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The new HTC Desire S, £329 on pay/go @ O2. Seems a good price - £359+ everywhere else.

Runs gingerbread 2.3, unlike the incredible s.

£10 TBC/Quidco too (thanks to poster below)
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#1
http://www.talkandroid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/HTC-Desire-S.jpg
#2
HOT

£10.00 TCB / QUIDCO
#3
Is this network locked?
#4
its from o2 shop so it'll be locked to o2
#5
patonar
Is this network locked?


Would have thought so yes... although O2 were selling the original Desire, Sim free, for a short period last year
#6
really good price, wish it was unlocked.
#7
rodman
really good price, wish it was unlocked.


you can unlock it for free without rooting over on xda I think
#8
Just back from my local O2 shop and noticed this deal when in shop - thought it was a cracking deal and took pic as was going to post myself. Cheapest I have seen by at least £20-£30 therefore deserves to be hot.
#9
stuart9787
Just back from my local O2 shop and noticed this deal when in shop - thought it was a cracking deal and took pic as was going to post myself. Cheapest I have seen by at least £20-£30 therefore deserves to be hot.

Thanks updated op.
#10
williamj1
rodman
really good price, wish it was unlocked.


you can unlock it for free without rooting over on xda I think

I have read that before, but am not sure it includes the Desire S - it's definitely for the original Desire though.

Anyway this is an excellent deal for a new phone just out. I do think the price will drop further, especially when there are a few dual core phones about. It has to compete against more competition than the original Desire had when it launched. Still a great phone which I would be more than happy with though. When the price drops some more I will be getting one. ;-)
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Note to OP: Title says 02 (zero two). It should be O2 (oscar two).

Zero two is a common typo, but it gets lost in searches if typed wrong.
#12
Done :) thanks
#13
I can't seem to work out which is the better phone, the Desire S or Incredible S?
#14
will a tesco sim card work on this?
#15
Faz786
I can't seem to work out which is the better phone, the Desire S or Incredible S?


The incredible s has a better camera, and a bigger screen. The desire s is more pocketable, apparently has a better battery and has gingerbread too. They are fairly similar other than size to be honest.


Edited By: williamj1 on Apr 09, 2011 16:22: 1
#16
Faz786
I can't seem to work out which is the better phone, the Desire S or Incredible S?

Probably because the spec is the same apart from the screen size... ;-) Oh, and the price! lol

Edited By: Koma Toes on Apr 09, 2011 16:15
1 Like #18
berry333
will a tesco sim card work on this?


Yes. Any O2, GiffGaff and Tesco similar will work in this.
#19
That review says the desire s has a slide out keyboard , it doesnt afaik so doesn't really give itself much credit
banned 1 Like #20
Faz786
I can't seem to work out which is the better phone, the Desire S or Incredible S?


the desire s has a smaller screen(3.7inch vs 4inch), lower mp cameras(5mp vs 8mp rear camera & vga vs 1.3mp front camera). not sure how the gpu compares in the 2, I know the desire s has an improved gpu over the original desire.

I have the original desire, only real fault I can find(and would consider going to the desire s) would be the internal storage tho if all the apps allowed you to use the apps2sd feature of froyo it wouldn't be a major problem.

reading a desire s vs desire article(think it was on techrader) the desire has the slight edge but not enough to warrant an upgrade if you already have the desire.
#21
I seen one of the in the O2 shop this afternoon, sales guy came over and I was chatting about it being a good price and he actually 'suggested' that I wait a few weeks at least as they are getting other new models in... not usual for a saleman lol.. thought he'd be after me money there and then.
#22
williamj1
Faz786
I can't seem to work out which is the better phone, the Desire S or Incredible S?


The incredible s has a better camera, and a bigger screen. The desire s is more pocketable, apparently has a better battery and has gingerbread too. They are fairly similar other than size to be honest.



Seems odd - why have 2 different HTC products with completely different names, but spec-wise have them so similar!
#23
I know. This is exactly my dilema. I have the original desire an also have my complaints
Internal memory, camera and battery. I love the desire s, especially its looks and size. But now, HTC go and bring out two phones both of which have their own advantages. Why on earth wouldn't they just put the incredible s camera into the desire? Plus, now the incredible s is out , what's the point in the desire HD ? I haven't a clue if its worth upgrading, or what I 'd upgrade to.
#24
Faz786
williamj1
Faz786
I can't seem to work out which is the better phone, the Desire S or Incredible S?


The incredible s has a better camera, and a bigger screen. The desire s is more pocketable, apparently has a better battery and has gingerbread too. They are fairly similar other than size to be honest.



Seems odd - why have 2 different HTC products with completely different names, but spec-wise have them so similar!


HTC phones usually share similar hardware internally. My Diamond and Hero both shared CPUs even though they were purchased a year apart, which the wildfire still uses to this day, maybe slightly tweaked.

The Desire, Desire HD, Incredible S, Desire S, all share similar specs in different form factors. Makes sense to keep production costs low and attract different sectors of the market.
#25
williamj1
I know. This is exactly my dilema. I have the original desire an also have my complaints
Internal memory, camera and battery. I love the desire s, especially its looks and size. But now, HTC go and bring out two phones both of which have their own advantages. Why on earth wouldn't they just put the incredible s camera into the desire? Plus, now the incredible s is out , what's the point in the desire HD ? I haven't a clue if its worth upgrading, or what I 'd upgrade to.



Well looks like HTC marketing is working, as it means you are choosing between two HTC products rather than comparing them to the Iphone or Samsung galaxy S or Motorola Droid/Milestone :)

I have a Desire HD, love it, if anyone is scared of the 4.0 inch phones being a little big, dont worry after a few days it feels totally normal. I couldnt go back to a smaller phone now, web browsing just isnt as friendly on smaller screens.

Check out the otter box commuter cases for all you considering buying a new phone.
#26
devils_advicate
williamj1
I know. This is exactly my dilema. I have the original desire an also have my complaints
Internal memory, camera and battery. I love the desire s, especially its looks and size. But now, HTC go and bring out two phones both of which have their own advantages. Why on earth wouldn't they just put the incredible s camera into the desire? Plus, now the incredible s is out , what's the point in the desire HD ? I haven't a clue if its worth upgrading, or what I 'd upgrade to.



Well looks like HTC marketing is working, as it means you are choosing between two HTC products rather than comparing them to the Iphone or Samsung galaxy S or Motorola Droid/Milestone :)

I have a Desire HD, love it, if anyone is scared of the 4.0 inch phones being a little big, dont worry after a few days it feels totally normal. I couldnt go back to a smaller phone now, web browsing just isnt as friendly on smaller screens.

Check out the otter box commuter cases for all you considering buying a new phone.


Have you agree with you, love my DHD, came from a Blackberry to a 4.3" DHD and wow what a difference it makes having a bigger screen especially for web browsing!

Patiently waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Evo/Pyramid!
#27
This has slightly better specs than the original Desire, but doesn't come without it's share of new problems. Wi-Fi cutting out for one, when held in a certain way. The improved battery life is probably down to Android 2.3 improving on killing background apps, which the original Desire is due to get this/next month.

All in all, it made the decision for me to purchase the original Desire instead as the spec upgrades are too minimal, £100 cheaper too. Review: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/htc-desire-s-930920/review
#28
Locked bootloader on the Desire S and Incredible S, custom ROM's are the main reason I love Android, shame on HTC! oO
#29
whats the difference between this and the standard desire. why ld we pay a 100 quid more and get a locked phone when one can buy the desire unlocked for a 100 pounds cheaper from phones4u
#30
broona
Locked bootloader on the Desire S and Incredible S, custom ROM's are the main reason I love Android, shame on HTC! oO


Really? If this is true, I'm out.
banned#31
Nicolas
whats the difference between this and the standard desire. why ld we pay a 100 quid more and get a locked phone when one can buy the desire unlocked for a 100 pounds cheaper from phones4u


try reading some of the replies already posted on here as the difference have already been mentioned.
#32
Can anyone suggest which one is better... LG Optimus 2X which has dual core processor or HTC desire S ?
#33
kumcy
Can anyone suggest which one is better... LG Optimus 2X which has dual core processor or HTC desire S ?


In terms of performance, the LG wins outright. Better camera, processor, battery etc. But some (myself included) prefer the hardware and HTC sense over the LG.
#34
williamj1
berry333
will a tesco sim card work on this?


Yes. Any O2, GiffGaff and Tesco similar will work in this.


thanks, i just saw how htc is going to have an event next week.
Gonna wait :)
#35
berry333


thanks, i just saw how htc is going to have an event next week.
Gonna wait :)


Yup , its the htc sensation / pyramid which will be dual core. However, given the samsung galaxy s 2, it is going to be £450+ at least.
#36
good deal....
#37
williamj1
berry333


thanks, i just saw how htc is going to have an event next week.
Gonna wait :)


Yup , its the htc sensation / pyramid which will be dual core. However, given the samsung galaxy s 2, it is going to be £450+ at least.


Do you know if there has been any leaks for a possible htc desire z upgrade? like htc desire z S (_;)
#38
Why someone would pay £330 for a mobile phone ? For £20 you can find a good phone.
#39
berry333
williamj1
berry333


thanks, i just saw how htc is going to have an event next week.
Gonna wait :)


Yup , its the htc sensation / pyramid which will be dual core. However, given the samsung galaxy s 2, it is going to be £450+ at least.


Do you know if there has been any leaks for a possible htc desire z upgrade? like htc desire z S (_;)


Nope, not yet. But to be honest, there isn't really a need. So i'm pretty confident they won't. The desire Z has the new sense, is getting gingerbread, has the new generation of processors and has more internal memory than the plagued desire original. Nothing else much they can add yet...
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nice-new
Why someone would pay £330 for a mobile phone ? For £20 you can find a good phone.


Some people choose to spend their money on different things, and its not for you to judge. Some people buy nice cars, some people go on extravagant holidays, some people buy nicer houses, some people buy macs over pc's. Some might buy a netbook instead. And some people, spend lots on phones :) Its their choice...

Also, for £20 you are obviously wanting a phone that purely makes calls and texts. Whereas Desire S owners will want to take pictures, go on the web, watch videos, play games, do their shopping, send emails etc etc. You obviously don't need to do that, but others will.

Edited By: williamj1 on Apr 10, 2011 00:14

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