HTC Desire S
Great screen definition<br>More battery life<br>Sturdy construction
Slips out of hand if not careful
The Bottom Line:
This is most likely the best phone i have bought so far
This is a relatively new phone from the desire line, and personally one of my favorites.
I won't bore you with all the technical details you can easily find online, but inform you on practical features the phone has. First off the phone feels quite sturdy in your hand, it doesn't have a cheap plastic-y feeling you get from other models. The only real problem is that if you don't have a case for it, it tends to slip out of your hand if you are not careful.
The screen is really amazing, the colors are very sharp, great back illumination and great definition. Although it is smaller than the Desire HD I personally think that the movie experience this phone gives is second to none. With the right apps installed you can watch high definition movies where the quality will really surprise you. Pictures also come out true to form (in playback) the colors are truly marvelous, almost as in real life. I also noticed that this particular screen is very similar to the Iphone4's retina display. Sure there are some minor difference in the way the icons look, but as in video playback they are pretty much the same.
As far as battery life goes, on a moderate use the battery can easily last the whole day without needing to recharge, on little use it can last up to 2 days on heavy use it should last around half a day. If you want the battery to last longer all you need to do is lower screen brightness and limit the automatic syncs, turn off Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / GPS when not in use and voila, battery will last a lot longer.
The built in GPS receiver is amazingly good, it gets a lock quite fast and once it acquires enough satellites it hardly ever loses the signal. The best part about the built-in GPS is that you do not need a data plan for navigation, once you have the maps of a selected country all you need to do then is install them on the phone and the data plan will only be needed to access additional POI information or traffic information. One very interesting feature is that when you use a program like Navigon, once you exit the program the GPS receiver will still 'work' in the background, it will seem like it is deactivated but in reality it still works. This means it uses minimal resources (and battery) so that the next time you turn it on it can lock onto your position with grater ease. Memory is no longer an issue as this particular model FINALLY has a decent amount of internal memory, around 1GB (the original desire had less than 100mb) There is no real reason to root or to force installation of apps to the SD card. The internet works really fast, the browser is updated but personally I would use Doplphin HD (free on android market), because it makes surfing much more user-friendly than the built-in option. Another great feature is not only the tethering possibility, but also the exact opposite. In other words you wan use the internet connection on your laptop/desktop computer to surf on your phone. The camera works pretty well and takes some really nice pictures, obviously being a mobile phone camera the pictures will be only of a certain quality, you wont be able to sell them to a photography magazine but you can take some nice shots with friends. The HD video recording is quite good, the only problem is that it seems to lag a little in playback on a PC, maybe I haven't tweaked it well enough yet. The phone does come at a fairly high price, around 500 euro, but given the cost of other high end mobile phones this seems like the best deal. Keep in mind that it is based on the original desire, which at it's time (roughly a year and a few months ago) was the top selling phone, the Desire S is basically an upgrade from the original fixing minor problems here and there. If you are on the market for a new phone and wanted an Android (heck even if you don't want an android) this is most likely one of the best options out there.