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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments
  • Display QHD display is good, and adequate for a phone this size. good
  • Battery life No comments good
  • Camera No comments good
  • Ease of use Sense is light enough that it doesn't get in the way of the Android experience. good
  • Design and form factor Slim, light, yet sturdy. Feels great in the hand. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Nice size, extremely pocketable. great!
  • Media support No comments good
  • Durability No comments
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments good
Detailed review
The HTC One S may not be the top phone in the One series, but it's still a solid performer. It's slim, lightweight, yet sturdy, and, in general feels good in the hand. The processor handles all of the usual games, streaming and productivity tasks well, and the camera takes decent, albeit somewhat soft, photos. The display, though hardly outstanding, is adequate for a phone this size, and is fine for viewing photos, watching Netflix videos, and reading emails.

My biggest gripe, and it's one that most people probably won't share, is the lack of a microSD card slot. I tend to pile a lot of data on my phone, including music, videos and stacks of documents, the ability to add storage capacity is one of the things that drew me to Android in the first place. However, the phone's built in 16GB of storage is probably fine for most people, and if it's not, the fact that HTC is throwing in 25GB of Dropbox storage should sweeten things.