Summary: HTC One S Review.The HTC One S dual-core is among the first batch of smartphones to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board. It’s less powerful than the brand’s own Ice Cream Sandwich-toting, quad-core HTC One X. It feels like HTC didn’t want the One S to cannibalize the sales of the One X, since benchmarks on the Internet proved that the S4-powered One S trounced the Tegra 3-powered One X in several tests.
Pros: Light and compact 4.3-incher with premium metal chassis, Snappy sub-second camera, Very good call quality, Bright screen with good outdoor visibility, Free 25GB Dropbox and SkyDrive integration
Cons: No memory card slot, Fiddly focus in Macro mode, Unintuitive web browser
Summary: When I first saw the HTC One series, in that top secret subterranean bunker where HTC likes to preview its phones, my attention and desire were immediately drawn by the One S. I didn't care about the 4.7-inch, quad-core One X and its supposed flagship position, I wanted to know more about its 4.3-inch ultrathin brandmate.
Pros: Sumptuous design, Sets new performance benchmark, ImageSense camera software is a boon, Exceedingly thin
Cons: Pentile AMOLED display is no match for a good LCD, Sense 4 holds ICS back, Beats Audio is a gimmick, Silver model isn't treated with microarc oxidation
Conclusion: All in all, HTC have thrown a spanner in the works with their One S. Despite not even being a flagship handset, it's our favourite phone of the moment. Build, interface and features are balanced incredibly well. Its design and power-management are class leading and while we would have rather it had an LCD 2 display like the One X, the AMOLED panel is still perfectly respectable and complements the black chassis beautifully.
Conclusion: It took me a while to finish the One S review, partially because honestly I didn’t want to be done with it. Ok, well that's part of it, truth be told it took me far too long to finish the One S review, but I have some good excuses - a month full of abrupt life changes, a move across town, and a number of trips to exciting places covering the SGS3 announcement, Google I/O, and Windows Phone 8 all seemed to preclude hitting post on the One S review.
Summary: HTC's latest dual-core offering does many things welll - it has a good display, impressive build, a good camera, and delivers good performance overall. However, what we don't understand is how HTC could price this phone so close to its elder sibling, the One X. That is a quad core powered phone, while this is a dual core. Surely, this will lead to cannibalization within their product range, and a lot of confusion for the consumer.
Pros: Good performance, Crisp and bright display, Very good camera, Built well
Cons: No expandable memory, Priced too close to the One X
Conclusion: The phone was more than capable of running our various tests, and very rarely stopped to briefly think when switching apps. The only downside with the specifications is that the phone doesn’t have a microSD slot, so you’re stuck with the internal storage. If you take tons of photos or videos, prepare to keep downloading most of your items to your PC.
Summary: As for the signal reception quality, this handset has produced positive impressions only. There have been no problems with finding the network and, according to my subjective opinion, this one works even better than the flagship model. The voice speaker volume is moderate, and so is the volume of the ringing speaker.