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HTC Desire S review

HTC Desire S - Keeping Desire(S) in Check

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Sturdy aluminum build
Acceptable battery life
Smooth user experience
Lackluster camera capabilities
No groundbreaking improvements

Introduction & Design

Putting the S in Desire

The Desire S, overshadowed by an onslaught of other new HTC products announced at MWC 2011, has finally touched down on our shores. The new device joins a growing camp of Android 2.3-enabled smartphones, slathered over with the popular 2.1 HTC Sense UI. How does it stand out amidst its siblings?

While the other Desires in the family set out with niche features (Desire HD with its huge, built-for-entertainment 4.3-inch screen; Desire Z with its slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard), the Desire S seems to embody the essence of the first Desire - that is to offer a right balance between portability and performance.

On first impression, the Desire S feels extreme sturdy and well-constructed. This is unsurprising of course, since most HTC phones are usually aesthetically pleasing to the eye and designed for optimal functionality. The combination of aluminum, glass and a partially rubberized back lends the phone a very classic exterior as well as a good and non-slippery grip. We also noticed that the phone follows in the footsteps of its unibody peers while retaining a diminished version of HTC Hero's signature chin.

The front's real estate is covered by a large slab of Gorilla glass over a 3.7-inch LCD screen that adds on to its resistance to wear and tear. As with most touchscreen phones, the Desire S faces the same problem of attracting unsightly fingerprints; however, this can be easily rectified with a non-glossy protective screen cover as mentioned in our HTC Incredible S review.