HTC One S Review
By Tommy Rebik
- May 31, 2012
Pros: The HTC One S comes with Android ICS, and HTC Sense 4. It boasts with an amazing camera. It is also being regarded as HTCís thinnest smart phone as of this writing.
Cons: The HTC One has no SD card expansion slot, and a user replaceable battery. The screen resolution is not high enough to cover up for the pentile matrix flaws
HTC is back with a vengeance and this time, with their new HTC One S, the brandís latest addition to the ONE series of phones. It is being touted as a super phone that is super fast and highly responsive. The HTC One S is really easy and nice to use. However, the device has no SD card expansion slot and a user replaceable battery. If you are a hardcore user, then you will have to charge the smartphone every single day. For me, the design and feature set are brilliant. The HTC One S runs on the latest Googleís Android OS which is the Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes with an excellent camera as well. The HTC One S is the successor to the HTC Desire HD that is known to be light and thin. Yes, the device is thin too, but it is very strong enough to withstand minor bumps and drops. However, Iíd still recommend getting a case Ė just to be sure which are available here in our site (check our accessories section). The HTC One S has a screen that is very crisp and bright. It is an Amoled variant with a pentile matrix system, which makes it incredibly bright. I must say that the HTC One S is an awesome multimedia device as it can handle graphics intensive games like Riptide & Grand Theft Auto. The device has the latest 225 GPU & is powered by a dual core processor , making it very impressive. The deviceís battery life is excellent also, as i can get over a day of use out of it. As a bonus, you will get 25GB of DropBox for free for 2years. This special bonus feature will allow you to load my videos and photos directly up to Dropbox Ė this will definitely help you in freeing up storage on your smart phone. The HTC One S is a premium device that is sturdy and looks finely crafted. It is breathtakingly thin, just 0.31 inch thick and boasts with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display that paints images & video with high contrast, vibrant colors and deep blacks. It can render up to (960 by 540) pixels of touchscreen resolution. It packs with lots of multimedia goodies including Amazon Mobile, a game portal, T-Mobile TV, an FM radio, and even 25GB of free storage from DropBox. The HTC One S is in a fancy color treatment "gradient blue.Ē The back of the HTC One S shifts from bluish gray on top to a silver hue at its base. I really like the HTC One S' metallic surface because it can repel fingerprints and provide that extra grip. On the back of the device you will find the smart phone's 8 megapixel camera & LED flash. Just below its display, you will see the 3 Android Ice Cream Sandwich capacitive buttons, which are the Back, Home, and Recent Applications. The left and right panes of the device hold the Micro-USB port & slim volume rocker. Its power button & the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack sit on the top edge. The HTC One S does not only run on the latest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but also comes with HTC's new Sense 4 user interface. HTC Sense is the software substance inside the device which allows users to capture video & pictures at the same time, captures photos continuously, and experience authentic sound for all media. Unlike the previous Sense 3, the new Sense 4 is a bit toned down and is designed to integrate into ICS and not overpower its sweet taste. The HTC One S is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and comes with a spacious 16GB of internal storage. Just so you know, the 1GB of it is used as RAM. Just like with other Android devices, the One S comes with Android staples including Google Plus, Navigation, Gmail, and Maps. HTC also offers some of its apps including the Watch video store, Internet radio app, Music app, Slacker and locally stored tracks. It also comes with Polaris Office which supports popular office files. HTC One S also features integrated Beats Audio technology. The Beats Audio technology automatically detects Beats-branded headphones and set the EQ settings to match with the model detected. It also comes with ImageSense technology, a dedicated image processor that is extremely fast and comes with an autofocus. Other camera settings include panorama, face detection, and macro. Moreover, it has HDR mode, and when activated the smart phone can take multiple images at once even with tough lighting. For me, the HTC One S felt very quick and responsive even if it is not powered by a quad core processor. Apps, menus and images opened up almost instantaneously! The battery life is OK as well because the device has managed to run a test video for just over 9 hours continuously before the unit called it quits. I tested the HTC One S in our area using T Mobile network and the call quality was OK. It is in line with other T Mobile devices that I have used. The call quality was decent overall. The HTC One S is now available for only $199 over at T-Mobile with a 2 year pact. I really recommend HTC One S especially to new users. Why? Simply because the HTC One S offers everything that you need in a phone. It has a simplistic user interface and looks premium. It is also feature packed with lots of goodies. It is presented in an elegant design and the screen size is just enough for any casual smart phone users. Users will definitely love its sound quality especially if they usually listen to rnb's Ė thanks to Beats Audio technology. By the way, Its camera will blow you away and most likely that you will not be able to stop taking pictures with this smart phone! You will definitely love just about everything that this smart phone is capable of doing. 4/5 stars!