- Size (LWH): 2.35 inches, 0.46 inches, 4.53 inches
- Weight: 4.64 ounces
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 430 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 455 hours
HTC Desire S S510E Unlocked QuadBand GSM Phone with Android OS, 3.7" Display, HTC Sense UI, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi and GPS--International Version without Warranty
- 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
- S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches - Multi-touch input method - Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate - Proximity sensor for auto turn-off - HTC Sense v3.0 UI - Touch-sensitive controls
- 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, microUSB
- CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash Features Geo-tagging, touch-focus, image stabilization Video Yes, 720p@30fps Secondary Yes, VGA
- OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) CPU 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
- This cell phone may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international version phones. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
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I had this phone for 2 weeks now, and I love it. Note that my review is for the phone not the buyer, since I didn't order via Amazon. This is my first HTC phone, I had a Dell Streak 5 (runs Android 2.2) before which was huge, and the CPU and the RAM were not that powerful, so it used to freeze quite often, specially with too many apps running. This one runs very smoothly, even though it is not a dual core processor.
I was not sure if I should get this one or the HTC Desire HD. They system Spec are very similar. Since I was sick of the 5 inch phone, I chose the Desire S (3.7 inch) vs the HD (4.3 inch). The price is very similar, the HD should be available with 2.3 Gingerbread by now. The HD has an 8 MP camera which seems to be really good, and much better than the Desire S MP. On the other hand, The Desire S has a front camera which is cool for Skype video calls. Yes, Desire S was one of the first Android phones along with the Nexus S to run Skype video chat. Nexus S was another option that I might have gone with, check it out. Desire S camera is very impressive if there is enough lighting around, and it shoots 720p video, which is very crisp.
The screen is not that bad under sun light. yes, you want be read or browse properly, but you will be able to see who is calling (something I was unable to do with previous handsets).
Main disadvantage, as with many smart phones, is the battery life. I charge it daily over night, so it lasts me the whole day with moderate use (checking email, browsing, connected to WiFi, and Bluetooth headset most of the time). It charges via mini USB, so it can be charged almost anywhere.Read more ›
And as usual in this type of devices, we would like to get longlasting batteries, when I use this phone at it's full capacity the battery just runs for about 6 hours and needs to be recharged again, so I always take with me a spare microUSB cable and the car charger to keep it running for the whole day.
Mine died within 3 weeks!!
After looking around the internet I found several people with the same problem.
Basically what happens is that if your phone crashes (software freezes for whatever reason), and if you try to remove the battery and re-insert it quickly the eMMC chip (internal memory) gets fried. Which is ridiculous, just proves how badly design HTC phones are.
I found out too late that you can hold Vol. Up + Vol. Down + Power to reset it without removing the battery.
To make things worse, since I live in Brazil and bought the phone during a trip to US, HTC Brazil is saying I'm not eligible to warranty claims! It doesn't matter to them if the phone has design flaws or not.
I also never buying HTC products ever again. (and I'm not alone!)
Ok, HTC USA finally recognized that the phone was defective and replaced the main board under warranty. But they charged me $20 service fee because this phone that I bough on Amazon.com was originally intended for the India market and not the US.
Not changing my review rate though, because after the repair the phone still presents some problems, as calls dropping and random crashes.
Today I made my last attempt and took the phone to my mobile company (Claro Ecuador), the customer representative checked the device and told me the phone settings should allow me to navigate on the internet, but unfortunately the cellullar phone simply does not work as it should even though the device allows it.
This particular device I got has quite an old software installed. It has Android 2.3.3 with HTC Sense 2.1 while the last version available is Android 2.3.5 and HTC Sense 3.0. It works as expected as a phone (signal strength, volume) but it could do more as a smart-phone (Android experience).
From the first 5 minutes I enabled wireless it started downloading software updates. First it downloaded and successfully installed two FOTA updates. Immediately after that it tried to download a system update and this is where the 'trouble' begins. It successfully downloaded the 35MB system updated but it failed to apply it. I tried that a few times and it failed the same way every time. I asked Wireovia what to do and they told me to ask for support at HTC.
I've just spent one hour on the line with HTC US support trying different stuff. They told me this particular device is an overseas (UK) version. They also told me that it looks like the phone it's trying to download the software update from their website but the update is not there and this is why it fails. I did not understand exactly what is it downloading since the update is not there but it still download some 35MBs. Anyway, if I want it updated I'd have two options: either wait for the update to become available on the website (don't know when that will happen) or send it to HTC so that they update it. Obviously the second option would cost me something (money - for shipping to them, time - since it's an overseas version they would have to ask for the update in the UK).
The conclusion would be that there is a reason why there is no warranty available for this phone. Don't get me wrong: it's not like it's broken but it could do more for the same money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this phone. It was shipped on time and it is exactly what I expected it to be.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this phone because I had the very same phone originally, and was delighted with it. I don;t normally write product reviews, but this phone was definitely not a HTC Desire... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by John Gahan
Great Mobile, lots of features, and I love the size. My wife and are traveling to Central and South America, and we were looking for something compact with lots of features! Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by James
WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I CAN HELP. BUY ONLINE THE HTC DESIRE, AND I CAN SET THE SPANISH LANGUAGE SINCE NO MELO ALLOWS ONLY HAVE IN ENGLISH AND JAPANESE. Read more
I've been using this phone for about a year and usually works fine as many other Android phones.
However, every now and then it crashes unexpectedly and restarts itself. Read more
My husband bought one of these and he loves it. It has a great app store and does so many things. The only negative thing I can say is that the battery is not that good, for heavy... Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Emily Leanne Lane
it was unlocked.as it was supposed to be...was new and sealed as it was described. Worked flawlessly. Gotta tove it.Published on November 26, 2012 by Anubrat
I bought this phone on Amazon from FGS Trading and I have inserted a T-Mobile Sim Card and it isn't working, don't know what to do now, does anyone else has this problem?Published on November 5, 2012 by Amina