So here it is, our review of the brand new HTC One S. This phone is part of the trilogy of next generation smartphones from the Taiwanese mobile giant that is HTC. Having refined their product line for this year, the One S really is a great sign of things to come.
Not to change from the norm, the build quality of this phone is fantastic. With its 4.3 inch Super AMOLED screen and ‘micro arc oxidation’ finish’ this really is one sexy phone. At just 7.8mm thick at its thinnest point, it also fits really well in the hand and the pocket. The One S is packing the same impressive camera as its big brother, the One X.
HTC have developed a new ImageSense chip to help the camera take some of the best shots on any smartphone. With new improved features such as an Fstop of 2.0 and 28mm wide angle lense, this phone really can take some amazing shots.Under the hood is the newly developed Qualcomm Krait dual-core chip which offers up some buttery smooth performance.
The phone comes with the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0.3. It also has the latest and more streamlined version of HTC Sense, Sense 4.0. The combination of the two results in extremely quick phone navigation and just an all round pleasurable experience when using the phone. The camera can launch from the lockscreen in under a second, again, thanks to the new improved software and there are some really cool new features which you can use in the new camera application.
With this new camera, you are able to shoot 1080p video whilst simultaneously taking 8MP photos! The screen layout has the camera shutter button and video record button right beside each other so you can easily snap a photo without ever having to stop recording your video. You can also hold down the shutter button and take up to 99 photos in very quick succession, again, making sure you don’t miss that crucial shot.
As with some previous HTC phones, the One S comes with the Beats audio software also installed but with the very much welcomed improvement of the software being used thoughout the entire phone and not just the stock music player. So now if you’re watching a Youtube video or listening to the radio, you get the great Beat audio experience. I have to say I love the Beats integration and it really does offer some of the best audio I’ve ever heard from a mobile device.
This phone really does show that HTC have gone back to the drawing board and started from the ground up. It’s extremely well built, screamingly fast (can even hold its own against it’s quad-core older brother the One X) and has features that you will just love to show off. Even though the One X is the flagship device for the One series, I actually see this phone being one of HTC’s most successful phones in recent months. If your interested in the One X, we’ve also got our review of that here.