HTC has finally launched its first Android smartphone to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich—and it's a winner. The HTC One S packs a next-generation dual-core processor, a vibrant screen, an unusually capable camera, and fast HSPA+ 42 data speeds, all into one of the slimmest and lightest designs we've seen. Despite a few minor issues, the HTC One S is our favorite new smartphone on T-Mobile and a clear Editors' Choice.
Design and Call Quality
Slim and light, the HTC One S measures 5.15 by 2.56 by 0.35 inches (HWD), with a thinner 0.31-inch portion in the center, and weighs roughly 4.2 ounces. HTC doesn't provide an official weight figure, but the One S is slightly lighter than the 4.9-ounce iPhone 4S we had on hand. HTC's high-end handsets typically feel expensive, and the One S is no exception, with its rounded, gray aluminum body. This one goes several steps further, though. First, it's almost impossibly slim, thanks to its unibody design—the Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR is slimmer still at 0.28 inches, but the difference is largely academic given how good the One S looks. The gradient anodized finish also lends an extra dose of class, not to mention durability. A prominent volume rocker sits on the left side panel, while the top edge houses the Power button and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Hardware, OS, and Apps
The dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon S4 processor is undeniably powerful, benchmarking considerably faster than the Samsung Galaxy S II ($229.99, 4.5 stars) by roughly 20 percent, and the HTC Amaze 4G ($149.99, 4 stars) by about 30 percent—and both of those are dual-core phones.