Review HTC One S vs. HTC One X (Tegra 3) Smartphone
8 June 2012
Summary: One, Two, Three. At the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, HTC introduced three Smartphones of the brand-new "One" series. We present a comparison test between the runner-up and the top dog.
Pros: Good design and case, Slim unibody made of aluminium (HTC One S), 25 GB Dropbox storage (24 months), NFC (HTC One X), Android 4.0 including HTC Sense UI 4.0, Camera module (1080p recording, 8 Megapixel, LED flash), PenTile AMOLED screen (HTC One S), High resolution SLCD2 IPS panel (HTC One X), Go...
Cons: Protruding positioning of the main camera, No cardreader for additional memory, Cheap stereo headset in delivery, Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core SoC is merey "Nice to Have", An integrated card reader for additional local storage. 25 GB Dropbox storage replace this feature.
Conclusion: The HTC One S looks good, feels good, and runs Android 4.0 out of the box. It's our favorite new powerhouse smartphone on T-Mobile.
Pros: Beautiful, ultra-slim design. Vibrant screen. Runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box. Feels fast and responsive. HTC Sense 4.0 is redesigned, with especially slick camera software. Clear voice quality.
Cons: PenTile display makes for slightly fuzzy text. No voice dialing over Bluetooth.
Summary: The One S is the Goldilocks choice of HTC's new Ice Cream Sandwich-packing range -- neither too big nor too small, and with just the right amount of oomph under the hood allowing it to throw pixels around like a hyperactive clubber throws shapes.
Pros: Very fast and responsive; Ice Cream Sandwich; Latest HTC Sense is easy to use; Good 8-megapixel camera; Slender but sturdy form.
Summary: The HTC One S is the middle child of the range but it's performance is anything but middle of the road. If you want a slice of HTC and Android action with all the trimmings and a more pocketable display, the One S is for you
Pros: Very fast, HTC Sense 4 is easy to use, Excellent display, More pocketable than the One X, Good battery life
Cons: Could do with a tad more storage, No option to increase memory
Summary: The HTC One S is an excellent mid-range smartphone option. It might not have the headline specifications of the One X but it outdoes it on performance and battery life. It does this in a more user friendly size, better build quality and a cheaper price tag.
Conclusion: Like the HTC One X, the One S exhibits sensational design. It's a great handset both in terms of how it looks and how it performs. It might technically not be the company's flagship device, but aside from the screen, you'd never know that.
Pros: Design, performance, battery life, Android 4 and Sense 4 work nicely
Cons: Display could be better, no microSD card slot
Summary: The One S is pleasingly slender, but also tougher than a dozen Tom Hardys. We're confident that we could throw this phone across the room and it'd survive. As with the One X, the Ice Cream Sandwich interface topped with HTC Sense 4.0 is smooth and intuitive, and highly customisable.
Pros: Amazingly solid body, bright, vibrant screen, feature-packed camera
Cons: Screen lacks sharpness, limited storage and no expansion