HTC Desire S vs. HTC Desire – Review

by Jerry D on March 3, 2011

So what does the ‘S’ add to the new HTC Desire S? It’s not ‘speed’ – the re-engineered HTC Desire still features a 1GHz processor. But there are some notable improvements over the original model that make it more competitive compared to other smartphones…

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The wireless options on the tweaked Desire S include 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The older Desire has 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP and only dual-band 802.11b/g Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Browse the specs and the Desire S measures a neat 115.0 x 59.8 x 11.6mm, while the classic Desire is 119.0 x 60.0 x 11.9mm in comparison. The Desire is the taller of the two phones by 4.0mm. Checking on weight, the Desire S weighs 130g, while the HTC Desire is 135g. Not much in it, but overall the new Desire S is smaller, slimmer and lighter. (2-0)



The design of the HTC Desire S incorporates a 5.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 and autofocus, an LED flash, geotagging and 720p HD video recording. Oh and there’s also a brand new camera on the front for making video calls. Nice.

The original Desire also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with auto-focus, LED flash, face detection, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording). There’s no real difference in camera quality, but the Desire S takes the points here thanks to its HD video capabilities and second camera. (3-0)


HTC has built the Desire S with a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display. The S-LCD screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. With its 3.7-inch display and an overall pixel count of 384000, the Desire S has a pixels per inch rating of 252.162.

The Desire uses an AMOLED screen and is exactly the same size as HTC’s handset. These have proved tough to manufacture recently, hence the S-LCD replacement on the Desire S. There’s no difference in the resolution or the pixel density. So we’ll call this one a tie. (3-0)


In terms of raw speediness, the HTC Desire S is powered by a second-generation Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, ticking along at 1GHz. The Desire, meanwhile, has a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip. This is an older processor, fabbed using a 65nm process rather than the newer 45nm silicon used by the MSM8255. It also features an older Adreno GPU. (4-0)


The Desire launched with Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC Sense UI, but has since been upgraded to 2.2 (Froyo) and should also get the 2.3 upgrade. The newer HTC Desire S uses the Android 2.3 (again with HTC Sense) right out of the box. (4-0)


The Desire wins the internal storage battle with 4GB (on an SD card), compared to the standard 1GB on the Desire S. The Desire S also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 32GB. You can expand the memory of the Desire via the microSD slot. The maximum is 32GB. (4-1)

Battery life:

Fully-charged, HTC’s spec sheet lists 7.0 hours of talktime for its new phone, compared to 6.7 hours for the classic HTC Desire. As for standby time, the phones can last for 455 hours and 360 hours respectively. (4-1)


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.


The Desire S also includes GPS/A-GPS, a G-sensor, DLNA content sharing and a digital compass. In comparison, the older Desire features a digital compass, GPS/A-GPS and a built-in FM radio (5-1)

The HTC Desire S wins!

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