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87
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

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.

Pros
  • Beautiful designFantastic cameraGood battery lifeImpressive performanceSense 4 is unobtrusive
Cons
  • Display is a little underwhelming
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Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

90
AndrewSM
This is my 3rd HTC phone. It's build quality is unprecedented for this manufacturer...read more
80
marc
The HTC One S may not be the top phone in the One series, but it's still a solid...read more
90
munra0075
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.322
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Carriers (US)
T-Mobile
Model
GSM

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1650 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
Null (Null)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (Us, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (HSDPA)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960x540)
Pixel density
256 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
None

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
Model
T-Mobile

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1650 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (HSDPA)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960x540)
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
RAM
1 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
Model
SU

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1650 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480x800)
Pixel density
216 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
None

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
Model
ST

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1650 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (HSDPA)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480x800)
Pixel density
216 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
None

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
Model
SC

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1650 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (1xrtt, Ev do ra)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480x800)
Pixel density
216 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
None

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
Model
Special Edition

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1650 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
64 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (HSDPA)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960x540)
Pixel density
256 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB
USB
None

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No