HTC Desires: buyers' guide

HTC Desires: buyers' guideThe HTC Desire is one of the biggest thorns in the iPhone’s side. It’s hugely popular and regularly tops the charts on the likes of uSwitch. But somewhat confusingly, there are four different Desires either available now or coming soon.

In this feature we’ll look at the differences in specs, what makes each of them unique, and how much you can expect to pay. We’ll keep things SIMple (sorry) and look at the SIM-free options for the various Desires, giving you a rough idea of the current value of the handsets. Actually, some of them aren’t available on contract, so SIM-free is definitely the way forward. Let’s go.

HTC Desires: buyers' guideHTC Desire

The original HTC Desire was released in Q2 of 2010. CNET UK rated the phone at 9.2/10, while TechRadar awarded it a perfect 5.5, saying: "In short, this is a phenomenal phone—one of the best we've ever had."

The HTC Desire has a 3.7in screen, which makes it marginally bigger than the iPhone, 5MP camera and 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

It shipped with Android 2.1 (Eclair), received Android 2.2 (Froyo) in August 2010, and will see Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at some point in Q2 of 2011.


We’ve seen the HTC Desire go as low as £250 this year, but here are some of the best prices at the time of writing:

Handtec: £311.22
Amazon: £329.99
eXpansys: £336.59

HTC Desires: buyers' guideHTC Desire S

The HTC Desire S was revealed at last month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. To be honest, other than the HTC Flyer, HTC’s showing was largely disappointing. They bunged an “S” on the end of the Desire, Wildfire and Incredible, and debuted a couple of Facebook phones. Meh.

Anyway, back to the HTC Desire S. We’re expecting the handset in April this year. It’s not massively different from its predecessor, but most notably adds a front-facing camera, ups the RAM from 576MB to 768MB and boasts better battery life. Oh, and it’s also slimmer and 5g lighter.


Generally, the HTC Desire S is about £70 more expensive. Is it worth the extra money? Well, that’s entirely subjective. How much do you value those modest improvements?

Handtec: £383.99
Amazon: £399.99
eXpansys: £404.99

HTC Desires: buyers' guideHTC Desire HD

The HTC Desire HD is a bit of a beast, packing what HTC describes as a “huge cinematic 4.3-inch display”. At that size, it’s almost wandering into mini-tablet territory.

The megapixels are cranked on the HTC Desire HD too, raising its little brother’s 5MP to 8MP. It also records video in 720p HD (erm, hence the name). Under the hood, it rocks 1GHz of processing juice.

Like the HTC Desire, the HTC Desire HD can expect a slice of Gingerbread in Q2.


It’s not hugely more expensive, but it is huge.

Amazon: £374.99
Handtec: £395.39
eXpansys: £399.99

HTC Desires: buyers' guideHTC Desire Z

The HTC Desire Z, released in November 2010, is essentially the HTC Desire with a slide-out keyboard. So there you go.

In terms of specs it’s much the same dealio, with a 3.7in screen and 5MP camera. Of course, the keyboard makes it a little bit heavier, weighing 180g compared the original HTC Desire’s 135g.

The HTC Desire Z is a little more modest in the processing department, at 800MHz compared to the other Desires’ 1GHz.

Yet again, Google will treat the HTC Desire Z to Gingerbread in Q2.


It’s generally a little more expensive than the original HTC Desire, but Handtec has a particularly attractive HTC Desire Z deal at the moment.

Handtec: £338.39
eXpansys: £369.99
Amazon: £409.20

If Mobotniks come across any better deals, hit us up with a comment below.

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stezo2k  Mar. 21, 2011 at 13:11

Great guide, I wouldn't describe my HD as huge though. It is bigger than most but only because of the screen. Fits nicely in my hand, the standard desire i'd recommend for smaller hands though

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2011 at 14:48

Agree with stezo2k...
I have a HTC HD2 and I had the Desire HD, and I found both more comfortable than, say, the cold glassy iPhone 4...

mr-mixalot  Mar. 22, 2011 at 14:22

Desire HD, best phone IMO, iPhone only good for propping up a wonky table


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