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So far ahead of other mid-range phones, it could almost be a flagship

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Sporting a thinner and lighter design, the One S doesn't deserve to be hidden in the shadow of its pricier brother, the One X. With the latest dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, noticeable improvements to HTC's Sense UI, plus a potent camera, this phone is likely to play a large part in the manufacturer's turnaround efforts. With a tactile finish and enough power to go toe to toe with HTC's quad-core entrant, it comes down to whether you're willing to trade a technically weaker screen for a noticeable price difference and better battery life. It's a decision we'd prefer not to make.

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Critic reviews

8.6
17 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.4
  • Display
    7.6
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Camera
    8.7
  • Ease of use
    8.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.4
  • Media support
    9.6
  • Durability
    9.6
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.1

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User reviews

9.0
21 reviews
9.0
Engadget Apr 2, 2012

The One S could be HTC's flagship: it's far ahead of its rivals performance-wise and looks great. However the screen is slightly lacking, particularly compared to its bigger brother's.

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9.0
Engadget Apr 18, 2012

Don't mess with a good thing -- that's clearly, wisely and rightfully the approach T-Mobile chose to follow when minting its own version of HTC's One S. There's no doubt this handset is the carrier's new flagship

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9.0
Computerworld Apr 18, 2012

The One S may be the middle child of HTC's new lineup, but make no mistake about it: This phone is no slouch. In fact, aside from its screen and overall size, there are few things separating it from its One X sibling -- and for some users, it may actually be the preferable choice.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 18, 2012

With its gorgeous looks, eye-popping screen, and powerful camera, its the most compelling choice on T-Mobile and one of the top Android handsets overall. Users looking for more battery life should consider the Samsung Galaxy S II and those who want a faster network should consider an LTE handset.

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8.0
AllThingsD Apr 24, 2012

T-Mobile's HTC One S is an elegant, fully loaded phone with well-designed features. If you don't mind the network's slower speeds, it's a great find. If you prefer faster speeds, another carrier's One model might be a better fit.

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8.0
Gizmodo Apr 26, 2012

If you're already on T-Mobile, seeking an upgrade, then totally. It's fast, sleek, and pretty excellent. If you're in between contracts, then it's not worth switching over for. The HTC One X on AT&T and the HTC Evo 4G LTE on Sprint are both better phones, with better screens, plus LTE and NFC.

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9.0
SlashGear Apr 2, 2012

It’s tough not to like the HTC One S’ physical feel. The design is subtle and discrete; it’s more how the smartphone feels in your hand that proves alluring ... The AMOLED screen is clear and highly usable ... For the midrange, this is an excellent smartphone.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 6, 2012

Although it doesn't hit all the highest points on the spec sheet, the HTC One S is a great performer. The display could be better, but you can't argue with the solid battery performance and lighter, fresher, UI.

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9.0
CNET UK Apr 3, 2012

The HTC One S is a very tasty handset indeed -- delivering lashings of Android goodness topped off with a sensible sprinkling of HTC's own software. The latter that makes Android easier to use for the majority of users who don't want to spend their evenings geeking around in settings menus.

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9.0
GSM Arena Apr 11, 2012

At this moment competition simply doesn't have a smartphone to match the One S in terms of both aesthetics and performance and that really tells you what an excellent job HTC has done.

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8.0
phoneArena Apr 5, 2012

The HTC One S seems a better value for the money compared to the One X for our averagesmartphone user, which is its main target.

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8.0
Android Central Apr 10, 2012

This is no mid-range handset. The One S is a smaller, sleeker, leaner version of the X (with much better battery life, we might add), and it’s just as capable a smartphone as HTC’s new flagship. If you can get past the lower screen resolution, it’s definitely worth a look.

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8.0
T3 Jun 16, 2012

The HTC One S is a mightily impressive smartphone: it’s powerful, stylish, beautifully thin and blessed with classy features including a fantastic screen, top notch 8-megapixel camera and music-enhancing Beats Audio technology.

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9.0
IntoMobile Apr 5, 2012

Simply put, the One S is a great phone that is a joy to use and hold. There are enough bells and whistles to satisfy most users today, and it's packaged in a shell that's both solid and sexy. And I'm going to reiterate that this probably is the most solid device I've ever touched.

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10
MobileBurn Apr 2, 2012

It's a fantastic phone that slots in wonderfully behind the One X, but only barely behind it. If you like the One X, but want something a little thinner, lighter, and friendlier to hold, then the One S is the perfect device for you.

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10
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The best smartphone I have ever had! Well built, beautiful, fast, with an amazing camera and a brilliant display. Next to the Android ecosystem all the HTC goodies, including a huge extra space on Dropbox and the best camera software. Absolutely recommended.

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