Neowin Member Reviews: HTC One S

After a brief hiatus, it's that time of the week again where we showcase a review submitted by a member in our forums. Remember that we consider all reviews that are submitted here. Who knows, your review might make the front page!

This week we've selected another review from Nexus18 for his extensive HTC One S review, you can view his previous review on the BitFenix Raider Case here.

HTC released their new range of mobiles recently called the "One" which includes the flagship mobile "X", the mid-range "S" and the lower end "V", however, does the "S" really belong to the "mid-range" class......lets find out!

I will only cover the areas, which are most important in this review (IMO) and try to keep it as brief as possible as being android and sense, this would be a very long review if I covered every area!


Some of the main specs.

  • Weight - 119.5g
  • Display - Super AMOLED capacitive 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi pixel density) touchscreen, 16M colours and is corning gorilla glass
  • RAM - 1GB
  • Chipset - Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon
  • CPU - Dual-core 1.5GHz Krait
  • GPU - Adreno 225
  • Storage - 16GB internal combined with 25GB extra of dropbox storage for the next 2 years, no SD card slot
  • Camera - 8MP, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face & smile detection. VGA camera on the front of the device
  • Video - 1080P@30FPS, stereo sound rec. and video stabilization
  • OS - Android V4.0.3 (Ice cream sandwich) combined with Sense V4.0
  • Radio - Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Battery - Standard battery, Li-Po 1650mAh

For a full list of features, check here.

Packaging & Accessories:

I was surprised at just how small the box was when I received it! The width and height was barely any bigger than the mobile itself, saying that though the box is sturdy enough and has a minimal design.

Inside the box we have the standard accessories;

  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable
  • Standard HTC ear phones

You may be wondering where the battery is? For the HTC One series mobiles, the battery is non-removable, therefore you can't use spares or/and use an extended battery etc. however, is the battery life sufficient enough that we won't really need to worry too much about this.......find out later.

Read the rest of the review in our forums ->

View previous member reviews.

Our very own Tim Schiesser will be reviewing the HTC One S soon as well, expect that in around a week or two.

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Nice review but my ques is why on earth I will buy this one? If I had to buy any android phone, I would buy Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

tuneslover said,
Nice review but my ques is why on earth I will buy this one? If I had to buy any android phone, I would buy Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

It all comes down to personal preference in the end

The Galaxy Nexus is a great mobile (largely due to it having stock ICS and a lovely 720P SAMOLED screen), however, the hardware is very much lacking (apart from the screen) when compared to the latest android mobiles.

The only reasons to go for the Galaxy Nexus (IMO) are to receive updates as soon as possible and be guaranteed to receive the updates and not be left behind regarding new versions, unfortunately like many android mobiles (well at least the next one anyway, see below for more on this) and to have no bloat and of course if you want to experience pure android without having to root etc. This won't be an issue if you root and flash a custom ROM on android mobiles though.

Google aren't exactly the best any more regarding updates i.e. the nexus one didn't get ICS (officially) due to the hardware not supporting it, despite there being fully working ROMs on XDA etc....... It took a month for the Nexus S to get ICS, however, it had a few issues and therefore had to be pulled and some people only started getting the ICS update three months later (unbranded handsets), so in total it was four months wait. It was also the same for the gingerbread 2.3 update regarding the nexus one IIRC. So if we follow this trend, the same could happen with the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus.

Also, they seem to have some serious bugs, particularly the first 4.0.4 update, where the signal was cutting out an awful lot, there is an update out today to fix that issue, no idea if it has actually worked though.

The biggest difference between the One S and Galaxy Nexus is of course the software, sense VS vanilla android. They are both great and both have their strengths and weaknesses. Some people love sense and won't touch any other phone due to it and likewise for vanilla android.

So to sum up;


- better screen
- no bloat
- get updates quicker

One S:

- better battery life
- better camera/video recording
- better hardware
- 25GB dropbox storage
- better build quality and perceived quality
- slightly faster and smoother
- better audio

The best thing to do, is to have a good long play with both devices in a shop and decide