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HTC Desire S drives us wild in hands-on photo gallery

Give in to your desires with our gallery of hands-on photos of the new Android-powered HTC Desire S.

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Richard Trenholm

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The wraps are off the HTC Desire S, HTC's Android-powered follow-up to the HTC Desire and HTC Desire HD, and we've taken a look. Give in to your Desire S and click through our gallery, to see if our first impressions live up to your wildest desires.

The Desire S boasts a 3.7-inch, 480x800-pixel screen. That's the same size as the original Desire, so if you're after a bigger screen you'll need the Desire HD's epic 4.3-inch display. Inside the phone is a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor. It's snappy and responsive, and the screen looks great.

The phone is snugly ensconced in an aluminum, unibody casing. It's a sturdy frame that adds a definite touch of class. There are small rubberised sections at the top and bottom of the back of the frame, with the bottom section sliding smoothly off to reveal the battery.

The Desire S we saw runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Desire S could launch with an upgrade to 2.4 (also Gingerbread, confusingly), but HTC told us that depends on Google.

It's fronted by HTC Sense, a user interface that adds extra features to Android. The list of apps now adds a handy option to quickly pull up the apps you've downloaded from the Android Market, or those apps you use the most, indicated by a star.

Another cool feature is the ability to see all your home screens in one place, and re-arrange them to your liking, so the information you want is easy to access.

The 5-megapixel camera also shoots video 720p video. There's also a front-facing VGA camera for video calling, which you access by opening a separate app called Mirror -- because it turns your phone into a mirror.

Ultimately, the Desire S isn't a huge departure from the original Desire. But that phone was already an Editor's Choice Award-winning phone even before it got new clothes and a fresh lick of paint on the interface. Is this sprucing-up enough to tempt you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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The Desire S is encased in a single piece of aluminium, topped and tailed by plastic sections.
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The lower section comes off so you can get at the battery.
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The headphone jack and power button on top of the phone.
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The four standard Android buttons.
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The side of the phone, showing the volume buttons and USB connection.
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The front-facing camera.
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The Desire S uses Android 2.3 with HTC's Sense interface on top.
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Apps can be filtered by which you use the most, or which you've downloaded from the Android Market.

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