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HTC Desire S

HTC Desire S
alaScore 88

1739 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1739 reviews of HTC Desire S. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the price and design are on the whole positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the camera. Some have doubts about the apps and reception.

size, performance, usability, design, price

reception, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HTC Desire S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 396 user reviews of HTC Desire S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the screen and portability are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good reviews. There are some less positive comments about the apps and reception. There are mixed opinions on the camera and reliability.

performance, usability, price, portability, screen

reception, apps

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile PhoneHTC Desire S 10 Pack Screen Protectors By iKandyHTC Desire S Sim Free Mobile Phone

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HTC Desire S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of HTC Desire S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the screen and design are on the whole positive. The portability and performance also get good opinions. There are some mixed views about the size and reception.

usability, performance, portability, design, screen

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC A8181 Desire Unlocked Quad-Band GSM Phone with Android OS, HTC Sense UI, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi and gps navigation--International Version with WarrantHTC Desire S S510E Unlocked QuadBand GSM Phone with Android OS, 3.7" Display, HTC Sense UI, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi and GPS--International Version without HTC Desire A8181 Unlocked Quad-Band GSM Phone with Android OS, HTC Sense UI, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi and gps navigation--International Version No Warranty

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

HTC Desire S review: Droid cravings

 

Powerful hardware, large high-res screen and the latest Android version in a solid metal body– the recipe did wonders for the original Desire so no wonder HTC are in no mood to experiment with the sequel. Take the best and make it better pretty much...

Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support ; 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; 3.7" 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels) ; Uses the best screen from HTC so far (along with the Incredible S) ; Android OS v2.3...

No dedicated camera key and no lens cover ; Below-par sunlight legibility ; Wi-Fi signal degrades when you cover the top part of the back panel ; microSD is below the battery cover

When we first made its acquaintance, the HTC Desire S was on display at this year’s MWC in Barcelona along with the Incredible S and the Wildfire S. Each phone in this trio is no more perhaps than a transitional model, a facelift that doesn’t even...

Apr, 2011
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Expert review by: Vlad Savov (engadget.com)

HTC Desire S review

 

This time last year, HTC had two Android smartphones for the mainstream: the 3.7-inch Desire, outfitted with the latest and greatest, and the 3.2-inch

Built like an aluminum tank ; Solid performance and responsiveness ; The chin lives on

Capacitive keys don't always light up ; Onscreen keyboard could be better ; Sense UI is improved, but showing its age

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

HTC Desire S Review

 

The original HTC Desire became one of the most popular Android smartphones of 2010, a compelling balance of screen-size, functionality and pricing that convinced us in our review and continued to convince buyers throughout the year. Now, HTC is back...

Back when we reviewed the HTC Desire, almost twelve months to the day , the smartphone was at the cutting edge of Android devices. Tagging on the coat-tails of the Nexus One, it closely followed Google's example of a sizable screen, fast processor and...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

HTC Desire S Review

 

The original Desire hit the balance between affordability, availability, usability and attractiveness, so what's the HTC Desire S got to add to the mix? HTC have gone for incremental improvements across the board with the HTC Desire S, offering better...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Randy (androidauthority.com)

The Post-HTC Desire Syndrome

 

It was in August last year that I contemplated purchasing my first Android phone. At that time, I loved the HTC unibody Aluminium concept and I was totally sold to the HTC Sense coloured bokeh look.... I became a proud owner of a HTC Legend.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

HTC Desire S Review

 

The Desire S seems to be a good phone on paper, except for the unbelievably glaring flaws. At a street price of around Rs. 23,300 the phone looks like a good value for money deal. However, taking everything into consideration, if you have 3k more to...

Good build, Great looks

Speaker volume too soft, Trouble retaining signal in low network coverage areas

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Catalin Alexandru (geeky-gadgets.com)

HTC Desire S Review

 

Mid-level Android smartphones start to blend together after a while and the HTC Desire S is not one to stand out by much, at least visually. It's fairly light and moderately slim seeing how there's no keyboard, but the one word that perfectly describes...

All in all, this is the kind of device that puts iPhone users to sleep. There’s only residual evidence of HTC’s legendary design acumen, but as a reliable workhorse or all-round handset it will do most anything you can think to throw at it.

May, 2011

Expert review by: YugaTech (yugatech.com)

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.

May, 2011

Expert review by: theunwired (theunwired.net)

PHOTOVIEW: HTC Desire S Android Smartphone

 

As HTC's successor to the popular and award-winning HTC Desire , the new HTC Desire S - which HTC announced back in February - blends a stunning design with power and speed. Inspired by the HTC Legend's aluminum unibody design, the HTC Desire S is...

May, 2011

Expert review by: Wong Casandra (hardwarezone.com)

HTC Desire S - Keeping Desire(S) in Check

 

The HTC's Desire series has seen constant refreshes to its lineup, with the Android 2.3 HTC Desire S jumping on the bandwagon as the popular HTC Desire's proper successor. Will its improvements make this a worthy upgrade or purchase? Read on to find out.

Sturdy aluminum buildAcceptable battery lifeSmooth user experience

Lackluster camera capabilitiesNo groundbreaking improvements

May, 2011

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM8255

Camera

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p

Configuration

Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes

Connectivity

A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSCSD: No
HSDPA: Yes
Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)

Display

Display Technology:SUPER-LCD
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Design:Bar
EASY USE PHONE: No
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free

Messaging

E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes

Processor

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM8255
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