rimz790

I need some customer feedback on the Desire S please, thanks

is it worth getting, as i can get 20% off staff discount and a £250 cashback for taking it out on a 24 month contract

Most Useful Answer blizzard7  Aug. 5, 2011 at 16:36

@russ
Out of interest, what do you use the loudspeaker for?

Otherwise I agree with CTPAHHIK but I guess it depends on your needs. If you're only going to be a moderate user then a Desire S is a great phone.

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CTPAHHIK  Aug. 5, 2011 at 08:20

That's hard to say. What are your prices for says Samsung Galaxy SII or Sensation? Both are better phones.

russ  Aug. 5, 2011 at 10:03

Have a listen to the "loud" speaker before buying. I regret buying an original Desire because its such a horrible little speaker. They may have improved things with the Desire S but I doubt it.

blizzard7  Aug. 5, 2011 at 16:36

@russ
Out of interest, what do you use the loudspeaker for?

Otherwise I agree with CTPAHHIK but I guess it depends on your needs. If you're only going to be a moderate user then a Desire S is a great phone.

rimz790  Aug. 5, 2011 at 19:41

I am a moderate user when i get a handset. I mainly text, the odd calls here and there and web browsing every now and then. Aslong as i can get 2-3 days battery life and texting with the phone is a breeze, I'll be happy.

Iv handled a work colleagues Galaxy S2 today and thought it was a little too big for my liking, otherwise a great screen and quick when using the software. Played around with a Desire HD, same again, it felt a little too big for my liking. I am not fussed about a big screen and the speakerphone function will be used rarely tbh.

rimz790  Aug. 5, 2011 at 19:42

@ CTPAHHIK the £250 cashback was only on the Desire S via Quidco. Plus i like the size of the original Desire and since the Desire S is smaller, it'll definitely appeal to me.

blizzard7  Aug. 5, 2011 at 20:06

Well it sounds like a great deal. If you have reasonable requirements in terms of screen brightness and how long you are on WiFi you should happily get 48 hours out of the battery with capacity to spare. Texting with the Desire S is a doddle (believe it or not I type most of my posts like this one on my HTC Desire) and if you don't like the default there are lots of customizable options like swype and swiftkey.

rimz790  Aug. 5, 2011 at 20:27

@ blizzard7, i wont be using wifi unless im outside my house showing youtube videos to my mates and screen brightness i tend to take down to a minimum on all my phones :D one question i do have is, i keep on reading about the issues with wifi on htc handsets, whats your feedback on that matter???

blizzard7  Aug. 5, 2011 at 22:44

Not having owned an HTC Desire S (only a Desire) I can only comment on the WiFi signal of my handset. I can partially recreate the WiFi problems if I grip the top of the phone fairly firmly (the most I'm ever able to get is a drop of 2 bars out of 5). On my 10 MB Virgin connection, this means my speeds go from roughly 9.6 MBs to about 7.2 MBs. That said you'll never really grip the phone in the way you need to get the signal to drop as normally holding it in landscape, I have thumb and index on the corners with my other fingers supporting the back by the camera. This way, the signal doesn't budge.

Of course, the Desire S may be different in some way but not owning one I can't say for sure. After looking at a few YouTube videos, it appears it's the same deal. Holding it in an awkward fashion will drop the signal, but that's as far as it goes.

rimz790  Aug. 5, 2011 at 23:28

Thanks blizzard7 for your time and effort. Iv got 7 days to play about with the phone and if for whatever reason i don't like it (which I'm hoping it doesn't get to that stage) i can return the whole package.

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