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Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) vs. HTC Desire

September 1st, 2010 4 comments

Recently I got my first Android based mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S 9000) and shortly after another one from my employer (HTC Desire). So people asked me to write up some comparison and here we go:

Both phones are still running on Android 2.1. No official updates to 2.2 available yet from T-Mobile for Desire and Samsung. HTC already released an update but the Desire is T-Mobile branded so no fun yet. Both vendors promised an update to 2.2 in September though.

Technical details (mainly where both phones differ):

HTC Desire:

  • 3,7″ 480×800 AMOLED (S-LCD in future revisions)
  • Weight: 135 g
  • 5MP camera with flashlight
  • RAM 576 MB
  • internal memory 512MB
  • microSD slot
  • Headset w/ earplugs
  • notification LED

Samsung Galaxy S:

  • 4,0″ 480×800 S-AMOLED
  • Weight: 119 g
  • 5MP camera w/o any light
  • RAM 512 MB
  • internal memory 8GB
  • microSD slot
  • Headset w/ in-ear plugs
  • no! notification LED
  • additional front camera


In addition to what you can see above here are some comments when it comes to real use. I would call the display the biggest advantage of the Galaxy. It’s bigger, it looks black (compared to the grey of the Desire) and it’s less reflecting than HTC’s. Fingerprints are also not that striking. The downside is that the size is pretty much at the limit what you want to control with one hand. The case of the Desire feels a bit higher quality to me mainly because it’s heavier and not glossy. The Galaxy is pretty much designed as the iPhone3. The USB connector on the Galaxy is at the top right and has a little slider to close it. The HTC’s connector is at the bottom centric and it looks much more likely that there will be car kits or other cradles what I pretty much doubt for the Galaxy because of the connector’s position. As you can see above the difference in memory capacity is pretty stunning. The internal memory compares between 512MB and 8GB. On the memory side there is also to mention that you can replace the microSD card in the Galaxy while the phone is powered on what you cannot do with the Desire as the battery has to be removed to access the slot. The thing what I miss most on the Galaxy is a the LED to see if there are any new notifications.


Both handsets are coming with a similar set of preinstalled applications. HTC ships a home screen extension named HTC Sense which is similar to the design they ship with their Windows Mobile devices and looks appealing (at least) to me. (I like their animated weather applet ;-)). Samsung has another design and other included widgets. The main set of apps is quite different. They seem to have different EMail, Calendar, ActiveSync, Music components for example. (I have no idea if any of these is the original Android default application.) The Samsung EMail app has some usability issues as they list the IMAP folders at the top side by side and shorten the folder name. So I end up seeing something like “INBOX/Archi|INBOX/Arch|INBOX/Arch” at the top because I have subfolders under INBOX/Archive. Apparently more than one sublevel is not really usable. Samsung ships an application called AllShare which is basically a full? DNLA framework . I haven’t found such a feature on the HTC. But then again the Desire comes with a backup feature which can save stuff to the microSD card. The Galaxy lacks a built in backup feature. General responsiveness of the phone seems to be better on the Desire. For whatever reason I sometimes get lagging in the UI animations and application startups on the Galaxy for unknown reasons. I have to add that I use more apps on the Galaxy than I do on the Desire but I don’t think that’s the full truth. So I’m awaiting eagerly the arrival of the new Android 2.2 based firmware which hopefully fixes other issues as well.

Data roaming:

A short note about the general handling of data connections in Android 2.1 which is the same on both devices: For the case of roaming you can disable the use of data connections (except WiFi) completely. There is no official way to turn off data in your home network. There might be apps to do that.

Phone quality:

I cannot go into details yet because I haven’t done that many phone calls and haven’t tried the headsets for calling yet. Also I use different carriers with the phones which makes it hard to compare the right things. From my small experience I feel that the Desire has worse sound quality as I hear overdrive artifacts with it what I didn’t notice with the Galaxy. Connecting hands-free sets to both phones worked flawlessly.

This comparison is by far not complete but includes the things I found important after using both for only three weeks now.


Yesterday I’ve updated my JF3 firmware to JM1 (which is not Froyo yet) and apparently these mysterious lags are gone now from my Galaxy.

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Mozilla Buildservice Repository

October 28th, 2006 3 comments

Thanks to Matthias Koenig, Andreas Jaeger, Marcus Rueckert and Robert O’Callahan!

Because of those guys we finally got a complete Mozilla Buildservice Repository which now contains Firefox 2 (with Novell’s additions)
Therefore the repository now carries Firefox 2, pre-versions of SeaMonkey 1.1, Thunderbird 2.0 and XULRunner 1.8.1 in addition to the low-level libraries of NSPR 4.6.3 and NSS 3.11.3 for SUSE Linux 10.0, 10.1 and Factory.

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August 15th, 2005 Comments off

I’m still on vacation until wednesday but finally I’m online again 😉

Spent some hours reading all my mails. It’s everytime a bad thing to be on vacation during beta phase and it’s even worse since openSUSE and a fully open Bugzilla.

BTW: I was in Kalifornien for dinner last week (not California but a german village at the coast to the Baltic Sea next to Brasilien. Funny thing.)

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It’s finally there …

August 6th, 2005 Comments off

As I find it sometimes very interesting to read blogs from other guys, I decided to try it out myself. Maybe someone
find it also interesting sometimes?
So I’ve searched for some weblog system to install on my server and chose WordPress for now.
So here it is and hopefully I will make some use of it 😉

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