Review: HTC Desire S smartphone
The HTC Desire S is like a slimmed down version of the original – it is thinner and slightly shorter and weighs 130g.
The bottom edge of the device has a slight forward curve to give it a more comfortable feel in your hand.
Gone are the physical buttons and they’ve been replaced with capacitive touch keys positioned right below the screen.
Also introduced by HTC with the Desire S is the unibody design with a single piece of aluminium wrapping around the screen and across the middle of the rear panel.
The Super LCD screen on the HTC Desire S is very impressive and has a resolution of 480 x 800 which means pictures, icons, web pages and apps look great.
There is only 1.1GB internal memory on the device but a microSD slot means users can expand that by up to 32GB.
We’ve come to expect a certain speed from smartphones nowadays and the Desire S is up there with its 1Ghz processor.
Apps pop open quick enough and switching between apps happens in a second.
As with any HTC smartphone users can expect the Android operating system along with its very own HTC Sense software layer.
HTC Sense helps make the Desire S more your own and gives users the ability to add their personal touch.
Apps can also be easily downloaded directly to the device from the Android market.
And being a Telstra exclusive handset there are already a few apps built in that link directly to Telstra services like the White Pages, Yellow Pages, Whereis, Foxtel and other Bigpond content.
Thanks to the speedy Next G network we experienced fast web browsing on the go as well as fast access to our email and data throughs apps.
The camera on the Desire S is probably the weakest part of the device and which has seen only a slight improvement from the original.
At only 5 megapixels we found pictures, while sharp, had muted colours and lacked the warmth of pictures taken with a dedicated digital camera.
On the plus side video quality was above average and showed definite high definition quality.
There are other smartphones on the market now packing 8 megapixel cameras and capable of shooting full high definition video.
Battery life was on par with other devices and we managed a day and quarter between charges during our testing. And that was with some heavy web browsing and wi-fi access.
If you liked the original Desire and are looking to upgrade then the decision to adopt the Desire S is a no brainer.
HTC’s range of smartphones continues to go from strength and the Desire S keeps the flag flying admirably.
The Desire S offers an excellent all round package for those looking to stay in touch, entertained and informed.
HTC Desire S
Price: $649 or on a Telstra plan
Four stars (out of five)