HTC One S Review
By Tommy Rebik
- April 18, 2012
Pros: The HTC One S runs on Android ICS with HTC Sense 4. It features an amazing camera and is also the thinnest smart phone as of this writing.
Cons: The HTC One is surprisingly is a device with no SD card expansion slot. It also has no user replaceable battery. Its screen resolution is not high enough to cover up for the pentile matrix flaws as well.
HTC is going to be a hit this year especially with the release of the HTC One S, the brandís latest addition to the ONE series of smart phones. It will be another good run for the brand and for sure 2012, will be a great year for HTC because they have released quite a few super fast & responsive smart phones, including this new HTC One S. The HTC One S is a fun phone that is really nice to use. However, this device has some flaws. First, there is no SD card expansion slot, and secondly thereís no user replaceable battery. If you are like me, who uses a phone almost 24/7, then you will have to charge the HTC One S every single day. The design and the feature set are brilliant. It runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and features an excellent camera. The HTC One S is the successor to the HTC Desire HD which is also light & thin. Yes, the One S is thin, it still is very strong and I would recommend getting a case Ė only just to be sure. Its display is very crisp & bright. The display is an Amoled variant with a pentile matrix system, which is why it is incredibly bright. For me, the device is an awesome multimedia that is capable of handling graphics intensive games like GTA and Riptide. The HTC One S features the latest 225 GPU and runs a dual core processor which is very impressive. The HTC One S battery life is excellent as well, as it can get over a day of use out of it. As freebie, you will get 25GB of DropBox for 2years. This DropBox feature will allow you to load my videos and photos directly up to Dropbox which will allow you to free up storage on your phone. Overall, the device feels premium in the hands. The One S is sturdy & looks finely crafted. It is indeed breathtakingly thin, just 0.31 inch thick. The HTC One S features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display that can render up to (960 by 540) pixels of resolution. It can paints images and video with vibrant colors as well with high contrast, and deep blacks. It is also loaded with lots of multimedia goodies including an FM radio, Amazon Mobile, T-Mobile TV, a game portal, and even 25GB of free storage from DropBox. It is presented in a fancy color treatment "gradient blue.Ē Its back shifts from bluish-gray on top to a silver hue at its base. I really like the fact that the HTC One S' matte metallic surface. Why? It can repel fingerprints and provide a sure grip. On the back of the device you will find the smart phone's 8 megapixel camera & LED flash. Below its screen are 3 Android Ice Cream Sandwich capacitive buttons, which are the Back, Home, and Recent Applications. On the left and right spines hold the deviceís Micro-USB port & slim volume rocker. Its power button along with its standard 3.5 mm headphone jack sit on the top edge. It does not only run on the latest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but also features the brandís new Sense 4 user interface as well. The HTC Sense is the software inside that allows users to capture video & pictures at the same time. It is the reason why you can captures photos continuously, and experience authentic sound for all media, whilst giving you quick access to your top apps! Unlike the previous Sense 3, the HTC Sense 4 is toned down and has been redesigned to integrate into ICS & not overpower its sweet taste. The HTC One S is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, where 1GB of it is used as RAM. Like many Android devices it has Android apps including Google Plus, Navigation, Gmail, and Maps. HTC also offers some of its apps including the Watch video store, Slacker Internet radio app, Music app, and locally stored tracks. Moreover, you will also get Polaris Office which supports popular office files, and links to the HTC File app. HTC features integrated Beats Audio technology. The device automatically detects Beats-branded headsets & equalize the EQ settings to match the model. The brand also comes with an ImageSense technology to their new One line of smart phones, and this new HTC One S is no exception. The device is equipped with a dedicated image processor that is extremely fast with an autofocus. Other camera options/features include face detection, panorama, and macro. Thereís also HDR mode, and when activated the device can take multiple photos at once even with tough lighting. Yes, it is not powered by a quad-core CPU, but the HTC One S felt very quick & responsive. I was able to load Apps, navigate through various menus and the images opened up almost instantaneously! Its battery life is OK as well, as I managed to run a test video playback for just over 10 hours continuously before the device called it quits. I even tested the HTC One S in our area using T-Mobile network to test its call quality, and it was in line with other T-Mobile devices that I have used. Overall, it was decent! It has loud audio and thereís minimal background noise. The HTC One S is now available for only $199 over at T-Mobile with a 2 year pact. The HTC One S is very much recommend as it offers everything that you need in a phone. Itís almost perfect inside and out! It has a simplistic user interface, nice build quality and comes with lots of goodies. What more can you ask for? 4/5 stars!