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HTC One S Review

0. phoneArena 05 Apr 2012, 09:18 posted on

HTC One S is the middle child in the new One series of the Taiwanese smartphone maker, taking it down a notch from the flagship HTC One X, while floating above the One V munchkin in terms of hardware. It has a lot going for it, though, being HTC's thinnest device to date, sporting a metal ceramic-coated or anodized chassis, and featuring the fourth generation of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset plus a dedicated HTC ImageChip for the camera...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:21 12

1. moyourBB (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


this phone got a higher score than One X?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:30 5

4. baldilocks (Posts: 502; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Inferior Screen in both size and resolution. Lower graphics performance. Higher score from PhoneArena. LOL.

Maybe it's because it doesn't get 'warm under a heavy load'....

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:24 1

25. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


PA reviews have been puzzling of late

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 16:10 4

26. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


You can't say a screen is inferior because it is smaller. Lower graphics performance but better CPU, it is a trade off. Just stop

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:32 8

5. baldilocks (Posts: 502; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Almost forgot. The One S has half the built in storage. That gives it a higher score from PhoneArena too.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:40 11

7. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Different Reviewer. Maybe Daniel P. would have given HTC One X higher score.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:45 7

10. moyourBB (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Oh you are correct. Daniel may have a different perspective with Android device. :)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:42 1

9. moyourBB (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I thought Ray compared two ONE series devices with their designs. There's no doubt the One S has a better material chassis than One X. And I guess the browser issue in One X gave a bad image to Ray.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 20:27

29. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Aircraft aluminium vs polycarb. Either one is pretty awesome, and much more durable in a fall than the iphone's glass-aluminium composite.

I don't know why some people don't like the one piece polycarbonate bodies. The N9 is rather damn good actually, so whatever tickles your fancy..

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 22:22

30. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


The X doesn't have poor browser performance, HTC phones always come out of the box with text rewrapping automatically turned on, that is why it it pauses for a bit. turn it off and the browser is buttery smooth. just doubletap to rewrap text after zooming in

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:40 2

6. cripton805 (Posts: 913; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


The one reviewing the phone was an Applefanboy. You could tell during the review and when they pitted it against the iPhone. It was that same guy. "What a surprise". This seems to be a more reasonable guy and the score seems more justified.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:41 3

8. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Also dont let Victor H. review anything. And this score is correct i think but One X should have got 8.5.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 10:10

42. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


do you know that the snapdragon chip inside this phone has a better processor because of the processing technique.
inside htc one x runs tegra 3 which is based on 48nm or 42nm processing
in htc one s is 32nm processing with krait cores for faster speeds
therefore htc one s is a little bit better in terms of cpu tasks but the htc one x is still a winner in terms of gpu

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 09:35

43. DylRicho (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


You would be surprised. The Snapdragon CPU in this phone scores better in all benchmarking apps that I have tried. Also, just because it doesn't have the HD resolution of the One X, doesn't mean it should be scored down. In fact, it has a better display technology than the One X and is made out of aircraft-grade aluminium which has been oxidized to make it four times as strong as stainless steel. The scores are probably based on overall performance and user experience, and with the One S featuring the better CPU with the same amount of RAM on a smaller screen, will perform better.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:27

2. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


y u no review one v ??????????/

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:30 6

3. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


It's coming :)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:21 3

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


why couldn`t you review One X ?
i am sure it deserved an 8.5.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:07

18. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


pls do it at ur earliest ..................
my exam is on sunday and i am buying it first thing on monday mornin :-)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:45 6

11. maxkobi (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


i think it got a higher score because as a middle tier phone its pretty decent

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:40 6

21. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 381; Member since: 24 May 2011)


You are very correct my friend. Some people just lack common sense.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 00:59

34. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


lolzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 23:56

44. DylRicho (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Almost every benchmark test is better with the One S. The CPU is of a newer generation, plus it has better display technology and a screen size that is considered in the middle (not too small and not too big). The build quality is also much better than the One X. I'm assuming the scores are based on overall performance and user experience, and in comparison to these two, the One S is definitely the better of the two in both of those areas.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 17:22 1

47. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the oneX needs to be reviewed again since it had a big driver update today that was supposed to fix a lot of issues like performance and battery.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 06:36

50. vlada (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


Maybe all these reviews have been made too early? Maybe all of the reviewers on all related web sites should wait a bit with detailed tests, until the new phones' firmware is somewhat more stabilized and optimized? Maybe after a few months in service?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 09:57

12. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


About CONS
Video capture is slow to start
Fiddly focus in Macro mode
Very poor outdoor photos
Is that the same camera of ONE X?

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 08:05

39. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


yep, the same. I've always said that HTC don't know how to make good cameras.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:00 4

13. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Daniel, how can you even put the Nokia lumia 900 in the same line with this??!
The One S is just as fluid and snappy, and has :
- better screen
- 120 grams of weight (compared to 170 )
- 8 mm thickness
- premium materials
- 5 TIMES more powerful graphic processor
- THIRTY TIMES more free apps available for download
- docking abilities
- full hd video

also, it's just clearly better than galaxy s 2 (better build, screen and processor )

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 06:11

37. Somerandomguyyy (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Just sayin the screen on the Galaxy S2 is better. Its not using the pentile arrangement

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 08:08 2

40. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


BUAHHAHA:D Good joke man:)
You are on of those blind sheeps who have never ever played with win 7.
Try it and you will change your mind what is fluid and what is not.
And I'm sorry but alu vs polycarbonate is a matter of taste.
You are against polycarbonate in 900 but remember that HTC used almost the same material in ONE X.
And...you have got sissy hands my dear? More than 8 mm is to thick and to uncomfy to hold?
I don't like szajsung but...saying that this half-unpolished-old phone is better than S II is just...well...put away your pills, will you?

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 17:26

48. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


fanboys will be fanboys.
ill take the sgs2

the 900 is the best that wp7 has to offer at the moment so why wouldn't it be fair to compare them regardless of specs

have u played with a wp7? it is smooth as smooth can be

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:23

15. Commentator (Posts: 2332; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Three of the cons are about the camera? Why not, like PhoneArena always does, just combine them into the "Sub-par/Average Camera" label?

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:43 6

16. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Daniel can you teach Ray how to do a review please.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 16:12

27. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Because .2 is much of a different.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 10:54

17. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


This is how the original Sensation should've been. I would love to buy this to replace my Sensation, don't really see the need for Quad Cores yet.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:13

19. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


holy-mother-of-god !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rotate the 360 view, the time on the clock changes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:10-->11:09-->11:14-->11:13

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:56

23. Commentator (Posts: 2332; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That happens on every 360 view here. If PA wanted to show some semblance of professionalism, they'd manually set the clock to the same time every time they took a picture for the 360 view! (Now let's just hope this little bit of sarcasm isn't lost on anyone...)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:25 1

20. nuadar1 (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Oh come on...It's same software and camera like the one in One X...it's one of the best. Engadget photos from One S are just fenomenal. Also, browser is easily changeable

And finally note to the people..this isn't midrange device..it's another flagship. See, Apple is having small flagship smartphone, Sammy giant flagship smartphone and HTC both :)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:13

22. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


no removable battery or expandable memory? big no nos for this guy

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:14

24. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)


Reviews need to either be done by the same person, or have some type of normalization. Currently, the way reviews are being handled are ridiculous. Too much bias, opinion, and comparison to phones that aren't relevant.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 18:59

28. BravoTeam127 (unregistered)


How is the battery life on this phone?

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 23:57

45. DylRicho (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I've seen a screenshot on XDA that shows the battery survives for a whole day without problems under average use.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 22:52

31. asdfasdfasdf123 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


no nfc...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 23:46

33. wunderkind (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


i think the review of one series is too early and too premature...

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:51 1

35. pukea (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


The worst site I have seen, you can't even make a review, One X - 7.8, One S - 8
Engadget & Verge & Gsmarena have better thoughts, i don't beleive in you, f**k*n Apple fans
What's next?
Galaxy S3 - 7.3?
F**k off

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 02:53 1

36. mike.messiah (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Wow 3 out of 4 Cons is on the camera..
While on the other side of interwebs, reviewers are praising its camera. Engadget.com says-
"This, along with the One X, is possibly the best Android camera phone we've seen yet. "
Source:http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/02/htc-one-s-review/
WHOM TO BELIEVE???
(i dont wanna live in this planet anymore)

As for people complaining about this phone getting higher score than One X...people..one x and one s are two different catagory phones. One S got a good score in its upper-mid range segment...One X got a dismall score in its premium segment..
If the Nokia 1100 black/white phone gets 9/10 and Nokia n95 got 8/10 it doesnt mean the Nokia 1100 is better -_- ...they are rated according to their own segment.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 11:10

38. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


"i dont wanna live in this planet anymore" ???????????

well go to SA. KONY is waiting heeeeehaaaaaaaahhaahahahaaahah!!!!

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 08:10

41. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


it was not funny man, kony's case is not funny at all.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 16:39

46. vlada (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


I've had the One S in my hands today. All very nice and fine, everything works very fast and smooth, etc... Phone handles well in hand and I liked the aluminium body. All in all, I liked it much more than, for example, the plasticky SGS2 or the bulky curved Xperia Arc S (although those two are very good phones, of course).

But, being a spoiled long-term user of a superb HTC HD2 (now running the ICS flawlessly), I have a problem with all new phones that come to the market: they all lack the WOW effect which made me purchase the HD2 in the first place. I still haven't tried anything that would make me send my old rugged HD2 to a well-deserved retirement.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 17:28

49. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the review was fine but we still need a normalized and published reveiw system so people know why phones get the score they do

posted on 18 May 2012, 05:48

51. muchwe (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 May 2012)


Your help. the HTC Desire S or Samsung galaxy S advanced.?.my main concerns, internet connectivity that i can share out to other gadgets as i operate in the bush often & of course battery life.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 20:26

52. tywanjames (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Everybody complaining that the S scored better than the X need to realize that Phonearena isn't the only ones that did that. Consumer Reports scored the S higher than the X also. Also they scored the S's video camera quality better than the X's, so there has to be a difference between the 2 cameras.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 00:17

53. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 630; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Amazingly no reviewer talks about the bugs of Sense UI. HTC has changed the android multitasking which is a pain in the ass. Sense kills apps in background very aggressively(even with huge amount of RAM). This is being done to achieve a hassle free & lag free experience with better battery life. However, none of these has been achieved in any of HTC devices. All the HTC devices struggle for battery life & UI lags. The webpage reloading in HTC phones while toggling between apps is another major issue no reviewer talks about. Dont think these Smartphone reviewers are SMART. May be I should become a "Smartphone Reviewer".. :).. HTC one series has the BEST camera & image quality among all smartphones. & the looks of HTC beats even the IPHONEs... But performance is an issue.

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