Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC Desire S
Member Name: dollydoo12
HTC Desire S
Advantages: Easy and quick to use once set up. Allows high degree of prsonalosation.
Disadvantages: Harsh flash on Camera.
Apple are likely to lose a large chunk of future sales on their I-Phones if the HTC Desire S manages to gain the full recognition which it deserves. Determined be bitten by the apple bug or be the Blackberry disease which friends and family have fallen foul to I decided to take the plunge and look into the Android market for my new phone. At £26 a month over two years from Vodaphone I am provided with a free phone, unlimited texts, unlimited Vodaphone to Vodaphone calls, 300 minutes, 500Mb of mobile internet and 100 picture messages. My plan allows for my obsessive compulsive texting disorder and as all my family and boyfriend are on Vodaphone we make use of the free calls and I have never exceeded the 300 minutes, the internet allowance is quite small but this can be topped up for additional money but I tend to make the most of free Wi-Fi hotspots for fast and free browsing.
Slightly smaller than the I-phone the HTC Desire S is sleek and smart in Black (or the exclusive burgundy colour which Vodaphone offers) and there is a variety of cases which can keep it safe from scratches. Unlike other phones I have had which have met an untimely death falling onto the ground from my grasp the HTC desire manages to withstand being dropped upon a concrete slab- perfect those who like me suffer from butterfingers who wish for a stylish phone that can deal the occasional cuts and bruises it is likely to occur. When taking out a long term contract this is particularly important, nobody wants a phone which is likely to smash into pieces within the first few months. Beats other smart phones (such as the I-Phone four) which suffer from "death grip" which is when a person hold their phone the antenna is so placed that the grip covers it and decreases the signal which the person is receiving. The HTC is aesthetically pleasing and
The HTC desire S makes use of the Scorpion processing system which allows the phone to quickly and smoothly operate, with over 70 apps on my phone at present and with numerous apps often open at the same time the phone continues to work at the same excellent speed. For those who like to be able to check emails, texts face book, the weather and the latest group on discounts without having to close an app each time this phone can easily accommodate, making phone usage quicker and less frustrating than that of other phones! I know from personal experience the ability to send a quick reply text on my HTC device and be able to pick up my game of Angry Birds seconds later at the exact same place is a luxury I would no longer be willing to compromise on. Apple ought to step up their act on this front, none of their I-phone models have yet been designed with this multifunction ability.
The HTC Desire S has seven home screens, although the typical image of the all HTC home screens has a very large clock and various applications on the front this can be completely transformed. Unlike other smart phones where icons for every application has an icon which is on some part of the home screen the HTC desire allows you to declutter all the icons from your home page by having separate app menus. It also cleverly allows for you to set up the home screen so as scrolling through you can have immediate the most important applications such as email, text, call history and the colander which means instead of locating the icon, pressing it and waiting to load you can stroll across and the application is open and ready for use as soon as you have finished scrolling to the desired. The android market also has tons of widgets, apps, backgrounds and themes which can be downloaded to fully personalise the phone. If you dislike something on the phone it is easy to download an app which will allow you to carry out the function in the way you prefer. For example those who like the chatty style which text messages are laid out by apple can download an app which reproduces this effect or which allows for the user to configure the messaging to display in numerous ways.
The HTC Desire has a large touch screen similar in size to the I-phone which is very sensitive. Good colour and definition although not quite as impressive as the I-phone 4 it still miles ahead of other smart phones such as previous I-phone models and other smart phones such as Blackberrys . The tough screen is slightly harder to work than other mobiles such as the blackberry which has a keypad because the onscreen keypad on the Desire S has very small buttons which are close together. On the upside there is plenty of keyboard apps which can be downloaded which make typing a LOT easier. This is the type of phone which may initially be frustrating but once it is customised to your taste it is hard to imagine having anther phone which does not offer the same flexibility. Running on the Android operating system, which is now the largest and most used in the world, the HTC Desire S makes itself a whole lot easier and fun to use than phones such as the Blackberrys which run on an operating system which is less popular and with less apps available. Developers will want to design apps for the biggest market so the Desire S can only get better!
The camera suffers from a very bright flash which can be annoying and I have yet to find a solution to this and find that in low light shots unless they are far enough away my pictures are very bright, not to the point of them being terrible but to the point of comparing it with the LED flash from the I-phone four and wishing that the Desire S had used this technology instead. With 5 mega pixels the photo are sometimes just as good as those taken by a digital camera and ensures great pictures which are easily sent via mms or uploaded onto social networking sites.
The HTC Desire S is a great phone, well designed and it can be fiddled about with until it suits the individual wants and tastes. My Mother ordered the same phone after I got mine and seeing how easy I was finding it and all the great add ons and personal touches I had implemented. 5 days later the phone was taken back to the shop, she couldn't get her head round all this advanced technology and found it too complicated to use. The phone was TOO smart for her! I reckon that so long as you take time to learn the inns and outs of the phone and are not a complete technophobe like my mother is then you will find the phone enjoyable and exciting.
Summary: A well designed phone which benifits from it's use of the Android operating system.