HTC Desire S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better smartphone -- HTC's Desire S or Samsung's Galaxy S II?

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.

Read our detailed previews of the HTC Desire S and the Samsung Galaxy S II, and check out our roundup of the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

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
Multitouch Yes Yes 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
FM radio Yes Yes Draw
GPS Yes Yes Draw
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
HDMI-out No No Draw
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.

HTC Desire S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Smartphone showdown

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.

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