The HTC One S was launched launched last Thursday along with the Desire C. It’s one of the most powerful dual core Android phones out there and even beats the The HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy SIII in certain benchmarks, both of which are the current quad core monsters to beat. While I was disappointed by the Desire C’s launch price, I’m quite okay with the launch price of the One S at Php26,990. The SRPs of both the One X and GS3 are still upwards of Php30k+, so if you’re looking to save a bit (relatively speaking), then the One S is for you.However, take note that the version of the One S that will be launching here is the SnapDragon S4 1.5Ghz chip and not the older SnapDragon S3 chip that’s been launching elsewhere clocked at a higher 1.7Ghz.
Another notable feature that I like about the One S is the 4.3″ Super AMOLED display. Super AMOLED is capable of displaying TRUE BLACK for unlimited contrast, and if I’m not mistaken, it’s the first time HTC has used it on one of their phones. If you try using an ebook reader such as Aldiko in the dark and put it on night mode where white text is shown on top of a black background, it will look like the words are floating right in front of you. It’s an awesome effect and one that I’ve yet to get tired of despite owning my Galaxy Note since January.
Aside from the gorgeous screen, it’s also got Beats Audio, which is built in software that optimizes your music and boosts the bass. It’s a lot better than the generic bass boost found on other phones, but take note, it’s really nothing more than a glorified equalizer setting. It’s also not that great with music genres that don’t necessarily feature a lot of bass. It’s also launching with ICS out of the box, so no need to wait months for that update, especially now that Jelly Bean (4.1) is out.
A few things that I don’t like are the non-user replaceable battery and non-expandable storage. Sure, a 1650 mAh battery and 16Gb of internal storage might seem enough in most cases, but if you’re on a trip without easy access to a power outlet, your only option is to carry a portable power bank. And if you run out of storage and don’t have access to the internet so you can use cloud storage, you’re pretty much screwed. In the real world though, that won’t happen a lot, so that’s not too much of a biggie.
Sources: YugaTech and PinoyTechBlog