The Desire S is an Rs 28,900 phone riddled with contradictions. It’s got the most top notch hardware and software combinations available when it comes to single core Androids, packing in the new generation 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 SoC and Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC’s Sense UI. But at the same time falters at its core function – being a phone.
At locations with low network availability, the phone seems to have trouble with switching towers to hunt for whichever signal is stronger. While there are no drops when on call at such locations, often you find no network on the phone when it had been lying idle for a while. Searching for networks and registering manually solves the problem, still it’s something we’d rather do without in a phone of this caliber. To add to this the speaker on the Desire S is abysmally soft. So be prepared to be greeted with a string of missed calls if the phone is kept away from you; even the TV is loud enough to drown out the little pipsqueak.
Apart from these flaws, we have good things to report from our tests, but we doubt whether you’d really care after the above revelations. The phone feels quite well built thanks to the aluminium unibody design. With its smooth curves and selective usage of chrome, it’s easy on the eyes too. The battery lasts a day with mixed usage of data over 3G and Wi-Fi and about an hour of voice. The camera and screen are decent. To conclude, while the specs sheet reads like the A-list of single core Androids and on paper looks it like the best value preposition, it would probably be better to look at it’s elder sibling the Incredible S, which is devoid f these flaws.
CPU: 1 GHz;
Internal phone storage: 1.1 GB;
RAM: 768 MB;
Main Camera: 5 MP autofocus with LED flash;
Sensors: G, Proximity, Light, Compass;
Battery: 1450 mAh L-ion;
SoC: Qualcomm MSM8255;
Misc: GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n
Web site: www.htc.com/in
Price: Rs 28,900