HTC One S Review: A Surprisingly Powerful Android Smartphone

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great performance
    • Slim design
    • Good value
  • Cons

    • Display is insufficiently sharp
    • Non-expandable memory
    • Boring design
    • No dedicated camera button

Quick Take

Not the best smartphone available, but it is one of the best on the market.

\"\"Meet the HTC One S, the younger brother of the HTC One X. Sure it sports a lower resolution and has a weaker processor, but its smooth stylized metal casing and slim figure make this phone worth noting. The One S is a much more manageable size than its predecessor, offering easy use with just one hand. Its elegant slim design makes it extremely comfortable both in hand and in pocket.

The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is above average offering 540 x 960 pixel resolution with 256-ppi. However, there are a few sharpness issues as certain viewing angles can make straight lines and objects appear jagged. Despite the slight sharpness issues the overall display is vivid, and it is labeled as one of the few Android OS smartphones that is pleasant to view in sunlight.

Apart from its pleasant visuals the HTC One S also impresses with its quick speeds, which can be credited to Qualcomm\’s MSM8260A Snapdragon processors with dual Krait cores running at 1.5 GHz. In fact there is little to no difference in performance between the HTC One S and its predecessor, the One X. While the HTC One S is not the most powerful phone, it\’s certainly in the upper echelon.

The HTC One S runs on Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwhich) enriched with HTC\’s own Sense 4.0 user interface. The sense interface adds a dynamic lock-screen and up to seven home screens, as well as a polished version of the status bar. As a nice additional touch users can also adjusts scenes and themes that are specialized for certain users (i.e. business, gaming, social, or media).

The HTC One S also boasts a powerful 8 megapixel camera that can take photos with an aperture of 1.0 at the widest viewing angle of 22m. Sense 4.0 also enables simultaneous video recording and image taking, along with a plethora of additional features including HDR photographs.

The battery is nothing impressive, citing a capacity of 1650 mAh. Even though it offers above-average time between charges, heavy use will require the device to be charged nightly.

The HTC One S provides the perfect alternative to flagship smartphones. Its specs are comparable with other leading devices, yet it also is extremely comfortable to use and hold. The HTC One S is the perfect device for users who are looking for both comfort and performance.


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