HTC Desire S Silver

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It may not be the most powerful Android phone out there, but its slick performance, neat design and solid range of connectivity options make it a solid investment nonetheless.

THE GOOD

Rapid performance considering the spec list, great HTC Sense interface and a sleek design to boot.

THE BAD

Some of the usual HTC features have been sacrificed to fit the lower budget. HDMI cable is also absent

8.9out of 10 read review

User Reviews (39)

8.1 read reviews
Talk Time10 hours
Standby Time17.9 days
Network (Band)Quad GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Operating SystemAndroid 2.3
Software Memory1.1 GB RAM and 768 MB ROM
Display Resolution480 x 800 pixels
Display Size3.70 inches
Display Colours
Dimensions115mm x 59.8mm x 11.6mm
Weight103g
GPSYes
Camera Resolution5.0 megapixels
Video CameraYes
Camera FlashYes
Camera Features5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch-focus, and image stabilization
DataGSM/HSDPA
Browser
Bluetooth2.1
TV OutNo
TouchscreenYes
Memory CardmicroSD and up to 32GB
Internal Memory1.1GB
MMSYes
E-mailYes
JavaYes
Wi-FiYes
8.9out of 10

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Avg. Rating

8.1

Nice looking phone, decent upgrade from my Samsung. Android works great here and its fast, but camera isnt great and its clear that its not a flagship phone. Plenty good enough for me though..

8out of 10

This phone performs really well. Had this for months now and everything is still fine, as good as brand new. Features are not that many, but hell, I only use less of those anyway. What I think is important is camera, responsiveness, speed, price and good looks. And this phone has those. A definite recommend!

8.5out of 10

have this phone a few months ago. can't really complain. it works just like new. features are alright and the touchscreen is still clear and bright. android os is really easy to use. it's an 8 rating phone.

8out of 10

I bought this phone last month. Battery life is good, a lot better than my previous phone which is the Blackberry 9300 Curve 3G. The Desire S is vert useful and amazing for gaming. I definitely recommend this phone.

8.5out of 10

this is a good performance phone.. the specs are nice and it's very functional.. it has useful operations and i schedule mine in different ways.. very neat and very useful phone. it doesnt have the best but it's definitely buying for what it's worth..

9out of 10

a very good phone for its price. battery is not weak for me at all compared to my blackberry 8520. i dunno how that happend but it lasts far longer. this phone has good features like 5 megapixel camera that takes good quality photos! this has very nice build as well, feels solid. buy this phone!

9out of 10

i own a desire s and i can say pretty much that the desire s is fantastic. i previously owned touchscreen phones and i didnt like them except for their camera and video camera. this one however has everything i want. the user interface is so much easier it proves to be a lot useful than other touch phones. great phone overall.

9out of 10

Its affordable and at the same time very reliable. The added features are also very handy and impressive. What I like most about it is the battery. It does not die on me especially during those times when I need it the most.

9out of 10

The Desire S is an awesome phone to have! I use this everyday with medium use. It can last up to 2 days if you know how to use it! :p

8.5out of 10

Among the many HTC Desire phones, this one is definitely the best. It is really amazing. Indeed, it is a phone that everybody would love.

9out of 10

Have this phone and now I'm upgrading it to the Sensation XE. Anyway, it is a great phone. I don't have much problems with it. I got used to its battery and I've learned to tweak it to save battery power. The applications are good, it's the same for every Android device. If you want to save money, since it costs way cheaper now, then this phone is definitely a good choice.

8out of 10

This is the complete package. I just adore everything that this phone has. Well, I could have wished for better responsiveness and display but all in all this one is already a-ok!

8out of 10

You wont waste your money in this phone because it is very high performing, cool design and the communication features are very good.

8out of 10

Operated in a full touch screen with an operating system of Android gingerbread. It has face detection on its camera and enables geo-tagging.

8out of 10

This is a definitely must buy phone. It has a very high resolution, dual processor, and has a good camera. Very beautiful.

8out of 10

Has lots of RAM, I can store a lot of files.

8out of 10

I experienced no dropped calls so far, reception is good.

8out of 10

In my own opinion, this is better than HTC Desire HD.

8.5out of 10

Its small but robust construction makes it cool.

8out of 10

Its single core processor is a negative feature.

8out of 10

I was expecting a very good performance if I will upgrade my phone into much higher features, but it works all normally except that the battery life is much better compared to when I was on 2.3.5 I used to get 2 days before, now the phone runs for 3 days without charging and normal use.

8out of 10

Love this phone I just simply upgrade it into much higher features, the camera interface is much improved now and all the important settings you need are right where you can see them, even some of the widgets have changed and they are more user friendly than before.

8.5out of 10

I am not much liking this phone because the phone is a bit laggy when you compare it with 2.3.5 but it’s not a heart breaker I am still loving it. The screen brightness sensor appears to be dim on display that sometimes I am not comfortable with it anymore.

6out of 10

I hate this phone, I can’t use the android market in my HTC desire S, when I try to open android market display showed that a network error has occurred. But I’m using internet all time it is a basic need for me for my online business. That is why I am very disappointed.

4out of 10

Sometimes my HTC is good but most of the time it is a headache for me that I have to be patient pressing or swiping on the touch screen it responses late and sometimes it hangs up and that it giving me a too much waste of time, I will need to turn it off and on again and back to the first step.

7out of 10

I love my phone so much but the fact that I can't download anything that drives me nuts. My phone Memory is 110mb and my SD card is 2.7 GB. I was told that my memory is low so nothing can be downloaded. I want to download straight to SD card how can I do that, I even tried to move application from phone to SD card but nothing seems to materialize.

9out of 10

This is an excellent phone. After using it for 9 months, I think it is best value for your money. The features are excellent with decent battery. I don't know why people opt for IPhone as this phone has identical features and have the replaceable battery as well. I recommend this phone , but desire s with made in Taiwan, not in China. The hardware is a bit on the lower side of Chinese made Desire S.

9out of 10

I just love the built quality of HTC. Incredible would have been much better but desire has got the advantage of small size so it fits well in the palm just like the apple Iphone. Overall this phone is awesome. It has got everything. just don’t overload it with more than 30 applications. The phone will slow down. Battery life is around one day if u are continuously using it.

8out of 10

A great phone, I like this better than iphone 4, had stability issues but that was not due to the handset but rouge applications. Reset and loaded only the application I use, need and it hasn’t crashed in over a year now. Great functionality and usability. I’d buy this again if I had to go in for an Android phone.

8.5out of 10

Finally purchased the phone. It is best phone One can have just working flawlessly, specially browsing is phenomenal. Call quality, battery backup, screen etc all are just awesome. For those who are facing calling problem through hands free, I would suggest them to reduce screen off timing. It is 15sec in my case so after few sec phone automatically locked.

8.5out of 10

After installing the ics 4.0.4, my blue tooth device is not working properly with my desire s phone. It's pairing but controllers are not working. Phone calls are not coming to blue tooth device and not able to picture calls from blue tooth device. Also music controllers like play , pause, next buttons are not responding. I am feeling very bad with this issue.

7out of 10

This is an excellent phone. After using it for 9 months, I think it is beat value for your money. The features are excellent with decent battery. I don't know why people opt for I Phone as this phone has identical features and have the replaceable battery as well. I recommend this phone , but desire s with made in Taiwan, not in China. The hardware is a bit on the lower side of Chinese made desire s.

9out of 10

This phone has everything except for dual core . I just love the built quality of HTC. Incredible would have been much better but desire has got the advantage of small size so it fits well in the palm just like the apple I phone . Overall this phone is awesome. It has got everything. just don’t overload it with more than 30 apps.

8.5out of 10

This is a great phone but guys you should take a look at xperia u if you are going to buy this.difference between both of these is about is video format it can support many but xperia you doesn’t but xperia u has lots of other cool feature which this phone lacks.

8.5out of 10

I strongly recommend you not to purchase the HTC Desire S. I have been using this phone for the last few months and it has brought me a lot of grief. Ever since I upgraded the android htc sense automatically from within the phone, the phone restarts continuously for up to 8 hours.

6out of 10

Hope this phone will be priced below 20k in India, a direct competitor to i9003 galaxy sl. Which is the best midrange offering right now. I hd my eye on xperia neo n lg Optimus black, but as de r price around 450 euros, very costly for their offering. and I don’t c reason y de price a similar speed phone as galaxy sl, so high. hope HTC does justice to derise price tag, as its no different the pervious derise.

8out of 10

When talking about power, this phone will definitely be not behind. I have used a lot of cell phones and I think I have enough experience with mobile phones to say that this is one of the fastest booting phones there are.

8out of 10

Surprisingly this phone is quite fast considering. Two thumbs up!

8.5out of 10

It is too expensive for the limited features it offers. I could have invested on a better phone.

7.5out of 10

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