The HTC Desire S is available for around £25 per month on a contract, while SIM-free prices hover around the £400 mark.
The original Desire was hardly an ugly device, but the Desire S makes it look positively dumpy by comparison. The Desire S boasts an aluminium 'unibody' chassis, like the. That means its entire body is machined out of one complete piece of metal, giving it a reassuringly solid feel. There's a plastic slide-off cover, so you can insert a SIM card and external memory card, but this takes up only a small part of the casing and doesn't really affect the phone's robust build quality.
While the Desire S' new bodywork makes it feel like a completely different phone to the original Desire, the same can't be said of the touchscreen. Its size and resolution remain unchanged, at 3.7 inches and 480x800 pixels respectively.
Those of you expecting something along the lines of the's massive 4.3-inch touchscreen will be disappointed, but 3.7 inches will be enough for most people. The screen may not rival the 's razor-sharp display in terms of resolution, but it's larger in terms of size.
Although the screen hasn't changed, the buttons which run along its bottom have. Instead of physical keys, the Desire S has touch-sensitive buttons, similar to those seen on theand . Another alteration is the removal of the optical trackpad, although we can't imagine many people will shed a tear about this -- we've always found this sort of trackpad rather redundant on Android handsets.
Beneath the gorgeous aluminium exterior, the Desire S offers only a handful of improvements on its predecessor. The Snapdragon processor remains clocked at 1GHz, but this time it's a second-generation model and is aided by 768MB of RAM. This ensures a smoother, faster user experience, but, in terms of raw power, the Desire S is outmatched by the raft of dual-core monsters that are making their way into the market, such as theand .
Although it may not be the most powerful phone on the block, the Desire S is up to date in terms of software, running. This means the phone benefits from a whole host of embellishments, such as better memory management, myriad performance boosts and built-in video-call capability. The latter function is facilitated by a front-facing camera that sits alongside the earpiece at the top of the handset.
Sense user interface
Sitting atop Gingerbread is HTC's proprietary Sense user interface, seen here in its 2.2 guise. Few could fail to be impressed by Sense's intuitive and useful functionality. Unlike some skins from other manufacturers, it makes genuine improvements to the default Android software.