When we took the Desire S and original Desire out into the sun together, we actually found the new handset slightly harder lớn see with them both set to lớn the highest brightness levels. It wasn"t a major difference, but it was particularly noticeable when viewing from off-centre - which might be a big turn off for some.

Speaking of which, viewing angles are excellent, just as they were on the Desire S"s predecessor. The screen in general is vibrant và clear, with text easily legible.

The touch-sensitive apk buttons (Home, Menu, Back and Search) are softly backlit, và give of a jolt of haptic feedback when pressed.

At the đứng top of the phone are the wide earpiece & the new front-facing camera. The camera"s only VGA, which will probably suffice for most people.

On the device"s left-hand side are a silver volume rocker và a micro-USB port for charging & connecting to a PC.

On the vị trí cao nhất sit the 3.5mm headphone port và the Lock key, which is in a nicely easy-to-reach spot (unlike, say, the smartphone htc 7 Trophy).

On the back is the five-megapixel camera"s lens, with the LED flash & loudspeaker grille next lớn it. This plastic appears khổng lồ house the Wi-Fi antenna, which will become a BIG talking point later on in the review.

The bottom is a slide-off panel that offers access to lớn the SIM card slot, microSD card slot và battery. The way it curves around the phone (the Desire S still has HTC"s trademark lip at the bottom) means you can kết thúc up trying to lớn push off against your own hand, inadvertently holding it in place.

Once you get it off, you"ll see a couple of connections underneath. The last time we saw something lượt thích this was the Palm Pre 2, so we got excited that there might be secret wireless power capabilities in the Desire S.

There isn"t. The slide-off panel is actually part of the antenna assembly, and removing it breaks the connection, meaning you"ll have no phone signal while it"s off.

With it off, you can get to the battery & card slots by opening a little flip-open panel. It all feels slightly over-engineered, as though điện thoại htc has employed Brains from Thunderbirds to lớn design the battery compartment while he was high on mã sản phẩm glue.

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