Android phones continue to rise in popularity in Australia. The Telstra-exclusive HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S are two of the most popular models sold down under and both are being succeeded in 2011 by the HTC Desire S and the Samsung Galaxy S II, respectively.
The HTC Desire S has a 3.7in SLCD display with a resolution of 480x800, a 5-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 720p HD video recorder, a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calls, and an aluminium "unibody" design that HTC claims makes it stronger than the original Desire.
The Samsung Galaxy S II boasts a large 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800x480, an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, and a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls,
So how does the HTC Desire S compare against the Samsung Galaxy S II when it comes to specifications?
HTC Desire S vs Samsung Galaxy S II: Specifications
|Feature||HTC Desire S||Samsung Galaxy S II||Verdict?|
|Operating system (OS)||Google Android 2.4 (Gingerbread)||Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Draw|
|Display size||3.7in||4.3in||Galaxy S II|
|Display technology||Capacitive SLCD||Capacitive Super AMOLED Plus||Galaxy S II|
|Display resolution||480x800 pixels||480x800 pixels||Draw|
|Camera||5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation||8 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation, face and smile detection||Galaxy S II|
|Internal memory||1.1GB||16GB or 32GB||Galaxy S II|
|Expandable memory||microSD card slot||microSD card slot||Draw|
|Dimensions||115 x 59.8 x 11.6mm||125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm||Galaxy S II|
|Weight||130g||116g||Galaxy S II|
|Application store||Google Android Market||Google Android Market||Draw|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon (1GHz)||ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1GHz)||Galaxy S II|
|3G networks||HSDPA 900/1900/2100||HSDPA 900/1900/2100||Draw|
|Wi-Fi||802.11b/g/n||802.11a/b/g/n||Galaxy S II|
|Bluetooth||2.1 with A2DP||3.0 with A2DP||Galaxy S II|
|NFC (Near Field Communication)||No||Yes||Galaxy S II|
|Quoted talk time||Up to 7 hours 10 minutes||Unknown||Unknown|
|Quoted standby time||Up to 455 hours||Unknown||Unknown|
|Adobe Flash support||Yes||Yes||Draw|
HTC Desire S vs Samsung Galaxy S II: Design
HTC claims one of the best features of the HTC Desire S Android phone is its design; unlike its largely plastic-bodied predecessor, the Desire S uses an aluminium "unibody" casing, the same design used on the HTC Legend and HTC Desire HD Android phones. HTC claims this unibody design makes the Desire S lighter but stronger than its predecessor.
The HTC Desire S uses an aluminium "unibody" casing, which HTC claims makes it lighter yet stronger than the original Desire.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is just 8.49mm thick, making it thinner than the iPhone 4 and likely the thinnest smartphone in the world. The Galaxy S II has an attractive carbon-like finish on its rear battery cover; in our brief hands-on with the phone it felt both well built and extremely light.
We’ve seen HTC’s unibody design in previous Android phones and were left feeling extremely impressed. Although the Galaxy S II is super-thin, a plastic build can’t match an aluminium one, so the Desire S wins in this department — just.