HTC Desire vs iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S


HTC desire vs iphone 4 vs samsung galaxy s

iPhone 4

The iPhone series has been built on a solid internet experience and that hasn't changed since the inception of the range.

Pinch and zoom was a revelation, loading speeds for full HTML are brilliant and even the transitions between the window changes are cool

However, we're still not treated to Flash video, nor will we ever be – the iPhone 4 is a little stuck until HTML5 video pops up.

HTC Desire

We never thought a mobile could out-iPhone the iPhone when it comes to the internet, but the Android OS has offered that chance, and the HTC Desire has taken it.

A fast 1GHz processor and quick-loading internet pages might make it the equal of the iPhone 4, but it's in the details where the Desire comes alive.

Things like being able to easily share via Twitter or Facebook from the internet menu and a constantly updated list of your most-visited sites are awesome touches… and with Flash already onboard it makes internet video a cinch – and this will be improved even further when Flash 10.1 lands via the Froyo update in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy S

Making the best use of the Android web browser, the Samsung Galaxy S internet experience is pretty good – although not up to the level of its Desire brethren.

It's essentially the same experience, with a finer detail thanks to the Super AMOLED screen, but doesn't use Flash video, which is a little bit of a let down.

You can still share links and see the most visited pages as bookmarks, which is cool – plus the internet menu has a quick link to the brightness setting of the Galaxy S, which is a really nice touch.

HTC desire vs iphone 4 vs samsung galaxy s

When Froyo comes to the Galaxy S, there won't be much to choose between it and the Desire – but for now, it's just slightly inferior when it comes to the 'net.

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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.