A lightweight version of the One X.
When HTC revealed the HTC One X, people ooohd and aaahd over it, and it quickly became the talk of the HTC lineup. But although the phone is an absolutely stellar device, it is frighteningly large and almost too powerful for its own good. So if you’re a bit intimidated by the One X but would still like a robust yet powerful phone, then the HTC One S is for you. While it may have been overlooked by the One X, it’s still a very desirable phone that easily accomplishes most tasks with flourish and style.
Build quality & design
I have to say that unboxing the HTC One S was like unwrapping something from Tiffany’s. The beautiful phone winked at me as I slid off the cover, and as I cradled it in my hand I couldn’t help but slightly caress the phone that was to replace my current one for a few days.
The phone is very aesthetically pleasing, and cradling it in my hand I was able to appreciate the amount of engineering effort that must have gone into producing a phone so thin and lightweight. Measuring 130 x 65 x 7.8 mm the phone certainly leans towards being bigger than your average smartphone, but with my Yeti-sized hands I was able to hold and operate the phone easily with one hand.
The body of the phone is made of anodized aluminum, which makes the phone fairly tough and scratch-proof yet slim and lightweight. The obvious downside of the unibody is of course that the battery cannot be replaced without sending the phone in for servicing. On the top of the phone is the power button and headphone jack, as well as a removable cover on the back that conceals the microSIM card slot. To the right of the phone is a decently sized volume rocker, and you’ll find the USB / charging port on the left side of device.
At the back is the 8 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a small grille at the bottom for the loudspeaker. The front features another camera and three buttons for Back, Home, and Recent Apps. There’s also a tiny LED indicator hidden behind the earpiece grille, which glows when you have a notification.
While the HTC One S may not pack the power of it’s powerful cousin the One X, it nevertheless features some rather impressive specifications.
The phone was more than capable of running our various tests, and very rarely stopped to briefly think when switching apps. The only downside with the specifications is that the phone doesn’t have a microSD slot, so you’re stuck with the internal storage. If you take tons of photos or videos, prepare to keep downloading most of your items to your PC. Thankfully you can sync your phone with your Dropbox account, so any photos you take are then automatically backed up to your account.