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HTC Desire S hands-on (photos)

The Desire S is one of six new HTC phones at Mobile World Congress. CNET takes a closer look.

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Kent was a senior managing editor at CNET News. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he reviewed the first iPhone and worked in both the London and San Francisco offices. When not working, he's planning his next vacation, walking his dog or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).
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HTC Desire S

BARCELONA, Spain--Though it's not a huge departure from the original Desire, the HTC Desire S has a sturdy aluminum shell and a rounded shape that fits nicely in the hand. The Gingerbread-powered device offers a Qualcomm 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, front- and rear-facing HD cameras, and a 3.7-inch WVGA display.
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Leap feature

Like the Incredible S, the Desire S also has HTC's Leap feature for seeing all seven home screens at once.
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Menu

Tap on the menu icon at the bottom of the home screen to access the full list of features. You'll find everything that you'd expect on a smartphone include media players, productivity apps, messaging and e-mail, and access to the Android Market.
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Car panel

The handy car panel puts several features at your fingertips when you're on the road.
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Photo gallery

The photo gallery will display all your shots in a grid.
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Music player

The user-friendly music player interface supports album art and works in both portrait and landscape modes.
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Shortcuts

Like on any other Android phone, you can fill the home screens with widgets and app shortcuts. Pictured here is the weather app.
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Virtual keyboard

The Desire S has a virtual keyboard only.
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Phone dialer

The phone dialer interface is easy to use.
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Rounded edges

The Desire S' rounded edges give it a streamlined look.
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Top side

You'll find the power control and 3.5mm headset jack on the handset's top side.
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Rear side

The main camera lens and flash are on the Desire S' rear side.
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HTC Desire S

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