Samsung Galaxy S vs. HTC Desire

by Jerry D on July 13, 2010

The Samsung Galaxy S is single-handedly fighting its way through its smartphone rivals like a Jedi amongst couldn’t-hit-a-barn-door-from-10-feet-away Stormtroopers. Some phones put up a better fight than others. Is the HTC Desire one of them? Let’s find out…

galaxy s vs htc desire Samsung Galaxy S vs. HTC Desire


Let’s compare the wireless options. The Galaxy S boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. HTC has stuffed its phone with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

As far as size and weight are concerned, the Galaxy S is the thinner of the two phones in this match-up, measuring 9.9mm to the Desire’s 11.9mm. In terms of weight, the Samsung Galaxy S weighs 119g, while the Desire is a much heftier 135g. (2-0)



The Galaxy S’s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, geo-tagging, touch to focus functionality, face and smile detection and HD video recording. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. The Desire also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera along with auto-focus, an LED flash, face detection, smile detection, geo-tagging and non-HD video recording. (3-0)


The design of Samsung’s Galaxy S features a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, with a great resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The Desire’s touch-sensitive AMOLED display only measures 3.7 inches. But like the Galaxy S, the screen has a 480 by 800 resolution. Let’s call this round a tie. (3-0)


As for overall usability and performance, inside the Galaxy S there’s an ARM Cortex A8 chip, rated at 1GHz. The Desire boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor. Android 2.1 comes installed on the Galaxy S, which is the same software used by the Desire, albeit with HTC’s bolted-on Sense UI. (3-0)

Downloadable apps


the Galaxy S incorporates 16GB versus the 4GB capacity of the Desire. The Galaxy S also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to a massive 48GB. The 4GB storage capacity on HTC’s phone can be expanded to 32GB via its own microSD slot. (4-0)

Battery life:

Fully-charged, Samsung claims a decent 6.5 hours of talktime for the Galaxy S, compared to 6.7 hours for the Desire. Standby times are 576 hours and 360 hours respectively. The Galaxy S scores 1, the Desire 0 in this round. (5-0)



The Galaxy S also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. The Desire features its own digital compass, GPS/A-GPS sat-nav and an FM radio. (5-0)

The Samsung Galaxy S wins!

Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Galaxy S vs. HTC DesireChalk this up as another win for the Samsung Galaxy S (5-0). The Desire is a great Android phone. But the newer, bigger-screened Galaxy S has the most memory, records HD video and is lighter and slimmer than the popular HTC handset. Given a straight choice between the two, the Galaxy S is the obvious choice.

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