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Old 20-11-2013, 13:12
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I'm changing jobs and had to hand back my laptop and company phone (Samsung GS3) last Friday.

My own phone is a battered HTC Desire S that I've been neglecting for the last year.

I thought I'd miss the big screen, but I don't. For the sort of things I need to do "on the move", the Desire S is fine. Checking a train time, searching a map to find a pub where friends are, looking at the weather forecast, all OK on the smaller screen.

If I need to do some serious web surfing, I'll use a tablet. But for quick emergency online activity, the small size and longer battery life of the Desire S is far more convenient and practical.

I'm starting to sound like an Apple fanbouy now, but I seriously think most modern phones are too big!

Now I have a problem. I'd like to replace the Desire S in January, but I don't want a phablet (or even a mini-phablet).

1) What old phone do you still have a "desire" for?
2) What phone should I get next?
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Old 20-11-2013, 13:19
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1. HTC Touch HD2
2. You obviously tried the wrong phone. The HTC One Max would be ideal for you.
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Old 20-11-2013, 14:35
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I'm changing jobs and had to hand back my laptop and company phone (Samsung GS3) last Friday.

My own phone is a battered HTC Desire S that I've been neglecting for the last year.

I thought I'd miss the big screen, but I don't. For the sort of things I need to do "on the move", the Desire S is fine. Checking a train time, searching a map to find a pub where friends are, looking at the weather forecast, all OK on the smaller screen.

If I need to do some serious web surfing, I'll use a tablet. But for quick emergency online activity, the small size and longer battery life of the Desire S is far more convenient and practical.

I'm starting to sound like an Apple fanbouy now, but I seriously think most modern phones are too big!

Now I have a problem. I'd like to replace the Desire S in January, but I don't want a phablet (or even a mini-phablet).

1) What old phone do you still have a "desire" for?
2) What phone should I get next?
I have a Nexus 5 and love it .... however the new Moto G is getting very good reviews and is a little smaller I believe ?
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Old 20-11-2013, 15:27
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Got rid of mine a few months ago, it was actually my second one, the first died and was replaced under warranty, the replacement then developed a fault with the USB port, it would only charge using a certain cable at a funny angle! The other cables that it wouldn't recognize are still in use and work fine on a variety of stuff.

So I thought stuff it, got myself a Nexus 4 and flogged the S3 to a recyling place, got 200 for it so only cost me 80 to change.
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Old 20-11-2013, 17:47
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I stopped using my Galaxy S3 today because of the buggy 4.3 update. I needed a smartphone urgently for business and it's unreliable.

Back to the iPhone 4 and iOS 6.1.3.
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Old 20-11-2013, 17:54
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I loved my HTC Desire but i loved my Nexus 4 more.

I'm now on a Nexus 5 but could have easily stayed with the Nexus 4 if it had 4G as it's still a very capable phone.
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Old 20-11-2013, 18:24
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I have a HTC One for work and a Nexus 4 for personal use. Both are great phones and there is very little between them. The HTC has a better camera and speakers (which I don't need for work use) but I prefer the pure Android UI of the Nexus.
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Old 21-11-2013, 07:35
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Thank you for your recommendations, but I think you're mostly missing one important fact. I find no advantage in having a huge phone, and find a small phone more convenient. I also wouldn't replace my old phone with a phone that is already discontinued by the manufacturer!

HTC Desire S: 3.7" display (body 4.52" high): a really nice size for me.
Samsung GS3: 4.8" display (body 5.38" high): a year of use tells me the bigger size offers little benefit and many disadvantages


HTC One Max: 5.9" (body 6.4") WTF! Are you taking the ****? From the more serious suggestions:

Nexus 5: 4.95" display (body 5.43" high)
Nexus 4: (discontinued)
Moto G: 4.5" display (body 5.11" high)
HTC Touch HD2: (discontinued)

I'm thinking about the HTC One Mini (4.3" screen) , so I'll go play with it in the shop and decide.
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Old 21-11-2013, 07:43
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1) HTC touch diamond! I loved it!!

2) Nexus 5.
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Old 21-11-2013, 12:50
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Thank you for your recommendations, but I think you're mostly missing one important fact. I find no advantage in having a huge phone, and find a small phone more convenient. I also wouldn't replace my old phone with a phone that is already discontinued by the manufacturer!

HTC Desire S: 3.7" display (body 4.52" high): a really nice size for me.
Samsung GS3: 4.8" display (body 5.38" high): a year of use tells me the bigger size offers little benefit and many disadvantages


HTC One Max: 5.9" (body 6.4") WTF! Are you taking the ****? From the more serious suggestions:

Nexus 5: 4.95" display (body 5.43" high)
Nexus 4: (discontinued)
Moto G: 4.5" display (body 5.11" high)
HTC Touch HD2: (discontinued)

I'm thinking about the HTC One Mini (4.3" screen) , so I'll go play with it in the shop and decide.
Of course I was taking the piss with the HTC One Max. Go look at the HTC One mini but it is not a small phone either. In fact unless you go very low end it is difficult to find a small phone unless you go Apple (the 4S is very dinky). Not that I think you should go to the dark side of course!

However I can think of one handset that is a bit nearer in size to the Desire S without being some god awful Samsung Y. The Sony Xperia M (dual core, 1gb ram, 4gb rom and micro SD). It has a 4" screen and is 0.35" taller, 0.09" wider and 0.09" thinner than the Desire S). It isn't as well specced as the HTC One Mini but it is a lot cheaper. I have had a play with one and it isn't bad and would feel like a nice upgrade to your current phone. I would avoid the Galaxy S3 & S4 minis as they are very overpriced for what they are unless they have dropped significantly in price since I last looked.
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Old 21-11-2013, 12:55
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I've got big hands and I'm slightly short-sighted, I find my S4 suits me just fine. I wouldn't want anything bigger than this though.
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Old 21-11-2013, 14:12
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Now we know what you don't want in a phone, what exactly do you want? What's wrong with the Desire S that makes you want to replace it?
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Old 21-11-2013, 14:19
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1. Nokia Orange (Nokia 2140) from 1996 http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgur...ed=0CEkQ9QEwAw
2. An Android phone with a smaller screen!
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Old 21-11-2013, 14:33
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I bet that's bigger than my S4
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Old 21-11-2013, 17:57
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Now we know what you don't want in a phone, what exactly do you want? What's wrong with the Desire S that makes you want to replace it?
Good question.

I want a phone that is very versatile, as I will use it for calling, SMS, email, Social Media updates, web browsing, game playing (mostly puzzle type games), MP3 player and as a camera. Very occasionally, I may watch video on it (e.g. YouTube or iPlayer).

I don't carry an umbrella with me everywhere I go "just in case", and I don't need to carry a fully fledged HD media player with me "just in case".

I like having a small phone that fits easily in my hand and in my pocket. Having carried a bigger phone for a year, I know I didn't get much benefit from the larger screen.

The Desire S is still a great phone, but it is a little laggy sometimes and occasionally it thinks the additional memory has been removed and I have to open the back and give the contacts a clean. Other than these small issues, it is still a meeting my needs (except it doesn't support iPlayer).
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