Expert Review of HTC Desire S
HTC Desire S is no doubt a smartphone by the Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones and tablets, HTC, which is the successor of the most renowned HTC Desire. But HTC Desire S is better than its predecessor in terms of hardware and storage capacity. HTC Desire S has a unibody frame that gives its users a stylish and sleek design, which is crafted form a single piece of aluminium. The superfast processor of Desire S makes the experience of web browsing amazing and wonderful. The camera provides the facility of HD camcorder, which is built-in, and through this you can capture the best moments of your life to keep them with you forever. Right from the storage to the camera, this smartphone will make its users expert in all areas by allowing them to tailor the phone as per their needs. For this, the phone is blessed with seven customizable panels, so that the users can easily design the panel with widgets and icons of their like. The availability of the front facing camera makes it easier for the users of HTC Desire S to make live video calls to family and friends. Video calls enable you to see your loved ones wherever they are and whenever you want. The device is built very aptly and has strong and slim unibody design with heightened sense of speed, intelligence and clarity. The size of 115mm x 59.8mm x 11.63mm fits easily in hands and gives a premium look.
The company has also worked upon the weight of the device and has succeeded a lot by reducing it to 130 grams only when compared to its predecessor, HTC Desire. The phone has not lost its solid build and quality look. The phone shares the same size as that of Apple iPhone but loses a point in terms of premium look; still we can trust HTC Desire S for its robust build. The front of the smartphone has one of the best screens available in the market, although it is not AMOLED black but still you will be amazed with its punchy colors. Although the screen does not provide any protection from the sunlight. So it is pretty difficult to use the phone outside on a sunny day. Above the touch sensitive screen the users will find G-Sensor, Digital Compass Sensor, Proximity Sensor and Ambient light sensor that increases the usage of the smartphone. Along with the sensors, there is a secondary VGA camera too for video calling facility along with a long pill shaped grill for earpiece. Below the screen there are four capacitive keys for Home, Menu, back and Search that have extra functionality upon long press – task switcher, virtual keyboard and voice search. These soft keys have backlight that makes it easier to use these buttons in the dark ambiance. The left side of the device has long and thin volume rocker and a microUSB port. There are no control keys or ports on the right portion of HTC Desire S. The top hosts a power/lock key and a 3.5mm universal headphone jack that also works as an A/V connector for this smartphone. The bottom has nothing more than a mouthpiece, which is located on the sloped portion. Coming to the back you will find a 5 megapixels camera lens with LED flash and loudspeaker grill that delivers a quality sound output, which is clearly audible. The rear cover of HTC Desire S is divided into three parts where the middle portion is of metal and the other two parts are made up of soft rubberized plastic. The camera lens, loudspeaker grill and LED flash are placed nicely on the top part whereas lower one allows access to the memory card slot and battery.
As usual, HTC has again placed the Wi-Fi catching antenna in the back cover so the phone will lose its Wi-Fi network when you place your hand over the top part of the panel. The lower part of the back panel is quite hard to open up, under which you will find a microSD card slot, a microSIM card slot and the powerful battery. Though the memory card is hot swappable but all you need is to prop the battery with your finger while removing or inserting the memory card as it is not provided with a support to hold it on place. The aluminium body of HTC Desire S is joy to hold and it is one of the best smartphones available in the market. The users can visit all their favorite websites from the palm of their hand, simply they had to pitch the display to zoom in and out of a currently opened page and the text will automatically reflow to fit according to the size of the screen. The users can also highlight text and can search for it on Google, YouTube, Wikipedia or the dictionary. The users can also look up the meaning of a particular word, by a simple tap and hold over that word, in Wikipedia, Google, YouTube or the dictionary.
User Interface and UI functionality
HTC Desire S comes with a 3.7 inches wide S-LCD display, which is touch sensitive. The capacitive touchscreen provides a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with color combinations made from 16M colors. The pixel density of 252 ppi makes the display sharp, rich, vibrant and crystal clear with equal and similar view from each angle. The screen is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass that provides protection against scratches. This screen supports multi touch facility, which permits the users to enter multiple commands at one go using the touchscreen. The company has blessed HTC Desire S with their own user interface, that is, HTC Sense UI v.3.0 on top of the Android Gingerbread platform, which together creates a magic. The smartphone is running on Android v.2.3 Gingerbread, which is upgradeable to Android v.4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, and is powered by 1 GHz Scorpion that makes it easy to load and run heavy applications easily and it also catalyze the performance of the device. The Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon and Adreno 205 GPU help in improving the pixel performance and the graphics performance of the phone. The user interface provides notification area at the top of the homescreen that gives you brief information about the recent activities and updates with missed calls and recently opened applications. The bottom of the screen has a scroll bar with three virtual keys, where the left key is for main menu, the middle one is a shortcut to the phone application and the right side key opens up the personalize menu. The personalize menu contains numerous customization options for the homescreen, sound notifications and display. There are seven customizable homescreen panes where you can add or remove widgets and icons as per your needs and wishes. HTC Sense UI provides Scenes – Work, Travel, Social, etc. that help in changing the wallpaper and the widgets on the homescreen. The work scene has a stock widget whereas Twitter widget is offered by Social widget. The users can easily switch between the Scenes within seconds but they can do wide customization with it. There is another customization option named as Skins, which changes the look and feel of most of the onscreen application screens, option menus, buttons and other items. They also offer unique wallpaper and can design different colors to various UI elements. You can easily displace lockscreen, standard dock and widget frames with customized icons or can change their shape even. For easy access the users can also add shortcuts of the applications to the notification area. They can even select text from anywhere with options such as Copy, Cut, Paste and Quick Lookup that makes it very simple to use these applications. Overall, we can say that HTC Desire S is the best single core droid from the heap, which is capable of catering even the small needs of its users.
HTC Desire S has all those features, which are there in the so called multimedia devices. There is a default music player that supports aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav and .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) audio format for playback and .amr format for recording an aural file. The default video player supports .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) and .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3) video forma for playback while .3gp format is supported for recording a video. The sound quality of this smartphone is really good and you can clearly hear the sound from a distance. The 3.5mm headphone acts as an antenna for FM radio connectivity and using the same slot the users can also attach speakers or woofers with the device to have sound at loud pitch. The users of HTC Desire S can create their own library of music, so that they can have easy access to them. The FM radio has RDS feature that automatically detects the name of the radio station to which you are tuned into. The standard music library view is the artists section under which you will find other tabs such as Albums, All Songs, Playlists, Songs and Connected media. The now playing interface allows you to swipe sideways to skip songs or to go back. The best thing with HTC Desire S is that it offers SRS sound enhancement to increases the listening experience. For shuffle and repeat there are two shortcuts in the top corners.
Pictures and Video quality
HTC Desire S comes loaded with a 5 megapixels autofocus snapper that has a support of LED flash to allow the users to take snapshots even in the low light ambiance. Other features backed by camera application are Geo-tagging, touch-focus and image stabilization. The images resolution offered by this 5 megapixels primary shooter is 2592 x 1944 pixels and this camera also acts as a camcorder where you can record 720p videos by capturing 30 frames per second. There is secondary VGA camera in front for self portrait and live video calling with family and friends.
HTC Desire S provides support to Internet via EDGE that offers maximum data transferring speed of up to 560 kbps, GPRS with a maximum speed of 114 kbps, 3G with an HSPA+ speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot via DLNA network. For having connectivity with nearby objects the users have options such as DLNA, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR and USB via microUSB v2.0. The HTML and Adobe Flash browser makes the web browsing experience wonderful and fast. The device also provides support to GPS via A-GPS.
Internal and External Memory
HTC Desire S comes with an internal storage capacity of 1.1GB for ROM and 768MB for RAM. This memory is sufficient to open and run huge and heavy applications. To save a large amount of data in the phone, the users can expand the external memory of the device up to 32GB via microSD card slot, which is hot swappable.
Applications and Gaming
HTC Desire S is completely filled with loads of applications that will pass your spare time with ease and fun. Those who love to remain in touch with their social group most of the time, this smartphone has access to most of the social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, YouTube, etc. and for search related purposes the phone comes pre-loaded with Google Search applications that bring results instantaneously. The Reader application allows the users to purchase and read books from eBook and maintain their habit of reading without doing any compromise.
HTC Desire S comes with a standard Li-Ion 1,450 mAh battery that provides a talk time of up to 9 hours 50 minutes on 2G network and 7 hours 10 minutes on 3G network. The standby time for 2G is 430 hours whereas it is 455 hours on 3G network. The users can also play multimedia files for long hours. They can also do web surfing continuously for long time without facing any battery drainage problem.
HTC Desire S offers connectivity to GSM networks only for 2G and 3G bands at a frequency of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G and 900 / 2100 MHz for 3G. The HSDPA speed for downloading data via 3G is 14.4 Mbps whereas the HSUPA uploading speed is 5.76 Mbps. This speed is pretty much good for data transfer and offers good service at the customers’ end.
HTC Desire S is a nice Android droid that has HTC Sense UI on top of it. This smartphone is a well doing device in the market and is giving a neck in neck competition to its rivals. The device is currently running on Android Gingerbread platform but is soon upgradeable to Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform. The contemporary handsets of HTC Desire S are HTC One V, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, HTC Desire S, Sony Xperia Ray, Samsung Galaxy W, HTC Desire HD, Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 4, Nokia Lumia 710, HTC Radar, Nokia Lumia 800, Samsung Omnia W, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola DEFY, etc. and many more.