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I am aware of the age of this phone, so decided to review it from the time it was outside, apposed to reviewing it next to the htc one m9 or samsung galaxy 6.
The screen is vividly bright and the super AMOLED display is perfectly visible when outdoors (as opposed to the HTC Desire). The resolution is great and text, images and video are crystal clear - beautiful screen.
Sense 4.0 and Android 4 work together really well. HTC have toned down Sense where needed and streamlined things to make it more intuitive. If you are already familiar with Android you won't be scratching your head trying to figure things out. Although you will get the perk of finding little useful nuggets along the way too.
Face unlock is a bit gimmicky but does work and work well. Another improvement is the Swype option for the keyboard. Other people have commented that it is harder to type accurately (and quickly) on this phone and I agree. The layout is slightly different to before and the keys are certainly closer together in normal 'portrait' mode, so mis-typing is common. But trust me, select the Swype option and be amazed. You don't have to be that accurate and 49 times out of 50 you will get the word you wanted. Typing speed therefore increases ten-fold. Brilliant!
The camera is just awesome. You have a range of options - low light, HDR, panorama, portrait etc. And the image quality really does rival most compact digicams. You even have inbuilt editing to tinker with the photo's which is a godsend. Fantastic work on the camera side HTC.
Beats Audio gives all the music/audio some nice bass and a much fuller sound to the music. Listening on headphones you have quality that in my opinion is better than my ipod. The stock music player is okay allowing multiple playlists and various options and even lets you download the album art if you require.
The oleophobic coating on the screen is a big bonus. My previous HTC Desire used to drive me to distraction with fingerprints and smudges and I was forever buffing the screen each time I touched it. The One S doesn't have that problem, sure you still do get marks and smudges but they are less apparent, easier to wipe away and don't affect viewing of the screen to any degree.
I feel that the phone pretty much has addressed many of the things I would have wanted to be included on a new phone. The old favourites have remained like the animated weather. I would have perhaps liked to see a micro-SD card slot. Yes you do get 25GB of dropbox storage (after you jump through a few hoops) which is good but 16GB onboard (9.5GB actually free) is a little measly. Even having another 32GB model on sale would have been something?
A few people have complained about chipping. I do have the black MAO (micro-arc oxidation) model and thankfully have not noticed any chipping yet although I have been handling it like a newborn baby! There are tiny scuffs appearing around the usb charging slot though as it's a tight fit to get in and out so these might worsen over time. I do like the premium feel of the phone though, it feels solid and well-built in the hand and you can see the thought that has gone into the design. There are beautiful curves and chamfers making this a very attractive piece of kit. Wonderfully thin too - just think of practically any other smartphone on a strict diet!
All in all an excellent phone and highly recommended. Well done HTC.
This was one of my first android smartphones, I found it to do everything I needed it to do and more. It's the first one from Htc One's series, which started to rival other top models.. samsung, LG and Sony. It is a big step up from the HTC desire which can be very slow and not responsive. This phone was very quick and hardly ever crashed, in the first few months. However I noticed it started to overheat after a few months, which even left burnt marks on the phone. This got really annoying, as the phone got that hot that I had to stop using it for it to cool down.. as it was too hot in my hands. It then got really annoying and occasionally crashed on me, about monthly, which doesn't seem like a lot but it was annoying. This was always was when an update was due, I cracked this phone twice in the two years I had it, and it's the only thing I have ever cracked the screen to. and to replace the screen it's around the same price and the handset itself so had to send of for insurance to get it fixed as it slowly started to chip away leaving completely blank paces on the screen. However, this phone was very good for the price and for the time it was one of the top phones out. But now I would recommend it if you are looking for a basic android smartphone, it takes decent pictures, loads quickly and does exactly what it says on the tin.
This is my second smart phone. The first was given to me by my Dad and it was an iphone, this one was given to me by my husband and is an android.
As you can deduce from this I'm not a tech lover who goes out and researches and purchases my own devices but is happy to accept hand-me-downs. My review will obviously reflect this, so sorry about the lack of the correct language I'll just tell you what I like and what I don't.
-It's lightweight and slim line enough to keep in your pocket but sturdy. I have dropped it quite a few times and the screen is still intact.
-The homepage screen has the things you'll use most right there and if there's an application you use more often you can move it to the homepage. The touchscreen is sensitive so you're not having to repeatedly swipe to get what you want to open.
-It comes with some tutorials for using the camera which takes very good quality pictures.
-The SIM card is really easy to get to should you need to do this. I remember the iphone being a pig to get in to when I wanted to change my SIM card.
I do not like:
-Some of the things you need to work are hard to find, for example it took me quite a while to find out how to put it on silent! My husband had to show me how to move my favourite applications onto the homepage.
The HTC One S is an ideal handset for users who want a feature rich handset but without the pricetag and ultimate performance of the best smartphones on the market. The HTC One S is powered by Google''s Ice Cream Sandwich along with HTC''s own Sense 4.0 user interface which has received a facelift since Sense 3.5 on the HTC Sensation devices. The hardware in the One S is also pretty impressive. With a 1.5 Ghz dual core Snapdragon processor, you are guaranteed smooth performance whether you are browsing the web, running one of the many apps available or playing the latest high tech games. The 1Gb of RAM should also be sufficient to enable quick execution of instructions and loading times will be extremely short. One of the shortcomings for the HTC One S is the relatively small amount of on-board storage. With only 16Gb of storage, some users may be put off from buying this handset, especially as this storage can not be increased due to HTC''s decision to exclude a microSD slot on the phone. One saving grace however is the fact that you can get an additional 25Gb of cloud storage in the form of Dropbox. The HTC One S if fitted with a 4.3 inch AMOLOED screen similar to those used in the Samsung Galaxy S range of smartphones. Whilst this is not as crisp as the SLCD2 screen of the One X it still gives a high quality display which will produce vivid colors at every level. Although the One S uses the same 8 megapixel camera as the One X, the software is slightly different meaning that images are slightly different. Depending on the style of shot you take, the One S does actually out perform the One X on certain snaps. The camera on all of the One series handsets is a massive improvement to cameras used on all previous HTC handsets ensuring that you can be almost guaranteed a great shot. Coupled with 1080p HD video recording, the HTC One S is a viable solution to all of your media requirements. The One S comes with Beats Audio technology built in. When used with compatible headsets, audio playback on the phone will be greatly enhanced when compared to standard headphones. Even without Beats headphones, audio on the One S is excellent. There is no denying that the HTC One S is a powerful device and fully justified the 1650 mAh battery that is require to run it. This is only slightly smaller than the battery in the One X which is required to run 2 more processor cores. You will easily get a full day''s use out of the One S battery which is standard for smartphone use. The HTC One S is a lovely smartphone and will appeal to most people who feel high end phones are too big for them. The One S combines a powerful processor with crystal clear screen and a pleasurable user experience.
This was my first HTC phone, and I loved it. I know that there were issues with the previous model and this seems to have all been resolved with the release of the HTC One series. I had this phone for 2 years and it lasted well, even after two years and the phone suffering usual drop when drunk, getting wet & general wear and tear, the phone still works really well.
The pros of this phone:
I love the look and feel of the phone in my hand. I know that it is a bit larger than other phones out there but as the phone is quite narrow it doesn't have a 'brick' feel. I love the large screen area, HTC really fill the space so you can make the most out of the display. The phone is quick & responsive. The display is really clear & the colours on the phone are bright. The battery life lasts a day, depending on usage obviously.
The cons of this phone:
The internal camera on this phone is quite grainy and not clear. The external camera is just OK, it works but it isn't as clear and often does have a yellow tinge if using under artificial light, like night time. The main con is that after a while, the screen loses sensitivity however this is probably a common issue with touch screen phones. The volume of the phone isn't as loud as it could be.
HTC S one review:
Gasping the amazement of holding this smartphone it is "quietly brilliant!" Having my previous phone the Blackberry Curve 8520 I wanted to upgrade to a touch screen smartphone. Having seen a couple of good reviews on the net of the HTC S One, I decided to purchase this phone. So off I went to see what was available at the Three shop, there were two choices Pay as you go or Contract, I opted for the contract as I roam the Internet quite a lot.
The device runs smoothly on the Android 4.0 (Ice scream sandwich) though upgradable to the Android 4.1 (Jelly bean)
The camera specs on this smartphone are amazing, with 8 MP, 540 x 960 pixel resolution
- with flash the images that this bewildering phone produces a crisped in image, accompanied by Simultaneous 1080p HD video and Image recording; you won't need your standard digital camera. There is an rapid fire mode where the device continuously taking shots upon holding the "shot" button; you won't miss a picture again as you can capture snapshots while recording in HD with Videopic.
HTC One S incorporated with Beats By Dre in the speaker section gives a great high quality, clear-cut sound to any genre that suits you. You have a option to turn off beats audio and on.
The long 4.3 inches display is highly pixelated, every pixel is clear, easy to see it is immaculate in every detail finished off with an glossy shine to the glass, the surface on the screen makes it easy to slide your finger across the Super AMOLED screen - protecting it is Gorilla glass - a strong robust glass.
The phone carry's a capacity off 16GB and 1GB off ram; If you want to have more space on the phone you can access Drop box a online memory service (integrated on the device) free to use generously giving HTC S One users 25GB extra storage, But if you want the extra memory directly from your phone you can't! The down side of having an S one is there is no memory card slot, which is a bummer.
The entire body material consists of anodized aluminium, which makes the device solid and robust - easy to slide in your pocket. But the downside to covering the whole body, is you can not replace the battery neither a camera key - which is only available on-screen.
This phone runs on 3G, with the Three you will get one of the fastest networks in the UK. There is an option to connect to your phones network on other Wi-Fi enabled devices using the phones Hotspot application. This is called tethering. I find this feature quite useful as when I am out and about with my Laptop, I can just pop my phone out and connect to my phones network - Hassel free. If you want a more reliable connection on your mobile you can connect to your home broadband via Wi-Fi on system preferences.
What's in the box?
Packaged in a recycled box you get a pair of headphones, USB cable with charger, usual manuals warranty information ECT
- Front facing camera
- 3.5 mm jack
- High quality slow motion video capture and playback
Conclusion: I will recommend this phone to anyone looking to purchase a decent touchscreen. This phone offers loads of great features, excellent selection of widgets and fast mobile Internet; this is an ideal smartphone for any phone - hollic.
My good lady & I both own one of these and have done for about 8 months, so we have had chance to fully road test them. If you are upgrading you will notice an immediate improvement in response time from the touch screen which for me was great - I had a touch screen phone before and the delay in responding to touches meant I often touched it again and ended up with 2 or three actions which was very frustrating.
Screen - beautiful - really lovely colours. This has full HD which really shines through when using the....
Camera - arguably as good as the I phone's. Has lots of nice functions built in including a great panorama feature. Personally I like the fact that you can link Dropbox to your phone and have all your photos automatically uploaded - therefore if you lose or damage your phone, nothing is lost.
Call quality - consistently good - very few dropped calls
Battery life - initially this was poor, however with the recent Android update there came a battery saver which works in the background and has made a significant difference. I am a fairly heavy user and my charge can last 2 days which in smart phone terms is quite something - my wife's will last for 3 days plus.
Music - This one comes with Beats Audio and the excellent Beats Audio Headphones which give great sound range and good bass.
SAT NAV - I got rid of my sat nav in the car as this is so good - uses Google maps - allows you to download maps in case you are going into an area of poor 3g service - shouldn't be a problem when 4g is running.
I am so impressed, I am thinking of keeping this instead of upgrading when my 2 year contract expires.
This is the cheaper model of the one series for the more budget concious. The specifications reflect this. For the majority of users, the 1.5Ghz Dual-Core processor will do just fine with the majority of tasks. However when compared to the top-end of the series, the HTC One X, this phone will be greatly outperformed due to the HTC One S having roughly half the processing power.
The only people to really notice the difference between these two models however are power users however and therefore the standard user will probably be perfect fine with this model. When multitasking with a couple of more intensive applications I noticed a small drop in frame rate in video and also the responsiveness of my gestures generally decreased a little. The decrease in responsiveness was not enough to prevent me using the phone however it could get a little irritating as I had to occasionally press keys twice to get any input or, if typing, I may have to press backspace a few more times when the phone chose the wrong letter due to the stress it was under.
The build quality of this phone is decent, I have seen better but the Gorilla Glass protection this phone offers means that you can drop it, smash it and throw things at it as much as you like with little chance of breaking its display in my experience. This is not the same for the outer casing however as I have found it scratches pretty easily and does gain quite considerable cosmetic damage after a few month of usage even fro the most careful of handlers - admittedly, it did fall out of the car twice but the damage was still rather great from this.
the screen on this phone is quite excellent actually. For the price paid, the sharpness of the display and the quality of the colours is excellent. I enjoy watching YouTube videos using the phone and this therefore really impressed me. The audio quality is similar with everything sounding crisp. This means that it really does make a great media phone
I got this phone on contract about 9 months ago, and can honestly say I love it! As most people are aware of the divide between Android and Apple, I can honestly say, since buying my first HTC Android phone well over two years ago, I am 110% an Androider! The software on this phone is simple, the app market is easy to navigate and some of the Android features really make this phone a great buy. At the time of buying my phone, it was running on the latest android software, whilst I'm not exactly a tech fanatic, I am impressed by the phone and all that comes with it. Battery life is good, and even better when you put to use the widgets available, this means you can easily control you're screen brightness, sync on/off, Bluetooth, GPS, Internet and more all with one touch of the button. The App Store is brilliant and even better, unlike apple it doesn't make you enter a password and take you back to the main screen every time you hit download. The only problem I have had with the phone is when the dreaded software updates roll in and of course, you get bugs, usually this means the phone will randomly turn itself off or freeze, this has only happened a few times, and has been easily sorted by resetting the phone. As with all phones, it calls, messages, emails, facebooks, tweets, shares etc etc, but the best part is the usability, I find it a lot more user friendly than iPhones, better set out menu and a more sturdy design. The phone itself is sleek, has a quality feel to it, and packing an 8 megapixel camera is the icing on the cake. I would recommend this phone to anyone, it's great for personal use, business use or as an all rounder!!
I am such a person that loves to stick to one particular type mobile phone. It was as if there is no other phone in the market except the one I am used to until I decided to upgrade my contract. The advent of more sophistication with the range of latest smart phone had taken over the better part of me because my old mobile phone could no longer compete with the latest ones in the market.
I did my background research and concluded that my next mobile phone would the one under android platform. After I was introduced to various android phones, I decided to go for HTC 1. The phone is very easy to use, has attractive screen, great picture quality (good for multiple motion pictures) and enough space to download music and videos. In fact, it is a great companion.
Its predictive texts means I don't have to type every word whenever I am composing text messages, updating Facebook or replying e-mails.
The play store boasts of millions of free and paid applications. You can set the weather to your present location and can see similar forecasts in other major cities of the world. The search field under the menu screen enables you to do a quick application search where there many of them have already been downloaded.
On the other hand, it may not open when the battery is too low hence making answering calls to be difficult. I has small in-built keyboard hence making typing difficult sometimes, battery may run down quickly listening to music and watching video.
In conclusion, HTC One is best smart phone I have ever come across in the market and I fully recommended for all fun lovers. Above all, it is quietly brilliant!
I'll start by saying that I don't really know anything about all the processors or anything like that so I can't really say if the phones lives up to what the description says but I can say that it's a brilliant phone.
The touch screen is super responsive. It can be a little sensitive at times but I love that its quick to start and stop.
The screen is bright and the colours are vibrant. The live wallpapers are beautiful and the different coloured themes are beautiful.
The screen is just the right size, not that much bigger or smaller than an iPhone or Galaxy. My mother has a Galazxy S II and the screens are the same time. The size of the phone as a whole is slightly smaller. The HTC is slimer and feels nicer in the hand when your texting and calling people.
The android system it runs on is better than pprevious systems I've used. The app market is great and there are a good choice of apps very similar to those on itunes. I have used both android and Blackberry phones in the past and this is by far the best android systems I have tried and it's sooo much better than Blackberry systems if you don't use the phone as a business phone. I only really loved my Blackberry because of the calander feature and the emails. This phone has a brilliant agenda feature and the email system is good and sends emails through regularly. The apps are amazing. They are better quality than anything on Blackberrys and there are many free ones.
The camera is amazing. I used to have a Blackberry and the camera on those is shockingly awful so having an 8 megapixel camera is a brilliant upgrade. It take beautiful true to life pictures and is great at foucusing on the right things and the smile detection is brilliant. I love how high quality the the video recorder is and how well the photos and videos play back.
I love the camera on the front which is great for skype or the mirror feature.
I love the look of the phone. It's lightweight but it doens't feel cheap or like plastic. The two tone back makes it look just that much better and it's super slim which is brilliant. Overall, I love it and I would recommend it to anyone. I have the grey one, so I don't know what the white one is like but the grey one is two tonal on the back and has blue tones in it.
Overall I think this phone is super high quality and a brilliant choice if you are looking into phones like the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note and the iPhone. It's definatly good for anyone as you can adapt it into being a good phone for socialising and younger people or for people who are looking into using it for business. It's simply enough for any age and a reasonable price for people who are looking into phones with the specifications this one has.