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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments good
  • Display It's big, the viewing angles are amazing. The colours seem a bit too strong, but I find that's actually quite nice on a mobile display, it seems more vivid. good
  • Battery life It's not fantastic, but it isn't awful. I would say carry an extra battery with you, but this doesn't have an accessible battery... so-so
  • Camera The burst mode and being able to take photos at the same time as filming a video... unsurpassed in my view. great!
  • Ease of use No comments good
  • Design and form factor Other than the easy chipping on the black variant, looks amazing. You really have to hold it in person to appreciate how beautiful it is. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments great!
  • Media support Obviously with Android it's able to handle an awful lot, and, well, the Gallery hasn't refused to play anything I've thrown at it. great!
  • Durability The black one chips easily. Given that it boasts MAO and durability and "not needing a case", it's shocking. The 7 Trophy held up better than this. awful!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) It's Android, so it's going to have lots of apps. Sense 4 is smooth and actually useful, but it can often get slow. great!
Detailed review
If you're a slave to good design like I am, you'll love this phone, as it looks and feels amazing. It isn't particularly durable though, which is rather an understatement. Enjoy the matte black while it lasts before you have large silver chips all over it. Not sure about the screen durability, as I've only used it without a screen protector for a day (as I ran out of them while trying to get rid of an air bubble).
The camera app on mine was crashing a few times today, the top bar has disappeared in an explorer.exe crash style, and it's rebooted itself twice. When it is working, it's fairly smooth and Sense doesn't get in the way as much as it used to.
I don't like the way everyone seems to be copying Apple nowadays. Sure, use a unibody and have a good design, but non-removable battery? The Legend had a unibody and that managed to have a removable battery. Oh, and the lack of microSD card expandability? If HTC couldn't fit the space for a slot in, likewise with the battery, could they please just tell us? They've been getting a lot of flak from other people complaining there isn't enough storage, but having moved up from the 8GB Trophy, WP7 prepared me for an ever-syncing non-expandable world.
I used to think the Trophy was thing and well designed. Then I got this. The Trophy now seems tiny and chunky when I hold it. However, the One S doesn't seem that big when you use it, though it is a bit slippery. The Sense camera is great, it's fast, it's crisp, and it makes Instagram's functional side kinda redundant.

Oh, one last thing, don't get excited about Beats. When using a pair of JVC XX in-ear earphones I did the following comparison (with the same audio file):
- HTC 7 Trophy with SRS enhancement turned on
- HTC One S with Beats turned on

The Trophy's sound sounded a lot fuller. The bass was good on both, but the One S somehow still sounded a bit hollow and empty. Plus the inbuilt speakers on the One S are nowhere near as good as the Trophy, but I guess that's one of the sacrifices you make to get a phone that's a mere 7.8mm thick.