HTC One S Review


HTC One S is placed one rung down from the One X, and this is not a bad thing considering the impressive capability offered by the latter.

Design
HTC One S is reasonably big, but not so huge that those with dainty hands can’t comfortably hold it. The One S comes with the familiar rounded oblong design of HTC handsets. HTC uses the micro arc oxidation process to carbonize the metal unibody chassis using plasma field and electrical current. The company claims that the ceramic finish of HTC One S is 5 times stronger than the standard anodized casing. Although it won’t withstand a nasty drop, the surface should resist most scratches. Despite being covered by metal casing, the phone still feels relatively lightweight at just 120 grams, including the battery.

Processor
The 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor might look like a huge step down from the Tegra 3 quad-core chip used by the One X. But despite using two less cores, Qualcomm’s chip proves itself to be no slouch. The One S managed to achieve 4,877 in Quadrant benchmark slightly behind the One X at 4,904.

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Software
HTC One S was originally shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0. Android 4.0 offers numerous new features including the Face Unlock and Chrome web browser. Managing folders is also easier compared to in Sense 3.5.

Display
The HTC One S is equipped with a 4.3” LCD display. While it is rock solid, the display is still not as fancy as the one you see on the HTC One X. Viewing angles seem great with colors remaining vivid even when seen at a significant tilt. The qHD resolution yields a pixel density of 256ppi, much less than the HTC One X at 321ppi.

Camera
Although the One S also has an 8Mp BSI camera with f/2.0 lens, it seems to oversaturate brighter colors which make photos look a bit less realistic.

Verdict
Despite being less capable than the One X, the HTC One S is still a very interesting device. It delivers tons of Android goodness with slick performance and decent display.

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Author: Mike

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