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HTC One S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2300 reviews of HTC One S. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The portability and usability also get good opinions. There are mixed reviews on the connectivity and social networking functionality. Many are negative about the reception and battery.

performance, usability, portability, size, design

battery, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC One S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HTC One S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 user reviews of HTC One S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The usability and portability also get good feedback, but reviews are divided on the size. There are some critical views about the reception.

performance, portability, usability, design, screen

reception

73% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC One S Sim Free Smartphone - BlackHTC One S Sim Free Smartphone - Black

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HTC One S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 273 user reviews of HTC One S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price and design. The usability and performance are also appreciated. Views are divided on the connectivity, while some have doubts about the reception and reliability.

portability, performance, usability, design, price

reliability, reception

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC One S Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile)HTC One S Android Phone, Black (T-Mobile)

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Myriam Joire (engadget.com)

HTC One S for T-Mobile review

 

A couple weeks ago we got to have our Ice Cream Sandwich and eat it too, thanks to a gorgeous couple phones from HTC -- the One X and the One S. Both run

Beautiful design ; Fantastic camera ; Good battery life ; Impressive performance ; Sense 4 is unobtrusive

Display is a little underwhelming

Don't mess with a good thing -- that's clearly, wisely and rightfully the approach T-Mobile chose to follow when minting its own version of HTC's One S.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

HTC One S review: Onederful

 

The HTC One S is the middle child of the One family but it just might be the brightest and best looking too. Inside the slender metal case is a treasure chest of new technology - the brains behind the beauty in this piece of smartphone alchemy.

Stunningly thin at 7.8mm, ceramic or anodized aluminum finish ; Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support ; 4.3" 16M-color capacitive Super AMOLED touchscreen of qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels); Gorilla glass ; Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with...

Pentile display ; Non-expandable memory, just a single internal storage option ; No dedicated camera key ; microSIM only ; Battery not user replaceable ; Camera interface makes framing videos pretty hard ; Incapable of 3G video calls without a 3rd...

The HTC One S is one of the most impressive mobile phones we've handled recently - both in terms of hardware and software.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Mat Smith (engadget.com)

HTC One S review

 

More InfoHTC One S hands-on at MWC 2012 (video)HTC Sense 4 reviewHTC One X reviewIn some alternate universe, the One S would be HTC's

Solid performance ; HTC Sense on Ice Cream Sandwich is slick ; Stylish design ; Capable, accessible camera ; Good battery life

Screen is already outclassed

The One S could be HTC's flagship: it's far ahead of its rivals performance-wise and looks great. However the screen is slightly lacking, particularly compared to its bigger brother's.

Apr, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

HTC One S (T-Mobile)

 

The HTC One S looks good, feels good, and runs Android 4.0 out of the box. It's our favorite new powerhouse smartphone on T-Mobile.

Beautiful, ultra-slim design. Vibrant screen. Runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box. Feels fast and responsive. HTC Sense 4.0 is redesigned, with especially slick camera software. Clear voice quality

PenTile display makes for slightly fuzzy text. No voice dialing over Bluetooth

HTC has finally launched its first Android smartphone to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich—and it's a winner. The HTC One S packs a next-generation dual-core processor, a vibrant screen, an unusually capable camera, and fast HSPA+ 42 data speeds, all into...

Apr, 2012

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Brian Bennett (cnet.com)

HTC One S - gradient blue (T-Mobile) review

 

T-Moble customers we feel your pain. First it was the threat of a hostile takeover by AT&T, then it was the lack of any attractive smartphones while competitors Verizon and AT&T launched superphone after superphone such as the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx...

The HTC One S manages to pack Android ICS, Sense 4, and a feature-filled camera into one of the slimmest phones on the market.

The One S' svelteness comes at the cost of no SD card expansion slot or removable battery.

The HTC One S is the best phone you can get on T-Mobile (for now), wrapping Android 4.0, 4G data speeds, and a beautiful 4.3-inch AMOLED screen into one svelte package.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

HTC One S Review: Ultramodern Design, Awesome Camera

 

The global version of the HTC One S ($200 with a new two-year contract from T-Mobile; price as of April 18, 2012) impressed me at Mobile World Congress back in February, so I was anxious to see if the T-Mobile version was equally awesome. Spoiler...

High-end camera with lots of shooting modes ; Thin, premium design ; Excellent for gaming and multimedia

No microSD slot ; Mediocre call quality

The HTC One S is the ultimate multimedia phone, from gaming to music to snapping high quality photos.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Nathan Olivarez-Giles (wired.com)

Review: HTC One S

 

The HTC One S is a sleek, speedy and attractive handset that runs Ice Cream Sandwich. But there are a few design stumbles here that...

Super thin and light with an attractive unique style. No problems with call quality or battery life. Premium materials add an upscale feel and 4G speeds are fast, when you can get a 4G signal. Photo software is top-notch. 25GB of free storage from...

Protruding camera lens is begging for scuffs and scratches. Display is pixelated, not high definition. Beats Audio doesn’t make anything sound better, just louder. And while it has Beats Audio technology, it doesn’t come with Beats earbuds

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Vlad Savov (theverge.com)

HTC One S review

 

Note: Our original review was of the unlocked, GSM One S. We've updated the review with impressions and tests of the $199 (with contract) T-Mobile model as well. Check out the Hardware, Connectivity and Software sections to see the biggest differences...

Sumptuous design ; Sets new performance benchmark ; ImageSense camera software is a boon ; Exceedingly thin

Pentile AMOLED display is no match for a good LCD ; Sense 4 holds ICS back ; Beats Audio is a gimmick ; Silver model isn't treated with microarc oxidation

HTC steps into the Ice Cream Sandwich limelight with its new One series

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Brian Klug (anandtech.com)

HTC One S Review - International and T-Mobile

 

At the very top of HTC's new lineup are three flagship devices: the One X, its cousin the One XL, and the One S. I say flagship because HTC's One S is really a device with a level of fit and finish beyond the rest of the high-end to midrange device...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

HTC One S (T-Mobile) Review

 

With its gorgeous looks, eye-popping screen, and powerful camera, the HTC One S is the most compelling choice on T-Mobile and one of the top Android handsets overall. Users looking for more battery life should consider the Samsung Galaxy S II, which...

Slim and attractive design, Gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, Speedy camera, Sleek Sense UI on top of Android 4.0

T-Mobile 4G Network can be spotty, Mediocre battery life

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1650 / 2020
Battery performance:1650 / 2020
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Call Management

Call blocking: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 2.1
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3 / 2.1
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p / 720p
Video stabilizer: Yes

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Brown / Grey / Metallic
Form Factor:Bar
Protection features:Water Resistant

Display

3D playback: Yes
Display Diagonal:4.3 / 5
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 540 x 960
Display Type:AMOLED / LCD
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor:No / Yes

Keyboard

Any key answer: No
Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:Alphanumeric
Keyboard type:Alphanumeric
Navigation key: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:1 / 1024 / 2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):No / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MIDI, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio: Yes
Speakers:Stereo
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV / 3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV, WMV9 / 3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV9 / 3GP, MP4 / MP4
Video formats supported:3GP,AVI,MP4,WMV / 3GP,AVI,MP4,WMV,WMV9 / 3GP,AVI,MP4,WMV9 / 3GP,MP4 / MP4

Navigation

Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:2100 / 800,900,2100 / 850,900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA,WCDMA / HSPA,WCDMA
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network:3G
EDGE multislot class:33
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card hot swapping:Y
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Mobile operating systems supported:Android 4.1
Music player: Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
T9 text input: Yes
Total Storage Capacity:16
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC, USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.0
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor:No / Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
SyncML: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB port:N / Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:S3 / S4
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A9
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Qualcomm
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.7
Processor model:S3 / S4

Software

Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.0
SyncML: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:1024 / 2048
Internal ROM:16
Internal storage capacity:16
RAM capacity:1 / 2
ROM capacity:16
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.307 / 0.357
Height:2.78 / 5.16
Weight:4.22 / 4.94
Width:2.56 / 5.63