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HTC One S review

A top of the range cameraphone with an emphasis on pictures, music and connectivity. Is the One S the One to have?

A few months back, HTC's Chairwoman Cher Wang made a pretty frank admission regarding HTC Sense. She said it was too complicated. And legions of HTC fans would probably agree.

So, HTC has revamped it. There are lots of similarities to previous versions – but it just flows a lot better. Don't forget, we are running Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and hats off to HTC for getting such a stable bit of tech out the door so quickly whilst other manufacturers dither about.

HTC One S review

The Sense launcher gives you seven homescreens to play with – which can't be expanded. On prior handsets, there was the option of spinning to the last homescreen and it would go back to the beginning like a full circle but that's now gone for some reason.

You can quickly move to another by pinching the screen which gives a full overview. There's little lag here and despite having a dual-core 1.5GHz processor compared to the One X's quad-core job, there is no stutter with live wallpapers as you move through screens - which seems odd since you'd expect the one with less power to have the problem.

HTC gives you a plethora of widgets to pick from and we love the implementation of it. Tap the screen and rather than the Android menu of old, you're treated to a whole little interface with previews of said widgets.

Want to see how the One S stands up against the iPhone 4S? We compare camera shutter speed, web page loading and turn on time in the video below:

One thing we do love here is that you get a mini view at the top of the screen of your homescreens and as you tap on a widget, it pops up into that screen and then lets you continue to add more.

HTC One S review

There's none of this adding a widget and then having to go through the whole process again to add a second one, bringing up menus and boxes etc. It just works simply and gracefully.

This being Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there are some changes that'll take a bit of getting used to and others that stalwarts will hate. For example, HTC used to give you toggles for things like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in the pulldown notification bar which was a great help. Now, you'll have to go through the

settings menu to do this (which has been moved into the notification bar itself) unless you install a dedicated widget.

We do like the Ice Cream Sandwich addition of contact pictures in the notification bar now when said person messages us.

Also, there's no search softkey anymore, which we found we used a lot. You'll have to have a Google widget on your homescreen instead which restricts your option slightly.

However, you do get a new multitasking button which brings up a very elegant view of running or recently used programmes and looks very nice indeed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne S
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
ColourGrey
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)119.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height130.9 mm
Width65 mm
Depth7.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne S
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOne S
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Gyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HRE011-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Amazing camera

With this camera you never miss a shot. Capture every moment with a camera that starts-up in less than a second, and has rapid-fire continuous shooting. You'll never again have to choose between capturing a video or a picture-with Video Pic you can get both at the same time. And you'll get the best images even under the worst conditions: low light, no light and back light... None are a problem.

Limited Warranty1 Year