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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality The speakers are surprisingly good. I usually have to have call volume at near max, but with the One S I keep most calls at 25% volume. great!
  • Display The screen is beautiful and bright, and is very responsive. great!
  • Battery life The battery lasts me all day, even while watching a few videos or streaming music. good
  • Camera No comments good
  • Ease of use No comments great!
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) I didn't want a mini-tablet in my pocket, I wanted a phone. This is just the right size for me. great!
  • Media support The lack of an SD card still bothers me. so-so
  • Durability Time will tell, but this feels rock solid. Previous HTC experience leads me to believe this will last for years. great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Sense 4.0 is snappy and slick, but the idiosyncrasies can get annoying at times. good
Detailed review
I had been waiting for an ICS-native phone on T-Mobile, and HTC delivered. The One S is sleek and responsive, and has a real quality feel that IMO Samsung phones lack. Sense 4.0 brings some great interface changes to Android 4.0, but some of the changes are baffling and a little annoying. I'm not happy about the lack of SD card or NFC, but my media needs are met by Google Play Music and my trusty iPod. Overall, I would recommend this phone to anyone looking for an upgrade.