HTC One SI’m currently having the pleasure of writing about one of my all-time personal favorites from the smartphone area, a nice piece of work the HTC One S. It was released back in April 2012 and has been living in the shadow of its more powerful brother, the One X, but I personally prefer the One S version. Why ? Well, because it’s a brilliant performer and has all the good and necessary stuff needed for satisfying the regular smartphone consumer that wants a wise and also good looking device. Follow the next review and find out exactly what this handset has to offer.
The HTC One S stands at 130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm and has a weight of 120 grams, having some great measurements which you usually encounter at “supermodel” phones, thus being very compact and sitting comfortable in your hands and pockets. The build quality is outstanding: the HTC One S features an aluminum unibody that comes in two flavors: a black micro arc oxidized finish which is supposedly 5 times stronger than the bare aluminum or usual stainless steel. The other one consists in a blue gradient anodized finish. Both versions look amazing, turning a lot of heads with that sexy, stylish body which is among the most beautiful ones I’ve seen so far.
The HTC One S comes packed with a 4.3 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, has a pixel density of 256 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The image quality is simply excellent, with rich, vibrant colors, very wide viewing angles and a fine contrast. All these make for a good sunlight legibility.
At the software department, the HTC One S comes loaded with Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but you can upgrade it to Jelly Bean. The HTC Sense interface is here too, of course, and comes with the 4th version. The user experience is nothing short of lovely, as the phone runs smooth through the friendly, candy-looking user interface which is also very intuitive and will certainly please you.
Let’s see the hardware area. The One S is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8290 Snapdragon chipset, featuring a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which isn’t expandable, as the One S doesn’t have a microSD card slot. The smartphone is a great performer and won’t be bothering you with issues of any kind (lag, freezing) – everything works like a charm.
The One S is also great for taking photos. It features an 8 megapixels snapper with autofocus that captures pictures with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and has a LED flash companion for helping in low light conditions. The camera interface offers a plethora of settings and features, such as geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, scenes, effects and so on. The image quality is great, with accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable and shoots some beautiful 1080p videos at 30 fps. A front-facing VGA camera is also on board for making video calls.
The connectivity package is also very rich: the HTC One S supports quad-band 2G and tri-band 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, and microUSB 2.0 (MHL-enabled port).
Some other goodies brought by the One S are a GPS receiver with support for A-GPS and Google Maps for navigation, a document viewer, some excellent audio & video players, an YouTube application and so on. For surfing the web, you have a very capable Android browser that loads the pages fast and offers a lot of settings for enhancing your browsing experience. You can always install Google Chrome if you want something else.
In conclusion, the HTC One S is an excellent smartphone and will prove itself as being a wonderful tool when needing to talk, text, take pictures, view document files, surf the web, play games, watch movies, listen to music and so on. Even if it’s been more than 1 year since its release, this baby still is one of the best smartphones out there (in my humble opinion).
HTC One S on the table


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