HTC Desire S 4 Stars

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Look and feel

The Desire S sits smoothly in the hand, thanks to its aluminium unibody, which has a retro look with its matt rubber additions and rounded edges.

Ease of use

Android Gingerbread offers a better performance and the touch-display is more responsive – the virtual keyboard is whizzier too. We’re also fans of the HTC Sense interface.


The features list is just what you’d hope for from a smartphone – sat-nav, camera, email, social networking and internet which lives up to the desktop offering – however we will see better handsets in the near future.


A smooth and speedy user experience combine with good multitasking, although we didn’t always get email alerts.

Battery life

Battery life is slightly improved thanks to the slightly larger battery – but you’ll still be charging at the end of every day.

Faster keyboard and touch-display, improved battery life, smoother app processing.
Email and text alerts didn’t always appear; features may seem old hat by the year-end.
  • Look and Feel 4 Stars
  • Ease of use 4 Stars
  • Features 4 Stars
  • Performance 4 Stars
  • Battery life 4 Stars

Final verdict: 4 Stars

A simple-to-use Android handset that benefits from a number of extras that we now expect from HTC – but it fails to excite and will have to compete with the superphones later this year.

Review by Mobile Choice