HTC Desire vs iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S

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).

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.