HTC One S (T-Mobile)

Verge Review

Note: Our original review was of the unlocked, GSM One S. We've updated the review with impressions and tests of the $199 (with contract) T-Mobile model as well. Check out the Hardware, Connectivity and Software sections to see the biggest differences between the two devices, which are generally quite similar. When I first saw the HTC One series, in that top secret subterranean bunker where HTC likes to preview its phones, my attention and desire were immediately drawn by the One S. I didn't...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.31 inches
Weight 0.27 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers T-Mobile
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.0.3

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Tech Specs


Height 5.15 inches
Width 2.56 inches
Thickness 0.31 inches
Weight 0.27 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color White / Black
Loudspeaker Yes


Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology AMOLED
Pixel arrangement PenTile
Resolution (Y) 960 px
Resolution (X) 540 px
PPI 256
Touchscreen type Capacitive


Carriers T-Mobile
Max WWAN downlink speed 42 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
Media streaming DLNA


Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon S4
Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 2


Manufacturer Qualcomm
Model Adreno 225


RAM size 1 GB


Internal size 16 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 0.3 megapixels
Video resolution VGA

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p


Operating system Android
Skin Sense 4
Launch OS version 4.0.3


Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports MHL


Sensors Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer


Capacity 1650 mAh
Removable No

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Newkirk02 (Currently owns)

    Background: I have had the EVO 4G, Nexus S, Galaxy S II, VZN Galaxy Nexus.(to name a few) Love Android.

    Hardware design: Hubba hubba it's good lookin' and feels great to boot. Tired of black slab phones. Its got curves, color gradation, and different textures.

    Screen: I was scared of the resolution coming from the GNex but I love it the 720p kinda made everything smaller and amplified the short comings of the Pentile display technology. With this (Super AMOLED qHD display) i dont see the Pentile problems like I did with the GNex. The biggest thing about the screen is how alive the colors are compared to other AMOLED screen not sure what makes it that way but I describe the GNex's display as depressing not the resolution but the visual experience.

    Software: Back when Android was on like 1.5/1.6(Cupcake) OS it needed Sense...And I loved it, but buy the time 2.X(Froyo & Gingerbread) came around the stock Android experience was good enough to stand alone and with the uprising of better apps and widgets Sense became more like extra baggage. Now with ICS which I have been running for some time on both my old GS2 and my GNex it was a welcome change and it broadened Androids abilities, but it left me feeling a bit empty. There wasn't a lot of of "wow, watch this!" moments. With the new Sense 4.0 i feel like there are a lot of those "wow, watch this!" moments. The overall experience with Sense 4.0 is not overly heave like it once was.

    the Short: Best Android device I have played with.

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    • Design 10
    • Display 9
    • Camera(s) 10
    • Reception / call quality 9
    • Performance 10
    • Software 10
    • Battery life 9
    • Ecosystem 9
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