Feb 15th, 2011

It’s no wonder HTC is plastering the Desire name on just about anything that comes close to fitting the bill. The original was wildly successful throughout Europe and the Desire HD and Desire Z further brought honor to the name. But the true successor to the one that started all was announced today, and though it doesn’t improve by leaps and bounds its changes are all the better.

It keeps the 3.7-inch display and 1GHz Snapdragon with additional RAM. The Desire S gets 768MB. The phone has Android Gingerbread, but an HTC Sense UI leaves little noticeable change from previous devices using the UI. You get just about the same experience with some additional tweaks.

There is no complaining on the performance of the device, but would have liked to seen the second edition of such a tent-pole handset given phone of the year honors get specced out in the same fashion as other recently announced handsets from LG and Samsung. A dual-core processor would have been lovely, especially considering this handset should be running the optimized Android 2.4 build of Gingerbread (the one we tested had 2.3.3).

Sitting next to the new Incredible S, we’d probably take the latter for its larger screen size, but the Desire S will not doubt be another favorite. They both should land during Q2 of this year.

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