HTC Desire S long-term test: first impression and performance test {review}


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The first impression of the HTC Desire S: Stylish, is well in the hand, stable processing. The unit is made of a block of aluminum. It is 59,8 mm wide, 11,63 mm deep, 115 mm high and weighs with battery 130 gram. This makes it 3 mm shorter and 8 gram lighter than the previous model HTC Desire. Reason: The optical navigation button of the predecessor is missing from Desire S.

HTC Desire S in the long-term test: first impression and performance test {Review} HTC Desire S


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Yesterday, o2 Business launched the new HTC Desire S, which I will be testing for the next three months, along with the o2 on Business Upgrade plan and o2 Multicard, which are provided to me free of charge. The phone I can keep after the end of the trial period.

The device costs with o2 depending on the contract between one and 209 Euro, 368,70 Euro (from 339 Euro at volume), at Ebay from 300 Euro (attention, look at the configuration). The recommended retail price is 499 Euro.

Dimension and technique

The first impression: Stylish, good hand in hand, stable workmanship. The unit is made of a block of aluminum. It is 59,8 mm wide, 11,63 mm deep, 115 mm high and weighs with battery 130 gram. This makes it 3 mm shorter and 8 gram lighter than the previous model HTC Desire. Reason: The optical navigation button of the predecessor is missing from Desire S.

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The device comes with a fast 1 GHz processor, an internal phone memory of 1,1 GB and a memory of 768 MB Ram. No wonder then that the device is running really fast - and this performance is also noticeable in the operation: I'm thrilled how fast you can switch through the menu.

Display and keyboard

Really awesome is the 9,4 cm big display (3,7 inches) as well as the seven homescreens, which you can also look at in an overview view. This can be used, for example, to put various apps on it. Really practical, however, would be, if you open applications also there and then in the intervening between them could switch. In order to find out whether and how this can be done, I have to deal with it even more in detail.

A big plus is the keyboard: Thanks to the large screen, the keys are finally so wide that you can comfortably typing and typing. Hooray! Maybe that will, after all my previous bad experience, but still something with my mobile office for the handbag? And spontaneously I ask myself: Is there actually a Duden app for the mobile?

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Pre-installed applications

In fact, many useful programs are already preinstalled: for example, a PDF reader or an Office program called Quick-Office, with which Word and Excel documents can be created and edited. Even if the PDF reader is not really suitable as an e-book reader, it is fantastic that I do not have to install so much.

What is missing in the basic configuration, however, is a file manager and a system app, for example, displays the processor load or really cracks applications that are no longer needed, instead of just wegwitch them - which saves energy, for example.

Privacy Policy

Instead, the user interface HTC-Sense wants to do the same itself - including backup synchronization of the phone with the server and collection of location-based data. For privacy reasons, I will have to look again very closely.

Connections and connection

Positive are the connections: An 3,5-mm audio connection, with which you can connect without any adapters any standard headphones. In addition, there is a standard micro-USB port, ie an 5-pin micro-USB 2.0 connector and, of course, the matching connection cable is included.

And then a miracle happened that I did not even dare to hope for: The Desire is recognized without any mocking and without software installation as a USB device from my PC running Ubuntu Linux. So I do not have to, as before, the data via FTP on the device shovel and not even remove the attached 8 GB microSD memory card every time.

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And again the battery cover ...

Unfortunately, then, I also notice a little quirk: The painful thing with the Akudeckel. Because even here this is very difficult to open - and then it is not quite true, at the bottom remains a small gap open. Maybe I'm just too clumsy to handle such a difficile device?

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After all, I now know a solution that has already worked on the last cellphone: I just order for a few euros a silicone bag via Ebay - which always remains around the device, even if I use it and protects against the ingress of dust and dirt particles.

Performance test

After almost four months of testing, I am still thrilled with the overall performance of the HTC Desire S. I can tweet, e-mail and use the device with various other communication channels, taking notes and even blogging.

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With small restrictions an absolutely great work tool and also still easy for the handbag.

Battery and UMTS - it sucks!

A sticking point is of course the battery power. Because unfortunately the device hardly manages to use it during intensive use. Especially the UMTS sucks on the battery - and strangely more than the Wi-Fi. Hard to miss the GPS, which I never had for the same reason.

Also the UMTS I have to switch off between again and again, in order to save battery. The practical location-based service, however, which is dangerous to data protection law, has already failed because of very practical reasons of application.

Without UMTS holds the battery then by the way also times two days - as long as one does not make between two photos. Also, the brightness adjustable via widget can save battery:

Second battery needed

There are three brightness levels, the medium brightness level is completely sufficient and also saves some battery hours. However, it is not recommended to let the cell phone go dark: you will not see anything at the latest when the sun is shining on your mobile phone and you can only change it again via TrialundError.

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I think about the purchase of a second battery - have in my circle of friends not even so few people!

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The memory

The device is equipped with a removable SD card with 8 GB memory, which is better but not completely full. Because the quasi-full memory makes the device apparently slower. After deleting a GB data it went again faster.

However, the additional installed Launcher Pro surface proved to be a big problem. Because apparently the software programmed for the standard Android does not work properly on the HTC-modified Desire S.

It hangs and hangs and hangs

Constant system crashes were the result, after the SD card "filled up" the device then had clear hangers and system crashes became the rule. I have therefore not only removed data, but also the LauncherPro - since then the device has been working properly and faster than before.

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What also inspires me is that the device is more or less multi-tasking. At least as far as the performance is concerned: There is no hanger or longer pauses, if one jumps from one device to the next.

Multitasking with small restrictions

Pressing the Home button longer will display the most recently opened programs, with the luckily even the currently used settings or files still open.

However, with my Password Manager Keepass, I have to enter the password again each time. It may be that this is a security fix - but one that makes switching between different applications rather complicated.

Overall: Better than a netbook

Overall the mobile phone however is much more powerful than eg my 2 years old Nokia netbook and wins for me the comparison Handy vs.. Netbook unambiguous. Almost barely believing! What is still missing is a USB port for external hard drives and a kind of docking station with stand for an external keyboard - then the HTC Desire S would be the perfect working tool.

What could be better, the photo performance would be: compared to the Samsung Galaxy at most satisfactory. Snapshots can be made with it, more is not in it. Anyway, what's missing is a really good camera that combines all of these cell phone features - instead of a cell phone with rudimentary photo features.

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  1. Erwin

    The problem with NGC is the "grafted" HTC system that makes it difficult to use market applications.
    Ie the system is permanent at the switch, which costs performance.
    The best way to update gingerbread because the interface is better regulated.

    I myself am, after a short testpase with the Galaxy changed to the Galaxy S2, which incidentally has the USB host for coupling hd and sd devices. However, over adapter cable.
    Oh yes, for the Galaxy S2 there is a 2000er battery, enough for full 3 days a 24 hours, even tested
    With the built-in Camera 8 mp, the photographed of business cards and text is a pleasure 

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Erwin,
      thanks for the explanation. Well, I had bad experiences with an older Galaxy made .. A question about the Gingerbred: Does it then still the comparison of contacts and appointments with Facebook?

  2. Simone Janson

    Hi Max, thanks for the hint.
    Seems to be the old problem: More power only thanks to more size (and weight). ;-)

  3. Max

    So I also have such a part with solar cell, that really does not bring it because the cell is too small and almost no power brings the built-in battery to charge. But that can also load via USB.

    When I was with relatives in Switzerland this summer, they had a USB battery with a rather large, but still thin, solar-panel connected via cable, such as A4. It was always on the terrace and the battery was hidden in the shade. On hikes on the backpack or camping certainly an alternative that seemed to be enough for more than just a load on the phone.

  4. Max

    At that time I had also wondered when switching from Symbian to Android that WLAN sucks much less on the battery than UMTS. Even if the WLAN is permanently on and does not fall into the automatic hibernation, hardly a difference to remember, provided that it is logged in a wireless network and does not have to search on the go.

    Although I do not have a second battery right away, I do have a small emergency charger with an integrated battery. The can be loaded at home or in the office to mini or micro-USB and plugged in the phone on the go. So you can sometimes help out with others. ;)

  5. Simone Janson

    This with the emergency charger sounds good - better than a battery! Even more interesting, I find emergency chargers with solar power - but someone once thought that they just do not bring it. Maybe I have to test that sometimes ;-)
    Interestingly, that with the battery consumption and UMTS apparently not on the device but the operating system is ;-)

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