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What happens when you take a multi award-winning smartphone like HTC Desire and improve it? You end up with HTC Desire S, showcasing a spacious 3.7-inch screen, a stronger and slimmer unibody design, with a heightened sense of intelligence, speed and clarity. It's reliability on a whole new level.

Official HTC page:
http://www.htc.com/www/product/desires/overview.html
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#1
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61mqH5Ybp3L._AA1000_.jpg
#2
I want one! ;)

HTC Desire S is the new reincarnation of HTC Desire. It comes with a 3.7" LCD screen (480 x 800 pixels of resolution), second generation 1GHz Snapdragon chipset MSM8255, backed up by 768MB of RAM, and a 1450mAh battery. The Desire S is housed now inside an aluminum unibody, as is the habit of high-end HTC handsets lately, and sports a 5MP camera with LED flash and HD video capture, as well as a 1.3MP front-facing cam. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box.

Edited By: Koma Toes on Apr 02, 2011 14:39
#3
Koma Toes
I want one! ;)




Android 2.3 :) so do I
#4
If I hadn't just bought the Desire HD I'd be all over this....
1 Like #5
Av got one ordered as an upgrade from PAYG to contract, dont know if I will be accepted though.

100mins, unlimited texts and 250mb internet for £15 a month, handset price £109.99. + £30 cashback.

I thot it was a good deal. Would take the Desire S over the iphone 4 any day.
#6
not bad at all, especially with t-mobile's £20 for 6 months 1GB/month web on payg....
#7
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I


From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)
banned#8
Koma Toes

From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one)
Couldn't be much worse :p

Is that a decent front-facing speakerphone beside the camera? The speaker on the back looks as feeble as ever.
#9
Is ebuyer.com a decent enough company to buy from?
#10
NornIron Legend
Is ebuyer.com a decent enough company to buy from?

Definitely, they are a pretty big online retailer! Their warehouse is pretty substantial!
#11
Cheers! Have heard them mentioned before but dont know anyone who has bought off them. Crackin price for this phone!

jeds


Definitely, they are a pretty big online retailer! Their warehouse is pretty substantial!
#12
NornIron Legend
Is ebuyer.com a decent enough company to buy from?


Ebuyer are one of the most established online retailers in the country, originally specialised in PC componants but over the past few years expanded into other electronic sectors, definitely reliable, have been using for over a decade never had a problem with them, believe their base of operation is in Sheffield.

Nice deal, more RAM, better CPU and better battery life...if I didn't have my Galaxy S I'd be very tempted....the 768MB of RAM should make things run real smoothly.
#13
I have purchased quite a bit of stuff from Ebuyer over the years. Never had a problem so far. 8)
#14
@Koma Toes

That's one disturbing Avatar 'Koma Toes'; in fact your Handle is pretty disturbing too, no offence.
#15
Whats the battery life like on this bad boy?

I'm so very tempted but then I'm also looking at the xperia play and arc.

Any recommendations or feedback?
#16
Just came across this after reading it was on sale for £399 via t3 link... was wondering if this was the actual phone, very tempted to buy this, really really good price!
#17
Koma Toes
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I


From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)


AFAIK the processor is exactly the same as the Desire's but the GPU has been upgraded giving most of the extra performance boost and battery enhancements.

From what I've read, the battery seems to be far superior to the Desire's because of a combination of hardware and software improvements so you could probably push 3 days of regular use on this.

The new version of Android is nice, but more importantly the new version of HTC Sense is a lot slicker, with a clever notification bar with quick access to WiFi, 3G, Hotspot, GPS settings. Goodbye setting widgets! It looks like a great upgrade for those with the original, but just remember it's not HTCs flagship anymore.
suspended 2 Likes #18
its a nice phone and alot cheaper than the ultra high end phones. Shame there is no NFC for payments as i reckon that will take off in the future.

HTC Desire has a QSD8250 processor which is a 65nm with Adreno 200 gpu which came out in Q4 2008. Desire S is 45nm and Adreno 205 gpu.

So faster gpu, same speed cpu but better battery life.

Desire S Battery life vs Desire:

Desire S Capacity: 1450 mAh
Talk time:
Up to 435 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 590 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 455 hours for WCDMA
Up to 430 hours for GSM

Desire Capacity: 1400 mAh
Talk time:
WCDMA: Up to 390 mins
GSM: Up to 400 mins
Standby time:
WCDMA: Up to 360 hours
GSM: Up to 340 hours

http://www.htc.com/www/product/desires/specification.html
http://www.htc.com/www/product/desire/specification.html


Edited By: hajj_3 on Apr 02, 2011 20:20: .
suspended#19
Monkey nuts 2
Whats the battery life like on this bad boy?

I'm so very tempted but then I'm also looking at the xperia play and arc.

Any recommendations or feedback?


same,
from what I've read the play is pointless and seems to be the more expensive one out of the 3. Plus u have to spend more to buy more games).
Its between the Arc or this for me :)
#20
this phone makes the iphone look slow and outdated, i like the spec and look of this phone, very tempted
1 Like #21
it looks nice but not greatly improved over the original as far as i can see. i've got a desire and think it's great and is supposed to be getting android 2.3 also. the front facing camera and a smallish increase in ram isn't worth double the cost for me. the htc pyramid looks the muts nuts and really worth waiting for.
#22
zurich
it looks nice but not greatly improved over the original as far as i can see. i've got a desire and think it's great and is supposed to be getting android 2.3 also. the front facing camera and a smallish increase in ram isn't worth double the cost for me. the htc pyramid looks the muts nuts and really worth waiting for.
thanks mate, i just looked it up and it's the dogs, i'm going to wait for the htc pyramid, thanks again
#23
Monkey nuts 2
Whats the battery life like on this bad boy?

I'm so very tempted but then I'm also looking at the xperia play and arc.

Any recommendations or feedback?

the xperia arc look at this: http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/5341/sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-review
the desire hd i sent 3 back {very poor sound} more so on calls if they have sorted out the sound issues on the desire s then it looks good but if not forget it
suspended#24
zurich
it looks nice but not greatly improved over the original as far as i can see. i've got a desire and think it's great and is supposed to be getting android 2.3 also. the front facing camera and a smallish increase in ram isn't worth double the cost for me. the htc pyramid looks the muts nuts and really worth waiting for.


The HTC pyramid is the ultra highend, this desire s is only high end, the desire hd2 and the pyramid will be the ultra highend phones. They have 8mp and this has only 5mp, this is supposed to be a more mainstream highend phone hence only £360 whereas the ultra highend phones are £100 more.

The pyramid does indeed look like a beast. 28nm cpu's out at the end of the year which means we'll finally get great battery life from android phones as the current 65nm are pretty poor, the 45nm newer ones are decent, the 28nm will be awesome.
#25
Some nice phones coming out, too bad im still in contract for another 8 months.
#26
Desire HD > Incredible S > this
#27
Dont forget Dialaphone still do the Desire Z (for those who like a keypad) for approx the same price over the 12 months http://www.dialaphone.co.uk/phone/HTC_Desire_Z/search.aspx?product=HTC_Desire_Z (TCB/Quidco enabled & can switch down tarrifs after 12months to £15 afaik)

100 mins, unlimited texts (my o2 100 contract is) or swop it for 100 mins, 500 texts & 500mb data/unlimited wifi for the same price
#28
blizzard7
Koma Toes
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I

From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)

AFAIK the processor is exactly the same as the Desire's but the GPU has been upgraded giving most of the extra performance boost and battery enhancements.

From what I've read, the battery seems to be far superior to the Desire's because of a combination of hardware and software improvements so you could probably push 3 days of regular use on this.

Having had the Nexus S since launch, I don't believe I've ever managed 2 days of minimal use on a single charge, so this would have to be a massive improvement to achieve anywhere near 3. However, the biggest issue is the unpredictability of battery drain. Sometimes with little change in my usage, the battery will drain in 70-80% of the normal time. Gingerbread may imrpove this (too early to tell yet), but IMO I believe its one of the trade offs of the more open nature of Android.
#29
Mentos
blizzard7
Koma Toes
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I


From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)


AFAIK the processor is exactly the same as the Desire's but the GPU has been upgraded giving most of the extra performance boost and battery enhancements.

From what I've read, the battery seems to be far superior to the Desire's because of a combination of hardware and software improvements so you could probably push 3 days of regular use on this.


Having had the Nexus S since launch, I don't believe I've ever managed 2 days of minimal use on a single charge, so this would have to be a massive improvement to achieve anywhere near 3. However, the biggest issue is the unpredictability of battery drain. Sometimes with little change in my usage, the battery will drain in 70-80% of the normal time. Gingerbread may imrpove this (too early to tell yet), but IMO I believe its one of the trade offs of the more open nature of Android.


Really? Could be because of the larger screen size. On my Desire after 1 day, 7 hours I've made 10 mins of calls, a bunch of texts and about 30 mins worth of gaming and still have 40% left.
#30
I got one of these from Phones4U on a free upgrade today, and loving it. For those saying the Arc might be better, CPU speed is the same, but it's got a bigger screen (4" vs 3.7"). For me, the Arc was just a little bit too big.
Also, the Arc inexplicably doesn't seem to have a search button. A lot of apps rely on this, youtube for one - so that was a dealbreaker for me.
As for the Xperia Play, I thought about it, but reading a couple of reviews, it seems to be a disappointment. The Desire S generally gets reviews saying that it's 'solid, but nothing revolutionary'. The revolutionary phones with dual core and 3D displays etc. are on their way soon, but from what I can tell they're all 4" screens and above.
#31
Bought as to brige the gap til iphone 5... my 3g is pretty knackered and im out of contract!! Time to give android a try! :)
#32
Imo you won't get 3 days easy from your touch screen phone until battery technology is improved.

I can get 2 days from my original Desire by under-clocking it and not using it a whole lot,but I tend to hammer my phone so normally get through the day easy enough.

Gingerbread isn't much better on battery life either,the app manager is much better though.
#33
Mentos
blizzard7
Koma Toes
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I


From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)


AFAIK the processor is exactly the same as the Desire's but the GPU has been upgraded giving most of the extra performance boost and battery enhancements.

From what I've read, the battery seems to be far superior to the Desire's because of a combination of hardware and software improvements so you could probably push 3 days of regular use on this.


Having had the Nexus S since launch, I don't believe I've ever managed 2 days of minimal use on a single charge, so this would have to be a massive improvement to achieve anywhere near 3. However, the biggest issue is the unpredictability of battery drain. Sometimes with little change in my usage, the battery will drain in 70-80% of the normal time. Gingerbread may imrpove this (too early to tell yet), but IMO I believe its one of the trade offs of the more open nature of Android.



Download Spare Parts to see if theirs anything out of the ordinary is draining it.
#34
Any good deals on contract for this phone?
#35
blizzard7
Mentos
blizzard7
Koma Toes
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I

From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)

AFAIK the processor is exactly the same as the Desire's but the GPU has been upgraded giving most of the extra performance boost and battery enhancements.

From what I've read, the battery seems to be far superior to the Desire's because of a combination of hardware and software improvements so you could probably push 3 days of regular use on this.

Having had the Nexus S since launch, I don't believe I've ever managed 2 days of minimal use on a single charge, so this would have to be a massive improvement to achieve anywhere near 3. However, the biggest issue is the unpredictability of battery drain. Sometimes with little change in my usage, the battery will drain in 70-80% of the normal time. Gingerbread may imrpove this (too early to tell yet), but IMO I believe its one of the trade offs of the more open nature of Android.

Really? Could be because of the larger screen size. On my Desire after 1 day, 7 hours I've made 10 mins of calls, a bunch of texts and about 30 mins worth of gaming and still have 40% left.

I wish it werent so :(
#36
casualtailor
Mentos
blizzard7
Koma Toes
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I

From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)

AFAIK the processor is exactly the same as the Desire's but the GPU has been upgraded giving most of the extra performance boost and battery enhancements.

From what I've read, the battery seems to be far superior to the Desire's because of a combination of hardware and software improvements so you could probably push 3 days of regular use on this.

Having had the Nexus S since launch, I don't believe I've ever managed 2 days of minimal use on a single charge, so this would have to be a massive improvement to achieve anywhere near 3. However, the biggest issue is the unpredictability of battery drain. Sometimes with little change in my usage, the battery will drain in 70-80% of the normal time. Gingerbread may imrpove this (too early to tell yet), but IMO I believe its one of the trade offs of the more open nature of Android.


Download Spare Parts to see if theirs anything out of the ordinary is draining it.

To date I've had the same issue through several official and unofficial distro's. While auto task/app killers may help in some aspects, I've found they can also leave erroneous threads behind thereby causing the very same issues.

I'll give spare parts a go, but unfortunately I don't think its something as simple as just one dodgy app, or even the battery use meters in the core distro would have highlighted it. IMO its simply an inherent trade off for the more open nature of Android, however as the OS (and apps I use) matures I trust things will improve.

Edited By: Mentos on Apr 03, 2011 00:20
#37
Mentos
casualtailor
Mentos
blizzard7
Koma Toes
zermattbusby

Android 2.3 :) so do I


From what I've read the Desire S has better battery performance than the old Desire (original one), faster processor +graphics, and has a front facing camera. I think the HTC Sense interface is a newer version too?

This is the cheapest I could find it anywhere either in or out of stock! ;-)


AFAIK the processor is exactly the same as the Desire's but the GPU has been upgraded giving most of the extra performance boost and battery enhancements.

From what I've read, the battery seems to be far superior to the Desire's because of a combination of hardware and software improvements so you could probably push 3 days of regular use on this.


Having had the Nexus S since launch, I don't believe I've ever managed 2 days of minimal use on a single charge, so this would have to be a massive improvement to achieve anywhere near 3. However, the biggest issue is the unpredictability of battery drain. Sometimes with little change in my usage, the battery will drain in 70-80% of the normal time. Gingerbread may imrpove this (too early to tell yet), but IMO I believe its one of the trade offs of the more open nature of Android.



Download Spare Parts to see if theirs anything out of the ordinary is draining it.


To date I've had the same issue through several official and unofficial distro's. While auto task/app killers may help in some aspects, I've found they can also leave erroneous threads behind thereby causing the very same issues.

I'll give spare parts a go, but unfortunately I don't think its something as simple as just one dodgy app, or even the battery use meters in the core distro would have highlighted it. IMO its simply an inherent trade off for the more open nature of Android, however as the OS (and apps I use) matures I trust things will improve.


if you haven't tried it already, download juice defender and stick it on the aggressive setting, hth
#38
Task killers will just drain your battery faster...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=678205

Edited By: Uridium on Apr 03, 2011 08:12
#39
Sorry, this product is currently unavailable. It is likely that it has been discontinued and no longer for sale.


Hope they honour for those who have already ordered :)
#40
I think they put it up at the wrong price!! But at £359 its not far off what it could be sold for...its likely about £100 less than i reckon

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