HTC Desire vs. Samsung Galaxy?

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    Jul 24, 2011 1:22 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Anyone has one of these two smartphones?
    I am planning on getting one of them. Read a lot of reviews and they are pretty much neck-to-neck.

    I need an opinion of someone who tried one or the other.

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    Jul 24, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    I have the desire. Inside I think they're pretty similar and you'd be happy with either. Just checking them out in the store, I liked that the desire was a little smaller and had sort of a rougher, rubbery feel. Just felt better in my hand. You'll have to check them out and decide which one you like better.
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    Jul 24, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    I have the Galaxy S (captivate) its a light phone compared to many others with a great sized screen. I love it, I chose to get it over the IPhone simply because everyone is on Apples nuts these days and I think I made a pretty good choice.
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    Jul 24, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    According to reviews, the Galaxy's camera and storage are better, but the look and software of the HTC win over. What do you think?
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    Jul 24, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    Just consider everyday use. Do you need the best camera? Is the desire not enough memory for what you need? You'll be happy with either I'm sure, but think about how you'll be using it most of the time and see which one fits that.
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    Jul 24, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    I have the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant (i think it is a clone of the AT&T captivate).

    After using it for about a year here are the things I wish I could change. If the HTC is that similar and can solve any of these problems I would go with the HTC (assuming these problems below matter to you).


    The camera and HD Videocamera are excellent and take amazing quality shots...in natural light.

    1.) Camera has no flash.
    2.) No front facing camera so video chat isn't possible and self pics are challenging.

    Any aps you want to run that require a GPS signal will be wonky. I run and my endomondo app works on everyones phone perfectly. On mine the tracking is way way off.

    3.) GPS is very inaccurate. (in fact when i went into Tmobile to see if they could fix it they told me to wait for the HTC to come out!)

    I moved from blackberry to droid and still miss my flashing front light that would tell me if I had a text, email, phone call without needing to turn the phone on.

    4.) No flashing notification light.

    Ultimately, the biggest draw back to the Vibrant and its class is its selling feature. The screen is amazing! Like really, really ummm i guess "Vibrant" lol. But it also drains the battery like crazy so I almost never have it on full brightness. Even without a great screen the battery life is lame. I can't make a full day on a charge and need to have a charger at home, work, and car.

    5.) TERRIBLE BATTERY LIFE

    hope this helps!
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    Jul 24, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    samurai111 saidAccording to reviews, the Galaxy's camera and storage are better, but the look and software of the HTC win over. What do you think?


    The camera is awesome. But as far as the software goes it seems pretty good to me. I've had an HTC before, the Diamond and HTC software is pretty good. But I think the Galaxy is better overall with weight looks size and software.
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    Jul 24, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    JoshTPDX saidI have the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant (i think it is a clone of the AT&T captivate).

    After using it for about a year here are the things I wish I could change. If the HTC is that similar and can solve any of these problems I would go with the HTC (assuming these problems below matter to you).


    The camera and HD Videocamera are excellent and take amazing quality shots...in natural light.

    1.) Camera has no flash.
    2.) No front facing camera so video chat isn't possible and self pics are challenging.

    Any aps you want to run that require a GPS signal will be wonky. I run and my endomondo app works on everyones phone perfectly. On mine the tracking is way way off.

    3.) GPS is very inaccurate. (in fact when i went into Tmobile to see if they could fix it they told me to wait for the HTC to come out!)

    I moved from blackberry to droid and still miss my flashing front light that would tell me if I had a text, email, phone call without needing to turn the phone on.

    4.) No flashing notification light.

    Ultimately, the biggest draw back to the Vibrant and its class is its selling feature. The screen is amazing! Like really, really ummm i guess "Vibrant" lol. But it also drains the battery like crazy so I almost never have it on full brightness. Even without a great screen the battery life is lame. I can't make a full day on a charge and need to have a charger at home, work, and car.

    5.) TERRIBLE BATTERY LIFE

    hope this helps!


    Yea it sucks that it has no flash, Does the Desire have a flash. And as for battery life i think it's decent. Its not great but I have yet to have my phone die on me. Come close but my lil galaxy is a trooper. lol
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    Jul 24, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    I have a Samsung Galaxy S II and I'M LOVIN' IT!
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    Jul 24, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    I have a Samsung Focus. I'm not sure how much it differs from the Galaxy. If ith has a AMOLED screen, you'll love it. Samsung makes great hardware. I previously had a HTC. The screen was no where as good. The other great part about hte Focus is it's running Windows Phone OS, which is so awesome.
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    Jul 24, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    i know your getting one of these but id always go with the IPhone
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    Jul 24, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    Hmm I have HTC Desire and even with cyanogenmod's app2sd I still have too little internal storage. Really pisses me off. Other than that I have no issues with it.
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    Jul 24, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    JoshTPDX saidI have the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant (i think it is a clone of the AT&T captivate).

    After using it for about a year here are the things I wish I could change. If the HTC is that similar and can solve any of these problems I would go with the HTC (assuming these problems below matter to you).


    The camera and HD Videocamera are excellent and take amazing quality shots...in natural light.

    1.) Camera has no flash.
    2.) No front facing camera so video chat isn't possible and self pics are challenging.

    Any aps you want to run that require a GPS signal will be wonky. I run and my endomondo app works on everyones phone perfectly. On mine the tracking is way way off.

    3.) GPS is very inaccurate. (in fact when i went into Tmobile to see if they could fix it they told me to wait for the HTC to come out!)

    I moved from blackberry to droid and still miss my flashing front light that would tell me if I had a text, email, phone call without needing to turn the phone on.

    4.) No flashing notification light.

    Ultimately, the biggest draw back to the Vibrant and its class is its selling feature. The screen is amazing! Like really, really ummm i guess "Vibrant" lol. But it also drains the battery like crazy so I almost never have it on full brightness. Even without a great screen the battery life is lame. I can't make a full day on a charge and need to have a charger at home, work, and car.

    5.) TERRIBLE BATTERY LIFE

    hope this helps!


    If I get the HTC, I will keep you iinformed whether these issues are treated or not icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 24, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    pre_mortem saidHmm I have HTC Desire and even with cyanogenmod's app2sd I still have too little internal storage. Really pisses me off. Other than that I have no issues with it.


    This is what I'm afraid off. With all the potential apps, that the HTC memory won't be enough.
    Other than that, I'm leaning towards the Desire more than the Galaxy.
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    Jul 24, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    If you decide to get the Samsung, wait for the Galaxy S II. Dual core processor and larger screen. It should be out in international markets right now, and arriving to US carriers in a couple months.
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    Jul 24, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    JoshTPDX saidI have the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant (i think it is a clone of the AT&T captivate).

    After using it for about a year here are the things I wish I could change. If the HTC is that similar and can solve any of these problems I would go with the HTC (assuming these problems below matter to you).


    The camera and HD Videocamera are excellent and take amazing quality shots...in natural light.

    1.) Camera has no flash.
    2.) No front facing camera so video chat isn't possible and self pics are challenging.

    Any aps you want to run that require a GPS signal will be wonky. I run and my endomondo app works on everyones phone perfectly. On mine the tracking is way way off.

    3.) GPS is very inaccurate. (in fact when i went into Tmobile to see if they could fix it they told me to wait for the HTC to come out!)

    I moved from blackberry to droid and still miss my flashing front light that would tell me if I had a text, email, phone call without needing to turn the phone on.

    4.) No flashing notification light.

    Ultimately, the biggest draw back to the Vibrant and its class is its selling feature. The screen is amazing! Like really, really ummm i guess "Vibrant" lol. But it also drains the battery like crazy so I almost never have it on full brightness. Even without a great screen the battery life is lame. I can't make a full day on a charge and need to have a charger at home, work, and car.

    5.) TERRIBLE BATTERY LIFE

    hope this helps!


    I have the Galaxy S 4G from sprint, and I love it. I don't have any of the issues listed above, except #5: Terrible battery life. But any of the high-end smart phones are goign to have really bad battery life, and with the Galaxy's super bright screen, there's going to be a trade off, but I haven't seen that as a problem. I just have an extra charger at me desk at work, and one in the car, and I keep an extra charged battery in my courier bag (but I never have to use it).

    1) My camera has a flash, and there are multiple settings with the flash. The camera software is remarkable as well. Pretty much like a 3mp point and shoot.

    2) Front facing camera, but doesn't have all the settings of the regular camera.

    3) I use my GPS for my hiking, mt biking, and road biking, and it pretty much maps out the same course as my Garmin. No issues with the GPS. In fact, I used it for geocaching once, and it got me to about three feet.

    4) There is a notification light, and you can customize your notification methods. Also a notification bar is available that will tell you everything you have waiting across the top of the phone.

    5) I am with you on that one.

    I don't know why there are so many differences between the phones. Perhaps it's the carriers. Mine is Sprint....Epic 4G.

    I hope that helps.

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    Jul 25, 2011 9:20 AM GMT
    wadamario2 saidI have a Samsung Galaxy S II and I'M LOVIN' IT!


    Can't afford an S2 right now icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 25, 2011 9:27 AM GMT
    i've been using the samsung galaxy for about six months now and love everything about it EXCEPT the battery life. granted, i use my phone heavily through the day, but constantly find myself looking around for an outlet to juice it up. to be clear, i run the screen at lowest brightness and use the task killer compulsively. if you're looking for stellar features and don't use your phone overly much, the galaxy makes a great choice. i reluctantly had to switch to an iphone and have been much more impressed with battery life.
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    Jul 25, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
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    pre_mortem saidHmm I have HTC Desire and even with cyanogenmod's app2sd I still have too little internal storage. Really pisses me off. Other than that I have no issues with it.


    This is what I'm afraid off. With all the potential apps, that the HTC memory won't be enough.
    Other than that, I'm leaning towards the Desire more than the Galaxy.


    I have an HTC Desire from US Cellular, and I absolutely love it. But, if you're an app crazy kind of guy, the limited internal app space could be an issue. I have a handful of apps, and my app space is already 63% full.
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    Jul 25, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    I got the prices of the three smartphones today.

    HTC Desire: $ 450
    Samsung Galaxy S: $ 420
    Samsung Galaxy S II: $ 450

    How do these prices compare to the prices in your countries?
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    Jul 25, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    Really? There's a phone called Desire? Sounds...pink sparkly.
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    Jul 26, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    samurai111 saidI got the prices of the three smartphones today.

    HTC Desire: $ 450
    Samsung Galaxy S: $ 420
    Samsung Galaxy S II: $ 450

    How do these prices compare to the prices in your countries?

    SGS II is selling for ~$700 USD, for unlocked/unbranded.
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    Jul 26, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
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    samurai111 saidI got the prices of the three smartphones today.

    HTC Desire: $ 450
    Samsung Galaxy S: $ 420
    Samsung Galaxy S II: $ 450

    How do these prices compare to the prices in your countries?

    SGS II is selling for ~$700 USD, for unlocked/unbranded.


    Yeah sorry about that, the Galaxy S II actually costs here $ 800
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    Jul 26, 2011 7:07 AM GMT
    samurai111 saidI got the prices of the three smartphones today.

    HTC Desire: $ 450
    Samsung Galaxy S: $ 420
    Samsung Galaxy S II: $ 450

    How do these prices compare to the prices in your countries?


    The prices here are higher than that about 50$-ish, but the stores where they sell the phones without taxes will have similar prices to yours.

    My sis is using Galaxy S and for me i think it sucks pretty much because there are many packages i cannot install and it is reported due to Samsung's Rom. Moreover i quite don't like its imitated appearance of iphone too (even tho' Samsung claimed that they invented this design before Apple).

    I havent used Desire before but i have seen my friend using HD2 with Android instead of Windows Mobile 6.5 and it's pretty much marvelous.

    However batteries suck for any of the phones above tho', i think it's still a big trace off for smart phones.
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    Jul 26, 2011 7:26 AM GMT
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    samurai111 saidI got the prices of the three smartphones today.

    HTC Desire: $ 450
    Samsung Galaxy S: $ 420
    Samsung Galaxy S II: $ 450

    How do these prices compare to the prices in your countries?


    The prices here are higher than that about 50$-ish, but the stores where they sell the phones without taxes will have similar prices to yours.

    My sis is using Galaxy S and for me i think it sucks pretty much because there are many packages i cannot install and it is reported due to Samsung's Rom. Moreover i quite don't like its imitated appearance of iphone too (even tho' Samsung claimed that they invented this design before Apple).

    I havent used Desire before but i have seen my friend using HD2 with Android instead of Windows Mobile 6.5 and it's pretty much marvelous.

    Even tho' batteries suck for any of the phones above tho', i think it's still a big trace off for smart phones.


    Is her phone rooted (aka unlocked)? I also have a Galaxy S (T-Mo's Vibrant) and it's rooted, flashed w/a custom rom (Team Whiskey's Bionix NextGen v1). Apps that couldn't be installed before now does so w/out any probs.