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HTC Desire S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2170 reviews of HTC Desire S. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the reception and battery, while reviews about the social networking functionality and GPS navigation are different.

usability, performance, screen, size, design

battery, reception

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 248 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 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the battery and design. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the camera and reliability are mixed. Some have doubts about the apps and reception.

performance, usability, portability, design, battery

reception, apps

77% 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 Sim Free Mobile Phone

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HTC Desire S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of HTC Desire S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People really like the apps and size. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the battery. Some have doubts about the price and reliability.

portability, usability, size, apps

durability, reliability, price

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC 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 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

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Hannah Bouckley (t3.com)

HTC Desire S Vs HTC Desire review: hands-on

 

Quick look at the differences between the old and new HTC Desire's

We've only had a short time with the HTC Desire S, but it's clear that it offers a couple of significant advantages, namely it's speed and the screen. Side by side the Desire S is significantly quicker and the screen is slighlty better. However for...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Mark Mayne (t3.com)

HTC Desire S review

 

The latest HTC Desire S has great hardware and UI, but it doesn't quite feel like enough to fight off the dual-core challengers just around the corner.

Sleek design ; HTC Sense UI ; Battery

Processor ; Media player ; Lack of progress

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

HTC Desire S - Pocket-lint

 

The S in the Desire S should stand for “solid”, but in the fast-paced world of smartphones, it's no longer the market leader it once was

Great looking design, HTC Sense covers just about all bases, Android 2.3 is bang up to date, ultra connected experience out of the box

It feels a little samey and doesn't really advance the HTC story, and is outclassed by its older and bigger brother the Desire HD, finish started rubbing off on contact points, not the most striking screen around these days

The HTC Desire S is a perfectly good phone that, combined with HTC Sense, brings a smartphone that will serve you well, giving you a super-connected out-of-the box experience. However it is no longer the high-end smartphone it once was, making this the...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Matthew Bolton (techradar.com)

HTC Desire S review

 

Can HTC's first Android 2.3 smartphone live up to its blockbusting heritage?

Fast operation ; Slick UI ; Excellent cloud integration ; Stunning design ; Strong stills camera

Wi-Fi antenna issue ; Frequently slow notifications bar ; Stuttery HD video recording ; Not cheap for its specs ; Still some Android UI issues

All things must come to an end (or at least be supplanted by something new). The HTC Desire S has arrived to take over from its predecessor in the Android race.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

HTC Desire S hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

HTC has announced the launch of the new HTC Desire S the follow up to the smash runaway success of 2010 - the HTC Desire and Pocket-lint's was invited

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (expertreviews.co.uk)

HTC Desire S review

 

A decent update to the original Desire, the S has a better camera, more space for apps and upgraded communications, but it's not enough to warrant a direct upgrade.

May, 2011

Recommended!

Expert review by: Edward Chester (trustedreviews.com)

HTC Desire S

 

The direct replacement for last years barnstorming HTC Desire, can the Desire S live up to expectations?

Elegant design ; Brilliant screen ; Well built ; Easy to use

No camera shutter button ; Not dual core ; Camera fairly poor

The HTC Desire S certainly isn't the flag bearer for a new era in super fast smartphones, with it lacking the headline dual-core processor. However, it is a well crafted, elegant, easy to use, fast and very capable smartphone that thanks to HTC's...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Ginny Mies, PC World US (pcadvisor.co.uk)

HTC Desire S review

 

The HTC Desire S is an update to the firm's popular HTC Desire Google Android smartphone. We got our hands on the HTC Desire S at Mobile World Congress for a first look.

The HTC Desire S feels good in the hand, has a sharp-looking display and ran fluidly in early tests. We also like the camera upgrade. Watch this space for a full review of the HTC Desire S in due course.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Thomas Newton (recombu.com)

HTC Desire S Review: In Depth

 

Following in the footsteps of the wildly successful HTC Desire and the equally impressive HTC Desire HD is the Desire S. The latest addition to HTC's Desire family comes with two cameras (one for normal…

May, 2011

Expert review by: littlegreenrobot.co.uk (littlegreenrobot.co.uk)

Expert Review

 

It is a heady mix, and the Desire S is in many ways a super smartphone. To answer our own question posed at the head of this review, the Desire S doesn’t stand out as much as the original Desire did, doesn’t break new ground, and doesn’t, at this...

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1450
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:Lithium-Ion
Standby time (2G):430
Standby time (3G):455
Talk time (2G):10 / 590 / 9.8 / 9.83
Talk time (3G):435 / 7.17 / 7.25

Call management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:No / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Second Camera:No / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, grey / Blue / Grey / Silver
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:9.4
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800
Display Type:LCD / TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:0.75

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV / AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
FM radio:No / Yes
Video formats supported:3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV / 3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV, XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
GPS antenna: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA / HSPA, WCDMA / WCDMA
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, FTP, OPP, PBAP / A2DP, PBAP / FTP, OPP
Bluetooth version:2.1 / 2.1+EDR
Data network:3.5G, 3G / 3G
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
WAP: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Rotating: Yes
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Support for contact groups: Yes
Video call:No / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor family:QUALCOMM
Processor frequency:1
Processor Model:MSM 8255

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD
Internal Memory:1100 / 1126 / 768
Internal RAM:768
Internal ROM:1.1
Internal storage capacity:1.1
Maximum memory card size:32

Video

Video call:No / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.16
Height :11.5
Weight:130
Width:5.9 / 5.98