HTC One S in the wild. I'm in love!!!
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HTC One S in the wild. I’m in love!!!

HTC One SI managed to lay my hands on the HTC One S Superphone coming soon to Telus and T-Mobile. No question about it..this will be my next was love at first sight.

The overall look of the One S is much like my current favourite, the HTC Sensation, with the phone’s body seemingly wrapping around to the front of the phone. The One S differs in that the entire back plate does not come off. Instead, the top inch or so pries loose to reveal the micro-SIM card slot, and three pairs of connections for antennas that are embedded in the small removable plastic piece. There are cutouts for the camera lens and flash. The exposed part of the camera lens is highlighted with Cobalt the US it is Ferrari Red.

This phone is thin, really thin. Thinner, top to bottom, than anything you’ve used before, most likely. It’s 7.8mm thin. I know,  the Motorola Droid RAZR is 7.1mm thin, but it is really thick at the top to make room for the camera.  The One S is consistent from head to toe. The camera lens sticks up about a millimeter.

The HTC One S is one sexy phone with a space age cover…HTC uses a process called micro-arc oxidation. Originally designed for use on satellites and race cars, the process starts with aircraft aluminum. Ten thousand volts of electricity hit the metal, almost like lighting strikes, causing a microscopic transformation which creates a super-strong ceramic case that is five times stronger than aerospace aluminum. Check out this video.

The removable plastic door at the top as well as a bit at the bottom where the rear speaker (and its 84 pinholes) is found plastic a soft-touch coating. It helps give the phone a bit of a grip in you hand which is good because the Aluminum back is pretty smooth.

Under the hood this phone is no slouch:

OperatingSystemAndroid™ 4.0 (ICS) + HTC Sense™
Processor1.5 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8260A
Memory RAM1 GB DDR2
Memory Storage16 GB onboard storage
Display4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED960 x 540
NetworkHSPA 42 Mbps
Battery1650 mAh, Embedded
Camera(Main): 8 MP, f/2.0, BSI, Single LED – Smart Flash, ImageChip 1080p HD Video with Stereo Sound (Front): VGA (640 x 480)
AudioUniversal Beats Audio
Dimensions130.9 x 65 x 7.8mm(8.9 for camera lens)

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4 flies on this phone..I am glad to see HTC remove some of the bloat that seemed to creep into every new version of its popular interface. Sense 4 covers ICS slightly but keeps the good features of the new OS. Scrolling was as smooth as silk and apps opened quickly and ran without hiccups. Then there is the 4.3″ Super AMOLED just pops and the size is perfect for my small hands. This may well be the best Android phone ever.

Sadly after my brief fling I must wait..the HTC One S is expected at Telus in mid-May and a couple of weeks earlier on April 25 at T-Moble still no word on price. I want one now!!!

Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

  • Denis M.

    Hey Bob,

    Did you check this out at the new TELUS store in Carefour Laval?

    April 11, 2012 at 2:11 am Reply

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