HTC Desire S vs HTC Desire HD

Vs Paul Briden 21:38, 5 Mar 2011

We take a look at how two of HTC’s best stack up against each other with the HTC Desire S versus the HTC Desire HD

Yet another internal scuffle this time as we take the two top-of-the-range HTC Desire devices and have them duke it out to see which one rules the roost.

HTC Desire S - 115 x 59.8 x 11.63 mm, 130g
HTC Desire HD - 123 x 68 x 11.8 mm, 164g

The HTC Desire is the bulkier of the two handsets, but not by much, they’re almost equally thin and sleek in design. Visually the Desire HD is a little more angular, much as we found with the Samsung Galaxy S II, this seems to be something of a trend but one we’re rather in favour of – larger but thinner handsets with less curvature on the corners makes for a very appealing appearance. The Desire HD is also a wee bit heavier but not enough to make it cumbersome.

The overall size of the phones means the Desire HD has the larger screen of the two at 4.3-inches to the 3.7-inches of the Desire S, but we’ll cover the display in more detail later.

Of course, they’re both top-range HTC handsets so visually they have more in common than not, overall however, we feel the HD Desire has a design which is slightly more in-line with contemporary trends and looks all the better for it. For that reason, the HTC Desire HD wins this round.

Winner – HTC Desire HD

The Desire S uses a 480x800 pixel resolution capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch and a proximity sensor for auto-rotate. The Desire HD has the same setup but the touchscreen is an S-LCD, Sony’s own LCD technology, in place of the Samsung AMOLED display.

The switch to S-LCD was largely due to shortage of supply in AMOLED screens from Samsung but supposedly the S-LCD’s are still quite efficient with regard to battery usage and feature a similar 180-degree viewing angle through Sony’s VSPEC III technology.

There isn’t much difference between the two handsets in this regard but as we mentioned earlier the Desire HD has a larger screen so our vote has to go with the HD on this occasion.

Winner – HTC Desire HD

Operating System
Both handsets use Google’s Android operating system, the Desire HD uses 2.2 Froyo while the Desire S uses 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Desire S seems to have received preferential treatment on the OS front as 2.3 is certainly the better of the two versions with an improved keyboard and general tweaks all round.

Rumours abound that the Desire HD will, at some point, receive a 2.3 update but in the meantime it’s at a slight disadvantage. Both phones have had the ‘HTC Sense’ UI overlaid with the Android OS and this had been known in some cases to create slowdown issues.

In this round we have to declare the Desire S as the winner and it’s all down to Gingerbread.
Winner – HTC Desire S

The Desire S features 1.1 GB of internal storage, 768 MB of RAM and supports Micro SD and Micro SDHC cards, the Desire HD, meanwhile, has 1.5 GB of storage space, with the same RAM and card support. Not much difference here but the 0.4 GB difference in space means the Desire HD comes out as the winner on this one.

Winner – HTC Desire HD

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