Written by: Suleman Sultan
After a year of service, my HTC HD7 phone finally started to give me problems. When the new HTC One S 4G came out for T-Mobile, I decided it was time for an upgrade.
The features of the HTC One S that make it one of the best phones on the market are its operating system, its video camera and it’s audio technology.
The One S runs on the updated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, currently the most advanced OS for an Android phone.
The One S boasts a HD video camera that takes 1080p videos. What is special about the One S is that during video recording you can also take pictures. Although the pictures are at a reduced resolution (5 megapixel instead of 8), the feature is excellent if you want to take a picture of something unexpected that happens while recording. The feature I really love about the One S is the video recorders slow-mo feature. You can actually take videos in slow mo! Although no sound is recorded during the slow mo feature and the video quality is taken off HD, it’s still an awesome mode to use. “I’ll be having great fun with the slow mo!”
As seen from the Advertisement the HTC One S comes with the Beats Audio Technology. I was skeptical about the audio technology at first but when I plugged in my headphones it was like the music was all around me. The Beats Audio technology allows for both the highs and the lows of the music to play without causing static so you get a clear and crisp output.
The downside to the Beats Audio is that you won’t really get the experience unless you use headphones. Even in your car you have to buy an auxiliary cable that works with the Beats Audio. Although auxiliary cables are cheap nowadays so it’s not a big problem. I got one for $10 from Amazon.
The continuous shooting on the One S allows for up to 99 non-stop rapid fire shots with the camera. A feature that is perfect for those Kodak moments.
Additional features included in the HTC One S are the USB and Wi-Fi Tethering, Swype, a front facing camera, 1GB of Ram, a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and a beautiful 4.3” QHD Super Amoled Touch Screen.
Here are the Pros and Cons
• Incredible camera and video recorder
• Beats Audio Technology
• Slimmest T-Mobile Android phone
• Up to 25GB of free storage from Dropbox
• Android 4.0
• 4G capable
• Has an internal battery ( I found that the phone gets quite hot sometimes)
• No expandable memory slot for an SD card (although it does come with 16 GB of internal memory and you do get the 25GB from Dropbox)
• Requires the Beats Audio headphones to fully utilize the Beats Audio Technology
All in all I found the HTC One S to one of the best phones I have ever used. It’s hard to top a 1080p HD video recorder, an 8 megapixel camera as well as all the other camera features. Let’s be realistic, you can’t get better video hardware than 1080p and a camera higher than 8 megapixels is just unnecessary.
I highly doubt companies will make any phone in the near future better than the HTC One S. Its hardware and software are practically at the top of the food chain.
In the end I will be keeping the One S for a long time, unless it breaks on me.
Just for a side not I have had it for about a month and a half now and I have dropped it numerous times, but it is still as sturdy as the day I bought it.