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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by livetech2, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Samsung Galaxy S or HTC Desire S which one to buy?

    Samsung Galaxy S - 20 k - Better screeen and processor and GPU

    HTC Desire S - 21k - Aluminium uni body and more RAM.

    Please help to chose one. Need a good phone at 20 k range. Wanted to buy Nexus S but it is discontinued. Please help.

    Please let me know performance wise which phone is better ?

    which phone is future proof? which will get ice cream update?

    which of the 2 phones have problems?

    Main purpose is to play games and watch movies.

    Please suggest.

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  2. Sak01

    Sak01 Android Expert

    The Desire S.

    It's an improvement on all the shortcomings (camera, memory, battery) of the original Desire which was already better than the Galaxy S.
  3. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    Check the thread below, somebody asked a simalar question a few days ago. Lots of information there.


    The Desire was never better than the Galaxy S. :p
  4. i love Samsung Galaxy S
  5. Spaceprobe

    Spaceprobe Android Enthusiast

    In most reviews the feeling is that the Galaxy S is the best Android phone available at the moment (but only just). There are also lot of comments about the poor build quality of the Samsung for the price. The HTC may not be perfect but it does seem to have the best build quality at the moment. I had a a small software problem with my HTC Desire HD. I emailed HTC and got an acknowledgement but that's all. After 2 weeks I emailed them again to ask what was happening. That afternoon I got a phone call from the service department apologising for not replying promptly and providing me information on my problem. I would say that was excellent customer service and has made me an HTC fanboy.
  6. Guamguy

    Guamguy Android Expert

    From a person who has owned both Samsung and HTC, I will tell you HTC won't win every time, like the case of the Samsung Galaxy S2, but in the Galaxy S vs. the Desire S, there is no confusion here, get the Desire S.

    I won't even hesitate on that answer.
  7. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I need a phone for gaming and to watch movies.

    Which of the 2 phone ill get ice cream update any idea?
  8. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    thanks for the reply guys..

    Any Galaxy S user plz reply.
  9. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    For Games and movies, the Galaxy S is the easy winner, faster GPU for gaming and the video player is compatible with allot more video formats, also the 4" Super SAMOLED screen is great for gaming and watching video on.

    I don't know if they will get ICS, probably would be my guess.
  10. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    thanks for the reply.

    users of the galaxy s and desire s plz comment.
  11. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Ya am also thinking to buy galaxy s, but worried abu the official ICS update.
  12. Medion

    Medion Android Expert

    CPU - Desire S is superior, but only about 5-10% (Scorpion is faster than Cortex A8)
    GPU - Galaxy S has superior GPU, but not by a whole lot. The Adreno 205 in the Desire S really narrowed the gap.
    RAM - 768MB (Desire S) vs 384MB (system) + 128MB (GPU) (Galaxy S)

    With that said, the phones are damn close. The differences are minor, and by the time that the system RAM of the Galaxy S becomes an actual limitation, you'll be on your next upgrade and won't care. So, what it should really boil down to for you is screens size, screen quality, an form factor. Everything else is so close to being equal that it really doesn't matter.
  13. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
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    ya i need a phone to play games and watch movies. Also it should be future proof should get ICS update. Thanks for the reply.
  14. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    As of now, no one can say if either phone will receive ICS update. Its an unknown factor, especially as both phones arent exactly newly released.

    For playing games I'll go with Galaxy S. Better GPU will go a long way before more RAM does in that department IMO, as long as the RAM is adequate in size.
  15. Medion

    Medion Android Expert

    Galaxy S came out in the summer of 2010, while the Desire S came out in the first quarter of 2011. I doubt either gets ICS, but if they do, the Desire S is more likely.
  16. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    If the Desire S gets ICS then the Galaxy S probably will as well, also the the Galaxy S is hugely popular and is still selling well so support isnt going to just drop.

    Remember the many users that said the Galaxy S would never get Froyo just after release? they were all proven wrong.
  17. Medion

    Medion Android Expert

    Froyo was the next logical upgrade. The Desire S shipped with 2.3. If it doesn't see ICS, it would be the first major HTC phone to not get an upgrade, whereas the Galaxy S has already had two OS upgrades.

    I'm just playing the odds and saying that, of the two, the Desire S is the more likely one. I'm not ruling out both.
  18. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    I suppose that makes sense, however I think popularity of the product has more to do with the likelihood of them getting future updates than how many updates they have received this launch.
  19. Medion

    Medion Android Expert

    There are many factors to consider, including the ones you and I have mentioned, and others that haven't been mentioned. Since there are no guarantees, and the OP wants a phone that WILL get ICS, he has two logical choices.

    1. Wait and buy a phone that has ICS pre-installed, or;
    2. Buy a phone that has consistent Cyanogen support (see below)

    Neither phone has official Cyanogenmod support (not the international Galaxy S, anyway). So, why not compromise and get the Incredible S? Same specs as the Desire S, same screen size as the Galaxy S, form factor and size between the two, and full Cyanogenmod support, officially.
  20. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
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    galasy s doesnt have cynogen mod support? or any support frm community?

    Buying a Galaxy S now is a bad decision?
  21. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
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    Buying a Galaxy S now is a bad decision?
  22. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    If you ABSOLUTELY require ICS update, get a SGS2, Evo 3D or Bionic. Thats all I can say. If you cant afford those, basically most any phone you buy cannot be certain to receive ICS update. You'll have to wait till next year to see which phones will get ICS. So its your choice, buy the latest and greatest today to be sure of ICS update, or wait til next year.

    As for Desire S and Galaxy S, if you would be choosing between them only, and your decision is dependent on ICS update, you will have to wait til next year to buy a phone. Personally if I were in your shoes, I'd get the SGS without second thought but thats just me.
  23. livetech2

    livetech2 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    thanks for the reply.....

    ya but sony had announced tht thier 2011 phones ill get ICS updte. Hope samsung does the same.....
  24. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    Galaxy S has plenty of community support, losts of apps and custom roms or the phone, I've never used Cynogen Mod, never really looked into it as it doesnt interest me, custom roms in general don't interest me.
  25. Medion

    Medion Android Expert

    Buying it now is certainly not a bad decision. It's an awesome phone. Just be prepared for the possibility that it won't get ICS (it's not a guarantee either way). As far as Cyanogen support, the international Galaxy S is not supported, but some localized versions (IE, Captivate) are.

    I agree with you on many custom ROMs, but if he wants ICS support, and there isn't an official relase, Cyanogen is a fairly close to vanilla option.

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