HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
calling quality from their noise-canceling mics, with a slightly cleaner and stronger sound in the earpiece coming with HTC's handset. It has a less potent loudspeaker than the iPhone 4S, though, so you might miss a call if not nearby, or the phone is buried deeply in a handbag.
Both devices have sealed battery compartments, so you can't swap batteries on the One S as you might be used to with Android phones, but the 1650mAh performed almost on par with the iPhone 4S when playing video, breaking the 8 hours mark. When it comes to browsing, the iPhone 4S performs much better, since the AMOLED display chugs the battery juice like a hungover frat boy when displaying white backgrounds.
Thus in mixed use the iPhone 4S has an edge in battery life, but the HTC One S can still deliver a day of Android-ing with moderate use, thanks to its 28nm Snapdragon chipset, which is about the norm.
Long story short you can't go wrong with these two handsets – they perform very well and look good in the process. The iPhone 4S has this halo of an Apple product that is hard to beat for the guy on the street, but about the only area that the HTC One S is inferior to it is screen resolution and pixel density.
If you plan on watching plenty of videos, the One S is the better choice, though – it plays DivX/Xvid files up to 1080p out of the box and the larger screen, higher contrast and more vivid colors also make for a better video playback experience.
Thanks to its smaller screen and size, the iPhone 4S is more comfortable to operate with one hand. The HTC One S is one of the most compact 4.3-inchers out there, but you can reach everywhere on the screen with your thumb only if you have larger hands.
Both handsets have non-removable batteries and no memory card slots now, but the iPhone 4S has versions with different amounts of internal storage, and in mixed usage its battery life is better. You pay top dollar for extra storage in it, though.
As far as price goes, the HTC One S is starting from about $550 without carrier subsidies, whereas the 16GB iPhone 4S can be had for $650 at Apple, or $600 at places like Amazon, and usually keeps value better than other smartphones. HTC phones used to hold their value pretty well, too, but what will happen with the new One series in that respect remains to be seen.
Overall the advantages of one of these handsets over the other are not with a large margin in any department, so your choice will boil down to Android or iOS, and personal design preferences, given the difference in dimensions.
HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S Video Comparison:
1. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Fair review. unlike Ray.s
Well done Daniel. Please teach Ray how to write a non biased/self-opinionated review
3. jhan410 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
haha good thing, i thought this is gonna be another garbage article/review done by the worst reviewer w/ the worst voice of all time, ray s.
2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
small nitpicks daniel
Amoled is true black, the pixels turn off, meaning it has infinite contrast.. not just a high contrast. Technically it cant get any better.
While on the same network the OneS should technically always get at least slightly better if not greatly better speeds than the i4s due to the fact that the 42mb/s radio is for all intensive purposes 2-21mb/s radios put together. Thats why if you go to tmobile for example, the 4g blaze will pretty much always out perform any 21mb/s phone on the network.
Also, if you drop amoled brightness below 75% while viewing white pages it drops its power consumption greatly. that last 25% or so is where the real drain is... especially when displaying white. While its not a great trick for outside usage, it sure helps inside since amoleds are naturally pretty bright anyways.
Other than that, a pretty fair review. good job.
5. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I actually respect remixfa, his very knowledgeable.
PA should hire him to replace Ray
7. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thanks. :) I wouldnt mind doing freelance. Its not like I dont write on this site enough, right? lol
Ray is not as bad as people like to think he is. We are all entitled to our opinions. I've found his last few pieces to be very reasonable and even handed. Yes, he has a preference for iphones that does show up in some of his reviews, but so what. We are all human and we all have preferences. Did you give daniel the same gripes for saying nice things about android over iOS in this article? Its no different than Ray's little snippets. There is no such thing as 100% objective as we all see the world through our own glasses. As long as its not glaringly obvious, why worry about it?
There were some comparison articles on this site for the last few years that were so beyond obviously favored to one phone out of the gate it wasnt funny. Compared to some of those old articles, what Ray is writing is as unbiased as it gets. I'm not going to mention who wrote those articles. lol.
12. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
your amazing remixfa. wish i could report you for being too cool haha
(yes... that was bad......)
8. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
To display ideal true black, the individual pixels need to turn into black hole.
15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
can we let taco test that? well call it the iphone6 and let him be a beta tester
19. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
That is true.
The contrast measuring devices are picking up the amount of light that's being emited, though, and since amoled switches it self off on the black signal, it is registered as zero light.
4. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I wanna see One S vs Xperia S.. thats a better comparison than the iP4S..
6. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
When will reviewers realize that 4.3 inch screen is simply a huge advantage over 3.5 inches!!
It's really time to drop that apple induced neutral reality twisting stance regarding iPhone screen.
If you don't think so, just imagine some new android flagship with 3.5 inch screen.
It would turn into a huge con in the eyes of any reviewer.
I have an xperia arc s and NEVER had any girl complaining about its 4.2 inch screen being too big.
21. mrochester (unregistered)
Just as soon as others realise that a 4.3" screen is not necessarilly a huge advantage over a 3.5" screen, I suspect.
9. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I thought the battery life was supposed to be better on the One S??
But overall, this is a great comparison review!
11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Remixfa addressed that - I do what he described on my Cappy and RAZR and get great battery life. Also, get Green Power app and you will see even more battery juice left over at the end of day.
13. torr310 (Posts: 854; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
It's an unfair comparison of two phones regarding the battery life.
HTC One S has larger screen and the battery-killer 4G chip.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its no longer a battery killer to have Lte on the s4 chip. of course its fair
its retail vs retail.
24. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Actually, all manufacturers need to address battery life. Soon, everything will be LTE. Barely getting through a day on a charge is simply not acceptable. At minimum, phones should deliver 1 1/2 to 2 days on a charge. We shouldn't need to carry chargers all the time. Blackberrys used to be able to go days without a charge (I know it's not a valid comparison given their capabilities vs. these phones, but I'm just highlighting the difference). Kudos to manufacturers who are addressing battery life by at least putting in larger batteries.
27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Minimum of 2 days? What situation do you have to be in for a charger to be unavailable to you for 2 days? Maybe a 2 day road trip where you never stop at a hotel to plug in a charger, but even then, you should take responsibility to take a car charger with you and not expect the manufacturer to automatically assume that you will be in a situation like that. I mean, yes, the RAZR Maxx is an exception to this, but you cant expect every manufacturer to follow suit to Motorola, at least not right away. I think your expectations are a bit too high. I think 16 hours is just about enough for everyone. Maybe 20 at the maximum.
10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Did I read correctly - no microSD slots on the HTC phone??
14. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Obviously 4S is better than One S.
17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
only if we can call it the iPhone s ..s ..s.. stutter. get it? har haR
18. ProdrivRHTC787 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Great review, teach the person who reviewed the One X to review other phones in a non-biased way. Thanks and once again, great review! Keep it up!
20. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
another comparison yipee!! :) i think daniel played safe in the review but if i'll be basing on what i had read it seems like the advantage is more on the one s but impressive review non -biased :) how i hope the next comparison will be xperia s vs one s or SG2vs One S
23. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Battle of the S's? wouldve been even better if you'd included the xperia s aswell, but still great article :)
25. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Htc PIMP SLAPS useless iphone as usual nothing new here that's for sure..
26. osamalone (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
great comparison much better than ray as he is so apple biased because if the camera of one s is better than the iphone than how come the camera is not better on the htc one x
29. bviele81 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)
I have a huge question that apparently no one ever asks or cares about these days but I would like to know why none of the reviews ever talk about touch responsiveness, via input? I mean screen res is great, and multimedia is wonderful and all but if the phones touch input responsiveness(TIR) is crappy then all the bells and whistles in the world just don't matter as much. I have noticed in my previous experience with playing with diffrent phones and owning them too that TIR is a pretty big deal. Iphone is great for TIR but I have noticed that many of HTC phones are not, Samsung is getting better but still not there when it comes to inputting text, and LG is absoultely behind on that. So guys at Phone Arena could you please start commenting on TIR a little more so the average guy or NEWB can get a phone that not only has the good stuff but also great TIR?
Guy who knows stuff about phones
30. Na_Ya (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I can get an iPhone4s or an htc one s...which one do you think I should get?
the thing I really like about iPhones is the variety of cases and covers you can buy.
on the other hand I don't really like apple phones.
I would really appreciate your help!
31. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Xperia S or HTC One S - both are better specced, and both still have a good variety of cases (the Sony Xperia S has a few more and a better camera & screen, and walkman music player, but other than that fairly standard)