HTC One S

AKA: HTC Ville

Available at: Bell, Fido, Mobilicity, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, Wind Mobile

8/10 AVG.
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It makes a very compelling choice indeed as the best it offers at the moment. - Brian Bennett, Cnet  
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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 35 reviews

Among HTC's release of its innovative and powerful line of smartphones in April 2012 comes the latest addition to the pack, the HTC One S. It is specially built for higher quality entertainment, integrating Audio Beats by Dre that deliver rich and authentic sound for playing music or games, and watching movies or videos.

Since its anticipated launch, the HTC One S put mobile photography on a higher level, away from just snapping photos. It has a dedicated imaging chip and an advanced image sensor that allow users to capture stunningly vivid and clear images even in low-light situations.

While featuring Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as its operating system, the phone can take advantage of high-data transfer rates from 4G networks offered by Telus and Bell Canada. At first glance, HTC One S is as sleek as 7.8mm thick with a responsive 4.3-inch AMOLED display. It is equipped with an intuitive 8 megapixel camera and a 28mm wide-angle lens that allow users to capture every single scene with its continuous shooting mode and super-fast capture capability, without missing any important shot. The built-in video stabilization feature reduces camera shake that causes blurry videos, resulting in high-quality, full 1080p HD recordings. Internet speed can reach up to 21Mbps for 4G connection, while the phone boasts a triple b/g/nWi-Fi connectivity and can be used as a modem to tether signals to a laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled devices.

As part of the company's aim to build stronger and more durable phones, HTC built the One S in a casing that is five times stronger than stainless steel through a special process called micro arc oxidation, transforming the aluminum casing into an ultra-durable space-grade metal used inspacecrafts. Hidden inside this tough shell runs an ultra-fast 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and a powerful GPU that enable the phone to launch multiple applications seamlessly and play the most graphic-intensive mobile 3D games without lags.

Despite all the good things about the HTC One S, it does not come to be perfect at all. One drawback of the phone is the lack of a memory expansion slot which only limits the phone to 16GB of internal storage space. Additionally, the phone's battery is not user-replaceable whichmeans that it needs to be hooked to an outlet or to a USB port more often when the battery runsdry after a whole day of usage. Overall, HTC One S is an intelligently designed phone featuring sophisticated mobility, high-class entertainment, and ultra-fast connectivity. Disregarding its imperfections, the phone is aperformer that could rival Apple's iPhone 4S or any Samsung Galaxy S series in many aspects.

Need to Know: HTC One S

1. Thin, sturdy, and elegant construction is truly top-notch with a sophisticated ceramic black and silver finish. (The Good)

2. Powerful 1.5 GHz dual core-processor with 1GB of RAM, sufficient enough to run any Android apps, including the most graphic-intensive games. (The Good)

3. Beats Audio feature delivers rich sound. (The Good)

4. Non-removable battery. (The Bad)

5. No expansion slot for additional memory. (The Bad)

Specs summary

Screen
4.3"

The HTC One S's screen is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1650mAh

The phone is powered by a 1650 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are: 17.9 days standby time, 420 minutes talk time, 243 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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HTC One S Grey - 16GB - 8.0 MP - Dual Core 1.7 GHz Z520 - 1GB Ram - 4.3" QHD

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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 35 reviews

Among HTC's release of its innovative and powerful line of smartphones in April 2012 comes the latest addition to the pack, the HTC One S. It is specially built for higher quality entertainment, integrating Audio Beats by Dre that deliver rich and authentic sound for playing music or games, and watching movies or videos.

Since its anticipated launch, the HTC One S put mobile photography on a higher level, away from just snapping photos. It has a dedicated imaging chip and an advanced image sensor that allow users to capture stunningly vivid and clear images even in low-light situations.

While featuring Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as its operating system, the phone can take advantage of high-data transfer rates from 4G networks offered by Telus and Bell Canada. At first glance, HTC One S is as sleek as 7.8mm thick with a responsive 4.3-inch AMOLED display. It is equipped with an intuitive 8 megapixel camera and a 28mm wide-angle lens that allow users to capture every single scene with its continuous shooting mode and super-fast capture capability, without missing any important shot. The built-in video stabilization feature reduces camera shake that causes blurry videos, resulting in high-quality, full 1080p HD recordings. Internet speed can reach up to 21Mbps for 4G connection, while the phone boasts a triple b/g/nWi-Fi connectivity and can be used as a modem to tether signals to a laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled devices.

As part of the company's aim to build stronger and more durable phones, HTC built the One S in a casing that is five times stronger than stainless steel through a special process called micro arc oxidation, transforming the aluminum casing into an ultra-durable space-grade metal used inspacecrafts. Hidden inside this tough shell runs an ultra-fast 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and a powerful GPU that enable the phone to launch multiple applications seamlessly and play the most graphic-intensive mobile 3D games without lags.

Despite all the good things about the HTC One S, it does not come to be perfect at all. One drawback of the phone is the lack of a memory expansion slot which only limits the phone to 16GB of internal storage space. Additionally, the phone's battery is not user-replaceable whichmeans that it needs to be hooked to an outlet or to a USB port more often when the battery runsdry after a whole day of usage. Overall, HTC One S is an intelligently designed phone featuring sophisticated mobility, high-class entertainment, and ultra-fast connectivity. Disregarding its imperfections, the phone is aperformer that could rival Apple's iPhone 4S or any Samsung Galaxy S series in many aspects.

Need to Know: HTC One S

1. Thin, sturdy, and elegant construction is truly top-notch with a sophisticated ceramic black and silver finish. (The Good)

2. Powerful 1.5 GHz dual core-processor with 1GB of RAM, sufficient enough to run any Android apps, including the most graphic-intensive games. (The Good)

3. Beats Audio feature delivers rich sound. (The Good)

4. Non-removable battery. (The Bad)

5. No expansion slot for additional memory. (The Bad)

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Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)

State of the art Android phone

from TelecomTiger (about 1 year ago)

The HTC One S is a attractive phone with blazing speed 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. The 8 megapixel camera, Beats Audio sound technology, High Dynamic Range camera mode, Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich and HTC Sense 4 makes device simply superb in the segment. Though non... More

  8/10

Elegant design, amazing display, and great camera

from Android Authority (about 1 year ago)

HTC has done a lot of things right with the ultra-thin and lightweight HTC One S, with its optimal screen size, elegant design, amazing display, great camera, and software enhancements to complement the powerful hardware. The One S is available exclusively from T-Mobile, but I’m surprised that... More

Overall operation is fluid

from NDTV (about 1 year ago)

Sporting a thin and attractive profile, a fairly decent processor and Android 4.0, HTC One S looks like an instant winner, but pricing is the main issue here. HTC One S is certainly over-priced. There is no HD display or quad-core processor here to justify such a high price. The absence of the S4 processor... More

  7/10

A smartly turned-out, solidly built, pocket-friendly slab of superlative smartphone

from What Hi-Fi (about 1 year ago)

This is one of HTC’s flagship phones, and the specification proves far better in reality than it might look on paper. HTC’s take on the Android 4.0 OS is delivered at lightning speed, video playback is very good and music more than adequate. If you’re not smitten with the literal big boys in the... More

  10/10

This smartphone is much more pleasant and practical to hold than the much larger One X

from Brighthand (about 1 year ago)

This smartphone is much more pleasant and practical to hold than the much larger One X. It offers the same software as the more expensive One X, with exceptional speed that even surpasses the One X. The price that those who choose the One S will pay includes a smaller screen and a lower screen resolution... More

  8/10

A consistently good performer with a fantastic form factor

from Mobile Syrup (about 1 year ago)

The HTC One S, regardless of carrier, is a fantastic choice. It’s one of the fastest and most battery-efficient smartphones we’ve ever used. It runs the latest version of Android and an easy-to-use software package, and competes for the thinnest smartphone around. It’s well made (though... More

  9/10

Slim and light handset with an excellent camera, Android 4.0, no memory card slot

from Expert Reviews (about 1 year ago)

The One S isn’t as immediately impressive as the One X, but it's actually a better handset in many ways - thinner, lighter and with better battery life. It's still fast and comes with Android 4.0, and its camera is identical, but it also shares some flaws, notably the lack of memory card support... More

  8/10

The hardware is truly impressive, super thin and light, and solid battery life

from TechCrunch (about 1 year ago)

As I expressed during Fly or Die, I think the One S will owe a lot of its success to its carrier. T-Mobile is a fine operator and I applaud the company for trying to rebrand and build up its selection. But without any competition from the iPhone, the One S gets a bit of a freebie. It’s a fine handset,... More

Light and durable, there’s not much this phone can’t handle, incredible camera

from Geek (about 1 year ago)

If you are on T-Mobile and looking for your next smartphone, you won’t find anything better than the One S. The hardware design is light years ahead of HTC’s competition, and while I am disappointed in the lack of NFC, T-Mobile hasn’t really given that technology a whole lot of thought... More

HTC’s thinnest and most attractive phone

from Complex (about 1 year ago)

At $200, you’re getting a sexy piece of hardware laced with great software, dope audio output, solid call quality, and a powerful dual-core processor that generates strong benchmarks. We can’t forget the insane 4G-like speeds, which is astonishing considering we’ve never encountered... More

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