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HTC Desire S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1934 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and screen. The usability and responsiveness also get good opinions, but there are some less positive views about the features.

design, responsiveness, usability, screen, value for money


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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 320 user reviews of HTC Desire S from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

value for money, screen, usability, responsiveness, battery

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

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Consumer review by: review summary for HTC Desire S


alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 user reviews of HTC Desire S from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

battery, responsiveness, usability, design, value for money

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC OEM BTR6275 BATTERY DESIRE A8181 ADR6275B Google Nexus One 35H00132-13MHTC 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

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HTC Desire S - Sleek, Sexy, Streamlined


The next in the ‘Desire' series of Android powered devices to make it out of the HTC house is the Desire S. The update to the original HTC Desire model, the one that got the ball rolling so to speak, the Desire S version is set to thrill customers with...

With a price tag of Rs. 25,490 (MRP), the Desire S actually comes out as a good deal for the money. It’s well equipped with plenty of features to make you feel like you’ve got your money’s worth and it’s designed to appeal to your sense of style as...


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HTC Desire S review: Droid cravings


Powerful hardware, large high-res screen and the latest Android version in a single piece of solid metal – 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...

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...

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Desire S


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 Legend, which was humbler in specs but offered the novelty of an aluminum unibody construction. After...

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

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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...

Still, the Pyramid will be expensive, and the good thing about the Desire S is that its midrange focus should mean a reasonably affordable price tag. At the beginning we asked if the “S” in HTC Desire S stood for “sequel” or “surpassed”, but in fact...

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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...

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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.

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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.

Disclosure: Review unit provided by Top Electronics.

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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

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HTC Desire S Review


About one year ago around this time, HTC released their high end Android smartphone – the HTC Desire,

The HTC Desire S certainly has its highs (the overall construction, software features and an amazing battery life) and its lows (slightly sluggish performance by today’s standards, and average camera). HTC have done their part to make it one heck of a...

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HTC Desire S


HTC also announced the Desire S. It is of course derived from the HTC Desire. There is a new front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, 768MB of RAM, and a 1450mAh battery. The big difference between it and the Incredible S it is launching alongside is that...

All rounded features; Attractive design; Android 2.3 is intuitive

No dedicated camera key; HTC Desire S; Micro-USB cable; Charger plug; 3.5mm headphones

The HTC Desire S continues the tradition of HTC phones, having at least above average hardware and software. Android Gingerbread has so far impressed us on this device with its quick draw response and improved interface. We are quite please with the...

Product Specifications


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


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


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

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


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

General Features

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


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