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HTC Desire HD, A Better Buy Than The Desire S

HTC needs to seriously reconsider its pricing strategy for the Desire S because the newly released handset is comparatively expensive compared to its more established bigger brother, the Desire HD especially as it will be released in April 2011, two months from now.

The issue here is that the HTC Desire S is a smaller version of the Desire HD with a slightly better battery and Android 2.3 Gingerbread; it is not, as some have mentioned, the latter's successor.

What's more, the Desire HD can be had for almost the same price, unlocked and comes with the same (or better) hardware.

It has a bigger screen, more internal memory, a better 8-megapixel camera but doesn't, like the HTC Desire S, include a front facing camera or a better battery life (a third longer talk time in 3G for example).

But then, the dilemma is whether it is worth paying for a new handset when a better, albeit older, version is available; the HTC Desire HD can be had for as little as £25.54 per month on an 18 months contract on T-Mobile.

That's a total cost of ownership of less than £460 (opens in new tab) or, to put in another way, £40 more than the SIM Free price of the HTC Desire S or just over £2 per month for 300 minutes, 300 texts and "unlimited" internet booster which ain't too shabby.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.