HTC One S boasts a head-turning design on our thinnest phone yet., our new display delivers a rich viewing experience like you’ve never seen before. You’ll love the camera that captures every moment (even in low light) with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos.The HTC One S follows on the footsteps of the One X in HTC’s new premium brand of Android 4.0-enabled handsets, bringing a slim chassis, 7.8mm depth and a low-price too. It’s marketed as the thinnest handset HTC has ever made. And you feel that when you take it out of the box. It’s tall at about the same height as last year’s HTC Sensation but a lot glossy with beauty both inside and out.
HTC One S is made up of aluminium unibody shell that looks much thinner and the speaker grills are micro-drilled like the One X. The top and bottom parts of the rear are still made up of plastic and the top comes off to reveal the micro-SIM card slot. Similar to the One X, the battery of the device remains inaccessible. Measurements come in at 130.9 x 65 x 7.8mm and weight wise; it’s pretty insignificant at a shade over 119g. The sides of the phone are clean apart from the Micro-USB port on the left and volume rocker on the right. The primary mike is present at the bottom, while the top houses the secondary mike, power button and 3.5mm headset jack.
In the form of the One X and One V HTC was the first manufacturer to launch Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones in India. The One S also offers the goodness of the same. One S has Android 4.0 to users coupled with company’s user interface Sense 4.0. The company has decided to stick with its own UI rather than using
ICS look. The 1GB RAM inside makes pause on the device hardly noticeable. The pre-installed applications include 7-digital (a music store), HTC Hub (app store), PDF Viewer, Polaris Office, SoundHound, TuneIn Radio, Stocks, FriendStream and Teeter (game). Parallel to other One series smartphones, the One S also comes with Dropbox integration and 25GB of free cloud space for two years. HTC One S also includes ICS features like Face Unlock, Resizable widgets, home-screen folders and swipe to dismiss notifications.
Resolution wise, it keeps the Sensation’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 540 x 960 resolution – qHD to you and me, meaning a pixel density of 256ppi and offers great viewing angles and rich colour reproduction. AMOLED’s blue touch is also there on the phone.
The smartphone has the same camera features as the HTC One X. The One S has 8MP sensor, with f/2.0 aperture coupled with dedicated ImageChip processor. The camera is provides a great imaging experience. You can capture both still and video simultaneously and can choose various ranges of filters. It also has manual settings like ISO, white balance and exposure level. The smartphone supports 1080p video recording.
The smartphone comes with 16GB internal storage memory but unfortunately there is no option for expansion. The 25GB free Dropbox storage provided by the company is your only respite to store data.
When it comes to the battery performance, the 1650 mAh battery inside the smartphone last throughout the day for moderate users. For heavy users and photo enthusiasts battery won’t last for very long time.
- Slim, svelte and beautiful
- Built for Ice Cream Sandwich
- Loads of widgets
- Excellent battery life
- Limited memory, no SD slot
- MicroSIM is a pain for some
- Keyboard has seen better days
- Call quality can be slightly tinny