The latest mid range handset from Taiwan comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core and qHD display with no removable battery or expandable memory but it does have a ceramic back coating giving a rich, soft touch feeling similar to the HTC One X. The HTC One S is much more firm thanks to its metal unibody and measures only 7.8mm thick. The HTC One S so far has the best build quality making it ideal for putting in your pocket and holding in your hand.
The HTC One S has a 4.3 qHD AMOLED screen which is bright and vibrant, with good contrast levels, saturated colours and solid viewing angles. The only problem the screen does have is a slight dotty fuzziness but nothing major.
The HTC comes with the HTC Sense 4.0 which is identical to the HTC One X which includes side scrolling apps drawer, customisable 5 icon dock, resizable widgets, productivity lock screen, task manager and without a doubt one of the best, most usable QWERTY keyboards that is well spaced and customisable and comes with a Swype style input.
The One S features an 8-megapixel camera which plays back videos with an impressive 29.23 fps despite its slower processor compared to the One X which plays back videos at 23 fps. That’s something we weren’t expecting. The output however, looks solid with a decent amount of detail and respectable in-capture focusing.
The HTC One S comes with a built in 16GB non-expandable memory where only 9.6GB is available to use but HTC do give you 25GB of Dropbox data with each phone but this may be off putting for users who like to carry a music library in their pocket.
Finally the battery, and we can tell you it’s fantastic compared to most high-end smartphones. We can guarantee you will be able to squeeze out up to days worth of battery life.
Given the choice between the HTC One S and any other handset on market right now, we’d choose this. You have our word.