HTC One S

HTC One S

  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Price Range: $389.95 to $429.95 at 1 store
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  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Excellent built and design, Impressive audio quality, Decent image quality, Good mobile browsing
    • The bad:
      No dedicated shutter key, Non-replaceable battery
    HTC One S is sure to catch your attention with its 4.3" Gorilla glass-covered touch-sensitive screen. Its design is compact and much like its predecessors, only remarkably thinner and lighter. It also follows its predecessors’ screen resolution but with the Super AMOLED display which makes it a notch higher. It measures 130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm and weighs 119.5 g. The phone is really easy on the hands, perfect for those who are always on the go. Just above the screen are the proximity and ambient light sensors, the earpiece, and a VGA camera while below it are the three staple HTC capacitive keys. The left side of the phone houses the microUSB port while the right side holds the volume rocker. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated shutter key. On the top side of the HTC One S you will see the 3.5mm audio jack and the Power/Lock key while on the bottom side you will find the mouthpiece. The 8MP camera is located at the back along with a LED flash just beside it. There is a loudspeaker grille at the back but sadly there is no memory card slot to be found. Also, battery is non-replaceable. The HTC One S runs on the powerful Android 4.0.3 and Sense 4.0. Eight functional lockscreens are already preinstalled and seven customizable homescreen panes are made available. Each homescreen comes with preloaded widgets and you could choose to jump from one to another to match your mood. The interface is highly manageable and with the kind of processor the phone has, tasks could be done so fast. The handheld’s phonebook system is impressive. It is designed to be as organized as possible despite having an excellent social networking integration. All types of information users could probably ask for are within reach. The same way goes for the phone’s messaging and e-mail system making it a good competitor in the market. The gallery has the usual HTC interface and poses no problem. The music and video player are both capable while the FM radio is just right. To top it all, HTC One S is one of the phones with the most impressive audio quality. The phone’s 8MP camera is a good development for the line of HTC smartphones with the image quality it produces. It can do snapshots of up to a good 3264x2448 pixels while keeping colors accurate, noise levels low, and a nice amount of details. Image quality is not perfect but it is a little above average. The handheld’s camera comes with nice features including touch focus, face detection, geotagging, smile shutter and continuous autofocus. Also, there are several effects to choose from. Aside from the phone’s capability to record 1080p or 720p videos at 30fps, it is quite amazing that it could do a few nice tricks such as taking stills while recording, using touch focus and toggling video light. Both the stills and video’s interface are easy to manipulate and show relatively good performance on low light conditions. HTC One S offers a set of connectivity options to get you going. Its Android web browser has a good interface and resolution. The phone provides users with an excellent mobile browsing experience with its Flash and HTML5 support as well as video tag capability.