Review: HTC One S for T-Mobile
The One S runs Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” with HTC Sense 4. The system software and user interface are identical to that of the One X. Anyone who's ever picked up an HTC Sense device will feel at home.
The lock screen on the S offers a handful of customizable shortcuts. You can set up to four apps/actions on the lock screen that will launch when you drag them down to the little ring at the bottom of the screen. The defaults are phone, mail, messages, and camera, but you can adjust these at will. Rich's favorite lock screen feature of Sense 4.0 is that you can have a camera shortcut and a passcode at the same time. I found this to be good for security when used with a pattern unlock.
The central home screen panels all have a permanent dock at the bottom of the screen that holds five app shortcuts — the same four as the lock screen, plus the main app menu. These can be customized if you wish.
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There are three buttons below the display: Back, Home, Multitask. The first two are self-explanatory. Pressing the multitask button reveals a graphical listing of all the recently used applications. The hardware menu button has been removed entirely in Android 4.0, which is annoying, but that's Google's fault.
HTC has jazzed up the appearance of Android 4.0, but there are so many options in Settings, it takes a little while to learn where everything is.
The drop-down notification shade collects notification as before, but with Android 4.0 you can now dismiss individual notifications by swiping them sideways.
Applications are laid out via grids on the S. Swipe the pages to the left and you'll eventually jump from a list of all the apps to a list of all the widgets that are available. The widget menu lets you see what the widget looks like and tells you how big it is.
Last, on the performance front, the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 is an impressive beast. Everything about the S is blazing fast. Screens transition in a blink, apps open in an instant, and the camera was lightning-bolt quick. I threw a number of games at it, and the S didn't blink. It tackled all tasks with gusto.
We're live from HTC's event, where they are expected to announce new phones. Rumors whisper of a new series of phones called "One".
The HTC One S is a slightly toned down version of the One, but still has its own identity. The One S, coming to T-Mobile USA, will surely appeal to many with its good looks and capable features.
Apr 18, 2012
T-Mobile USA today announced that the HTC One S will go on sale through its various sales channels starting April 25. The One S, which was announced earlier this year by HTC, supports T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network and has a different treatment for the metallic surfaces, but is otherwise the same as the international version of the device.
Feb 26, 2012
HTC today announced the One S, an Android 4.0 / Sense 4.0 smartphone that will launch with T-Mobile USA later this spring. The One S supports T-Mobile's HSPA+ network at 42Mbps and includes Beats Audio integration.
Nov 12, 2012
HTC recently posted more information about which devices will and won't receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates. Devices released in 2012 have the priority for 4.1 updates, but HTC will evaluate some 2011 devices as well.