HTC Desire S in the long-term test: the cell phone as a mobile office {review}


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The HTC Desire S is sold as a business phone. And you also notice that since I have the HTC Desire, even my netbook is too big and too heavy for me to lug it all the time. Why? For many things, the phone works at least as well.


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Office for mobile?

The already supplied Office application is called Quick-Office: It processes Word and Excel documents: formatting and spell checking. Only after a copy and paste function I search in vain. Only for PowerPoint applications I would need an extra program. There must be another office program.

The sticking point for mobile devices is and remains for me the keyboard: If it is not handy enough, I can not Twitter or eMaillet alone take notes. The keyboard of the HTC Desire S works great in portrait as well as in landscape view.

Great keyboard with small drawbacks

Quite often I catch the fact that I do not have to turn the mobile phone into the landscape mode: the tapping goes even in the portrait view very easy.

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A lack is the missing umlauts and the missing ß on the Android standard keyboard: to them one comes only by prolonged pressing the corresponding vowel and S-keys. After all, there are of course also keyboards with umlauts!

Help, the word recognition

Sure, instead of "must" you can simply write "must" and hope for word recognition. But word recognition has its pitfalls, because it does what it wants: Although it usually shows the correct one of the available words, you have to click on it.

However, it happened to me several times that I had a message or a tweet that I typed in carefully and sent, only to then notice that there was a completely different word. Something like this can quickly become embarrassing (and the signature “sent from my HTC” under the eMails may not be that stupid).

Text input via audio

After all, there is still an alternative: text input via audio. However, it only seems to be very rudimentary and hardly recognizes a word correctly. Perhaps you have to “teach” them or remove unwanted background noises.

In principle this sounds practical. I do not know, however, whether I want to enter my texts on the way so that everyone can listen. And whether this is useful in my work. For interviews that would be a practical thing! HTC Desire S in the long-term test: The cell phone as a mobile office {Review} job pictures

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Different language

It is even more complicated when, like me, one acts in different languages. One can adjust two languages ​​at the same time, but I would need at least three. And stupid is that the device does not recognize the respective language in which you are writing and then, for example, Italian terms replaced by German.

Nice, however, that there is a spelling check in the included Quick-Office. And there is even a Duden app, which you can purchase and install optionally.

The missing trackball

Also a shortcoming: The missing trackball. Since the conversion of words, sentences, even whole sections in texts is one of my most important tasks, the copy-and-paste function is essential for me.

But if I want to copy the relevant place, the marking process is either by the automatic word marking function or the visual trackback but at least very much to get used to. It costs me on the small screen, despite the magnifying glass for more precise adjustment, more and more time than it should need.

Nevertheless, the HTC Desire S has now become an indispensable companion for me: Almost all my communication, I wrap it, if network coverage available, now on the go: Twitter, Facebook, Skype - and of course eMail.

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eMailwith the HTC Desire S

When included eMailUnfortunately, there seems to be no junk filter. Moreover, it is set by default that only the eMails of the last three days. This is confusing at first, but you can set that so that all eMails are displayed.

Problems sometimes appear when shipping the eMails over UMTS admit. About Wi-Fi is always. Apparently the server is compatible with mine eMailProviders 1blue not with the UMTS settings of oThe problem occurs but as I said only sometimes!

Handling and contact management

A cell phone a mobile office, with which you can do all the complicated things like blogging on the go: Is that possible?

The answer: With the HTC Desire S many things are possible. However, it is not just the functionality of the HTC Desire S that convinces: Overall, Android proves to be a very practical, well mobile user interface.

Blogging with the mobile phone

A feature I do not want to miss anymore: the ability to blog from mobile phones. Or at least post-edit blog posts and answer comments. Made possible by a WordPress app for Android, which displays the backend in a greatly reduced form.

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Of course, this is too low to blog properly - for example, the app only displays keywords, not custom taxonomies. Nevertheless, blogging is better in my opinion than with my 10 inch netbook, where the complex backend is much too small.

No taskbar for open programs

At all, such things show up what a well thought-out Android system is for mobile use. Because it is about classes more transparent for mobile use and small screens than for example Ubuntu with Unity or Windows 7.

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What is missing on the dan Android phones, however, and for what even on the small screen would have been room: The taskbar, which exists on Android tablets (in the picture!) You would not show any open windows, small icons would do it also!

But switching between open programs without having to click back on the homescreen - that would actually be a pretty important feature!

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Contact and appointment management

What I like about the HTC Desire S, however, is the contact and appointment management: The address book and the calendar show not only my contact data, birthdays and events from Google, but also from the address books and calendars of different social networks.

And it gets even better: They also link the identical contacts together. This means that if I have the same friend on Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Google+, Xing and / or in my address book, the HTC asks me if I want to link the contacts together.


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Clean

All you need is a click - and the device already unites all the available data to a contact, which it now displays to me. All dates are also displayed in the overview.

Why is there not something for the PC? Unfortunately, this nice feature could soon be a thing of the past again. This is due to the war between Google and Facebook. Because apparently is at least a data adjustment me the contacts from Facebook on other devices for Android 2.3 no longer possible.

The more complex reasons can be found in Netzwelt. However: After an update the thing still works for me.

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Scan contacts directly

Another feature is the mobile phone: the possibility to scan contacts directly: once photographed, already the contact is also added immediately in the contact management of the mobile phone.

My first attempt with Goggles failed however miserably - the program does not recognize anything at all. But then I find the free app CamCard, which is incidentally also for the iPhone.

Mobile business card management

This seems to work at least in the beginning: at least normal font, black on white, is very well recognized. However, it is important at what angle and at which illumination the business card is scanned.

Say: scanning business cards with the mobile phone sounds like a great future-oriented idea, which is certainly still capable of improvement. For the beginning, however, I am quite satisfied.

Still, the HTC Desire had all the prerequisites to establish itself as a mobile all-rounder for the office work. You can see that mobile work is more and more on the advance!

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