The Desire S builds on the strengths of its predecessor. The inclusion of Android 2.3 and the latest HTC Sense interface are the best features. However, a SIM-free price of £399 does seem a bit much, and it might be better to invest a little extra for a Desire HD or Nexus S
Great interface, solid build quality, HTC Sense portal integration, reasonable battery life
Rear camera not the best, tad pricey for the specifications on offer
£399 SIM or free from £25 per month on Vodafone
Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 2.1 overlay, 3.7in Super LCD screen with 480 x 800 resolution, 130g, 1GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 1.1GB internal storage, micro-SD card expansion, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash, front-facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 1450 mAh battery
The Desire S is the latest edition to the growing Android family and is the successor to the highly popular Desire handset. The smartphone boasts a number of upgrades, the most prominent of which is the aluminium unibody design and a front-facing camera.
With dimensions of 115 x 11.63 x 59.8mm, the Desire S is slightly smaller that its predecessor, which was 119 x 11.9 x 60mm. However, the device has the same sized 3.7in screen.
The Super LCD display comes with a 480 x 800 resolution and is visibly brighter than the screen on the original, which used Amoled technology. However, the display on the Desire S is still not as bright or sharp as those found on the iPhone 4 or Google Nexus S, but this is to be expected for a lower-end phone.
The Desire S is powered by the latest 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor so, although it is the same speed as the original, the manufacturer has said that it offers improved performance and uses the battery more efficiently.
Although the device is generally quick, there is sometimes a lag between the opening and closing of applications.
HTC has also upped the RAM from 576MB to 768MB, which allows the phone to cope better with data-hungry apps. Disappointingly, there is only 1.1GB of internal storage on offer. Although micro-SD card support is offered, users are required to purchase a card.
The aluminum unibody is welcome, but the battery cover is made from plastic and still feels fragile. Removing the cover can also be fiddly, much like the one on the HTC Desire S.
HTC has stuck with the 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. This boasts 720p HD video recording, but it's still not as good as the camera on the Nokia N8.
HTC has also added a front-facing VGA camera to allow for video calling. This puts it up there with high-end devices such as the iPhone 4 and Google Nexus S. Image quality of the front-facing camera is a little grainy compared to the one on the iPhone 4, but is still more than adequate for video calling.