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
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.
HTC One S Review: A Surprisingly Powerful Android Smartphone
17 June 2012
Summary: With the
, HTC has created a new market category of smartphones which could be called an 'alternative flagship'. We are talking about a device whose each specification almost matches those of the currently most powerful smartphones on the market, and in several very specific details, it presents a better choice than the 'primary flagship' for certain purchasers.
Summary: If you’re looking for a new Android smartphone on T-Mobile, the HTC One S is your best bet right now. Sense 4.0 is excellent, the camera is fantastic, and the physical design of the phone exudes quality. It’s T-Mobile’s thinnest phone to date, and it’s pretty lightweight too, but it certainly doesn’t seem cheap or flimsy.
Excerpt: HTC hasn’t had an easy run as of late. In the last six months, Samsung has snatched away much of the goodwill the Taiwanese company had built up over the years. Devices like the Rezound fell flat against the competition, but on T-Mobile, HTC has remained a power player. With the Amaze and the Radar, it has flourished on the last major carrier without the iPhone.
Pros: Fantastic, thin design, Comfortable to hold, Vivid AMOLED screen, Amazing rear camera, Runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Beats Audio is included
Cons: Sense 4.0 UI is puzzling, Weak front camera (VGA), Non-removable battery, no microSD, T-Mobile's network lags behind
Conclusion: The HTC One S is one of our top picks among Android smartphones. Not only is it one of the few to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, we also like the evolution of HTC Sense. The gorgeous, elegant and durable anodized aluminum unibody casing, impossibly thin profile and attention to detail are hard to beat among Android phones and the Super AMOLED display is super colorful and sharp.
Summary: With its gorgeous looks, eye-popping screen, and powerful camera, the HTC One S is the most compelling choice on T-Mobile and one of the top Android handsets overall. Users looking for more battery life should consider the Samsung Galaxy S II, which lasts over 7 hours on a charge but runs an older OS. And those who want a faster network should consider an LTE handset like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (along with an extended battery).
Pros: Slim and attractive design, Gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, Speedy camera, Sleek Sense UI on top of Android 4.0,
Cons: T-Mobile 4G Network can be spotty, Mediocre battery life,
Summary: The HTC One S is a fantastic phone with a lovely design and its ability to cram so much in a phone so thin. Its camera and performance throughout is exceptional. If you’re looking for a new smartphone, the HTC One S should be near the top of your list.