Not Just a Pretty Face
The HTC Desire S
This smart phone ticks all the right boxes: it’s gorgeous, it’s tough and it excels at doing what smart phones do.
What We Like
For a mid range smart phone, the HTC Desire S is as close to perfect as it gets. We thought the Desire was great, but this is even better. It looks gorgeous too, with its slinky but tough aluminium cover.
It’s not a huge phone: the touchscreen is 3.7 inches and has an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, so it’s got lots of space for Web browsing and watching videos but it won’t be uncomfortable in your pocket.
The Desire S runs Android 2.4 Gingerbread. You probably won’t be able to tell the difference from the earlier 2.3 Gingerbread, because apart from a few glitches having been tidied up, they are very similar. Android is an amazing Web browser; it’s fast and precise, and it even supports Flash so you’ll be able to download videos or use sites that carry lots of images.
We can’t praise the Android Market highly enough; it’s far superior to other app stores, apart maybe from the iPhone ones, but there’s so many to choose from and lots are free.
Another benefit of Android is that your Desire S can share its 3G data connection, so you can keep your laptop connected if you’re out and about. A word of warning, though – keep an eye on your data allowance otherwise you could get a nasty shock with your bill.
Not content with Android alone, HTC has included some very nice extras. Its Sense interface has had a bit of a face lift – and it was already great with a smoothness that is a joy to use. Now you can access even more widgets, and these really well designed icons on the home screen show everything from what time it is to the weather. It also has the benefit of a new menu that allows you to filter your apps so you can see the ones you use the most, or the ones that you’ve downloaded.
What We Don't Like
There isn’t anything bad to say about this phone except perhaps the screen size. If you’re not happy with that, then take a look at the Desire HD, which has a 4.3 inch screen but the same resolution as the Desire S.
It is easy to get carried away by the Desire S; HTC has taken a successful format and improved it with this phone. The trouble is, things tend to move very quickly in the mobile phone world and the introduction of dual-core smart phones means that the Desire S is no longer the king of the castle.
It’s still an amazing phone though; besides having an incredible touchscreen, a glut of fantastic apps, superb Web browsing, a good music player and camera, it also has a superfast processor and a great battery. As master of the understatement, we think you’ll get lots of pleasure from it.