HTC One S in the wild. I’m in love!!!
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 Blue..in 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:
|OperatingSystem||Android™ 4.0 (ICS) + HTC Sense™|
|Processor||1.5 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8260A|
|Memory RAM||1 GB DDR2|
|Memory Storage||16 GB onboard storage|
|Display||4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED960 x 540|
|Network||HSPA 42 Mbps|
|Battery||1650 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)|
|Audio||Universal Beats Audio|
|Dimensions||130.9 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 screen..it 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!!!