The HTC One S sports a very rich camera interface with plenty of shooting modes, tweaks and effects you can apply over to your photos and videos. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no slouch in that respect either, offering panorama and macro modes, as well as many effects too, but the choice coming with the HTC's proprietary ImageChip technology is richer, and the interface is more ergonomic to use. The One S has the camera and video shutter keys on one screen, so you can immediately start filming after a shot. The brighter screen also helps in framing a shot well.

The pics from the 8MP cameras on both turned out very good, with the One S oversaturating the colors, whereas the ones from the Galaxy S II were slightly colder than reality, and the truth somewhere in the middle. The handsets make sharp looking photos with good white balance and plenty of detail. They manage fine even in tricky lighting situations, like when the sun shines directly at the lens, with the One S having a slight edge in these circumstances. Where the Galaxy S II does better in auto mode are artificial and low light shots, where its pics come out slightly sharper, while on the One S you have to pick the low light mode from the menu to achieve the same result.

Overall, the pictures from the HTC One S are more pleasant to look at with their vivid, saturated colors than the more accurate, but colder images from the Samsung Galaxy S II. HTC's handset has one big advantage in terms of camera, though – it takes less than a second to focus and take a shot, and its burst mode is a sight to behold, whereas the Galaxy S II camera feels like a last year endeavor compared to the new sub-second speeds we have in the HTC One series, the iPhone 4S or the Xperia S, for example.

Both handsets shoot 1080p video with 30fps, which runs fluid and without frame skippings or unpleasant artifacts, and with a good level of detail. The video from the One S exhibits the same high contrast and saturated colors as the stills, while the one made with the Galaxy S II is more plain looking in comparison, but overall you can't complain from the footage created by both phones.

HTC One S Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy S II Sample Video:

HTC One S Indoor Sample Video:

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The music player on the Galaxy S II is more functional than the one on the One S due to the number of equalizer presets it offers and the mock 5.1 channel surround sound mode. The One S has Beats Audio, which improves the sound with the suitable high-quality pair of headphones, but you could probably achieve a similar result playing around with the Galaxy S II equalizers. The loudspeaker on the Galaxy S II is on par with the One S unit - both are nothing really spectacular, but do the job in terms of strength and sound clarity for phone rings and the occasional call on speaker.


Both handsets have pretty useful video players that won’t make you resort to the application store, since they support DivX/Xvid by default, and allow for brightness adjustments, subtitle support and basic video trimming directly from their interfaces. With the Galaxy S II you can also set the color tone, though, which might come useful when watching movies.

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