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General Galaxy S vs HTC Desire

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by daveleather, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. daveleather

    daveleather Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Jul 17, 2010

    I've had a Galaxy S for about 3 months, and when I got it was torn between it and the HTC Desire.

    Well, I've had a new Desire here all weekend and have been playing with it non-stop, and I'm now certain I made the right choice 3 months ago!

    There are some big plus-points to the Desire - namely the GPS, which worked flawlessly, the quality feel of the chassis, and also the way that FB / Twitter etc., integrate with the phone's calendar / contacts etc.

    I ran GPS Test on both, put them side by side on my car bonnet, and it was clear that the Desire did a far better job of holding on to the satellites, and at a far lower SNR - often around 15. The galaxy could lock onto more, but it regularly lost most or all locks and had to start again! I assume this is where the unreliability comes from.

    I sat both of the phones side by side, on the Google Maps screen. The Desire had me within 6 feet, rock steady, and the Galaxy had me jumping all over the place, as usual!

    For me though, the screen is the clincher with the SGS, as well as the fluidity of the UI. The Desire's colours definitely looked washed out when placed next to the SGS, and the Desire comes nowhere near the SGS when it comes to the silky smooth graphics, scrolling around the app drawer etc.

    So .. now I'm satisfied, I have one Desire for sale. But in a way I hope it doesn't sell, because I would love to keep it! Is that greedy?!

    Galaxy - 2.1 (JM9, no lag fixes, stock launcher)
    Desire - 2.2 (with the latest OTA update)



  2. anteries

    anteries Active Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    interesting what you say there. Now I have dipped my toe in the water with an HTC wildfire. My next phone is definitely going to be a galaxy S. I've realised the importance of goods screen real estate. also I think the lightweight of the galaxy is a definite plus if holding for long periods
  3. zafonic

    zafonic Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Overall I would say the Desire.
  4. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Medical Doctor
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I own both, prefer the GS by a big margin for its superior media aspects (video playback, not just because it natively plays a wider range of video formats, but for the screen and the TV Out, superior music sound quality), screen (both display characteristics and vastly better touch response and accuracy), bluetooth HID support, GPU.

    That said the Desire is also a great handset and I can easily see someone prefering that, especially if they aren't willing to install the unofficial JPK firmware/tinker with the phone to install things like the Voodoo lagfix.
  5. Mark_H

    Mark_H Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2010

    Is the TV-Out via the 3.5mm headphone jack or the micro USB?

    Which TV Out cable do you recommend?
  6. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    Jun 20, 2010
    But why? Galaxy S has more selling points than the Desire.

    Galaxy S Pros Over Desire

    Screen (Super Amoled + Size + Touch is more responsive)
    GPU (PowerVR SGX 540)
    CPU (Hummingbird)
    Video Player (Play's more media formats, plus looks better due to screen)
    Music Player (Higher audio quality)
    720p Recording@30fps
    2GB Storage Space for apps, (No need for apps2sd)
    Lighter and Thin

    Desire Pros Over Galaxy S

    GPS (It work's, however should on be fixed soon on Galaxy S soon, maybe)
    Froyo Officially available (Froyo will be available for Galaxy S soon)
    Flash (LED)
    Build Quality

    What I'm I missing?
  7. RhysD

    RhysD Active Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    personally im sawitching from desire 2.2 to samsung sgs, mainly the screen and the graphics rendering, the battery life on the desire is horendous, ruins the experience for me, ive read many places that the sgs has a much better battery so im sold, plus, i have a samsung lcd, they know how to make displays like nobodies business!! mainly i hate having to carry the charger with me all the time its a pain, plus the lagy 3d graphics is not very nice when im trying to one up my friends with ifail 4's

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