• Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • HSDPA 2100/1900, EDGE, GPRS, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 4.3 inch AMOLED qHD display (960 x 540) display
  • 8-megapixels, f/2.0 camera
  • Pros:
  • Solid, slim design
  • Good performance
  • Great camera
  • Cons:
  • No expandable storage
  • Slight bluish hue display

The Complete Trifecta

We’ve seen HTC’s flagship HTC One X and its budget offering, the HTC One V, as well as what it can do in our previous issues. There have been some concerns as to whether or not the HTC One S will ever come to Malaysian shores, and with this review coming to light, we’re glad to say that yes, it will indeed be available at retail stores nationwide.

The One X, while an excellent phone with its array of bells and whistles, may appear to be too large and cumbersome for some people. This is where the One S comes in. Featuring a 4.3-inch screen as opposed to the One X’s 4.8-inch, the One S appeals to the market who prefer the somewhat smaller form factor that fits nicely in their hands.

If you’ve read our previous reviews on the HTC One X and One V, you’ll know what our thoughts are on the new Sense 4 UI is — it’s easily the best UI that HTC has rolled out so far. Just like the HTC One X and V, the Sense 4 on the One S is butter smooth despite the drop in processing power compared to the One X. And yes, this is with the slightly dated Snapdragon S3 variant from Qualcomm.

The 8-megapixels camera at the back of the One S is also quite the impressive shooter. It has the same one-second startup feature that is boasted by the One X, and is also capable of recording in 1080p with its f/2.0 lens and LED flash.
Whilst we do think that the One S is a brilliant phone overall, we do have a few nitpicks to bring up with the phone. The One S only comes in the 16GB variant, and while it may be enough for some, power users will have a lot of issues with this as they will want to install a large amount of apps on their phones.

The other nitpick is in HTC’s choice to use the Super AMOLED screen instead of the Super AMOLED Plus. The PenTile display gives the One S a slightly bluish hue instead of the more vibrant display that can be seen on the Plus variant. Niggling, but hardly an issue.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The HTC One S is the Android phone to get right now if the now-popular 4.8-inch display is a bit too big to your liking. There may be a few minor gripes to the One S, but the parts they got right, they’ve nailed it down to perfection.

(previously published in issue August 2012)