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bowza88's review of the HTC One S

original version, submitted Oct 18, 2012, 6:54 PM:

Great phone hindered by few shortcomings

as the only high end phone on t-mobile for the longest time before the samsung galaxy s3 came along, i am surprised that there hasn't been a lot more user reviews.

this is my second htc phone as i came from a G2 that was used (painfully) for 1.5yr. boy was it a night and day difference going from single-core cpu to a dual-core and android 2.3 to 4.0. on my old G2, browsing sites and doing just about anything was painfully slow and unresponsive. with the htc one s, i find myself using it much more as jumping from one task to the next is a breeze with little to no wait time. taking pictures, surfing the internet, using fb + any app.

to start, the stock t-mobile os with sense 4 appears to be quite responsive but i didn't want to use something with bloatware that i can't disable/remove. once i got the phone back in May, i unlocked the bootloader and rooted the phone to flash the rom of my choice. i went with trickdroid (check xda if interested) as it's basically the stock os without any bloat plus a few tweaks.

i mentioned earlier that i'm now using my phone a lot more and this is also where problems start to show up. for heavy users, this phone may no last through the whole day, especially if you're on data the whole time. i average about 12 - 13 hours between charge (mobile data only) and thats about 1.5 hour of screen on time. i think the short battery life is the cause of somewhat small battery and the use of AMOLED screen. had htc gone with a LCD, run time would be longer. also, another main complaint is that 16GB memory is simply not enough. i don't care for cloud as i feel better having the files with me.

PROS:
- top notch camera with many shooting modes
- fast & efficient dual-core processor
- android 4.0 ics rocks
- AMOLED screen is plenty bright
- sense 4.0 rocks

CONS:
- built-in 1650mah battery is too small
- only 16GB memory (10GB usable) with no option to expand
- speakerphone not loud enough
- phone is slippery in hand

edited May 3, 2013, 2:15 PM to read:

Great phone hindered by few shortcomings

as the only high end phone on t-mobile for the longest time before the samsung galaxy s3 came along, i am surprised that there hasn't been a lot more user reviews.

this is my second htc phone as i came from a G2 that was used (painfully) for 1.5yr. boy was it a night and day difference going from single-core cpu to a dual-core and android 2.3 to 4.0. on my old G2, browsing sites and doing just about anything was painfully slow and unresponsive. with the htc one s, i find myself using it much more as jumping from one task to the next is a breeze with little to no wait time. taking pictures, surfing the internet, using fb + any app.

to start, the stock t-mobile os with sense 4 appears to be quite responsive but i didn't want to use something with bloatware that i can't disable/remove. once i got the phone back in May, i unlocked the bootloader and rooted the phone to flash the rom of my choice. i went with trickdroid (check xda if interested) as it's basically the stock os without any bloat plus a few tweaks.

i mentioned earlier that i'm now using my phone a lot more and this is also where problems start to show up. for heavy users, this phone may no last through the whole day, especially if you're on data the whole time. i average about 12 - 13 hours between charge (mobile data only) and thats about 1.5 hour of screen on time. i think the short battery life is the cause of somewhat small battery and the use of AMOLED screen. had htc gone with a LCD, run time would be longer. also, another main complaint is that 16GB memory is simply not enough. i don't care for cloud as i feel better having the files with me.

PROS:
- top notch camera with many shooting modes
- fast & efficient dual-core processor
- android 4.0 ics rocks
- AMOLED screen is plenty bright
- sense 4.0 rocks

CONS:
- built-in 1650mah battery is too small
- only 16GB memory (10GB usable) with no option to expand
- speakerphone not loud enough
- phone is slippery in hand

edited May 3, 2013, 2:15 PM to the current version:

Great phone hindered by few shortcomings

as the only high end phone on t-mobile for the longest time before the samsung galaxy s3 came along, i am surprised that there hasn't been a lot more user reviews.

this is my second htc phone as i came from a G2 that was used (painfully) for 1.5yr. boy was it a night and day difference going from single-core cpu to a dual-core and android 2.3 to 4.0. on my old G2, browsing sites and doing just about anything was painfully slow and unresponsive. with the htc one s, i find myself using it much more as jumping from one task to the next is a breeze with little to no wait time. taking pictures, surfing the internet, using fb + any app.

to start, the stock t-mobile os with sense 4 appears to be quite responsive but i didn't want to use something with bloatware that i can't disable/remove. once i got the phone back in May, i unlocked the bootloader and rooted the phone to flash the rom of my choice. i went with trickdroid (check xda if interested) as it's basically the stock os without any bloat plus a few tweaks.

i mentioned earlier that i'm now using my phone a lot more and this is also where problems start to show up. for heavy users, this phone may no last through the whole day, especially if you're on data the whole time. i average about 12 - 13 hours between charge (mobile data only) and thats about 1.5 hour of screen on time. i think the short battery life is the cause of somewhat small battery and the use of AMOLED screen. had htc gone with a LCD, run time would be longer. also, another main complaint is that 16GB memory is simply not enough. i don't care for cloud as i feel better having the files with me.

PROS:
- top notch camera with many shooting modes
- fast & efficient dual-core processor
- android 4.0 ics rocks
- AMOLED screen is plenty bright
- sense 4.0 rocks

CONS:
- built-in 1650mah battery is too small
- only 16GB memory (10GB usable) with no option to expand
- speakerphone not loud enough
- phone is slippery in hand

 

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