HTC Desire vs iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S

Our top three smartphones face off

iPhone 4

The Retina Display from Apple packs the highest amount of pixels into a mobile phone screen, and offers a very sharp image on the screen indeed.

You can zoom right into letters on a web page and there's no graining – Apple says this is so high-res that the human eye doesn't need any more.

HTC desire vs iphone 4 vs samsung galaxy s

It uses LCD technology, rather than OLED, so it's a little thicker – although the iPhone 4 is still the thinnest smartphone on the market.

HTC Desire

The OLED screen on the Desire is pretty nice in its own right – decent colour saturation, high contrast ratio, good response – but despite it being at the sharp end of the industry, it's still beaten comfortably by its rivals.

It has the same resolution as the Samsung Galaxy S but doesn't have the same clarity – although watching video on the screen is still a nice experience, and you can really ramp the brightness up when necessary.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S is the most advanced the Koreans have created – and it shows.

The screen is pin sharp, and the speed and response time is the best we've seen on a mobile, which means watching movies is a really nice experience.

HTC desire vs iphone 4 vs samsung galaxy s

According to the spec sheet, the iPhone 4's Retina Display is actually superior – but to our eyes we prefer looking at things on the Galaxy S.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S



Phones and Tablets Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been part of the mobile phone industry from the era of the brick to the tiny device in the pocket... and now watching them grow back up to behemothic proportions once more. He's spent five years dissecting all the top phones in the world as TechRadar's Phones and Tablets Editor, and still can't resist answering the dreaded question - "which new phone should I get?" - with 15 choices.