HTC One S Android phone
HTC One S review: The HTC One S is a superbly built phone with slick software
- Thin and stylish design
- Excellent performance
- Great camera software
- Display can't match some rivals
- No memory expansion
- Inconsistent Sense UI
The HTC One S certainly doesn't look or feel inferior to the flagship One X. A lower resolution display is the main differentiator, but the One S makes up for that with a design that's more comfortable to hold and better battery life. If the One X's size is too much for you to handle, then you should definitely check out the One S.
The One X may be HTC's flagship Android phone of 2012, but the One S certainly doesn't look or feel any less classy. It's constructed from a unibody aluminium frame that's just 7.6mm thick and boasts many of the same features as its more expensive counterpart.
Note: Our review model of the HTC One S was supplied by online mobile phone store MobiCity.
A superb design
The HTC One S is constructed from a unibody aluminium design that is now almost synonymous with HTC smartphones. However, this isn't the same old tired HTC design — the black variant of the One S has been toughened using a technique called plasma electrolytic oxidation. HTC says the coating should ensure it isn't scratched or marked during the rigours of daily use. The result is an impressive ceramic like finish that feels superbly constructed. The "gradient anodised" model we reviewed, however, doesn't get the same microarc oxidation treatment. The Australian model is only available in this grey colour.
At just 7.6mm, the HTC One S is one of the thinnest phones on the market today. Like both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC's own One X, the One S has a slightly curved profile that makes it distinctive and comfortable to hold. This curvature is elegant yet subtle — it's hard to notice if you look at the phone front on. A smaller 4.3in screen also means the One S has better ergonomics — its still a large phone but smaller dimensions make it easier to hold and more comfortable to use single-handedly than the One X.
The One S may be HTC's mid-range model, but the company's attention to detail once again deserves to be commended. The earpiece and rear speaker grill holes are individually laser drilled into the aluminium. There is no annoying flap covering the micro-USB port. The power and volume buttons are perfectly positioned and provide excellent tactility. We also love the way the edges of the handset curve in towards the display on the front.
In striving for a thin design, HTC has made the battery on the One S non-removable. There's also no microSD card slot for extra storage and the phone uses a micro-SIM rather than a full-sized SIM card, accessed by removing a small backplate on the top rear of the handset. The One S only has 16GB of internal memory, which is disappointing.
The HTC One S has a 4.3in Super AMOLED display with a qHD resolution of 960x540. It displays a clear and bright image, good colours and has excellent viewing angles. However, it is difficult to see in direct sunlight and obviously can't match the sharpness of the 720p displays seen on the One X and the Galaxy Nexus, for example. Text is less crisp in apps like the browser, while there is a noticeable blue tinge when looking at the screen from an angle. It also has a lower pixel density of 256ppi, putting well behind the iPhone 4S (326ppi) and the One X (312ppi).
Next page: Software, performance, camera and more
- Performance; design; camera; Gorilla Glass; speaker
- Storage; display resolution; HTC abandoning it
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The performance of the HTC One S is great. Up against the One X (quad-core) and Galaxy S III (quad-core), its more up-to-date processor architecture clearly shows through, with it easily being just as capable, and even outperforming in many instances.
The camera takes very good photos and video and I like the features that it offers.
Its design is very appealing, when compared to the One X and Galaxy S III cheaper materials. I've dropped it onto science laboratory floors many times from knocking it off the workbench without a case, and it looks exactly like it did when I first got it. An aluminum construction made three times stronger than steel + Gorilla Glass makes for a very tough phone.
The speaker is loud but distorts at the highest setting. That being said, there really aren't many devices which don't.
Positives out of the way, I must touch on the negatives. 16 gigabytes of storage is barely anything for the experienced user (although for the average user, it's fine). Its display resolution (qHD) is relatively limited when compared to the One X, but you couldn't see HTC using the same 720p resolution on the One S, could you? It wouldn't make sense for them to do so.
Lastly, with HTC recently abandoning the device from future Android/Sense updates (because of driver issues with the Asian version, powered by the Snapdragon S3 MSM8260), it may sway your decision to other devices, which is a shame because the Snapdragon S4 version is still considered a high-end device.
- its available in black market in bangkok
- bkack ic truly expensive in iraq
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3 years and you throw it out to add to land fill and pollution because by that time the battery is either dead or well on the way out.
One can expect nonly about 3 years out of an Li/ion battery from the time it comes off the production line.
How long your "new" phone will last depends on how long it has been out of the factory.
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