HTC Desire vs iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S

Our top three smartphones face off

HTC desire vs iphone 4 vs samsung galaxy s

iPhone 4

The iPhone has traditionally been plagued with dropped call issues – that seems to have been remedied in the latest version, which is lucky, as people were about to lose faith in Apple.

However, somehow Jobs' lot managed to let a big problem slip through the net: holding the iPhone 4 in your left hand will force signal to drop dramatically. We haven't encountered any dropped calls because of it, but it's a poor show.

Call quality is good thanks to the noise cancelling microphone though – and FaceTime is there if you like living in the early part of the millennium.

HTC Desire

The Desire loses one key feature from the Nexus One in a separate noise cancelling microphone – although that does mean it's £5 a month cheaper on contract.

Call quality is only average as a result – not poor by any means, but get caught on a noisy street and you'll struggle to be heard.

Samsung Galaxy S

Like the Desire, there's no noise cancelling here – call quality is improved simply because the device is longer than most others thanks to a 4-inch screen.

HTC desire vs iphone 4 vs samsung galaxy s

Other than that it's the same basic experience – you get a fun beepy sound when calls are connected, the buttons are nice and easy to hit, and you'll feel pretty chirpy about the whole thing to be honest.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S (although iPhone 4 if you're right-handed).



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.