The original HTC Desire was one of the biggest-selling smartphones of 2010 and it managed to bring its manufacturer to the attention of a mainstream audience in a way that none of its predecessors had been able to achieve.
This meant that there was a lot of pressure on its successor, the Desire S, to be similarly successful upon its release in 2011.
Unfortunately, things did not quite work out as planned and the Desire S was not as popular as the handset it replaced. So what went wrong and why is now a good time to sell an HTC Desire S phone for cash?
What made the Desire S a hard sell initially was its hardware, because on paper there was relatively little difference between it and the original Desire.
Its processor has the same 1GHz clock speed and although there was a third more RAM and double the onboard storage, those looking for cutting-edge technology did not have their expectations fulfilled.
Even the 3.7-inch display was virtually indistinguishable from the Desire’s, although the fact that HTC had shifted over to only using Super LCD rather than AMOLED panel technology meant that it was arguably worse.
Another problem for the Desire S came from the fact that HTC was no longer positioning this as its flagship device, which meant it was effectively relegated to the mid-range of the mobile market rather than remaining at the top.
The phone which defined HTC during 2011 was the Sensation, which unlike the Desire S had a dual-core processor and a 4.3-inch display, making its stable mate look a little bit outdated.
A few months prior to the Desire S hitting the market, HTC also launched the Desire HD, which may have had the same CPU but benefitted from a bigger screen.
By making the Desire S a product for the middle of the market it lost some of its lustre and the Desire brand never really recovered.
Of course, despite all of this it is important to remember that while the Desire S seems inadequate when viewed critically, it was still a great Android smartphone from a manufacturer that continues to impress with its handsets.
In 2013 HTC’s most important product is probably the One, which boasts a full HD 4.7-inch display, a quad-core processor and the latest 4G connectivity.
Anyone who is thinking about cashing in their old Desire S so that they can upgrade to something with a little more power should do so sooner rather than later. Values of outdated phones can slide relatively rapidly so it is worth parting ways with one while you have the chance to get a decent price for it.